Clean Your Closet…And Get More Creative?

CC Image courtesy of Librarian by becaberry on Flickr
CC Image courtesy of Librarian by becaberry on Flickr

Living in my small, quaint, 1959-built house is cozy and I wouldn’t trade my house for anything (except maybe a similar version right on the beach when I retire). The only downside is that the closets are 1959-sized (read: very, very small).

I’ve overtook two of our three closets. The upside to having such small closets is that it forces you to do a purge every couple of years. As I just typed the word couple, I cracked up, since really, I hadn’t cleaned out my closet in five years until recently, tackling my closet purge when hubby JT was out of town. My closets were so stuffed that I couldn’t push multiple items on hangers around in them without shoulder strain. Ouch!

I turned on some good classic rock and began the process on a Saturday afternoon. I did the usual sorting into piles such as Donate, Toss, and Unsure. (I just make my Keep pile the clothes still hanging up in my closet, as I go through item by item.) At the end, I try on the Unsure pile’s items and usually, I end up putting them into the Donate pile. I even cleaned out my drawers.

I felt so good, which is the whole point. I now can easily find things like my Rolling Stones t-shirt or my favorite pair of yoga pants. I’ve experienced the expected feelings of relief from my closet purge, but with an unexpected benefit too. I’m more creative! 

I reason that it’s because I made more space for new things. A friend gifted me a cute jacket shortly after my closet purge. Yet, I didn’t realize that besides new, physical items that aspects or qualities I was desiring would come into my life as well. Whoa! This is interesting.

Inspiration has hit and I’ve been writing poems, song lyrics, and playing my guitar more. It’s hard to keep up with all the ideas that are downloading each day for my life, art, music, and business. I always carry a notebook with me to record them, so I don’t forget them. Creativity has expanded in every area of my life, including my writing, cooking, yoga practice, and even my beauty routine (ah, the joy of eye shadow palettes!). I am doing artwork again, using all my fun supplies. I even felt motivated to move my supplies from the basement into my upstairs office, finding innovative solutions for my small space.

It wasn’t until a month or so after that I made the connection between reducing my closet and increasing my creative flow. When I thought about it though, the connection makes sense. Feng Shui experts talk about how clutter prevents new things and conditions from coming into our lives. Law of attraction experts discuss how the universe abhors a vacuum and new things, people, or conditions have to come into our lives once we make space for them.

I asked my friend who is a decluttering professional what she thought about my recent creativity surge and she said something along these lines:  “Well, it’s all connected. If you feel good after you reduce your possessions and open up a space, you will do even more things that feel good.” This made me smile because my friend is down-to-earth and tells it like it is.

Gosh, it’s that simple? Okay, sign me up! I’m going declutter some more.

How about you? What benefits do you receive from cleaning out your closets or from decluttering? Share in the comments below.

Author: LisaSelow

Lisa Marie Selow is a life coach, motivational speaker, modern mystic, and author who has been coaching hundreds of women to be more creative and courageous since 1998. Her self-empowerment book, A Rebel Chick Mystic’s Guide: Healing Your Spirit With Positive Rebellion (Hay House, Inc.), assists women in living by their own rules and creating lives that rock. Lisa lives in Detroit, Michigan with her husband, JT, along with a few, electric guitars. In her spare time, she enjoys art journaling, yoga, meditation, time in nature, singing, reading good books, and skateboarding. Her website is:

8 thoughts on “Clean Your Closet…And Get More Creative?”

  1. I did some purging during June too… although I’m waiting for the Universe to start filling up the empty space. Although, as soon as I got rid of the clutter and furniture that was clogging the space my creativity came back. I put my crystals out and brought my large angel statue back into the house (it was in the garden) It feels so much better in my house now 🙂

    1. Roberta, ooh, you made me think of going shopping to fill it back up, ha ha ha! You made me giggle. Teehee! Universe seems to abhor a vacuum, doesn’t it? Thanks for stopping by to read and comment 🙂

    1. Hey there, Roy, I could send my best friend. She does some great work with professional organizing 🙂 Heehee! 🙂

  2. I love this, purplesquirrel444! So glad to hear it that I’m not the only one feeling better with these seemingly small changes. Thanks for stopping by and leaving us a comment too. xoxo

  3. We just moved to Omaha, so my big goal is to go through everything and Yard Sale or donate it before my Live Event on August 10th. I always get new clients and make a lot of money when I declutter, plus come up with great new business ideas.

    Also, since I’m writing two books right now, it can’t hurt that process any. 😉

    1. Amethyst,
      That is a brilliant idea! I love the idea of bringing in new opportunities and abundance. That motivates! Hooray! By the way, that sounds stellar, you having a live event. I can totally see you doing that and affirm your total success!

      Wow, 2 books too!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your positive vibes! xo

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