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April 26, 2012

How to Ignite Your Creativity

For the past six years, the motto on my blog has been “Organizing & creativity go hand-in-hand. Organizing creates space for creativity & creativity makes organizing more fun!” I continue to find this to be true, in my own experience as well as with my clients. Every time I declutter and organize my creative supplies, I feel even more inspired and creative. My enthusiasm for creating simply ignites. 


If you’re feeling stifled by creative clutter, here are three simple ways to tap into the power of organizing and ignite your creativity:

1.  Declutter the easy stuff. So often our creative space becomes the dumping ground for all sorts of stuff—new project supplies, things that don’t have a home elsewhere, half-finished projects, etc. (Have you been there, too?) At best this clutter can leave you feeling uninspired, at worst overwhelmed. But there is a simple fix:  Clear out some easy clutter. 

Spend 15 minutes letting go of project supplies you no longer love. Put away your new tools and supplies and find homes for anything that doesn’t belong permanently in your space. In the process, you’ll rediscover supplies you love and eliminate some you don’t—a surefire way to get those creative juices flowing.


2. Find your organizing sweet spot. Do you work best in a space that is streamlined and completely clutter-free? Or are you more at home with your tools and supplies out in the open, where you can see them and easily access them? Everyone has a different sweet spot when it comes to organizing. The goal isn’t to get rid of everything, instead, the goal is to find that spot that is organized enough for you. It’s that place where your creative tools and supplies are easy to find, where you have enough stuff to inspire you, but not so much that you’re overwhelmed. When you find your sweet spot, creating is a joyful process. So find your sweet spot, and don’t worry for a minute if it looks different than anyone else’s. 



3. Use your creativity to make organizing more fun. Use craft supplies like paint, patterned paper and decoupage medium to create one-of-a-kind storage pieces that inspire your creativity. Or use your craft supplies to create colorful labels that add a pop of color to your space and make it easy to keep track of your tools and supplies. When you infuse your space with personal touches derived from your creativity, your space will inspire you even more.

Happy (creative) organizing!


P.S. I'm super excited to announce Organize Your Creative Space, my brand-new online workshop that shows you how to set up an organized and inspiring creative space that motivates you and supports your creative process. Regardless of where you create—in a shared space, dedicated space or temporary work area—this workshop will show you how to get organized, so you can enjoy your creative work even more. This workshop is now on early bird pricing—so grab your spot now! 


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Cherry Picker Hire

I just sent this post to a bunch of my friends as I agree with most of what you’re saying here and the way you’ve presented it is awesome.


Aby's, "the goal is to find that spot that is organized enough for you." is really encouraging and impressive for me...not only organizing my space/place, but also every kind of stuffs I do...

April P

Hey Aby! As a long-time fan of yours from the Organized and Inspired scrapbooker days - and when Wendy taught her class around the topic when you helped answer questions - is this class much different? In other words, besides community involvement, what different from the book and Wendy's class will I get out of your class?

I'm at the spot where I've moved two years ago and my supplies could really use a good purge.


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