I have one little ceramic and iron table in my house that I keep empty. I use it most every day to hold a cup of tea or to rest a book. I make sure that nothing comes to stay on this table for more than a brief period because it symbolizes open space and receptivity; it represents having room for something new in my life.
The tendency to stay overly busy, or to fill the surface of every table and counter leaves little room to receive new input. And it often reflects a repetitive "conversation for no change" thought pattern that maintains the status quo by blocking out new ideas and perceptions. Participation in disciplines such as meditation and yoga and T.A.T. open us to powerful life changes because they create quiet internal rooms of alternative experience.
The other day a friend told me that in the best restaurants an open table is kept "reserved" even when there are people waiting to be seated...... just in case someone of great importance shows up without a reservation. I like to think that my little empty table helps remind me to be mentally and emotionally available for opportunities that come my way.