“Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived…Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation… Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend. What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here.”

~Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


4 thoughts on “Clutter

  1. I love Lamott, but I disagree with this blanket statement. I cannot create, art or otherwise, in a messy environment. My husband and my daughter both can create amidst chaos. I don’t feel less of an artist because I don’t function well in clutter. Perhaps it’s because my mind is so open and chaotic that I need order in my external environment! Cheers!

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