Remember the last time you stayed in a hotel room? What was that space like? Some words that come to my mind are: calm, clutter-free, spacious, serene, restful.
Hotel rooms are carefully designed to provide guests with just enough – the right amount of things for travelers to find the comfort they seek:
- a bed with simple linens
- nightstands with a clock, lamp, and empty drawers
- a closet with a few hangers
- an empty set of drawers
- a bathroom with towels and single serving toiletries
- minimal and subtle decor
But there is also a nearly-imperceptible element of a hotel room, which turns out to be the key to the serene feeling: EMPTY SPACE. This is very much on purpose to allow room for YOU, plus the luggage you bring. You and your bags (hopefully packed with just the essentials) complete the room and now it is no longer feels so empty after all.
So if you feel overwhelmed by a cluttered home or office, desperately wishing for a calm and peaceful space… think about your last vacation and take some cues from the hotel industry.
Note, I’m not advocating making your space into a carbon-copy of a hotel room, unless you’re really into the idea. This is intended as a mental exercise.