You may have seen the piece in the Herald Sun’s Sunday magazine commenting on the book “A Perfect Mess: the Hidden Benefits of Disorder” by Eric Abrahamson and David H Freedman.
The book states: “When we are being ruthless about ridding ourselves of what naturally accumulates around us and about meticulously straightening out what remains, we are in a sense tidying our identities. The truth is, we are all at least a bit of a mess — and all the more interesting for it.”
The same issue of Sunday Magazine also ran a feature on the “perfection bug” with a defining list that included
“do you consider people who don’t label the outside of their drawers slobs?” and
“do you consider one thing lying on a table clutter?*”
What do you reckon? Does meticulous and tidy result in zero personality? Or does messy and manic cloud personality and only add to the confusion, masking the personality? Or is it possible to be a bit of both and keep the balance?
(*for the record, one thing lying on a table is not clutter. The definition of clutter is anything you don’t love, don’t use or don’t need.)