How Being Messy Means You Are A Creative Genius


via @bertabernad


We would like to open with this: Messy is okay, as long as it’s not out of control. Imagine the scene. You’re giving someone a tour of your home, and of course, no room is perfectly organized or with nothing out of place. Entering your office space, your friend’s eyes widen in fear as they assess the room before them.

Scattered across the white desk are piles of papers, colorful post-it notes dotting both the papers themselves and the walls. Pens, pencils, and highlighters litter the desk, haphazardly strewn across the multitude of projects you’ve been working on.

Your computer sits at the hub of it, and even that is cluttered with many internet tabs, documents, spreadsheets, and TED talks open to motivate you. Your friend feels overwhelmed but you feel perfectly calm.

Although the room seems to be undeniably messy, it is arranged in a way that allows your creativity to flourish. In fact, being messy actually is a sign that you are a creative genius. There are entire fields in art and music that depend on accident-turned miracles, on messes and challenging the ordinary. Psychologists agree that messiness is an unmistakable sign of creative genius.

Creativity in its purest form is dependent on outside-the-box thinking; it is something based on the abstract, the new. Albert Einstein discussed messes and creativity in a simplistic way: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?”

Creative genius occurs when you have ideas upon ideas, building on each other and interacting to form something magnificent.

There have been psychological studies and experiments in which levels of creativity were tested based upon the messiness of the environments the subjects were placed in.

Researchers from Northwestern University were looking to determine whether messiness actually fostered the development of creative thinking. The results were astounding. “Their ideas [were] 28 percent more creative on average… a remarkable boost from being in the messy room — these subjects came up with almost five times the number of highly creative responses as did their tidy-room counterparts.” (Source).

So don’t be ashamed of that messy room; it may just mean you are a creative genius overflowing with killer ideas!

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  • Yvonne Ashon

    I love listening to TED talks. Motivational.

  • Camille Beygui

    Great post

  • La Bijoux Bella

    Hmmm, why does this little post sounded a little bit like me! . . . The actual messy little mess I am looking at right now! Creativity comes in all sorts of shapes and forms from cleanliness to messy . . . But not out of control (for my case, I hope) … eeeeks! :)

    Bonjour Sunday! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • dreamofadventures

    I wouldn’t say I’m messy but creative messy yes!

  • Abigail Lori-Ann

    This makes me feel so much better about being slightly… unorganised. Ha!

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