There is a myth that artists are gloriously messy. When I am painting, I definitely am. When I am sewing as well. When it comes to my house, my living space, however, I like it tidy.
This doesn’t mean that it is tidy all of the time. Sometimes, depending on how busy or tired I am, it can be a while before it’s messy enough that I can’t stand it any more and spend a day cleaning. I also have a teenage son. Sometimes I think he doesn’t notice the mess around him, even when I point it out. Or maybe it’s just not important to him. Sometimes, especially when I am feeling overwhelmed, it’s easy to feel resentful that he doesn’t pick up after himself more or clean up without being asked. Even with his weekly chores, it can be challenging to get him to do them. It’s just not a priority with him.
Having a clean and tidy living space is a priority with me. When the space is clean, it feels more open, more friendly. I feel that my energy flows more freely, and I feel happier and more open to creating. Having the house clean raises it’s whole energy.
Maybe there are artists who function better in a glorious mess. I guess I am just not one of them. Having a clean space gives my creativity more room to expand. That’s what feels good to me.