I thought the post was so interesting that I wanted to mention it with the hope that you will share your thoughts and experiences about order vs. clutter in your own life. The article reviews findings based on research of only a relatively small sample of people so the results cannot be taken as gospel. And I will tell you that I did not read the results of the research, just the aforementioned article discussing the results.
The research highlighted in the post suggests that
- messiness encourages creativity
- a tidy environment may lead to healthier food choices
- orderliness may produce generosity
- the act of organizing may reduce stress
Are any of the above true for you? Or have you even noticed a correlation? I know many of us work in areas that are stacked, piled, and cluttered with fabric and other sewing supplies. Some say they can't create otherwise, others prefer a more tidy environment. If you change the work area from tidy to cluttered or messy to neat do you notice any changes in your creativity and how you work?
I'm comfortable with a messy environment when I'm in the midst of a creative project but when finished, I need to clean up a bit or the old supplies laying out hinder my thoughts toward the new project. You?
I haven't thought about the relationship between tidiness and generosity or tidiness and food choices, nor the act of organizing reducing stress, but they will be on my mind, especially when I'm experiencing stress. Maybe it will be time to finally organize that linen closet upstairs!
I hope you'll please share your thoughts on the above results of research.
Do any of you use Evernote? It's a free program which stores information, weblinks, photos and other digital files in the cloud where you can access it from any electronic device. I use it when I remember....
Since this is such an odd kind of post, I guess this is a Really Random Thursday post.