Here’s Why Messy People Are ACTUALLY More Creative

There’s a serious stigma attached to messy people; most of the time it’s justified. I’m particularly biased since I’ve had a militant cleanliness frightened into me from a young age but I try my best to empathise with the messy being. There has to be good reason these people opt for a floordrobe… right?

Organisation and tidiness are considered positive and constructive traits in people. From school through university and the beginning of your career, you need to have your stuff together to succeed, so we’re told.

There have been rumours for years that being messy makes you smarter/more successful/more creative. These haven’t held any water until recent years.

Yep, a study at by the University of Minnesota proved that messy people might not be intelligent like some people claim, but they might have a high affinity for creative reasoning.

For years, the messy people of the world have been employing the Albert Einstein aphorism that “if a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?”

Maybe this is just another case of Einstein being right? He has a habit of doing that.

The messy among you will know, there’s method behind your chaos. Everything has its rough place on your floor or desk. Kathleen Vohs, the scientists behind this study, found that, regardless of who made the mess, a messy room and desk promotes creativity more than a clean one.

Creative thinking stems from approaching typical situations unconventionally. It makes sense that ‘organising’ your room unconventionally (messy) will promote a situation that nurtures this type of thinking.

However, the study found that messy environments promoted creativity in people who were both naturally a mess and naturally tidy. If you’re naturally messy, as EliteDaily point out, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re waking up creative. The two are correlated but you’ll just have to experiment with messiness.

That should be easy for some.