Jun 9, 2014

Creativity is Messy

By Stacy Johnson

I have a favorite quote hanging in my office where everyone can see it. It is a constant reminder (or an excuse?) as to why I always have messes around my house. 
The quote hangs in my office and is surrounded
by some of my favorite things.
Now that it is summer and because six of my kids are still living at home, I'm reminded daily about how creative we are around here. 

There are piles of pieces of paper all over the house that have been cut into teeny tiny pieces because my youngest loves to figure out what shapes they all are and create names for the new shapes he creates.

The 50 baby dolls my daughter cares for sleep everywhere but in their cribs. They cover the couches, the carpets, my desk and anywhere that looks good for a baby to sleep. This includes all their accessories; blankets, bottles, toys and wardrobes.

The computer is usually fixed on youtube tutorials on how to draw minions and other cartoon characters while my desk is covered in discarded art thanks to my 11 year old. 

Doodling is my 13 year old's creative outlet right now, she loves to doodle scriptures and quotes in beautiful fonts and colors. 

I can't forget to mention the stories written in pencil on lined paper that clutter my desk courtesy of my 15 year old who is a future short story sci-fi author. I'm just glad he doesn't like to type as well as he likes to write so I don't have to share my computer, ha ha.

My seventeen year old is a culinary artist. He enjoys creating breakfast dishes that involve a lot of eggs, potatoes, bacon and green chile. My kitchen is not left out of the creative process almost every single day.

But what's a mom to do? They are all so talented and have a desire to create! I let it go except for once a day from about 10:30-11:00am, we have a quick clean up that satisfies my desire for order around here. When that's done, we resume our creative-ness. It's hard to be angry at a future geometry whiz, someone who finds joy in caring for babies, two artists, an author and a chef, but while I enjoy having them home, I can't wait for school to start so my house can be clean longer than 30 minutes at a time. 

Happy Creative Summer from the Johnson Family!


  1. Hmmmm I'm thinking I should let my dad read your post. My creative (messy) area is a room in the house referred to as the library/computer room. Basically it's my room to write, edit, whatever. And it's messy. Like you ever so often I make an attempt to clean it up. Thank goodness it's where few dare to go.

  2. I.Love.This.Post. You rock. hugs~


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