Clutter Creep

I walked into my office one day last week to find this:

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Desk? What desk? Oh, you mean that wooden thing holding up all the other crap, junk, and mess? Sheesh! No wonder I was stuck (again) in a particularly uncreative space.

I'm amazed at how quickly clutter accumulates. One or two pieces of mail to be filed later quickly becomes a stack six inches high. A bag full of miscellaneous stuff from the last out of town trip becomes a dust bunny magnet. Those cool Ikea shelves for CDs become the landing pad for Nextflix red envelopes, old check books, and all the other stuff that will get put in it's right place "someday." 

For me, there was something very unsettling and uncomfortable working in this clutter (of my own making). So, time for some spring cleaning, reorganizing and clutter clean up. 

Four or so hours later…

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Ahhhhh! Much better! The clutter is gone (believe it or not I DO use all that "stuff" just about every day), and as a bonus, I discovered a bag of fun-sized Peanut M&M's left over from Halloween. 

The lesson learned for me should be to take the two to three minutes each time to put stuff where it belongs and keep on top of the clutter rather than letting it slowly creep up on me and getting in the way of my creative "vibe." 

Of course, the mental clutter is a whole other story…

What is cluttering (literally and figuratively) up your life and getting in the way of your creativity? What habits can you change or start to help you better deal with clutter creep?