I spend more time than is possibly healthy on sites like Pinterest. While I find the images for the most part inspiring, I’ve also found I’m getting irritated by a particular meme.
No, it’s not grumpy cats or anything to do with cheezburgers… it’s the regularly repeated idea that ‘mess’ = ‘creativity’ and/or vice versa.
Why is this irritating me? It’s the perfect excuse to ignore housework and live in chaos… which would be fine if my creativity worked like that.
But it doesn’t.
I use mess to shut down my creativity: to bury the muse with clutter so I can silence her terrifying voice.
My muse thrives on clear spaces,
on an environment filled with meaning and order,
in a place where I can grab what I need easily and there’s a surface already clear to work on.
I don’t begrudge others their creative mess, or judge them for their different approach. In many ways, I envy their ability to contact their muse without having to vacuum the floors and remove the clutter first…
So, please excuse me if I don’t ‘Like’ those cute sayings about creative messes on your boards and walls. It’s not that I don’t ‘Like’ you or appreciate your creativity. It’s just that I don’t like feeling shut out of the creative community because I crave order and space…