Day 12: Cleanliness is Next to Creativity

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Cleanliness is next to creativity in any profession. But, in the world of content creation, where the quest for creativity is unending, being tidy and organized may be a need, not a want.


  • Fasting – No Food, Water Only
  • Fasting – No Food, Water Only
  • Fasting – No Food, Water Only
  • Fasting – No Food, Water Only
  • Fasting – No Food, Water Only
  • A small bowl of tossed green salad with tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers and avocadoes
  • Homemade ginger/carrot dressing
  • Small homemade burrito with chicken, beans and rice


  • Today we installed Fluent Booking by WP Manage Ninja. We installed them on 11 websites in the Life Long Productions network. We hooked them all up to Google Calendars and today we should be able to transfer all current bookings over from Acuity Scheduling. It will be great to streamline our guest forms, media releases, show reminders, and cancelations in our Fluent Forms and Fluent CRM which integrates nicely with Fluent Booking.


Setting up the Fluent Forms required me to go to Google Console and set up credentials for the Calendar to website connection using OAuth. This was a learning curve for me. It was very well documented in Fluent Booking so I was able to follow directions, but I kept telling myself “If you learn it now, it will take a few minutes, then you can never unlearn it, and you will know how to do this.”



I recorded my second show of the week with Shari Cedar, CEO and co-owner of AK Building Services (a Janitorial Cleaning company). And I felt like I was talking with an old friend. We really hit it off. Although we went through her agent, Jamie Levin to book her on the Ask a House Cleaner show, I asked her to stay in touch. I believe together we can do some great content collaborations.

Business Progress


I was a bit competitive in my workouts this morning. Didn’t plan on it, but swimming next to some younger, more fit swimmers, I found myself trying to outswim them at every turn. There were no prizes or anyone keeping score – I was just driving myself to go a little harder and faster.

Cleanliness is Next to Creativity

Cleanliness is next to creativity in any profession. But, in the world of content creation, where the quest for creativity is unending, being tidy and organized may be a need, not a want. Cleanliness is Next to Creativity Woman Content Creator in front of cameraWhether you’re a writer, designer, artist, or any other kind of content creator, you know that inspiration can be elusive. But what if I told you that the key to unlocking your creative potential might be as simple as keeping your living and working spaces clean and tidy? It’s true – cleanliness is next to creativity.

Today we explore the powerful connection between cleanliness and mental health, and how maintaining a clean environment can enhance your focus, productivity, and overall well-being as a content creator.

The Cleanliness-Mental Health Connection

Before delving into the benefits of a clean environment, let’s examine the link between cleanliness and mental health. Research has shown that our physical surroundings can have a profound impact on our psychological well-being. Here’s how cleanliness plays a crucial role:

Stress Reduction

Cleanliness is Next to Creativity Messy Desk with PapersA cluttered and chaotic environment can lead to increased stress and anxiety. The mere sight of a messy desk or disorganized living space can trigger feelings of overwhelm. By contrast, a clean and organized environment promotes a sense of order and control, reducing stress levels significantly. Studies have shown that decluttering can boost your creative spark.

Improved Focus

Creativity requires focus and concentration. When your surroundings are clutter-free, it becomes easier to concentrate on your creative tasks. Distractions are minimized, allowing your mind to immerse itself fully in the creative process.

Enhanced Mood

Have you ever noticed how much better you feel in a clean and fresh environment? A tidy space can uplift your mood and contribute to an overall sense of well-being. The act of cleaning itself can release endorphins, those natural mood lifters, leaving you feeling more positive and inspired.

Sense of Control

Content creators often face the pressure of deadlines and creative challenges. Maintaining cleanliness can provide a sense of control and mastery over your environment. This, in turn, boosts self-esteem and feelings of competence, crucial for creative confidence.

Reduced Risk of Illness

Cleanliness is Next to Creativity Shower SqueegeeGood hygiene practices, such as regular handwashing and cleaning shared spaces like bathroom vanities and showers, can help prevent the spread of illness. Staying physically healthy is closely linked to mental well-being, as sickness can make mental health symptoms worse.

Cleanliness and Creativity

Now that we’ve established the mental health benefits of cleanliness, let’s explore how a clean environment directly influences your creativity as a content creator.

Clutter-Free Mind

Just as a tidy space helps reduce mental clutter, it can also clear your mind. When you’re not constantly worrying about the mess around you, your thoughts can flow more freely, leading to more innovative ideas.

Inspiration and Visualization

A clean environment can serve as a canvas for your creativity. An organized workspace allows you to display and organize inspiration boards, artwork, or reference materials. Visualizing your ideas becomes more accessible when you’re not sifting through clutter.

Productivity Boost

Cleanliness is Next to Creativity Middle Aged Woman Wipes Kitchen CounterContent creation often involves brainstorming, research, and meticulous attention to detail. A clean space fosters efficiency, enabling you to complete tasks more quickly and with greater precision.

Creativity Zones

Designate specific areas in your workspace for different creative activities. A tidy and well-organized environment can help you mentally switch between tasks and stay focused on the creative process at hand.

Guests and Collaboration

If you collaborate with others or occasionally host guests for creative discussions, a clean environment can make a positive impression and create a welcoming atmosphere. Social interaction and exposure to fresh perspectives can spark new creative ideas.

Cleanliness is Next to Creativity and Productivity

Cleanliness is Next to Creativity Middle Age Man Prepares for Content CollaborationIn the quest for creativity, it’s essential to recognize that the state of your living and working environment plays a significant role. Cleanliness is not merely a matter of aesthetics; it’s a powerful tool that can enhance your mental health, focus, and creativity as a content creator.

So, the next time you find yourself in a creative slump, take a moment to assess your surroundings. Could they use a little tidying up? Embrace the mantra that “cleanliness is next to creativity,” and watch how a clean and organized environment can pave the way for your most innovative and inspired content yet.

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Recommended Resources:
The Clutter Corner Podcast
Ask a House Cleaner Show
BPA Free Water Bottles with Pop Up Straw
Mini Trampoline for 90-second workouts
The Sentimental Person’s Guide to Decluttering
Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Nobody Wants Your Sh*t: The Art of Decluttering Before You Die

Decluttering Workbook: The Essential Guide to Organize and Declutter Your Home and Life With Exercises and Checklists
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My Journey Back

Today’s Body:



4.20 Hours | Min


104 oz.




Calories In


Calories Burned

Cal Burned:



146.2 lbs


23.50 Hours | Min


On a scale of 1 to 10 – (10 being fantastic) I was a 10 all day.




  • 250 yards warm down
  • 15 min – water running
  • 15 min – high knees / butt kicks
  • 15 min – kicking
  • 250 yards warm down
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