How much mess is good for your creativity?

On Monday I blogged about untidiness enhancing creativity, but also wasting time and creating frustration. Since then I’ve wondered what the ideal level of mess is to enhance creativity without it being outweighed by time lost hunting for stuff and the frustrations it causes.

Wouldn’t it be great, I thought, if I could work it out by drawing a graph like this…

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Does untidiness really help your creativity?

When people cast a condescending eye over my untidy office, I always  remind myself of Einstein’s question…

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

To back up my slovenliness, researchers from Minnesota University concluded in 2013 that messy environments encourage creativity, breaking with tradition and taking risks, whilst tidiness appears to encourage people to conform and be less creative. But before you empty your rubbish bin out into your (already?) untidy workspace, I’d like to tell you a cautionary tale…

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