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Creative Benefits of Clutter

by Mary Patterson 05/17/2020

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Many of today's fashionable life coaches tell us that cluttered environments mess with our sense of peace and calm, our focus, and our productivity. Plenty of gurus and television hosts urge us to declutter our desks and homes. And overall, they're right. Research does support the concept that a having a tidy living space and workplace is beneficial. But those messy spaces in your home or office might just inspire you in ways the clutter-free set has yet to notice.

Clutter Might Not Amuse, But Is It a Muse?

Some researchers tell us that clutter supports creativity.

They acknowledge the benefits of a tidy interior space: mainly, the pleasure of easily finding, storing, and keeping track of things. Cleaning out your space can also ensure that it is used more efficiently. And of course, minimalism is important when you go to sell your home.

But when a home is actually lived in, an uncluttered environment, for some folks, may be missing something.

Clutter is conducive to creativity. It stimulates a thought process that veers away from conventional reasoning. 

Clutter Has Its Place

You may find that filing away loose papers and neatly storing randomly scattered objects seems to hit an internal "refresh" button. You may suddenly feel more in control, calm...ready to take on all the tasks! Especially when you need to complete organizational work, your stress level should drop after a good tidying up. And if you're a chef, or working on projects requiring absolute precision, tidiness is paramount. But when you're doing work that requires creative thinking, the clutter cost-benefit analysis shifts.

In a tidy atmosphere, writer's block can get the best of you. Tasks that depend on originality and flair may stall.

When that happens, try going to a room with a lot of interesting, scattered things, with all sorts of hues and shapes and fragrances. See what happens. 

Synopsis: A Call for Moderated Clutter 

Decluttering might enhance productivity, but it can discourage creativity. Often, real creativity is unleashed during a person's least productive days.

Perhaps it's best to keep a balance. Clean when the situation calls for it. Tidy up when you need a break from sitting.

After all, the quest for perfect order can be a source of stress itself. Tidying in a more organic way can be relaxing, and it can help you rediscover unfinished projects merge well with whatever you're creating today. Let yourself appreciate the serendipity that some disorder creates. Meanwhile, take this as a stress reducer if you've been concerned about your clutter. Rather than trying to keep up with the decluttered Joneses, enjoy your environment—your way!

About the Author
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Mary Patterson

From flawlessly preparing homes for sale, to writing offers that stand out in Denver’s competitive market, Mary works diligently to achieve the results her clients deserve.

Mary offers 20 years of experience and truly enjoys getting to know her clients on a personal level. She approaches every transaction with the highest standards of honesty, integrity, respect, market knowledge and negotiation skills. She serves every segment of the marketplace with equal enthusiasm and dedication.

Mary is an interior designer, thus feeling confident when advising with staging and remodeling ideas.

All of Mary’s clients receive an extensive Market Analysis of their home. She keeps her clients informed from start to close, with all aspects of the current market. With buyers, she listens to their wants and makes it a priority to connect them to homes in communities that suit their lifestyle.

The purchase or sale of ones greatest investment, a home, is a major decision. Mary feels privileged to have assisted many families attain their goals and dreams and looks forward to working with many new clients in the future!