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Do you ever feel like maybe you don’t have what it takes to get organized and no matter how hard you try it’s just not happening for you? Maybe there’s some truth to that. Or maybe you’re looking at it all wrong.
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Let’s be realistic, something’s gotta give. If you’re ever going to make any progress in your creative space, you’re going to have to take a step back and figure out what you’re doing wrong. And I assure you, you’re doing something wrong.
It’s really easy to get organized when things are static. And actually, it’s not until you figure input vs. output into the equation that it gets a little trickier.
What is input vs. output?
You see, the thing about creative mamas is that we’re exactly that. We have good intentions, but poor follow-though. Take a minute and look around. How many unfinished projects do you have strewn about? How many times have you gotten side-tracked with one thing only to start something entirely different?
One thing that I can tell you, without a doubt, is that as long as you’re input exceeds your output, you’re out of luck. You’ll never get your creative space organized. So what exactly does that mean anyhow?
It means that you’re going to have to put down that coupon and walk away. Yep! You heard me right. There’s no way around it.
And for what it’s worth, I’m definitely guilty of this too. I walk into a craft store, find a few cute things that I don’t really need, and before you know it they’ve found their way into my creative space. More often than not, It happens without me even realizing it. I’m sure y’all can relate.
I can think of at least a few things that are just sort of here. I happen to rather like shopping and I’m willing to bet that you do too. It happens.
What about having a stash?
One thing I hear over and over again is what about having a stash? You know, because that’s kinda how it works when you’re a creative mama.
And just like everything else in life, there’s gotta be balance. If you’re consistently buying more than what you’re using, then you’re going to end up overrun with stuff. And then guess what?
Here’s the thing, though. If you’re not using it and it’s just collecting dust, how is that benefiting you? If you bought it even though you didn’t need it and have no intentions of using it, then why do you still have it?
Of course the more you have, the harder it is to organize. But you already knew that, right?
Basically, you want to have enough to create, but not so much that you’re overwhelmed. And the answer to exactly how much that is? Well, that’s going to be different for each of us and it’s also going to depend on how much space you have.
What should I do about it?
Unfortunately it’s something that only you can decide. Figure out exactly where your comfort zone is and don’t exceed it.
And if you’re already well beyond that point? No worries. There’s still hope, I promise.
The quickest way to fix the issue is to get back to basics. How much paper do you really need? And realistically, how many embellishments are actually going to find their way onto your pages?
Figure out what you absolutely can’t live without and make do with just that. It might mean throwing things away or donating them or maybe even packing stuff up and putting it somewhere else, but once you get comfortable with the idea of purging, you’ll totally be able to breathe a sigh of relief. And when it’s all said done, you’ll be a lot happier.
Because clutter is overwhelming and too much stuff can be paralyzing.
When you can actually sit down and find what you need to start a project and then stick with it long enough to have a finished product… That’s one thing that definitely makes this creative mama happy.
What do you think? Leave a comment and share your thoughts on input vs. output.
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