Today’s gem from Francine is pretty simple to say but not quite so easy to achieve. Keep all surfaces clear. Clear surfaces provide us with possibilities. Somewhere to eat your dinner, prepare a meal, pay bills or simply to sleep.
She also reminds us that surfaces are not for storage. If you have too much stuff for your available storage spaces perhaps it is time to let some it go.
This is one area with which I have had partial success. For instance, my dining table always is clear apart from a doyley and vase which provide a decorative element. I am also pretty good at keeping the vanity bench in the bathroom as well as the laundry bench clear.
The study desk is generally a failure and the kitchen benches range from good to bad depending on the day of the week and work in progress.
It takes time and effort to achieve the state of a completely clear surface. Like all changes you need to start small. Don’t expect to turn the study desk which is overflowing with stuff into a minimalist’s paradise overnight. If you have sufficient storage in the bathroom, I think the vanity bench is a great place to start.
The dining table is also a good one to tackle because anything that is on here is definitely in the wrong place – a dining table is to sit at to eat a meal. Since most of us eat 3 meals a day there are plenty of opportunities to make sure that it is clean, clear and ready for use. Since it is also a public part of your home everyone will benefit from it being clear and ready to use for its designated purpose.
Please let me know – do you have any constantly clear surfaces of which you are particularly proud? What are the areas that seem to defeat you?
Tomorrow we will move on to something a bit more interesting than my kitchen bench. Modules – containing what you have. It is definitely a new twist on rushing out and buying containers to store your stuff.