STEPS TO CREATIVITY #4
Live your life as if it is a blank canvas. Start by cleaning out, decluttering. Take the time, make the space to create. If you are surrounded by “STUFF”, you might be living in “THE LAND OF OLD IDEAS”. You are seeing the same piles every day while thinking the same old thoughts.
Think like the minimalists, which refers to the art movement that is based on simplicity. Less is more. Apply this to your surroundings. It will free your spirit!
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
We all have books we have not read or clothes we don’t wear. Where do you start?
A few years ago, I did a huge decluttering. I started with my books. I put all the books I have not read in one place and put a to be read by date on them (within a year usually). At the end of the year, I boxed the books up and donated them. (Since then, I have installed a Little Free Library, they go there).
Clutter saps your energy. If you declutter and find a place for everything, you have more time, you don’t spend time putting things up or dusting.
Adopt the one in one out rule. Every time you bring something into your home, get rid of something.
Lately I’ve been unsubscribing to emails. I cleaned off my desk top too. What a difference it made!
But, paperwork had become unmanageable. So, I went through the house and picked up every stack of paper, every magazine, things I had printed to read later – you know the drill. I dumped all of it on my dining table. Look familiar?
That was ALOT OF STUFF! I’m my mother’s power of attorney, and I have a huge stack of her paperwork. Well, I got to work and I put them all in stack.
I felt like I was accomplishing something. I read the blogs I had printed. I filed everything. Except for one stack.
I’m left with one big notebook that has all of my mothers information in it. This is going to take awhile to organize, but now it is all in one place! Whew!
I threw away a huge stack of paper (well, put it in the recycling actually).
If you have things you are emotionally attached to, put them in a box and put the box away. I did this a few years ago, and ended up throwing out a lot of stuff after six months.
Think of the clutter as visual noise that is surrounding you, it can start having a louder voice than your creative voice. Tackle it one room at a time or one category at a time, but do it! You will feel better.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hoffman
“The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.” Mother Theresa
“Three rules of work, out of clutter find simplicity, from discord find harmony, in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
All remember CHAOS stands for “Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome”.
I challenge you to tackle one area of chaos within the next week. Pay attention to how it makes you feel. Tell me what you learned!