A Perfect Mess

2007 July 9

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder - How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and on-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place

This book posits that to be law2-d is a bad thing. The authors argue that when you add up all the time you might spend cleaning up your office, that the actual time savings gained in finding things later falls short of the total time you spent cleaning. In other words, that there is no savings in law3 by being tidy. Furthermore they make a case for messiness as an all-important catalyst for being creative. Are they right? Well, given that they wrote a well-organized book, it sort of runs counter to their overall thinking...