Is it really that hard to concentrate in a messy room? Or does the mess inspire creative thoughts?

Messy people are often labelled as lazy because chores like picking your laundry off the floor is hardly an exhausting task.

However, there’s a new outlook on the rise for this lifestyle and it’s a bit more positive.


Personally, I’m a complete neat freak. Terrifyingly, no room in my house is as tidy as my bedroom. Seemingly, it’s natural to enjoy the idea of something being tidy. For me, it’s a sense of being in control but for others it can be simply knowing where things are, feeling productive or settling their OCD to rest.

According to Elite Daily, messy people aren’t lazy at all, they’re actually very imaginative and bold.


Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman, authors of “A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder” said: “On a messy desk, the more important, urgent work tends to stay close by and near the top of the clutter, while the safely ignorable stuff tends to get buried to the bottom or near the back, which makes perfect sense”

Likewise, research conducted by Kathleen Vohs of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management unveiled that cluttered environments encourage greater levels of creativity.

Vohs split up a group of 48 people and divided half into a tidy room and half into a messy one. She then asked them to find new ways to put a ping pong ball to use. Both groups came up with the same number of ideas, but the ideas produced by those in the untidy room were more creative.

IMBV-ping pong

This fits with the stereotype of the crazy genius. Albert Einstein, Alan Turing, Roald Dahl and JK Rowling all lived in mess and all worked creatively to produce greatness.

To be messy is to be brave. I mean, how else would you risk losing your car keys every day?

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