For some time, the centre table in the living room has been a mess of books, magazines, and mail. The two people who live here seem to feel the need to keep at least half a dozen books handy for the morning read. The table gets cleared up occasionally but things slowly pile up once again. I have been thinking I should buy a different table, one that has concealed storage, to make the space look better. Before
But staying in Darshini’s empty flat in Madras had got my eye trained for uncluttered space. I didn’t like the mess when I came back home and swept the table clean. I managed to keep it empty for a few days. And realized the truth in Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project ‘s dictum… ‘A clear surface tends to stay clear.’
A couple of days ago, I bought this coir mat which fits in well into the centre space and adds a certain tang of freshness and comfort. I thought why have the centre table at all, and removed it. The whole space does look better. Less is better always.
Uncluttering is contagious. And now it is spreading from room to room and Im busy tackling one room a day. Great feeling.