5 Reasons We Struggle To Keep Our Creative Spaces Organized

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Why does it seem like we’re constantly rearranging and reorganizing our creative spaces? Why do we always feel the need to rework things? What’s going on here?

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Have you managed to get your creative space organized only to find out it’s a struggle to keep it that way? Check out these five reasons why we struggle to keep our creative spaces organized along with some awesome ideas about how we can get ourselves organized once and for all.

We haven’t given up our bad habits

And we’re of course still doing whatever it was that got us into this mess in the first place. We have good intentions, but not-so-good follow-through. Maybe, we let things pile up in our creative spaces that don’t belong in there in the first place or we just never bother to clean up when we’re finished with a project. Either way, until we can somehow manage to give up our bad habits, we’re never actually going to be able to keep our creative spaces organized.

We didn’t leave space to grow

What we have when we start organizing isn’t necessarily what we’ll have in a few weeks or a few months. We need to create flexible organization and leave space to grow. We should definitely think about how much of something we have before we decide how to sort and/or store it. And while we’re at it, we should probably also decide when to say enough is enough.

Our input exceeds our output

Of course, we don’t think about being creative in terms of “output,” but there does come a point when we accumulate too much stuff and end up overwhelmed instead of inspired. If there’s not at least some rhyme or reason to what we’re buying and we’re not using it quickly enough, it might be time to reevaluate things. Maybe, it’s about time to slow down when it comes to bringing new things in or even institute a use it or lose it policy for what we already have. Whatever works, right?

We have too much stuff and too little space

This is a big one and something so many of us struggle with, but there really does come a point when the only feasible option is to purge. It’s unfortunate and I know most of us don’t want to get rid of things that we spent money on, but if we’re not using it and it’s just taking up space, then purging might be the best option. If nothing else, at least put some things into the dreaded purge box and see if you can manage to live without them. You never know, you might actually like it better that way.

We didn’t take the time to create a plan

Planning can be a frustrating process, especially when you’re essentially starting over or starting from scratch, but it makes sense to take the time to do it beforehand instead of wasting time redoing everything after the fact. I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of this at least once or twice. We start putting our creative spaces together only to find out that we need to rework everything because things still aren’t quite the way we want them.

Do you have any awesome ideas to get ourselves organized once and for all? Leave a comment and share.

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  1. All of those are so true, especially the didn’t create a plan. I end up getting inspired with an idea and just start but I’m a horrible finisher which I guess ties in the output part. I love the process of being creative and trying out new ideas. I’m visiting today from the Creative Corner link up.

  2. I think I have all of these problems! Mostly I’m just lazy about cleaning up and following through on putting things away at my craft desk…need to work on that!

  3. Definitely, Emma! And it’s so difficult to find a balance with each of these things. Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome weekend!

  4. I hear ya! I’m so thrilled to have lots of space now, but that wasn’t always the case. I remember struggling to fit everything into our really small spare bedroom. Lol… Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome weekend!

  5. Thanks so much, Kim! And of course thanks for visiting! Have an awesome weekend!

  6. Tell me about it, Bonnie! I’ve always said that I’m a thinker, not a doer. Lol… Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome week!

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