I have a $40 Kmart kitchen table in our family room. It’s a mere 10 feet from the real kitchen table.
See? Over there on the right is the table where we eat our meals. Why another table so close? Because we use it. As much as it pains me to say it, we use it every day. This table and I, we have a love hate relationship. Ideally I’d love to have a little sitting area something pretty in front of that window. You know, something Nate Berkus would compliment. I would have never gone out shopping looking for a lanky bird legged kitchen table to fill that space.
But we had the table and one day I tried it out over there and before I could wipe the sweat from my brow from moving it, my boys had claimed it and covered it with Lego’s and projects and homework and Ritz crackers. And something magical happened. Our big dining room table over there was empty more often. Which meant at diner time I didn’t have to beg and plead and bribe to get the table cleaned off just so we could eat a meal. And let’s face it, many times I just gave up and we’d eat in the living room~who wants to make the kids clear all their homework when they have such momentum going?
I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as too many empty surfaces in a house. Because an empty surface is like a blank canvas, just waiting for creativity.
When you have some empty space, you have one less excuse for why you can’t get started.
So just like I provide pencils and fresh socks and a bottomless carton of Goldfish crackers, I also make it a point to provide lots of empty surfaces. What they do with it is up to them.
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ABOUT THE NESTER
The Nester, who writes anonymously, is a home stager, redesigner and design school drop-out. She and her husband and their three boys have moved 14 times in 16 years of marriage and they are...