A Clean Space to Write

Creative people are messy. I’ve heard this more times than I can count. I’ve seen posts on FB and memes on Instagram stating if you’re house is clean, you’re not enjoying life.

I’m here to tell you this is not true.

But, you knew that, right? You don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. (I hope not!).

My mom is a clean freak. She knows this. When I was growing up, she not only kept the house picked up throughout the week, but she spent eight hours – the equivalent of an entire workday – cleaning the house on Saturdays. Chores included dusting, mopping, vacuuming, laundry, scrubbing the floors. She did it all. She still does, but now that she’s retired, she splits the jobs up during the week.

I blame my mother.

This is a great thing, though! Who wants to live every day in a mess? I don’t. I’ll tell you what – I certainly can’t write in one.

Most, or at least a lot, of writers have designating writing spaces. An office, a desk, a cleaned out area in the closet acting like an office serve this purpose. I don’t have one. My office is either standing at the kitchen counter or sitting on the living room couch. It’s usually the latter, and I need it clean to get anything done.

My couch workspace

Before I sit down to write, I have a few things I need to do. First, the room must be picked up. No blankets, pillows, or toys on the floor. Sometimes I need to vacuum, too. I like the space to be fresh! I make my coffee and set my laptop up on the end table. I also am sure to have my Emotion Thesaurus and iPad nearby.

If the house is in a stare of disarray, I can’t work. I can only think of cleaning up!

Tell me, do you work in a mess? Can you?




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