Declutter Your Way to Creativity

Friday, 27 July 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

Bag of StuffI recently spent just over a week on holiday in Fiji.  Despite all the places we were staying offering wireless internet I decided to go technology free.  No internet, no email, no computers of any sort.  It was a bit daunting at first but I soon realised I could live quite happily without these devices of distraction.  It was refreshingly liberating.  Our challenge this week is along similar lines.

Your challenge this week is to give something you own away to someone else, every day.  Try and give away items to people that will really benefit from them.  Be creative in your approach.

We tend to be a society that hoards things.  We like our possessions as we feel they make us of more value.  Maybe we feel they give us status.

Though as the quote from Fight Club goes "The things you own end up owning you."

Think about how much stuff you have that you never use, or stuff that you rarely use but really wouldn't notice if it was gone.  All this is creating clutter.  Removing it creates space which is liberating and refreshing. Maybe it's a little bit exciting, giving away something you've held onto for so long.  All this creates an environment conducive to creative thinking.  Embrace it and let your creativity flow.  Enjoy a simpler life with less stress and more room to think.

You may be hesitant at first so start off with little things and work your way bigger.  Of course, don't give away things that you use all the time and that are useful.  Only stuff that you don't really need and is just taking up space.  And don't fall into the trap of replacing that stuff you just cleared out with more new stuff.  That defeats the purpose.

You will help others but more importantly you will declutter your life.  You will be amazed at how liberating it can be and how it will create a lot more openness and freedom in your life.  Which will create more opportunity for creativity in your life.

Some stuff might just be rubbish that is best thrown out.  Other stuff may be useful to others though so make sure it will go to someone who can benefit from it.  They'll be better off, you'll feel good about yourself, everyone wins and again this is good for creative thinking.

If you really benefit from this then why stop at a week.  Make it a habit and continue by trying to give away at least one item every week.

Oh, and if you have a great experience when undertaking this challenge, feel free to share it and encourage others by leaving a comment below.


I sense creativity in you.  Use it to it's fullest.