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Why I Have An Empty Drawer In My Kitchen

Why I Have An Empty Drawer In My Kitchen

I have a great kitchen.  I’m not bragging, but just saying that my kitchen perfectly suits my needs and I love it. When we initially moved in it was a sad space complete with yellow cabinets, purple trim, and navy tile.  Dee-lish, right?! The kitchen had great space and great light so we gutted it and made it our own. Again, the ‘we’ really means my husband. We now have light maple cabinets, a center island, and quartz countertops.  It’s heaven to me. 


Now because I enjoy spending time in my kitchen, I’m always finding ways to make it more organized and efficient.  I can’t help myself!  And, of course, that means purging from time to time. Well on my last purge and re-organize session a year ago, I realized I had completely cleaned out a drawer. Yes, I had an empty drawer in my kitchen! Woot, woot!!


What does one do with a completely empty drawer in their kitchen? Well, I debated for a while about the space, but ultimately couldn’t come up with anything that I wanted or needed to put in it. In the end, I decided not to fill it and it’s been empty for a year now. Having that drawer empty symbolizes a lot of things for me; space to breath, the potential for growth, future possibilities, a blank slate, a fresh start. You see, every time I open up this empty drawer it makes me smile. There’s nothing in it! That means there’s nothing I have to take care of, maintain, clean or re-organize. Ahhh…


I’m a big fan of the television show, The Big Bang Theory, and one of the actors, Mayim Bialik, blogged about how she hired a professional organizer named Katrina. This woman completely got her house in order and taught Mayim a few lessons about organization along the way. Here’s an excerpt from Mayim’s post on the blog, Kveller, where she talks about the ‘No Stuffing’ concept she learned: 


No stuffing. When I see space, I want to fill it. Maybe it’s some ingrained genetically favorable immigrant-background second generation American desire to accumulate; I don’t know. But I like filling space. Katrina said very simply, “No more stuffing.” That means if something has to be stuffed somewhere, it doesn’t go there. Again: sounds so intuitive but it had not occurred to me. It occurred to Katrina. And once you make space for things to come in physically, it also makes room for things to come into your life conceptually. Smart, huh!?


As you can imagine, Mayim’s words resonated with me and my kitchen drawer. By holding this empty space, I’m making room for healthy thoughts and positive energy to come into my life. 


What can you unstuff from your space to make room for growth and potential?


Categories: Home Organizing, Odds and Ends


  • Interesting. I agree completely that we need breathing room in all areas of life! That's not what I thought you were going to say, though. Maybe my idea is compatible with yours? An empty kitchen drawer allows you to sweep everything on the counter into it in the event of unexpected company. Or, things you like to have out on a daily basis, but want out of sight when you have planned company. It requires discipline, of course, to not just leave everything in the drawer and attract more clutter. But if you always had an empty drawer you would always have a place to TEMPORARILY hide things.
    10/22/2017 9:25:26 AM Reply
    • @Hazel Thornton: Ah, yes, I could see the empty drawer being beneficial for what I like to call the dash-and-stash we do before company comes! Good point, Hazel.
      10/23/2017 9:13:22 AM Reply
  • I'm impressed that you were able to do that. I once cleared out my desk drawers in anticipating of replacing it with something much smaller. I got rid of a lot of things, moved some to the storage cabinet, and had at least one empty drawer. I later decided to keep the desk, but I no longer have an empty drawer.
    10/18/2017 11:25:06 AM Reply
    • @Janet Barclay: I don't think my drawer will stay empty forever. Lately, I've been finding my son stashing some things in there, but I think having at least some open space (it doesn't have to be an empty anything), just a few unbusy places for your eyes to rest, makes such a difference.
      10/18/2017 1:43:41 PM Reply
  • We renovated our kitchen a few years ago--I have more drawers now but they all have 'stuff' in them! I know if I move some items around, I could probably have an empty drawer, too. I'm going to have to put that task on my 'to-try' list!
    10/16/2017 9:33:18 PM Reply
    • @Stacey Agin Murray: It's one of those things where if you have space you tend to fill it just because it's there. I bet you could condense some of your drawers to get some breathing room in your kitchen too Stacey!
      10/18/2017 1:41:08 PM Reply
  • I think it is always great to have some "breathing room," whether it is in a drawer in the kitchen, white space in your calendar or even space around the furniture. Open space can be inspiring! In contrast, any space that is stuffed feels limiting; there isn't space to add one more thing. Isn't it wonderful to love your kitchen? We spend so much time in the kitchen that it is nice to feel happy there!
    10/15/2017 2:44:26 PM Reply
    • @Seana Turner: I think there's something to be said for having breathing room in all areas of your life! And isn't it a feng shui concept too? The calendar is one thing I need to get better about having white space.
      10/18/2017 1:39:43 PM Reply

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