There’s a certain beauty in an austere space, devoid of clutter. Anything, even something as mundane as a framed picture against a blank backdrop becomes an object of focus and consideration. Spare, spartan spaces feel open, unobstructed, rife with freedom.
What’s more interesting to me is often one’s work or living space is a reflection of the inner state. Without excess clutter, focus is drawn to one of two places: the empty spaces in-between or everything that remains (which coincidentally is the title of a memoir by The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus).
Without the constant digital “pings” and visual distractions, what would your “productive” time look like? Focused? Insightful? Streamlined?
When we curate the excess out, we make space for everything else. Space to think, explore, experiment, and rest. With all of the distractions in the world available to us, it’s more important than ever that we actively tune-out the noise. In some cases, that might mean doing something drastic like closing social media accounts, opting out of social events and gatherings, and putting constraints in place.
The oft-quoted movie Fight Club made the statement in 1999: “It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything.”
I’d instead amend that to read:
It’s only after you’ve curated everything that you’re free to do anything.