From our childhood, we have been instilled that organization is very important. It's been pegged as a direct key to success. On the contrary, being messy is adjudged as a quick way to failure.Actually, no rebuttal could say otherwise.Besides, there is a legend that people with messy desks have an affinity for creative reasoning. Maybe it's a necessity to help people survive outside the limits of organization. A curious fact about this is that somebody's mess can look absolutely random to strangers, but a lot of times, it's very methodical.
Recent studies conducted by the University of Minnesota claim the contrary. Kathleen Vohs is a psychological scientist who set out to debunk this urban legend. She chose to conduct the evidence in a creative way. She removed all the limitations and didn’t confine her study to solely the desk. After using a paradigm consisting of one tidy and one messy room, Vohs reasoned that messy rooms provoke more creative thinking. This conclusion was used as a scientific evidence. Furthermore, if we turn back to the past, we know that Albert Einstein and Mark Twain also had cluttered desks and they were thought as the most imaginative minds of their generation.
However, being messy doesn't mean that all messy people are genius. Actually, the correlation between messiness and creativity is by no means casual. Sometimes it's caused by your laziness. In these cases, most people rely on the help of professional cleaners. A friend of mine, working in a Duluth-based cleaning company says that more and more people who doesn't work, don't keep their house clean and regularly use their cleaning services.
Yet, there is one more side of that problem and it's the hoarding defied as "the excessive acquisition of and inability to discard objects". Those people are emotionally addicted to their objects and don't throw them, because they think they may be useful in future.
How to handle the urge to clutter
Sometimes, your brain habits seem to give you more control over your choices. That's why, exercising emotional agility is very helpful in order to get rid of that urge.This technique helps clutterers resist the temptation and navigate the anxiety they have of letting go. The conclusion is not to believe every worry, desire, or emotion, your brain regions throw into your minds.
Some of Lifehacker's tricks are:
- Look througheach item and ask if it has a function. If not, dispose of it.
- Tame your cables.
- Clean your desk at the end of every day.