Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Cynthia Burnett

First Reader

Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers


This project explores the connection between material possessions, physical clutter and the optimization of one’s personal creativity in their creative environment. It first includes a review of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering, by Marie Kondo by looking at her methods through the lens of the creative process. The project then documents my personal process of decluttering and optimizing my living space. The project includes some ideas from prior research in the field combined with personal reflections on how the optimization of a physical space can improve one’s creative productivity, creative thinking, personal habits, mental and emotional wellbeing and ultimate lifestyle.

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Psychology Commons