When you walk into your home, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Do you feel at peace? Are you stressed out? Is there a mess that needs cleaned before you do anything else? Does the word “Inspired” come to mind? Or would you rather turn around and leave again? Odds are, you spend the most time in your home. It’s your hub. It’s where you sleep, eat, and most importantly, live. So it’s not surprising to suggest that if you want to live a more creative life, you need to set up a home that invites creativity.
Why Do You Want Your Home to Invite Creativity?
Unless you create on the go, you’re creating in your home. Whether you want to spend your time practicing a musical instrument, writing, painting, art journaling, crafting, writing, blogging, sewing, etc., you need a place to work.
If, when you walk in the front door, you are bombarded with doing the dishes, making dinner, tripping over the house’s clutter, and facing the mounting pile of mail on your dining room table, you’re not going to want to create. You won’t want to pull out your instrument to practice. You won’t have the space to spread out your art supplies. You might feel too stressed to even want to journal or write a few hundred words. It’s simpler to just grab something to eat and sit in front of the T. V. for a couple hours than it is to create.
But is this what you really want?
Start Creating Your Ideal Home Now
Your home should be your sanctuary. You should feel safe, inspired, motivated, and happy. Setting up a home that invites creativity doesn’t have to be complicated, nor do I want it to be. I want you to set up a home environment that makes it easy for you to create on a regular (if not daily) basis. Let’s look at three ways you can do this, but before we get started, download the free workbook for a power brainstorming session. You’ll find the workbook in my digital library.
1. Dealing with Clutter
Clutter can be one of the most distracting things to creativity. If you find it difficult to focus on creating when the dishes are piled up in your sink or when you have unanswered bills lying in wait for you—if you need space to create—if you need a clean and unclutter room to work in—then you want to start with decluttering your house. Again, this does not need to be complicated or overwhelming. You can download this free printable and declutter your entire home in 30 days. If you have an office or separate bedroom to work in, you might only need to declutter this one room to focus on creating.
It’s not just the physical clutter that can distract you. Digital and mental clutter get in the way too. It might be:
- A long to-do list
- A full email inbox
- The temptation of social media
- The call of the T. V. and your couch
- An argument with a friend
- Frustration with your boss
You can’t let this type of clutter get in the way of creating either.
- If you’re not using your computer to create, keep it closed.
- Turn the T. V. off until you are done.
- If something at work is hanging over your head, deal with it:
- Can you talk to a friend for ten minutes?
- Write a letter describing your frustrations or fears. Then throw that letter away.
- You may even want to combine your clutter with your creativity.
- Journal about the most important thing on your to-do list.
- Paint or draw how you are feeling. Use color and images to express yourself rather than words.
Do This: Fill out the clutter section in the workbook.
Invite creativity in your home with inspiration. What specifically inspires you? For example, I’m inspired by color and nature. But maybe it’s your family who inspires you. Make sure there are pictures of them up in your house you can see every day. Perhaps words and quotes inspire you. Maybe when you look at pictures of your dream vacation you are encouraged to create something.
Do This: Take 5 minutes to fill out the inspiration section in your workbook.
You can also take time each day to be inspired by others. A warning though: It’s easy to watch two hours of YouTube all in the name of inspiration, so set a timer for ten minutes first. Read, look at images on Instagram and Pinterest, or, as I already pointed out my favorite, watch videos of other creatives on YouTube. BUT when that timer goes off, start creating.
Where do you like to look for inspiration?
3. See Your Art Each Day
One of the simplest things you can do to invite creativity into your home is to lay out your supplies where you will easily see them.
- For a musical instrument, this may mean learning the instrument up against the wall next to the T. V.
- Place your journal on your pillow each morning; you’ll have to pick up your journal and move it before you can sleep later that night.
- Leave your scrapbook and pictures out on the dining room table so you see them as soon as you walk in the house.
- Lay a paintbrush on top of your laptop.
- Keep your sewing machine set up (and be sure you can easily get to it) with all your supplies on hand.
- Place your camera and photography equipment on a shelf near your front door.
With so much going on in your life every day, it’s not surprising to forget to engage with creativity. Having your supplies already set up makes it that much easier to get started right away.
- If you haven’t already, download the workbook.
- Journal/brainstorm about your ideal setting. Where do you like to work? Or where can you work in your home. (Not all of us have our own workspace.) What do you need to do to set up your home to invite creativity?
- What gets in the way of you being creative? How are you going to remove these obstacles?
- Create a plan to declutter your home and life, find weekly or daily inspiration, and set your art supplies somewhere you can see them every day.
Do you feel your home invites creativity? If not, what’s one thing you are going to do this week so it can?