Have you heard of this book, “A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder (How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place)”? It sounds wonderful. Apparently, the authors’ premise is that a little bit of messiness makes the world a better place. Slightly messy people are apparently more flexible and have more time (because they’re not spending every minute putting things away.) I think they have a point. I have a wonderful Cleanie friend I’ve mentioned before here. She often told me that she was envious of the cool things I did, like taking college classes, writing stories, crocheting… things like that. I think she felt trapped by her high expectations of cleanliness. Her house was beautiful and clean and organized, but sometimes, I think she felt like that was all she had.
I’m trying to be a better Messie. Now that I have created enough good, healthy cleaning habits, I’m trying to relax about the rest of the mess. I want my kids to bring their friends over without me having a heart attack. My house will never meet my imaginary standard of how a house is supposed to look, so I need to accept that sometimes, there will be mail on the table, a few dishes in the sink, some books by my chair. I think I need that book. It might help after a steady diet of Anti-Mess books.
What do you think? Is a little bit of messiness a good thing?