Empty containers are just waiting to be filled.
True or false?
Careful, this is a trick question, and it is quite possible that your answer will depend on where you are at on your journey to discovering minimalism.
From an organizer’s perspective, or a tidy-upper’s, the answer is yes. A jar is a vessel that can, and probably should be filled. And there are many things to store in both practical and decorative glass jars: buttons, fruit jam, dry goods and clabbering milk.
The pride/flaw of the organizer is that they are quite efficient at storing, sorting and hiding clutter. A well-organized home is often a disguise for secretly owning too much stuff. When you run out of organizing space, you can shop for larger, more efficient storage solutions…
From a minimalist’s perspective, the answer is no – containers are not waiting to be filled. The only chance they have at fulfillment is when something is needed what can be placed lovingly inside.
The jar can hope and dream to be of use one day, but in the meantime it will have to practice patience, till the moment when it’s glass walls can proudly showcase what is stored within.
Just because you possess an empty container, doesn’t mean you need to fill it.
When you learn to consider your needs first, your wants will be few, if any.
And if you have too many glass jars, don’t blindly follow commonplace sayings and save them for a rainy day. Declutter and get rid of any excess in your home, so that you have room for exactly what you use and need.
Collections are a thing of the past.
An uncluttered home is the new future.
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