Spring cleaning and making space to create

April 12th, 2018 6:54 am


Good morning, lovely people! How is your week going? I always find myself surprised when it is the middle of the month. I can’t seem to grasp where the first two weeks have gone and then begin realizing how much I need to get done before the end of the month. Alas, deep breathes. We will get there 🙂

Today I am embarking on a spring cleaning AKA decluttering of my little apartment. I have an attack plan: clean each room one by one and set aside items to donate and items to give to friends or family. Last night, my boyfriend and I gave the car a much needed cleaning and all of this got me thinking about cleaning and decluttering and the effects it has on creating.

For me, as a creative type, I find that when the space around me is chaotic, it is harder to write. I find my eyes wandering and thinking that I should put that item or away or wow, I have too many shoes that I don’t wear or look at all the dust on those book spines.

Whereas, when the space smells fresh like lavender or balsam fir, everything is put away in its proper space, and I have a cup of coffee nearby, then I find it easier to focus and write. This month is Camp National Novel Writing Month, so I have been attempting to write roughly 2500 words a day for my goal: 70,000 by the end of the month.

If there is something I have discovered this month, it is this: I would love to get in the flow of regular decluttering and keeping my space clear and minimal. I now know this goes hand in hand with my ability to create. I feel calmer and less anxious and find myself able to sync into the flow of writing more easily. Interesting, the different things we might need to help us create.

Do you have any thoughts on this? What do you need in your environment to help you create or focus on your work? Love to hear in the comments below.

Wish me luck 😉

Until next time,

Loie xo

4 thoughts on “Spring cleaning and making space to create

  1. I love spring cleaning! And the stuff you donate might make someone’s day. I love have plants in the house. I am buying a cactus tonight! The fresh air and greenery helps me feel energized to create. LOVING BLUEBEARD!! I am reading on lunch and probably gonna binge read Saturday morning and get your notes mailed next week! It is sooooo good!

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    1. Awww yes! I love plants too 🙂 I am the same. I’m so happy you are loving Bluebeard! 🙂 I am equally loving World Leaper. I will aim to do the same, woohoo!!! #cpsoulmates

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  2. Ahh, Loie!
    Such a lovely thought…spring cleaning…makes me chuckle a little.
    I’m finding that no matter what I get cleared away, someone’s coming behind me to UNDO all my efforts. This is why I have put a lock on my office door. No one can dump their junk in there! It’s my sanctuary. Coffee, essential oils, a perfect view of all the snow on my lawn.
    BUT ( I have to make the offer) If you’re looking for more cleaning to help with your creative process, come on over! I’ll write-you clean! 😉
    Love your newsletter!
    Good luck with your daily writing goal!


    1. Hi Tanya 🙂 Thanks for commenting! Hahaha, well, the spring cleaning was a nice thought, but so far I have only completed two rooms 😀 Woo! Quite a lot to it. However, my space is starting to feel less cluttered (how do we accumulate so much stuff?!) and I’m getting there.

      Ohh, someday I would love to have an office. Coffee and essential oils are some of my favorite things too.

      LOL – the offer is tempting, but I think I have enough to keep me busy for awhile 😀 😀

      Thank you ❤


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