Jacquelynne Steves

Messy or Neat?? Creativity and Organization Ideas

I’ve been wondering about something lately…. is there truth to that stereotype about creative people being messy? I, for one, work much better in a clean organized space- I feel like clutter makes me overwhelmed and stressed. I think whether you are messy or neat, you have to be at least a LITTLE organized so you can find your stuff…. We’re all so busy and I hear so many people saying that they don’t have the time to be creative. There’s nothing worse than finding 15 minutes to work on a project, and then wasting that time looking for your supplies or wondering what you should work on next!! Or, I hear people say that they’ve lost their creative “mojo,” and I wonder if maybe they just don’t like the space they are working in, or can’t easily find their projects/supplies. I shot a video talking about some ways to be prepared, so you can take advantage of little creative moments when you get a chance.

I hope you enjoyed the video and found it helpful! Please tell us in the comments if you have any other tips for staying organized AND motivated!


  • Carol O
    Posted November 2, 2018 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Very Helpful, thank you!

  • Debra Springfield
    Posted November 3, 2018 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Hi Jacquelyn, I have been enjoying the BOM Save the Bees. Now I am anxiously awaiting Block 4. Can you tell me when it will be posted?

  • Peggy Voorhees
    Posted November 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    the tip that helped me the most is to be ready to sew when you have a few minutes. I try to make sure my sewing machine is threaded with right color thread and project is sitting right next to machine ready to sew and post it notes are also helpful. Thank you.

  • Freda Johnson
    Posted November 5, 2018 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed your video regarding organization. I do much better when things are in there place but when I get busy then have to stop suddenly I walk away saying I clean up later. Later doesn’t always come soon enough. Thanks for the tips.

  • Glenda Hyde
    Posted November 19, 2018 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I have enjoyed watching your` videos , Very inspiring & helpful ! I used to be organized but took on too many projects & now I get confused as to what I am working on & what goes with what ! Now I will try & get organized again so I can enjoy sewing again ! Thank you so much !

  • Denise Parish
    Posted November 19, 2018 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Love your videos. They are extremely helpful and informative. My quilts always pile up at the end waiting for me to quilt them. Making the quilts is the easy part but getting around to actually quilting them is the slow down point. I think I have about five or six waiting for the actual quilting. We are not as fortunate here in Australia as you are in the states as long arm quilting costs us an arm and a leg.

  • Carol mina
    Posted November 19, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I saw this before and it sure is a good idea to do the post a note when leaving your projects.

  • Dee Carter
    Posted November 20, 2018 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I really enjoyed the video, and here are so many good ideas that would be easy to do. Sometimes we just need reminders to use our time wisely. I also need a neat space to work iin and mine has not been that way. You have helped me identify that!! Thank you so much. I like the basket idea of organizing projects as I collect baskets too.

  • Charlene Boniscavage
    Posted February 14, 2019 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Great tips! You’ve inspired me to attack my messy sewing room! Thank you!

  • Posted February 16, 2019 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Great info – like the idea of those boxes and notes to explain the contents!!

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