Right now the Kondo effect tells us to embrace, and even fetishise, the virtue of decluttering.
Reducing clutter and organising your space has become an ever-present topic and has been praised as being the path to liberation and joy. There are many clever methods and guides to walk you through the process of paring down and liberating yourself from stuff. And yes it is very true that minimal living can bring us a newfound sense of control over our environment helping us to free up space both physically and mentally. It also helps us to make conscious choices in a world where over consumption can become a messy habit in our homes and for our planet.
But we’re here to tell you that having a non-minimalist home isn’t actually bad. Having a messy space can say quite a bit about a person’s energy and creativity. Mess can also inspire you.
Clean spaces don’t lend themselves to innovation or spontaneity, which is why so many creative types work in cluttered studios and chaotic offices. They don’t see the mess—they see possibility. Mess creates the connections that bring them to their next great idea. They need their environment to clash—mess offers up new ways of seeing the world.
Messy people can be more spontaneous and flexible, they don’t sweat the small stuff. Life is too short to clean out the cutlery drawer. We can feel pangs of anxiety when our garage is too dirty. We dust. Feeling pressured to have an immaculate and pristine home can cause guilt, worry and needless embarrassment. These feelings are counterproductive. Sometimes you need to give yourself permission to get messy in order to be more creative, live your life, and feel comfortable in your own skin.
It’s all about balance.
It is important to remember that life is messy. When you are living your life to the fullest, things can be messy both figuratively and literally. Generally, our lives are already go, go, go. The need to be perfect and without stuff can only add to this pressure. Instead, bring more softness into your life and just let things be once and a while.