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Sweeping the Threshold

I can’t stand a mess. It drives me crazy when things are out of order, and having kids has pushed that tolerance quite a bit sometimes.

Yes, there are now areas of my life where I have to tolerate disorder to an extent — my living room is a constant mess between the hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., but that’s alright. I still have my “zone” where everything has a place, and everything is in its place.

Steven Pressfield is actually the one who got me started on this journey in The War of Art:

[The professional] will not tolerate disorder. He eliminates chaos from his world in order to banish it from his mind. He wants the carpet vacuumed and the threshold swept, so the Muse may enter and not soil her gown.

There are certain areas of my life that I seek order to an extreme. My bay at Affinity, my home (when I’m able to clean), and my AM / PM Bookends. My cabin is another area where I try to keep everything orderly so I can just walk in and get to work on the things that matter most.

Seeking order in my environment is like burning sage to banish Resistance and invite the Muse. Or Flow. Whatever you want to call it. I mean…I burn incense, too, but cleaning is the beginning of my ritual.

Greg McKeown gets into the psychology of keeping an orderly environment in Effortless by stating that you should declutter your physical environment before you attempt to declutter your mind.

Visual noise is distracting, and if things are out-of-place, then you won’t be able to settle the murky waters of your mind.

I highly encourage you to start finding the things out-of-place in your life and start getting rid of them or putting them where they need to be. There’s no time like the present to sweep the threshold for your muse.

Josh Johnson

I'm a husband and a father to three beautiful kiddos. I'm obsessed with philosophy, creativity, learning, and teaching. I want to make the world a more beautiful place by teaching others to embrace creativity.

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