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Destroy In Order To Create – Ending Creative Blocks

Destroy in order to create – ending creative blocks

Bringing about the end of a piece of work is as much a commitment as starting it. This commitment is about recognising what doesn't work, or what we no longer want. To destroy a piece of your own creative work is to announce your commitment to your creative self, and your belief of the importance of what you bring into the world that didn't exist in it before.   “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All…

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Making your home your friend

One of my clients calls his home 'a machine for living'. There are basic tasks it needs to be able to complete in order to function properly as a home, and I've listed a few of them here. But I would also add that when your home is your 'friend' and not just a 'machine', it will carry you through bad times. Steady home systems bring routine and calm. In my younger days I may have found this incredibly boring, but…

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Bring your talents out

It must be pretty common to enjoy doing a craft, but to have to acknowledge to yourself that actually, you're not that skilled at it. But you like having a crack at it. No harm done. Perhaps it's part of your family culture, and along the road you've inherited the tools and impedimenta connected to that craft. A couple of generations of good intentions. Hands up, knitters of the nation! Your first task is to gather all of the tools…

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Every player gets a minion!

Aside from the fact that children are magnets for 'stuff' despite the efforts and aesthetic values of their parents, my visit to St Giles Fair this year really brought to my my mind the message from the Minimalists, from James Wallman's book 'Stuffocation', and from many other writers on minimalism and clutter, namely: In terms of quality of life, happiness and good mental health, experiences matter more than things. They help us build an ever changing image of ourselves and…

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From chaos to resourcefulness

  Resource no 1: your life story Stuff that is broken, out of date, or that refers to a life we don't live any more, doesn't serve us. In a cupboard, it might be choking shelf space that could be used for things we treasure, want to reuse or have access to for personal reasons. Safely disposing of a pile of broken suitcases might bring about an opportunity to store and re read old letters and go out in the garden with…

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Everybody has one…

A particular job around the house I particularly hate doing. A special attachment to a particular kind of item, such as  little bottles and miniature packaging. An item that lovingly links me with a celebrity. An item that manifests my true beauty in a way the World will never really understand. A letter in a bottle, now adrift, waiting for the lighthouse of my organising mind to bring it safely to the beach. A friend, waiting? A childhood momento that is 'part of me'. A weary…

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Map your world

I hit an organisational glitch in the last few weeks, with energy levels dropping and some uncertainty as to what I should be doing next. I tidied up, which is always a good start, and drew a mind map of my business. This is unusual for me, as I am something of a late arrival at the mind-mapping party. I drew a map about the size of an A4 sheet. The next day I added to it, and later drew more on…

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The Organisation Tourist

The organisation tourist

I do enjoy and admire an organisation job well done. There are lots of environments where good organisation is essential, and a perfect example is the film set I visited as part of a Warner Brothers studio tour. Imagine your leading actor wanting to wave their wand and expel a dementor, only to realise that they can't find their wand anywhere! I saw fantastic sets and props, and learned about the back stage work behind the eight films in the series. Over 1000…

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The magic workshop

Mr Gomersall's workshop gives me most delicious shivers every time I go there. As a restorer of antique furniture (and reupholsterer) his workshop contains a thousand treasures. From swatches of fabric to odd-shaped bits of foam, soft woollen blankets to a collection of pairs of pliers, each is a contribution to the whole. Makes me want to get out a sketchbook and draw it. And may I point out, that whole is a working business that sees customers nearly every…

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The studio – reclaiming the space

At the first session, we started with the back room, which after several years had become a junk room. K and I agreed after looking at her overall view of the clutter issues in her home that to bring all the art materials into one zone would transform the place and give her a focus for her community arts practice - her own studio. We felt this would be a positive massage to her children, as well. It took 6 sessions…

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