Can you be both creative and clean/organized? This is the BIG question! I have read, in some psychology journal years ago, that you can’t be both. It is probably true but I know many people who struggle with this! I am one of them! I do love to have a spotless and organized home but there is too much to do and not enough time to do it all! Ugh! I get sidetracked like the butterfly that I am and jump from one thing to the next.
Having just finished the third year in a row of online/homeschooling with my daughter (and living out of a suitcase during this time while we travel weekly for a fun hobby she is involved with) I gave myself some time off. No I didn’t drop it all! I still doing endless laundry and clean the floors, kitchen, and bathrooms
The very top picture is my desk in the kitchen. This is where mail and every flyer, school paper, newsletter, etc. goes. I used to go through it every Sunday and take care of any response or file it away. Need to do that again. Then you see a picture of the chair next to my computer desk in the family room. Yes these are files and school things that need to be returned from last school year! Did I mention the boxes? Well when you see the picture of many boxes stacked in my dining room you will know what those are for. I really need to return the old school items!
Then you see a picture of my pictures. Yes I have thousands of pictures that I have taken in my life. I decided last Spring that I would put them in my dining room until I did something with them. My kids went crazy over them all! Well they are still there. I really need to get this room cleaned out now that the Fall holidays are already here. Yesterday I tried but got sidetracked in looking at old pics. Fun but not helpful. It was a rainy day and we almost never get those here in the desert! You also see a picture of my sewing table, which is located in the dining room too. Yes many years ago my daughters wanted their own rooms so my sewing/creative room is now in a storage unit.
Then there are the cords that have piled up under the table in the dining room. Poor dining room. It is a beautiful room too. We obviously haven’t used it since maybe Valentines day! Then there is the pile of clothes that has accumulated on the bench at the bottom of my bed. I have kept my suitcase under it for the past 3 years since I have been living out of it. I have really learned how to be prepared and to leave town at a moments notice and not forget anything!! Last week, when my husband was out of town I started going through my closet and this pile, but never quite finished this task. He is gone again this week so I might just take care of it this time.
Hmm… There are more piles, but it would scare you so I won’t show you any more! I do have beautiful spots in my house where one can sit and you would wonder what I was talking about with messes.
I would rather be out having fun than at home cleaning. My kids think I’m obsessed with cleaning when I want to clean the kitchen after dinner and vacuum once a week! (when they were little and I wasn’t busy I would vacuum every day) I am busy doing everything for everyone and loving every minute of it! I realize that there is also a difference between being clean and being organized. I would love to have all three coincide happily in my home all the time! Don’t call the producers of “Hoarders” just yet (like my husband joked to me about)! There is hope!
So I guess you can be super creative and super clean/organized all the time, as long as you do have someone else to do some of it for you (or you don’t get as much else accomplished and created along the way)! What do you think?