Clutter — Friend or Foe?


Clutter

How do you define it? How many things do you have in your creating space or comfort space? Do objects make you feel more creative? My dream (someday) is to have a writing studio with an ergonomic desk and chair and a shelf that goes around the room with my antique typewriters. And all my clutter gone! Or Martha Stewart organized!

But honestly, I have always had clutter around my creating space.  This photo below is from my “Art Room” when I lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The Art Room (I have always called the room I write in the “Art Room.”)

I had just moved in with my boyfriend (who is now my husband).  The house I lived in was small and cozy.  It was my great-aunt Margie’s house. My parents owned it. I rented it from them for a reduced fee. Prior to moving in, it was the storage unit for their flea market and garage sale findings.  My parents had crazy amounts of flea market finds, ranging from expensive antiques to Goodwill goodies.  It was a little crazy.  Not quite Hoarders, but definitely Storage Wars!

I have always loved stuff.  When we were little kids, my sister and I had a lemonade stand we would operate during my parents’ weekend garage sales.   We raised enough money one summer to take our whole family to Great America amusement park.

My sister and I working the garage sale crowd at our lemonade stand

I am at a stage now, with a toddler and all his things in our home, that I just want Zen. I want to get rid of everything.  Truth be told, I have always collected trinkets and I certainly am a pack rat.  Things have emotional meaning for me.

My antique typewriter collection is something I would like to use as inspiration.  I envision a room that only has my computer, with a great storage system for files, and a shelf that goes around the room with my typewriters displayed.

For now, I am working on getting rid of things I don’t need.  I would have to say I can create wherever and I find the most solace in nature.  Nature is beautifully ordered.

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The photos in the slideshow are from Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. The photo of the beach is Lake Yellowstone; the photo of the car is me at the Grand Tetons in Wyoming; the photo of the mountains is near Jackson Hole in the Teton National Forest.

How do you define clutter? How many things do you have in your creating space or comfort space? Do objects make you feel more creative?