Disorganization Disrupts Creativity

Have you ever found yourself distraught after looking for a tool for 20 minutes? You know you have it and it is what you need to get the job done, but it seems to have fallen in the abyss.

I found myself here a few weeks ago. My wife asked me to work on a small woodworking project for her Etsy store (she has some cute stuff — check out peachandperry.com). The tool I was looking for had gotten lost in the process of moving to our new home, so I had to make due with something else.

I felt defeated and frustrated.

Sometimes in creative living, frustration happens. But looking back, it’s important for me to recognize that this headache was caused by my disorganization. So this weekend, I decided to go through those boxes I haven’t touched since we moved and get a good inventory of all my tools.

This project cost me $12 dollars, 3 and a half hours, and one trip to Goodwill, and I am fairly pleased with how it turned out.

In creative living, it’s important for me be able to start and come back to a project quickly. I want to spend the majority of my time creating — not finding tools or getting my workspace set up.

Ideas (and the desire and passion for those ideas) often come and go quickly, so to make the most of your creativity, I encourage you to reflect on where some organization could improve your creative process.

Three Things to Consider When Organizing

  1. What do you use most often? - Keep these items in front, centered, and easily accessible.

  2. What can you get rid of? - Consider how often you use each item and be okay with letting go.

  3. Do you need to accomodate anyone else? - Most of us share spaces with others, so be thoughtful and create space for others.

One final note: This was a lot of fun!

Organizing is a creative process. You get to decide what to keep, what should go together, and where everything should go. I tried to make my space functional and aesthetically pleasing, as there is beauty in tidiness and symmetry.

So friend, get organized, so that the next time you get some inspiration you are ready to create!