How to Completely Change your Space With Nothing and Why it's Important.
The book,"The Western Guide to Feng Shui", is the inspiration to this post.
When packing up my life in New York the boxes got higher and my space became completely new. A wall that has always been a certain way was not at all the same, and shelves full of cleansers, moisturizers and mists looked much better without any of that.
It was nothing short of shocking how unknowingly comfortable I got with "things" and them being in their designated space, even if that thing was a ramen noodle package that expired in 2014 that I had been staring at for two years but never thought to do anything with.
In short, I learned that taking things away allows you to see what is actually there.
I arrived in Venice with two small suitcases and two plants as carry-ons, which is all I had until the movers from NYC arrived a month later. Although I would have preferred to have somewhere to sit...I got to start with nothing, which made seeing the functionality of my home clear and effective.
Why achieving a functional flow to your home important:
Your home is direct correlation of your life and, if done right, a true representation of who you are. Having a home that functions fluently is having a life that does too. Having a closet that is organized is having a life that is too. Having a kitchen that is intentional is having a healthy life that is too.
Consider your home as sacred ground representing exactly who you are to the world. If something feels off, listen to it, change it, adjust, grow, have fun! Yay!
You don't have to move across the county to make it happen either.
How to change your space WITH nothing:
ONE: Move something that you would NEVER think to move. This is incredibly hard because you have most likely never thought about this thing. It has become so accustomed to your life that it probably won't be in the first three things you think to move. Like my expired ramen noodle package. Dig deep.
*Speaking of ramen, go through all packaged goods in the kitchen—I would guess you can throw out more than half.
TWO: After you do #1, listen intently to how it feels. You will know if whatever you moved is something that needs to replaced, put back or gone for good.
THREE: Things that cause hesitation, like an ex-boyfriends shirt or physical discomfort like an unstable chair, need to gtfo. Be extremely honest with yourself. Do you love that piece of art or do you feel bad getting rid of it? If it's not "you" it's not for your space.
The best part about all of this is how surprising it is and how monumental it feels—yet it is so incredibly simple.