I watched this on "Sunday Morning" today and just loved it. Made me feel all warm inside. :)
From the show:
Now there is hope for the messy in a new book co-authored by science writer David Freedman, "A Perfect Mess." We found the perfect place at CBS to interview him.
"Mess is good for a lot of reasons. First of all, you save a lot of time. Another reason is there is efficiency in mess," he said. "People who are really messy know where there stuff is. Because it reflects the way they work and think and in addition it's expressive."
Mess has an established performance record. Had Sir Alexander Fleming not kept such a filthy laboratory, penicillin would not have been discovered. The authors found that employees with messy desks are 36 percent more efficient —and that's not all.
The book has a survey that shows the bigger the salary, the bigger the mess.
Albert Einstein said, "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk?"
You've never seen my office, but trust me, it's not neat. ;)