The Empty Drawer

I don’t live in a minimalist home but I do love space and in particular I love the feeling of peace that comes from an uncluttered space.

One of my secrets to keeping a beautiful uncluttered space is to always keep an empty drawer.

Do you remember back to when you were young and used to get given pocket-money for keeping your room tidy? Well, I was smart enough (or devious enough, depending on your opinion) to realise that if I had an empty drawer I could easily sweep all my ‘stuff’ into the drawer, quickly make my bed… and then my bedroom was tidy and I could tell Mum that my room was done (and of course receive my pocket-money).

Genius! Yes, I still think so. Even now, I always keep one drawer in the house empty so that if I feel the desire to sweep all the ‘stuff’ out of sight then it can easily be done. The relief of being able to create an uncluttered space so quickly is amazingly relaxing.

Obviously, this incredible secret does involve a little bit of work, namely going through the drawer and emptying it, but I find that bit easy enough once my mind has been able to enjoy the ‘space’ that was created so effortlessly. The only additional bit of work might be that you don’t have a spare drawer yet… if that’s the case, then you get the pleasure of decluttering one of your drawers.

Easy Action Steps:

  • Empty the drawer (yes put all of your ‘stuff’ on the floor)
  • Take a duster and clean it
  • Then declutter.

Remember it’s a great feeling being completely selective about what you want in your life.

Share your decluttering tips and projects with me below…

9 thoughts on “The Empty Drawer

  1. Mmmm… what a great idea! 🙂 I’m going to be throwing a lot of stuff out / making a lot of trips to charity shops over the next few weeks so I think I may well take your advice and keep one spare!

    • Great plan Tom!!! 🙂

      I simply love that feeling of things I no longer enjoy going to someone else who can enjoy them! Alternatively I also just enjoy throwing things that have no use, value or beauty in the bin.

      Enjoy making space for all the beautiful possibilities to come,x

  2. This is great advice Fiona! I am currently only marveling at the possibility… but – surrounded as I am by clutter – I really must give this a shot! ‘Empty floor’ may sadly be my start ;-* . Thanks for the inspiration XXX

    • Hi Emily,

      Thanks for your honesty & oddly enough the idea of clutter makes me a bit excited because I love decluttering that much! LOL – I guess it’s a hobby of mine!

      Definitely start with the floor 😉

      Of course if you’re up for some professional support during the process, do get in touch! Although I’m useful to have around when people are decluttering, you may find I’m a little too ruthless. All the same, help is here if you need it,xx

      P.S. Send me a photo of the clear floor 🙂

  3. Hi Fiona. What a great post! I actually have two empty drawers in my house at the moment, and I love the idea that new opportunities can come in to open spaces.

    In my wardrobe, I recently decluttered three jackets that I had held onto for years (one leather, one fringed suede, and one heavy parka). It was hard to let them go, but I realised the other day that this same wardrobe is now holding three new jackets in exactly the same place (one motorbike jacket for going riding with my husband, one for hiking, and a much nicer winter jacket than I had before). And the great thing is that I am actually wearing all these new jackets, while the old ones had been there for years unworn.

    I also agree with your comment above about decluttering. I find it therapeutic, and love a bit of clutter to get stuck into occasionally!

    • Hi Kim,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I love your blog! I feel flattered to have you read one of my posts 🙂

      Sounds like you’ve done really well on the wardrobe! I’ve been living with 33 items of clothing for the past 3 months & I’m finding it lovely. Obviously I only kept the items I love – maybe I should write a post about that? Watch this space 🙂

      From one of your Fans,x

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