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Let’s Get Messy and Discover the Beauty of Creativity!

As I ventured out to get in my car yesterday I could not help but see it, the thin layer of grainy, yellow dust, pollen. Spring has arrived and along with it, the messiness of pollen. We all dread going outside to see our cars, decks and homes covered in the icky yellow stuff. Yet where would the beauty of spring be without it? This is actually true of so many of life’s creative treasures, the seasons, visual arts, animals, even food would not be the same if a little mess was not involved in the process. The truth is much of life is messy, but there is great inspiration in finding the beauty of creativity by getting messy…and here is your proof.

  • mark_twain_deskCreative inspiration is gleaned from disorder. Mothers everywhere are rolling their eyes. How many times were you been told in your childhood by your mom to, “pick up that room or I will do it AND if I do it, it’s all going in the garbage” ? But according to several studies, there actually may be a reason for the mess. Many creative people find a certain freedom of expression and inspiration among the messiness of their rooms. If you ever want proof just look at a painter’s studio, baker’s kitchen or writer’s office, just let me clean mine up a bit before you visit.


“Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights. Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe,” said Kathleen Vohs, Psychological Science, PhD, of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. 

  • messydesk_video1Some of the best-known creative “geniuses” were and are messy. Mark Twain, J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs, are all known for having messy work spaces. It appears that great ideas flourish and literally rise to the top when the mind is allowed to roam freely.
  • Messy play is important, especially for children. We all can agree being a child is magical, even if you are an adult. Allowing for messy play can be all sorts of fun, whether it is creating dough animals on the kitchen counter or finger painting on the deck. For children, messy play helps in numerous areas of development. It not only inspires creativity but also builds confidence and self-esteem.

Special Note: Some messiness is okay, a lot may cause a problem. While many of us will agree having a little freedom in messiness is liberating that said, too much may cause chaos. If the messiness of your creative space leads to stress or takes away creativity time in search of your favorite writing pen or artist’s paint brush, it may be time to look at some “creative” organization tactics.

Finding the creative beauty from the messiness of life allows for freedoms never imagined. While yes, having to wash your car for the third time in a week can be a bit of a hassle, maybe the answer is to look through those yellow-powdered windows to find nature’s artwork instead. In the meantime, be fearless, get messy and create. After all, finding the beauty of creativity by getting messy could lead to writing that story you have always wanted to write.


Mark Twain Photo courtesy of Time Photo Gallery,29307,1819876_1732998,00.html

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