Comfortably Creative: How Folding Laundry Will Make You More Original

Why Practicing Creativity Eliminates Your Fears

“Geez, these all look the same! How am I supposed to sort these?”

“How can I be less scared of being creative — of being different?”

The prevailing assumption is that being fearless makes a good artist. The expressionist painter has to be unafraid of opinions. How else would he paint expressionist art? The journalist fiercely stands her ground, confidently publishing her piece about gender inequality — right?

  1. How will this stop fear from paralyzing you?

A Biology Lesson About Creativity

In 12th grade, one of the big, overarching subjects in my biology course was ecology. It’s the study of organisms and their relationships with each other, as well as the environment. One of the more memorable concepts we learned about was the “ecotone.”

  • Plants change shape.
  • New species emerge.
  • Exotic species multiply.

When Grandma Whips Out The Sprinkles: Comfortably Creative

Unless you already live in one, you don’t have to move to a swamp to cash in on mother nature’s cocktail parties. You can do it right from the comfort of your very own ecosystem: your home. Everyday life offers plenty opportunities to practice being, as I call it, comfortably creative.

  1. “It’s alright, but I like it better the way you usually do it.”
  • Think of a new technique to fold shirts.
  • Try to get the wrinkles out of your shirts without ironing them (for example like this)
  • Leave your sheets inside out and flip them right when you put them over your pillow and comforter.

Life Around The Edges: Where Being Comfortably Creative Leads You In The Long Run

You could file this away under “fun exercises to try” and then never do it, but what if you really meant it this time? Let’s take a second to imagine your day-to-day in a 24-hour-circle. Inside, you’re cozy, you know everything well and there are no unpleasant surprises. On the outside, you have no clue what’s going on.

  1. Work
  2. Exercise
  3. Cooking
  4. Chores
  5. Relaxing
  6. Evening Routine
  7. Sleep

What if, instead of waiting until life forces you to, you deliberately chose to live your life around the edges?

You could voluntarily push your circle to the outside. When you’re in charge, when you’re the one thinking of the tweaks, changing the alarm, cooking a new recipe, or reading standing up, change isn’t stressful. It’s fun.

The Fairy Dust Of Creativity: The Adjacent Possible

Before long, pushing the boundaries of your circle will become so habitual you can’t not do it.

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