Austin Kleon on Why Having a Messy Studio Can Help You as an Artist
In this excerpt from his new book, “Keep Going”, writer Austin Kleon shares insights on the creative benefits of tidying up.
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Excerpted from Keep Going: 10 Ways To Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon (Workman). © 2019.
I struggle with being tidy and being messy on the daily. Somehow it just seems to have a life of its own. Then there are other days where things like depression and external factors weigh in heavily on my ability to perform the necessary tasks of maintaining a household or studio. I like to blame my cat for throwing his food around or other such nonsense, when in fact, I know it’s always me.
I used to always be such an orderly child, and still have a flare of OCD and particularity about some rather odd (and most likely annoying) ways of keeping my personal space organized. I need to learn to adapt to a “less is more” approach and start some spring purging. I even lost a great chuck of material possessions in a flood a few years ago. So I know it’s just stuff, and sometimes it gets messy, but why can’t I seem to keep things from getting overwhelming at times? Why must I “push it,” as my mother has pointed out?
I suspect a lot has to do with my current mental state. For example, If I know company is coming over, I can usually whiz through the place and make it look pretty damn good in about 20 minutes. But why do I treat myself as though I am not good enough to keep it that way? Why do I let it go to crap?
PICTURED BELOW (AND ABOVE IN THE FEATURED PHOTO) ARE TIMES WHEN MY STUDIO/LIVING SPACE WAS IN A STATE OF CONTROLLED CHAOS
I suspect it will always be a WORK IN PROGRESS….
Anyone have any great motivational tips?