When we were kids there used to be a picture on the wall near the entrance, saying:
“In chaos, there is life and creativity. In too rigid order, there is lifeless stagnation.”~ my mother 🙂
It was a funny way of dealing with the constant mess and overwhelm my mother faced as a single mum of three kids who weren’t in the least interested in housework. I often remember this picture, especially now that I’m a mother of three myself. And I’m still not fond of housework.
But does creativity really thrive in chaos?
I love having things. Piles of notebooks, journals and sketchbooks, shelves full of books about any topic under the sun, cabinets with endless art materials, board and card games, microscopes, globes, science kits and cupboards full of photographs, my kids crafts and pictures, Lego, …you name it.
Having all these things gives me a feeling of endless possibilities and living a full and interesting life.
It can also be quite overwhelming and distracting to have so much stuff. For example, I noticed that I can’t work on my blog when I’m in the room where all our books are. They call me and distract me from what I want to do.
It’s much better to sit in our small room with a view into the garden. Looking at the birds hopping around and the trees swaying in the wind is much better for my focus.
If you are anything like me, have you ever wondered what you could create if you were more organized?
What gems are hidden inside you? What would happen if you gave them the time and space to come to fruition?
I think a certain amount of organization helps us to be creative.
I often noticed it in my kids too. When I started decluttering and organizing an area in our house, they were drawn to this new clean fresh space. They immediately started to use it for their new creations, whether that was drawing, crafting, building or creating something from Lego.
Clear organized spaces are inviting and seem to help us be more creative.
The Connection Between Organization and Creativity
Many people view organization as a mundane task, a chore that steals time away from their creative pursuits. However, the reality is quite the opposite. When you’re organized, you create an environment that nurtures and amplifies your creativity. Here’s how:
1. Clarity of Mind
An organized space and a bit of structure can free your mind from clutter and distractions. This mental clarity might allow you to focus more on your creative endeavors, whether it’s writing, painting, making music or any other artistic pursuit. With a clear mind, your ideas flow more freely.
Also, it’s good to know where your materials and supplies are if you have a sudden idea that needs to be executed immediately.
2. Time Management
Being organized helps you make the most of your time. You can allocate specific time blocks for your creative projects without the chaos of last-minute, rushed work. This extra time can be channeled into brainstorming, experimenting and perfecting your creations.
3. Reduced Stress
When you’re organized, you have less to worry about. This reduced stress not only positively impacts your mental health but also allows you to approach your creative projects with a calm and open mind. Stress-free creative endeavors often yield better results.
4. Accountability and Progress Tracking
Organized individuals tend to set clear goals and milestones. This is immensely valuable for tracking your creative progress. As you achieve each goal, it’s not only satisfying but also motivating to create more.
So, what would you create if you were more organized?
What are your creative dreams, and how do you think better organization could help you achieve them? Share your thoughts and ideas over on Instagram if you like.
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If you don’t know where to start you can read this post: How to Start Getting Organized When You Are Overwhelmed.