Uncreative Clutter

I just read a blog about the impact of clutter on creativity. According to the writer, clutter generates stress and gets in the way of creativity. Frankly, I’m writing this right now in a very, very messy office. Super messy, in fact. My office is small. I’m a piler, not a filer. And I’ve been so obsessed with finishing my YA novel that I’ve really let it go to seed. For a while, I was taking half an hour before working to organize my office, but I
abandoned that, so now it’s a disaster zone again.

There are piles of books, magazines, catalogues (including ones for my dog, Ryder and a Skymall catalogue with an ad for Gravity sneakers that I’m thinking of ordering). There is a bunch of stuff for a freelance project that I’m working on.. There’s a plastic bin filled to the gills with a mash up of papers that I need to file, but can’t be bothered with.
And since I’m a confirmed scribbler, there are bits of paper everywhere.

Is all this mess stressing me out? To be honest, I’m not really sure. The whole situations gets me a little bummed out when I walk in and first eye the chaos, but once I sit down and get to work, I seem to just screen it out. I will say, that my desk is pretty neat. I have lots of stuff on it, but each thing is in its place — these are little figurines and sayings that inspire me. So in my messy office, my desk functions as an oasis of reasonable neatness. Maybe I need to reconsider all this and go back to my 30-minute clean-up routine until I straighten my office out.

Then again, maybe I’m simply having a messy phase and I should accept it. There’s a book I keep meaning to look into a book called Organization for the Creative Person by Dorothy Lehmkuhl. Apparently it has useful decluttering tips for right-brainers like us. Mmmm… maybe I’ll try to see if I can dig through my office and come up with the newspaper clipping on which I wrote the title of the book. Wow, maybe I am just way to messy. What do you think? Does clutter inhibit creativity?

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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