While the old saying is true, ‘an organized desk/house, reveals an organized mind’, it is also true that a messy desk/house, reveals a creative mind.
Some of us are just naturally messy, so we no longer have to live with the shame of being “unorganized”!
This is especially liberating to families with young children, where the clutter and chaos seems to never go away! (As soon as I clear a few feet of space, my son celebrates at the opportunity to fill it up again.)
I’m not saying I’m abandoning my quest for a more organized home or supporting that we all turn into hoarders, yet now I don’t feel as if I am emotionally abusing my children with my inept abilities to keep the toys, clutter and everything else constantly at bay.
My son is on the right track. He has a natural need to have everything in sight. He craves to have his current favorite toys out so he can play with them all, in creative ways. He is a 24-7 Legos engineer, wanting all the different kits so he can mix and match the pieces to create his own Millennium Falcon from a fire truck body, or a hybrid Death Star-medieval castle.
I have embraced his need for what looks like a mess knowing that it feeds his creativity. Yet, it does take a “study” to help me accept that a mess doesn’t permanently mark me as a bad parent, but is actually necessary and helpful to be creative!
And what do we want our kids, even ourselves, to be?
So, all you parents out there – don’t be buried under the shame while being buried under the toys! That teenager’s bedroom where you step on things to get to the bed? Who knows where their ideas will lead!
Let’s all relax, and not freak-out every time we look at something out of place.
Gracious Lord, help us follow your example and be inspired to create things out of chaos. Amen.
For the Study, see MPR’s Messy Desks Get Creative Juices Flowing.
To follow my quest on living in a small house with children, check out my Small House Spiritual Living post category on the right.
- Tidy Desk or Messy Desk? Each Has Its Benefits (psychologicalscience.org)
- Creative Clutter. (lebohemianwriter.wordpress.com)
- Excuse The Mess And Welcome To The Neighborhood (nitstyl.wordpress.com)
- What’s REALLY Behind Clutter? (meditationsforwomen.com)
- Clear the Clutter.Clear your Mind – Part III (jennmariemaxwell.wordpress.com)