a Space-Make a Space
1, I shared three approaches to rid yourself of clutter and
said that clearing a space of what depletes you is actually making
a space for something that enlivens you. Now let’s look
further at what it means to make a space.
Weeds and Wisdom
My client, Ashley,
wanted to surprise her husband with a weed-free garden by the
time he returned home from a business trip. Initially overwhelmed
by the amount of weeds, she was pleased to discover that spending
20 minutes a day weeding got her through the chore on time. More
than that, it inspired a new approach to making her weekly goal
of phone calls to prospective customers for her business.
Just this week a friend told me she realized that the reason
she’s been so occupied with pulling out the weeds in her
garden is that she wants to make a geographic move. She is not
only uprooting her weeds; she’s getting ready to uproot
The “making a space” corollary to clearing
can be subtle or obvious. You notice that shortly after
uncluttering a physical space, you also feel clearer mentally.
You get a creative idea, think of a solution to a problem, or
simply have an overall sense of feeling lighter. You may
also decide to consciously make a space for
something in your life: a literal, physical space or a symbolic
When you make a space, you are saying:
I do not postpone.
I enjoy now.
I seize the moment.
I am ready for more.
Make Room for the Bloom
Here are some ideas for making figurative and literal spaces
in your world:
- Make a space for opportunity. What is it
that you would like to manifest? A new job, a new customer,
an innovative idea? Be ready and waiting for it by creating
a physical placeholder. Designate a notebook to capture ideas
or a special folder to keep track of leads.
After tiring of cramped file drawers which screamed, “I
don’t have room for new opportunities,” I made it
a habit to clear out inactive files and create space for new
collaborations and opportunities that arise. A certain amount
of empty folders are ready to receive new clients as space in
my practice becomes available. Sometimes I’ll catch a
glimpse of a folder with a blank label on it and smile to myself,
imagining who that next person will be and what we’ll
work on together.
- Make a space for prosperity. This is similar
to #1 above except that it’s specifically for M-O-N-E-Y.
Invite money to come live with you by “having a room ready”.
This can be simple as:
• Adding an extra line of space on a budget spreadsheet
for the increased profit, income, or cash flow that you would
like to earn, save, or otherwise allocate
• Opening a bank account for a specific purpose: vacation,
home improvement, college fund, or new venture
• Making a list of things you would do with a 10% increase
to your income or 10% reduction to your expenses.
a space for rest and relaxation. Mark off time on your
daily and weekly calendar for activities that restore you. Create
an inviting physical space for those things you’d like
to do more of, e.g., a corner for quiet contemplation, a chair
for reading a good book, or a place to indulge your hobby.
- After you clear, beautify. If you previously
had papers all over your dining room table and now it’s
clear, place a beautiful bowl in the center or a vase with fresh
flowers. Going beyond removing the clutter by adding a touch
of beauty to the space is a reward for clearing and a benefit
What Will You Make Room For Now?
What do you want to attract into your life? Make
a space for it now.
This Week: Using one of the ideas above, consciously
make a space for something you now invite into your life. Remember
that as you clear out the clutter, you are clearing the way
and making room for new growth. Take a lighthearted approach and
welcome the blooms that appear.
Here's to you,