“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”

This is a quote from A. A. Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh (1882-1956)

I suppose this is one way to look at it. Are there any other advantages to living in a cluttered house or having a cluttered desk? My answer would be NO, but then there are recent studies that show an upside to clutter.

A messy desk can actually lead people towards  clearer thinking, say researchers from Germany.

The researchers found in a series of linked  studies – using a messy desk and a messy shop front – that people actually  thought more clearly when all around was chaos, as they sought to simplify the  tasks at hand.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2088359/Messy-desks-office-actually-lead-employees-think-clearly-say-researchers.html#ixzz2bs2P062r

Another study; Clean desk or messy desk? Both have benefits, study finds….

People in tidy work  environments show more generosity and healthier food choices, while those in  messy environments are more willing to be creative and take risks, according to  a University of Minnesota study.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/clean-desk-messy-desk-benefits-article-1.1419269#ixzz2bs5T6KFj

For me personally, if it is a choice between creativity or sanity, I choose SANITY. There are incredibly productive people that have messy desks, many of us work with those people. So unless they ask for help in organizing their work space it is better to not get involved and expect Creativity.

Warning. This again is a good lesson in how hard it is to organize other peoples stuff, especially if they are not there when it’s being done. People who have messy desks with lots of papers sometimes remember where those little critical notes are located in their pile. Unless you are an administrative assistant to that person it is hard to know what’s important and what can be tossed.

There are more studies on the negative effects of hoarding. Including the impact not only on the individual but the family. In conclusion, although it might be fun to constantly be making new discoveries in your disorderly clutter, there is a possibility that it is hurting you and those around you.

It’s your choice until authorities step in and say otherwise.





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