Growing up you would not have thought of me as an organized person.
In fact, my nickname was actually “Messy Jessie”. I had not time or patience to clean my room.
While I did well in school and kept my classwork together neatly (+ loved my planner), I had a very hard time managing the only space in the world that was mine.
This carried all on until about the time I got married and the nesting obsession sunk in.
But just before that, I was THAT roommate with piles of clothes + papers covering every inch of my tiny (<100 sq ft) room in a railroad apartment that my roommates had to walk through every day.
This didn’t express my organizing abilities though, as I excelled at all of m temp reception gigs and kept my desk perfectly presentable to any client that walked through the doors.
My life at that time was very chaotic though and I suppose my room represented the mess of emotions I lived with every day. It was an exciting, yet stressful season.
Thinking back, I can see that in my teens + early twenties my creative drive was, well, driving me and I did not concern myself with things like maintenance and establishing productive habits.
And you know what?
That’s *totally* okay.
There ARE times when being messy is a good thing.
When you think about it the creative process can get pretty hairy. And when you’re just starting out on your own as a young adult it’s kinda like moving into a new place (over and over again).
In fact, the amount of times I moved (I didn’t stay in that railroad apartment for very long) is striking.
I just didn’t know how my life fit together.
I didn’t know the “place for everything” in my life + therefore nothing was in fact in its place.
Actually the act of organizing can get pretty messy itself. The old adage of “it’s going to get worse before it gets better” applies to both life AND organizing your receipts.
So let’s breathe for a hot second + relish in the fact that disorder + chaos can actually be a good thing.
As long as it’s because there is progressive movement in your life and not because you’ve given up.
There’s actually 2 reasons disorganization is a bad thing:
1. You’re mindlessly collecting stuff that is taking up space in your actual space and in your mind + soul. This holds you back because you get stuck in your past + emotions which become dead weight that you continue to carry with you.
This stifles your creativity.
2. You can’t actually find or easily access what you need for whatever project you are working on. It takes you longer to get started with your workday because you waste time searching and then… you p.r.o.c.r.a.s.t.i.n.a.t.e.
This stifles your productivity.
So what do we make of all of this?
The key is to take time to shed what you don’t need + arrange what you do need in a way that makes sense so that you can let your creative flow run wild when you set out to work.
Really. You can let it rip. Pretend you are a five-year-old playing in the mud.
Get realllly messy.
Then clean up when playtime is over. For real – Barney style.
Seriously though, a little bit of effort spent cultivating a supportive habitat for your creativity will go a very long way to helping you really make big waves in your life and business.
If kindergartners are able to take care of their classroom, we should be able to love our space enough to honor it.