News


How to be lazy and effortlessly tidy at the same time

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, May 11, 2017

 

I am lazy…

Yes, I really am incredibly lazy, and I begrudge every moment I spend tidying up because I’ve got far better things to do. But I also hate trying to live and work in a disorganised or untidy space, so I make sure that my home is tidy most of the time. That may sound like an impossible feat but it’s actually very easy.

 

Ironically it’s being lazy that makes me want to be effortlessly tidy

When you’re as lazy as I am, you just can’t be bothered to wade through chaos to find your diary, or to make dinner. And you can’t be bothered to spend a second longer cleaning than you need to. You want your space to be as easy to use as possible and you want to be an effortlessly tidy person. But how do you make it stay that way if you hate tidying up?

 

If you’re lazy and not effortlessly tidy, it’s a sign that you’re not properly organized

Actually it’s a myth that you need to tidy up much. If your home is really well organised, tidying up everyday isn’t really needed. Needing to tidy up is either a sign that you’re tired or ill and so haven’t put things back, or that you need some visual clutter to act as a creative stimulus, or that your things weren’t well organised in the first place. It’s also a myth that people with tidy houses are energetic, time rich or virtuous, and spend ages making sure their homes stay that way. Some of them are probably as lazy as I am!

 

What is your failure to be effortlessly tidy teaching you about yourself?

So pay attention to your clutter and ask yourself what it’s trying to tell you about your state of mind. Are you tired? Are you in the middle of a creative project? Or is it a permanent tide that floods your home which you can’t hold back? There is a way to arrange every item you own so that it tends to gravitate back to its proper place without very much effort or conscious thought on your part. That method of organising is what I call the ‘toothbrush principle’ because most people do this automatically with their toothbrushes. Once your things are organized properly, putting them back correctly every time becomes automatic.

Download the free excerpt of ‘Banish Clutter Forever – How the toothbrush principle will change your life’ to find out more.


Comments
Post has no comments.
Post a Comment




Captcha Image


×

Recent Posts


Tags

branding nurture creativity creative people wind down friendships concentrated creative time tidier artist materials work life missed opportunities fall of innocence artist mentors grief how to save time creative commissions tips for clearing feeling creative spree workspaces minimalists warm down cry storage stardust collections creative spark buying wealth emotional support being tripped up clearing as you go car tidiness in living spaces clarity of thought pop music emotional balance confident in clothes slow and steady childhood touring friends network vulnerability buying stardust pop culture buying hope cleaning your desk tension criteria for letting go of stuff time clutter celebrity endorsed products clearing in short bursts chaotic commitment introverts tidy people business elevator pitch absences resentment subconscious mind staying in control housework much quicker being organized ‘creativity’ cupboard of shame low maintenance inconvenience smart artists imagination creative person making decisions home life organise too many commitments good art work options stop cluttering brilliant creator tidy desk creative identity artist great art feel like creatiing bulk buy social media creativity diary lazy buy fewer clothes mature artists how to be naturally tidy email visualising platform stop hoarding stuff artistic conviction peacefulness guilty purchases great artists overwork well organized how to work efficiently brands goals effortlessly tidy mess partners professional encouragement temperament theft artistic chaos card under-confidence good friend normality slim-line wardrobe copyright buying youth : clothes cleaning business interface to creative businesses VIPs nascent artists writing funding campaigns emotionally secure artist living mess free proposal writing creative confidence organizing for creative people productivity networking effectively good creative habits clutter addict artist workspaces multiple lifetimes tidy much better friend motivation nipping things in the bud hoarding critical acclaim working class culture quality work priorities hotel room jealousy focus loving your audience precious memories static spaces compulsion trope stay tidy automatically to do list proposals work efficiently lifetimes work/home life balance too busy home organising efficient work patterns business-speak culture long-term artistic development domestic life parent disorganization myth vocation creative wellbeing successful artist email bankruptcy fine art creative career boredom self promotion binge creativity creative organising procrastination nurturing creative work artists just in case hijacking creativity double standard email overload social media networking appointments networking exhaustion crowdfunding loss wardrobe clearing dynamic spaces tortoise and hare clear outs green room work trips the void symptoms of creativity living clutter free buying happiness anxiety hobbies ‘stories’ about your possessions innocence emotional resilience arrogance funding magic display items diary why organise control peer-to-peer networks Sheila Chandra author clear desk home care inspiration creative culture popular culture hostile clutter clean desk sacrifice clutter well curated closet stay on top of email letting go professional creative career organisation low maintenance strategies diagnosis creative magic clearing clutter artistry working class artists business-like professional mentors

Archive

×