Why Messy People Are Smarter, According to Science

Jillian Knox Finley

Todd Selby for The Selby

Albert Einstein was famously messy. The Nobel Prize–winning scientist quipped of his disorderly workspace, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Given one of the world’s greatest minds solidly endorsed clutter as a sign of greatness, does science itself follow suit? As it turns out, yes. A string of studies suggest creative geniuses favour a chaotic workspace. We’re breaking down the top theories behind why unconventional, disorganised living just might be plan A.

What do you think of messiness as a creative tool? Do you thrive in chaos? If so, weve got some literature primed for you below. 

Are you messy but thriving? Let us know in the comments below. 

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