If you’re a clutterer, there’s a pretty good chance you’re creative. You’re creative, you think out-of-the-box, and you’re always looking for ways to help others. This is the gift and the curse! It’s a gift because it helps you look at the world through curious, open-minded eyes. It’s a curse because you see the potential in everything.
I want to use this post to celebrate your creativity! Hey, this is a part of who you are. Yes, creativity can be stifled under all sorts of circumstances. But it’s still there, and given the chance, you can be creative again. Think of how dull the world would be without the creative people. Food would look boring. Buildings would only be square or rectangle. Walls would be void of art. Clothes would be functional and nothing more. Creativity is an essential part of enjoying life!
Often creative people are able to think in a multi-dimensional plane, rather than in a linear manner. If this is you, you can think about lots of things at once, and hop from one idea to another without warning. Sure, this may have driven your third-grade teacher crazy, but it’s the reason you can switch from one task to another without a breath in between.
My evidence is anecdotal (meaning from my own observations) but I have been consistently impressed with the ability of many clients to see objects in a totally different way than I do. To me, this is a sure sign of creativity!
So, what can you do if you’re creative and a clutterer? Here are some thoughts:
- Think of your most rewarding creative outlet. Is it knitting? Quilting? Writing? Try to identify your number one creative activity and make room to enjoy it. Even if it means letting go of some other creative supplies. Being able to express yourself creatively will help increase your happiness and decrease stress, so even if it’s hard to let other craft supplies go, it will be worth it to have some space to be creative.
- Use your creativity, not your shopping skills. I’ve seen the look on a scrapbooker’s face when they’re in their favorite scrapbooking store. They are intent on collecting every possible item they can use! Is this you? Challenge yourself to express your creativity with the things you already have, rather than going to get supplies for a new project.
- Let some mess in! Perfect order, completely clean surfaces, and books carefully displayed at just the right angle actually brought out conformity in test subjects, not creativity!! Yep, you may need some mess in your life in order to stay creative! So, drop that idea of needing to be perfectly organized and clean. Get rid of the clutter that stops you from doing what you want and then get going on expressing your creativity. The world desperately needs creative people to free us from living in square boxes with bare walls!!