Messy people are creative geniuses
Clean spaces don’t lend themselves to innovation or spontaneity, which is why so many genius types work in cluttered studios and chaotic offices. They don’t see the mess—they see possibility. Ever known the type of person to store crayons in the microwave and books in the laundry bin? That’s probably because they thrive on disorder. That kind of bedlam creates the connections that bring them to their next great idea. They need their environment to clash—messes offer new ways of seeing the world. So don’t worry that your house is too messy, it just might spark your next genius invention.
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Messy people have their own special organization system
Messy people have their own unique ways of keeping organized, according to the authors of A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder. You wouldn’t know from looking at their piles of clutter, but they know exactly what’s in them—and how to find what they’re looking for in record time. Though they look messy to you, there’s a definite method to the madness. These stacks are, in fact, hyper-organized and everything is easy to access. Some chefs thrive in workspaces cluttered with ingredients at the ready. Improvisation in cooking—a little of this, a little of that—works best in a messy (but still clean, of course) kitchen. Painters, writers, scientists, and inventors throughout history have often worked in disarray. They aren’t slobs, but they have their own way of dealing with clutter. They know exactly where everything is and that’s just the way they like it.
Messy people don’t sweat the small stuff
It’s hard enough keep your own space clean, but when you’ve got kids keeping everything tidy seems impossible. Some moms try to delegate to their kids and have them do clean up. But when mom and writer Alison Carmen tried that, she realized that she was yelling, the kids were unhappy, and her house was still a mess. Suddenly, after a chaotic morning, she realized that she was looking at this “keep it clean” thing in the wrong way. She spied some crumbs under the kitchen table and instead of sweeping them up, she got grateful. Instead of resenting her children’s mess, Carmen began “looking at the crumbs as a blessing.” She realized that the mess “allows me to make space in the situation.” Messy people don’t fight the mess, they give in. And they’re way more Zen than the rest of us.