Are You a Messy Crafter or an Organized One?
Are you the type to never be able to see the top of your work area? Is it covered in glitter, papers and glue? Or are you the type to keep everything neat and tidy? Which way is better? Can you be a little bit of both?
I like what you call organized chaos. It always seems like when I clean up the area I lose things. That being said I lose my keys everyday if I don't put my keys back into the same spot. It's a constant battle every freaking day.
My office right now? It’s a right off, and that is not an exaggeration. It’s not like I want it to be like this. It’s just that the office is not a priority to be fixed at the moment. So I refuse to unpack my boxes, which means I can’t find jack squat at the moment.
So let's look at the Pros and Cons of both!
Messy- Messy people are said to very creative people. They have a wide range of interests and they can jump from one project to another. They think outside the box and have the need to create lots of different projects.
Messy people tend to be a bit more spontaneous, flying by the seat of their pants. They tend to be more flexible and they don't get anxious over the small stuff. This is because they thrive in chaos.
Organized- Organized people want things to look perfect. There is nothing wrong with that. They can come up with simple solutions to keeping things organized and still make it look pretty all at the same time.
They plan out their projects ahead of time. They focus their energy on completing them on time and in an orderly fashion They tend to finish one project before moving on to the next. Organized people also come prepared to work on projects. They know all the materials they need and go out to buy anything they don't have ahead of time. They also remove all distractions from their area such as phones and tv.
Messy- It's hard to find work space when everything is everywhere. This is especially true in a small space. There is always the possibility of breaking things as well.
Messy crafters sometimes go out and buy the same materials twice. It's not their fault, they just can't find it. So whatever they can't find, they assume they don't have. Been there, done that several times.
Organized- Because most organized people plan out their day to day activities it is hard for them to go with the flow. You need to schedule time with them in advance because they plan far in advance. They need order so that they can survive. It is not necessarily a bad thing. It is nice to have a little organization every now and again.
It is said that messy areas inspire freedom and creativity. Some of the most brilliant minds had messy desks. But there was a method to their madness. People such as Steve Jobs, and Albert Einstein worked well with organized chaos. They knew where things were. If you are messy or disorganized, at the very least try and keep any important files, papers and folders in one space. Especially if you own your own business. Nothing worse than realizing at tax time that you don't have the papers you need. I know I can be both organized and messy. I know I am organized when it comes to planning. I love to plan out my projects. I am definitely not when it comes to my craft space. It's a struggle.
One thing I do try and get in the habit of doing is cleaning my office the week before I have to do any office or paper work. I normally keep all important paper in a folder ready to go, but I do like a clean desk for when I am ready to get my paper work done. I like to have everything around me at that time turned off so I am not distracted. Once that is over then it's basically a free for all. It may not be ideal for everyone, but for me it works. I like to think I have the best of both worlds going on.
What about you? Are you organized or messy?