Do you think clutter provides a richly stimulating environment for creativity or does it cause confusion in your mind? Some people insist that a neat and tidy environment is a prerequisite for getting down to productive work. I’m not so sure.
Neat and Tidy is Productive
In her MyAmericanArtist.com blog post Clutter Causes Confusion, Lori Woodward Simons explains how she needs to come into an uncluttered and well organized studio in order to get to work promptly with a minimum of distraction.
For her, having to sort through tools and materials to prepare to work leads to a loss of energy and commitment – before she actually gets started working. So she sets her materials out ahead of time and walks in to find everything ready to go.
Disorder Directs Focus
On the other hand, some people feel a studio in a shambles is a pre-requisite for working! It feeds and stimulates their creative juices and then literally forces them to focus in tight on the work at hand. This enforced tunnel vision concentrates their attention.
The Ritual of Getting Ready to Work
For still others, methodically setting up the work space and preparing the tools is a pre-work ritual. This step by step preparation process helps them gather their thoughts and attention to the job at hand. As a self-hypnotizing ritual, it invites the creative trance.
What Do YOU Need to be Creative?
Knowing what works best for you, and making sure you get it, is an important step toward creating on a regular basis. What’s your ideal work space? Are you on the tidy or disorderly end of the scale? Does a messy space mean a messy mind for you? Do you crave order? Do you need everything to be perfect in order to work?
Beyond the neat/sloppy continuum, how else could you optimize your creative space?