If we fill our drawers, wardrobes and bookshelves with yesterday’s stories and memories, there’s nowhere for anything new to come in. No space for the future. No space for the new things we will bring into our lives.
If we fill our minds with yesterday’s stories and thoughts, there is no space for new thoughts. No space to dream, or to create.
If we fill our diaries with appointments there is no space for new invitations or spontaneity.
In my home, I use most of my space to keep and to remember. I don’t routinely leave a shelf or drawer empty just waiting for the future. That feels wasteful to me. I tend to use that space to store things I know I will need and use; a few extra tins or a new pair of shoes.
I like to get the maximum use from the space, the biggest benefit.
I’ve been listening to a great book called “Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff” by Matt Paxton and in it, he was helping a young man who was about to become a father. His space was filled with his own past and they were decluttering to make room for his child and everything that would come with that.
You don’t have to be having a child to rethink your space but often these life moments can be a trigger to do so. A new job, moving house or someone moving in.
Even better, you can just trigger it yourself. Who knows what might be waiting to come in!
Many minimalists advocate getting rid of everything from your past to encourage you to remain fully in the present. Personally, I don’t agree with this. I think having some memories helps you to understand your identity. It needs to be balanced, though. You can only ever live in the present.
I think it is healthiest to have a balance of past, present and future in our surroundings and in our minds. However, Matt’s book has got me thinking about whether I have left enough space for the future.
Perhaps leaving a bit more space might bring even more brilliant things into my life.
What about you, do you have enough Future Space?