It’s a constant battle…trying to keep my creative space from morphing into something you’d see on that t.v. show about hoarding.
My problem may be that I have too many pursuits–letter writing, journaling and art journaling, photography, book making, calligraphy, water color, doodling, acrylics, collage, scrap booking and card making, writing, and a general obsession for pens and paper of all types. Pulling out supplies to do one thing leads to another, and I’m always shuffling notes, and ideas, and articles from one place to the next.
Even when it’s “clean,” I still have a small, slightly chaotic space to work:
I’ve heard that some creative types like clean, flat spaces in which to create, undistracted. But I find something beautiful about the chaos and clutter of so many great ideas, inspirations, and materials. It makes me smile just sitting down and looking at this space!
I create, the pile rises, I fight back, I make new ideas, I create some more. I’m beginning to think of this as my “process.”
Given my tendency for clutter and messiness, it may seem strange that I’m equally drawn to organizers, file folders, labels, orderly boxes and other things that reduce clutter. I devour magazine articles on simplifying spaces and organizing your life.
Here, for example, is how I keep my stationery organized these days:
How cute is that?! My darling dear brought that home for me. And that cute pen and pencil holder, too!
So, I’ve come to accept that this is how I work–vascillating wildly from chaos to control, feeding both parts of my soul, and knowing that creativity, for me, blossoms somewhere in between. What’s your creative process?