Beauty Isn’t Just for the Rich and Famous
The Secret Behind the Blue Rose Wallpaper
You might have wondered what on earth art is doing in the middle of a newsletter about organizing. Technically nothing. Nothing, that is, if your goal is to have nothing more than a meticulously, painfully spotless workspace.
If you want a workspace that inspires you, though, beauty is of tremendous creative and energetic value.
A good example
Since several readers asked, I’m coming clean about the about the blue rose wallpaper in my office mentioned in the last newsletter.
Really (no offense intended to my landlord), the stuff is horrid. The pattern is blue-on-blue clusters of roses that stagger up the wall in diagonal lines. The paper was hung so the rose bunch patterns don’t line up at the edges. When we first looked at the house I said, “That’s got to go.”
Chances are good that you have something like this in your house. A bad view, dark paneling, odd colors. Whatever it is, after a while it becomes invisible. Sort of.
Let’s not get into why I tolerate the wallpaper. We all have projects that don’t get done – me included.
Here’s the secret that helps me tolerate the crazy rose wallpaper: I have a lot of beauty around me.
Outside my window is a garden view. On the walls I’ve displayed inspirational collages that mean a lot to me and evoke good feelings when I look at them. There’s lots of natural light. One day, I’m even going to buy one of these to add to the feeling in my office of serenity and calm (and I’ve told her so).
The beauty I’ve created in my space balances out the wallpaper. That’s the secret.
The other secret: clutter’s not always The Problem
I’ve done many 1-on-1 sessions with people who want to deal with clutter “once and for all” in their session. Instead, they end up excited to create beauty and inspiration around them. They find that even if clutter remains, the space they work in becomes more pleasant and enjoyable to work in.
Beauty might sound superficial. I used to think so myself. But when there’s beauty in your space, it balances out chaos and clutter. Beauty feeds the spirit and creates a container that nourishes your heart.
It’s in your budget
Most people resist creating beauty in their space because they assume it’s expensive. We assume it must look like a designer did it and is ready for the cover of House Beautiful. If you believe this, think again.
Beauty is by your definition alone. You are your own authority on what is beautiful to you. Not Martha F. Not your mother in law. Not Pottery Barn. Beauty is defined by what you love.
Love pink? Buy a gallon of paint for $18.
Love flowers? Cut some from the yard.
Want inspiration? Post images you love on your walls or collect magazines and make inspiring collages. Many of the artists I feature offer prints of their work, making their beauty accessible to many.
Beauty doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive – it’s there to nourish you and make you feel loved.
And aren’t you worth it?
As I’ve said time and again, you matter. Your work matters. When you create a space that nourishes you, your creativity and productivity flow. You have more fun. You like going into your space to work.
If you’re still not convinced that beauty matters, remember that there are people in the world who are waiting for you to show up. People who need your special gift and the way that you share it.
Having a space that nourishes you (with its beauty and inspiration), gives you the energetic resources you need to reach the people (and organizations, animals, and planet) that need you most.
Beauty is fuel.
If time were no object, think for a moment about one thing you would do to bring beauty into your space.
It could be as simple as adding a cool, shimmering glass of water or as complex as ripping down wallpaper.
Just reflect for a moment about one thing that would nourish you.
And, in the next two weeks, commit to taking one step toward creating it. When you do, let me know. I’d love to know what happens.
Jennifer Hofmann was not born organized. In fact, her creativity and ADD meant she started projects she never finished, was surrounded by clutter, and struggled to keep up with everyday tasks. Today, Jennifer still isn’t the poster child for House Beautiful, but she understands people who struggle with clutter and overwhelm and offers unique solutions that help small businesses grow and thrive. If you’ve tried to get organized in the past and failed, you’re not alone. Jennifer’s approach helps small business owners discover their natural strengths and how to integrate them so that organizing becomes easy and enjoyable. Based in Salem, Oregon, Jennifer teaches teleclasses and coaches entrepreneurs – you can visit her at inspiredhomeoffice.com or follow her on Twitter: @inspiredjen