Cleaning Your House Offers 5 Steps to Tackle Writer’s Block
By Kym Gordon Moore
Everyone accumulates stuff and somewhere in your home there is a catch-all closet, room, garage or drawer that holds bits and pieces of knickknacks that could drive you crazy. It becomes more frustrating when you try searching for one specific thing amid the chaotic mounds of stuff. As writers, we tend to have areas in our space that holds a pile of notepads, books, journals, papers, old computers, magazines, or circulars that will eventually drive us crazy. More often than not, the one thing you are looking for is near the bottom. As a result, the task of attempting to clean out that junk pile gets postponed for another day, month or year.
It can however, be therapeutic and constructive once you pin down the one area that needs organizing the most. So how does cleaning up and reorganizing help with writer’s block? Depending on the area that needs reorganizing, determine how long you think the task will be, then take bite size steps to get it done. Here are 5 tips that could save your sanity and help with your writing woes:
1. Be sure to have a pen and pad within reach while you’re cleaning. This will help you to write down the items you come across that needs pitching, recycling or to be donated. If you prefer to verbally record your task instead, be sure to have your recording device within reach.
2. Do not attempt to tackle the entire project at once, especially if it is a large area, like a closet. This can cause you to become overwhelmed and frustrated. Write down or record your initial emotion as you begin the project and experience throughout the process. Even if you write down something ridiculous, write it anyway and don’t try to edit at this point. This is merely an idea builder of opportunity.
3. Have 3 piles designated with what you’re keeping, putting in the recycling bin or donating. Write down what those items are on your pad, and whether you bought them for a specific project or if they were given to you as a gift. If you haven’t thought about these items over the past few years, then chances are you may not use them. It’s probably time to let them go!
4. For everything you write down or record about items you extract from your junk pile, regardless of how irrelevant they may be, write down something about it. What stands out about it (the color, size, a strange gift or buyer’s remorse)?
5. Once your organization project is complete, this is an opportunity to record your afterthoughts about the cleaning project as a whole. Did you reduce the clutter and how do you feel since the project is done? Was it profitable for you? Were those items donated to a consignment store, a shelter, Goodwill or the Salvation Army?
These tips will jumpstart your creative thoughts and help generate ideas you could use to write a story, article, blog, novel, poem, memoir or speech. It is possible to turn your trash into treasure. Regardless of your writing experience, all writers face writer’s block at some point. Cleaning your house could unlock a writing portal.
Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing communications. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE http://www.favoritethingsforacause.com and was selected as one of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.