Creativity isn’t the same thing as art. It isn’t only a painting or poem or piece of jewelry. It isn’t only a movie or musical. It isn’t only a sculpture or a song.

Creativity lives in the everyday. In the unglamorous, messy, routine, I-don’t-feel-at-all-creative everyday. Because you can use your creativity with anything.

For instance, you can use your creativity when decluttering, to come up with playful systems that simplify your days and make your house into the home you want it to be.

You can use your creativity to combine seemingly disparate ingredients into harmonious, delicious meals. To plate your food beautifully. To have different themes for every night. To host unique dinner parties.

You can use your creativity to create a morning routine that nourishes you, and sets a magical tone for the rest of your day—anything from documenting the sunrise to meditating on a supportive mantra. And, of course, you can do the same with an evening routine—anything from journaling about the day to having a meaningful conversation with your spouse (by asking these questions or these questions).

You can use your creativity to imagine an exciting fantasy world with your kids, to make up amazing stories, to build homes for fairies and make collages out of macaroni and natural objects.

You can use your creativity when making your kids’ meals.

You can use your creativity with sending birthday cards, thank-you notes and postcards. You can get creative with your penmanship, what you write or doodle inside and the cards you choose.

You can use your creativity when getting dressed—or sewing your own clothes.

You can use you creativity when processing your feelings, when coping with your inner critic, when making sense of your dreams.

You can use creativity to have fun with movement. You can choreograph dance routines (like with a hula hoop!), or write up unique cardio and strength training workouts.

You can use your creativity when setting up your desk and organizing all that annoying, mundane stuff like mail, bills, shopping lists and receipts.

You can use your creativity to style your bookshelves, to pick out one-of-a-kind art (and arrange it), to make fancy home decor on a budget.

Again, you can be creative with anything. And you can use your creativity to enhance, improve and enliven your days. After all, you can create the life you want.

How can you use creativity in your everyday? What do you need to improve, enhance or enliven, to refresh, to make magical? How can you get creative with that?

Photo by Brooke Lark.