Today I’m going deep under the surface of why my brain needed my shower bottles to coordinate, and probably why you do too.
If you’ve watched my early video on why I started Bottiful Home, you know I was trying to solve the problem of mismatched bottles in the shower and couldn’t find a useful, safe and beautiful solution in the marketplace.
Here’s a link to the video if you’re interested in watching it:
But here’s the real question behind the need…
Why does it matter that the bottles are mismatched and an eyesore to look at?
For that matter, why do we spend so much time trying to declutter, organize, tidy up and style our homes?
Clutter and Psychology
The answer is simple, but deep.
You have to recognize a lot of psychological variables at play.
I’m not a psychologist or organizer or tidying expert.
But I’m curious.
And my curiosity leads me to question myself, my motives, my outcomes and my options.
For me, some of my best ideas have always come when I’m showering.
Maybe it’s because it’s one of the few times my body is busy but my mind is free to wander.
Or maybe it’s because it’s one of the few sacred locations where people don’t constantly interrupt.
Or maybe it’s simply the physical sensations of warm water, cleanliness and the fact that shower time is first thing in the morning for me, when my mind is fresh, clear and rejuvenated from a good night’s sleep.
Whatever the reason, I have always come up with my best ideas in the shower.
When I was working in the corporate world, I created my best ideas on how to solve problems with leading my staff, meeting a deadline or how to stay in compliance with financial reporting while meeting the needs of the company and its investors, almost always while in the shower.
And what I noticed was that my creative, problem-solving train of thought was derailed (if only for a moment) when I saw something out of place.
When we see something out of place, our brains trigger.
I can’t prove it to you, because, like I said, I’m not a scientist.
But have you ever done one of those Hidden Pictures pages in the children’s magazine or one of the “Find the 10 differences between these two pictures” challenges?
Same or Different?
Have you ever noticed the mode your brain enters when trying to find the differences?
It’s almost like auto-pilot.
Your brain ignores all things similar and hunts for the differences, or the items that seem to not belong.
Life is like a game of Hidden Pictures or find-the-differences.
You can have a beautifully decorated master bedroom, but if your lamps are too short in comparison to your headboard, something looks out of place, and you’re not always sure why.
You can have crown molding, glass tiles and crystal clear shower doors, but if you have blue, yellow, and white bottles with a bunch of text and pictures all over them in varying sizes and shapes in your shower, your brain automatically thinks something is out of place, even if you can’t quite put your finger on it.
The visual effect on creative flow
I believe it’s because the visual flow is interrupted.
It’s just enough to cause a “stop” in your brain every time it sees the clutter.
That stop interrupts fluid thinking and creativity.
It did for me.
It was just enough for me to feel a twinge.
And that twinge had to be solved so I could keep my creativity flowing in my space of highest creativity.
Now that I’m the owner of my own business, and the problems have multiplied, I’m still solving most of the issues, coming up with my best ideas for photos, creating graphics in my mind, ideas for emails and articles, and how to provide you with something you’ll value, all while I’m in the shower.
Where’s your space of highest creativity?
Maybe it’s not the shower.
If not, wherever that space exists, make it your most fluid, most organized, most visually appealing space in your home.
You may just be surprised how much better your creativity flows.
You will probably love how relaxed you feel in that space.
It’s probably the reason why it’s easier for people to meditate or pray while their eyes are closed.
Without visual distractions, it’s so much easier to be present, be creative, and think more fluidly.
And once you’ve created a space where your mind is wandering freely and you start to dream again, solve again and create something new in your life again, come back and tell me what you dreamed, solved or created.
Can coordinating refillable shower bottles change your life?
But it’s a great start toward creating a space that lets your creative thinking flow without interruption.
And whatever you create while in that state of mind has the power to change your world and your future.