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The benefits of being messy!

The authors of this book believe neatness wastes time and money and stifles creativity.

books Updated: Mar 21, 2007 20:02 IST

If your cupboard that looks like a battlefield after World War II or your cluttered desk spilling over with files, often makes your friends shake their heads in disgust, just hand them a copy of the book A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder.

This bible for messy people is based on the premise that neatness is overrated because it wastes time and money and stifles creativity.

"Most of us are messy at a level that works very, very well for us," David Freedman, co-author with Eric Abrahamson, a professor of management studies, was quoted by the Telegraph, as saying.

In fact, the authors believe that hunting through chaotic piles of clutter actually has its own intrinsic value.

"You discover things that, if you had filed or purged them, you would never have seen again. It becomes a natural reminder system," says Freeman.

The book cites examples from everyday life to back up its theory, including a hardware store brimming over with produce that does twice the business of a neater rival nearby.