Why Messy People Are Smarter, According to Science

Jillian Knox Finley
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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 favor a chaotic workspace. We’re breaking down the top theories behind why unconventional, disorganized 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. 

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