Skip links

A Perfect Mess

Hello Boss!

If you’re anything like me, it’s important to have some sort of order to get work $hit done.

Clutter distracts me and feeds my procrastination. Order provides clarity.

My mom and grandmother (both teachers) taught me to be “spick and span”.

I started my business from my dining room and six months into my first business, I finally leased my first office, because my intern pleaded. I was constantly cleaning my apartment rather than working — aimlessly multi-tasking, taking out the trash after it was halfway full, wiping down my stainless steel microwave for fingerprints, rather than focusing on finishing that proposal.

Back in 1999 when I started my first business, I was single.

Twenty-one years later, and a week into the quarantine, you can imagine what being a working mom with kids and a husband is like.

“Cleaning up after children (and a husband) is like shoveling snow during a blizzard.”

I re-listened to Marie Kondo’s famous book on tidying up , bought the manga version for my daughters , got a robotic vacuum & mop , cleaned out the garage, rearranged drawers in my home, re-feng shui-d my home , washed the curtains, and even cleaned the thin rails underneath our sliding closet doors using good chopsticks and Clorox wipes.

Yesterday, I read a Bloomberg article that posed an intriguing argument to neat freaks: Being messy may actually spur creativity by keeping interesting things in sight and top of mind.

What?

Does being neat curtail creativity?

Was Gustave Flaubert wrong when he said to “Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”?

Do I need to throw out “sugar and spice and everything nice”?

Are clever minds never tidy?

Is there a correlation between being a creative genius and messy?

Maybe it’s actually okay to have a messy desk?

Maybe now’s the time to let go and experiment with clutter to see if it sparks inspiration while I’m not within eyesight of work colleagues?

Should I try it?

Hmmm

NAH.

Who’s with me?

Stay neat! Stay clean!

Xoxo
Kalika

 

 

The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.

-MARIE KONDO

 

 

RECOMMENDED PRODUCT

roborock S5 Robot Vacuum and Mop

 

roborock S5 Robot Vacuum and Mop

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)

 

 

A clean home is a happy home.

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING

A Messy Desk Might Help Neatniks Be More Creative

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING

A Perfect Mess

 

 

 

Tidying is the act of confronting yourself.

-MARIE KONDO

 

 

EO WONDER PODCASTS

Be Your Own Master Coach

 

 

 

FEATURED BLOG

Branding is Bullshit and Other Myths Female Entrepreneurs Need to Know

 

 

 

We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.

-MARIE KONDO

 

 

Little Brand Book

My book is now on sale! My goal is to sell 25,000 copies!

 

Lauren Messiah Feature Influencer for Little Brand Book

My goal is to help 1M female founders change the world!

Please share with a female entrepreneur or aspiring one!

 

 


 

KALIKA YAP, AUTHOR OF LITTLE BRAND BOOK,
SHARES HER BRANDING INSIGHTS.

 

 

As a young businesswoman, Kalika had to adapt as the world of marketing and business evolved around her. Here, she shares her own story — how she learned to consider archetypes while marketing, why she wrote Little Brand Book and how you can incorporate better branding strategies in your own business.

Read more here.

Join my mailing list

Leave a comment

Name*

Website

Comment