The Urge to Fill a Space….

I’ve owned my Camry for a number of years and recently found a new storage area! It’s a hidden compartment under the storage area in the dashboard.

camry hidden storage

Hmmm, what can go in there? Change? iPod? Tissues?  Then I caught myself. Why should anything go in there? There is lots of available room in the glove box, the door pockets, the double-compartmented console, and the seat backs.

I reminded myself that ’empty space’ is not ‘wasted space’. It is just space that is not filled with something tangible.  Sometimes it highlights a space that is filled with something, like when advertisers leave ‘white space’ in an advertisement to draw your attention to another place on the page.  Kitchen cabinets and file drawers need ‘wasted space’, room to put your hand when you maneuver things around.

I know this; clients have heard me say it for years.

So what did I do?  I put the cassette adapter for my iPod and phone in it.

Then promptly forgot where the adapter was and bought another. : )







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2 Responses to “The Urge to Fill a Space….”

  1. Ruth Heil Says:

    Your reflection brings to mind contemporary style, those open space plans that fill the home magazine pages and make you say, “wow.” Uncurtained glass windows, shiny hardwood floors, simple pillowless sofas, and minimalist wall hangings evoke a sense of elegance. And although not necessarily cozy, the images are calming. Now personally, that does not match my taste (I’m a rustic gal), but it can be beautiful when well done. And it demands quite the opposite of an urge to fill a space.

    Great post!


  2. pugsleysworld Says:

    My mom does that all the time. If it’s not visual, it’s lost forever in that black hole called appropriate storage places.


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