Spring has officially sprung and the smell of cleanliness is in the air. While you're digging in the back of your closet for those lighter clothes, why not spend some time doing a deep dive into your studio? It's now time to clean out those literal and digital cobwebs.
We often underestimate the power that our environment has over us. If you’re reading this during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is even more true. Our homes have become our everything. Our work, our play, our creativity, our boredom, our sleeping, eating, socializing space. It’s officially been a full year since this pandemic hit us all over the heads unexpectedly. Now, Spring is back and Spring cleaning, in our humble opinions, is more important than ever. We’ve surely all done some serious living in our homes this past year. Unless you’re the type of person who enjoys moving your furniture around, then it’s safe to assume that there is a whole lot of stagnant energy around your house. Now, no matter where you’re working on all things creative in your world - it’s time to spruce it up. This shouldn’t just be left for the home.
So, where does one start? Did you know? “91 percent of Americans and 96 percent of Millennials engage in spring cleaning, with 76 percent of the population participating each year. Six percent of the population never spring clean. 60 percent of the population spring cleans to give their home a thorough cleaning.” states Cleaning Institute. First things first, the really uncomfortable truth about cleaning is that you have to figure out how you can start from scratch in the space. This may mean temporarily moving all the furniture from one end of the room or to another room completely while you’re able to sweep, mop, vacuum, scrub and all that jazz. While you’re add it, be sure to give a proper dusting (and maybe a dollop of a watered paper towel) to your cables and music stands. You’ll notice the difference later, trust us. Once you physically clean the space, consider what items are totally necessary when bringing everything back into the room or that particular corner. This is the time to get rid of, or store, what you don’t need. Unless you love the look, most of the time it’s safe to say that less is more. Consider the fact that “visual noise” just may be a real concept and can affect the process of creating art. In theory, we think that the cleanest, least distracting space is the best blank canvas to work with. However, you may be inspired by many items that bring you joy and if that is what works for you, then do just that. Just make sure that you’re conscious of how your space affects you and your day to day lifestyle.
We all have our own talents, this even rings truth with the art of cleaning. Some of us can think clearer if there is a screen involved. We may have properly listed folders on our desktop, everything color coded and organized, readily available for your use or to send to a colleague - or not. Some of us are better at making sense of our physical space. Those of us that are not, can often become overwhelmed with so much to do that they don’t even know where to start. The danger in that fear is that it will force many of us to never begin. This is where we must push ourselves to strive better, whether it’s a simple task of putting items back where they belong - or something grand like finally putting those final touches on that album of yours.