Creative Benefits of Clutter

by Bonnie Rotundo 09/29/2019

Many of today's fashionable life coaches tell us that cluttered environments mess with our sense of peace and calm, our focus, and our productivity. Plenty of gurus and television hosts urge us to declutter our desks and homes. And overall, they're right. Research does support the concept that a having a tidy living space and workplace is beneficial. But those messy spaces in your home or office might just inspire you in ways the clutter-free set has yet to notice.

Clutter Might Not Amuse, But Is It a Muse?

Some researchers tell us that clutter supports creativity.

They acknowledge the benefits of a tidy interior space: mainly, the pleasure of easily finding, storing, and keeping track of things. Cleaning out your space can also ensure that it is used more efficiently. And of course, minimalism is important when you go to sell your home.

But when a home is actually lived in, an uncluttered environment, for some folks, may be missing something.

Clutter is conducive to creativity. It stimulates a thought process that veers away from conventional reasoning. 

Clutter Has Its Place

You may find that filing away loose papers and neatly storing randomly scattered objects seems to hit an internal "refresh" button. You may suddenly feel more in control, calm...ready to take on all the tasks! Especially when you need to complete organizational work, your stress level should drop after a good tidying up. And if you're a chef, or working on projects requiring absolute precision, tidiness is paramount. But when you're doing work that requires creative thinking, the clutter cost-benefit analysis shifts.

In a tidy atmosphere, writer's block can get the best of you. Tasks that depend on originality and flair may stall.

When that happens, try going to a room with a lot of interesting, scattered things, with all sorts of hues and shapes and fragrances. See what happens. 

Synopsis: A Call for Moderated Clutter 

Decluttering might enhance productivity, but it can discourage creativity. Often, real creativity is unleashed during a person's least productive days.

Perhaps it's best to keep a balance. Clean when the situation calls for it. Tidy up when you need a break from sitting.

After all, the quest for perfect order can be a source of stress itself. Tidying in a more organic way can be relaxing, and it can help you rediscover unfinished projects merge well with whatever you're creating today. Let yourself appreciate the serendipity that some disorder creates. Meanwhile, take this as a stress reducer if you've been concerned about your clutter. Rather than trying to keep up with the decluttered Joneses, enjoy your environment—your way!

About the Author
Author

Bonnie Rotundo

ABOUT ME  

I was born and brought up in Northern New York State, near the Thousand Islands region. I graduated from the State University of New York at Potsdam with a BA in English Literature, moving to Brunswick County in 1979.

From 1980 through 1999, I owned and operated The Italian Fisherman Restaurant, a well-known waterfront eatery in Sunset Beach, NC. After leaving the foodservice business, I knew that I wanted to embark on a career that would keep me in a people-oriented, service-driven industry. I happily choose real estate, and that’s what I’ve been doing since 2000!

Having been a Brunswick County resident for so many years, I have witnessed the tremendous growth and ensuing change the area has undergone. I know the geography and landscape well– it’s no surprise that so many have seen the natural beauty, temperate climate, and enjoyable lifestyle this little corner of the Carolinas affords, and have decided to make it home, too!

My mission is to assist those seeking to buy or sell residential property locally!

Several key points comprise my business philosophy:

- Service is paramount! Put the client first and the rest follows.

- Communication is essential! My approach is more consultative in style: my job is to provide the necessary information, advice, and updates so that buyers and sellers can make informed decisions through-out the process.

-Dedication to excellence is vital! I have earned several professional designations in order to keep abreast of the latest real estate trends that will affect my client’s interests, a significant investment of time and effort.

-Honest, ethical conduct is crucial! The “golden rule” rules, and then some!

In business, I concentrate on forming long-term relationships, and indeed, many people have become not only clients for life, but good friends as well!

My goal, simply put, is to Address all your real estate needs!

CREDENTIALS & AWARDS

Licensed Broker/Associate in both North Carolina & South Carolina

Member of the Local, State, and National chapters of the Association of REALTORS®

Member of two Multiple Listing Services(BCAR & CCAR) in two states

Multi-million dollar producer since 2001

Sloane Realty Company Wide Top Producer 2014 & 2015 (#2 in 2016-2018)

Sloane Realty Ocean Isle Beach Office Top Producer 2014

Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society 2014 & 2015

Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society 2016, 2017, & 2018

Accredited Buyer Representative® (ABR)  

Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®)  

Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource® (SFR)  

Recreation and Resort Specialist (RRS)

Certified Renewed Rooms Staging Professional (CRSP)

Strategic Pricing Specialist® (SPS)

Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Agent