Does your stuff own you?

According to my reckoning, at any given moment, 25 percent of our homes should feature open space. In each room, 25 percent of your wall space and floor space should be open. This is the 25 percent rule. Take down that framed poster announcing Peter Frampton's record setting performance at Plattsburg State. Each closet in your home should have 25 percent of its space available. You may need to give up that old jean jacket that used to fit you 15 pounds ago.

I have resolved to declutter my life one space at a time. I will judiciously apply the 25 percent rule to each space in my life. Open spaces encourage calmness and imagination. In applying the 25 percent rule, I will end up with a well balanced home with a positive energy signature. If the 25 percent rule is real, anyone employing it should end up with about 25 percent more discretionary time at the end of the process. Time conceivably used for doing something fun with friends or family. Remember all kids count.

Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at hurlburt@wildblue.net

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