The anti-feng shui

According to feng shui, clutter is bad.  Very bad.  Don’t ask why – it is something about the chi.

But.  My desk at work – well, some people just shudder.  My house collects clutter on a regular basis.  Paper, magazines, oh even empty cigarette packs.

And now – I read this quote from a New York Times article “Saying Yes to Mess” – and heck if I don’t feel better.  

“Studies are piling up that show that messy desks are the vivid signatures of people with creative, limber minds (who reap higher salaries than those with neat “office landscapes”) and that messy closet owners are probably better parents and nicer and cooler than their tidier counterparts. It’s a movement that confirms what you have known, deep down, all along: really neat people are not avatars of the good life; they are humorless and inflexible prigs, and have way too much time on their hands. “

Well, that is a little extreme I am sure there are some really creative neat people out there. 

I’m just not one of them.

So what are you – neat or messy? 


20 responses to “The anti-feng shui

  1. Oh jeez – I’m so neat I can’t get anything accomplished until everything is neat. Before I write or paint, I vacuume, dust, do laundry, clean the cat box, scrub down the kitchen, give the bathrooms at least a blessing and wash the dogs.
    I’m so hopelessly and compulsively anal – I just can’t delve into the interior slipstream until everything around me is as it should be. One set of mess and chaos at a time…

  2. Humorless? Inflexible? Prigs?


  3. The article (sent to me by Glow) made me feel better but I’m afraid it’s just one of these everything bad is good for you flip-flops a la Woody Allen’s Sleeper. Today it’s eggs and clutter, tomorrow it’s heroin and Big Macs.

  4. Well I did say the quote was a bit extreme, Max. [I gather you are a neat one]

    I admire you Beth – I find any excuse NOT to clean.

    Why am I not surprised Glow sent you that article Bob?

    Big macs? I love big macs. Yum.

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Finally, messiness is appreciated. And I thought that day would never come. Man, the shit I listen from my hubby cause my office looks like it had been bombarded by our entire national air force and cause I have this remarkable talent of piling hundreds of clothes on one single chair (honestly, tell me, isn’t it a wonderful feeling?). One of the most usual reasons we pick up fights is when he takes the book that lies under the black pair of pants, under the green trousers, right above the grey pair of panty hoses which in turn is right under the plastic bag with those other three books. And then he doesn’t put it back. How am I supposed to find it when he takes it from where it’s supposed to be and puts it on the most unusual places, like a bookcase? Jeez, some people!

  6. Who in the hell would put a book in a bookshelf? I just don’t get it.

  7. This makes me feel much better about the Closet From Hell.

  8. I knew you’d understand.

  9. Appreciating the enriched environment (ignorantly referred to as “mess”) is not just a fad or phase — this is advanced wisdom!

    Here’s another favorite quote from the Times article:
    “It was the overall scumminess of Alexander Fleming’s laboratory that led to his discovery of penicillin, from a moldy bloom in a petri dish he had forgotten on his desk.”

  10. Hmmm…. wonder what’s growing in the fridge…..

  11. Do not go in there without a golf club. It might fight back.

  12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Edam Cheese. I’m loving it.

  13. These golf clubs are sure coming in handy lately.

  14. Whatever happened to that thing in the fridge?

    I don’t know but my golf clubs are missing.

    Maybe it took them and went out to the driving range.

  15. Have you checked the basement? You cannot be too careful with escaped refrigerator creatures armed with golf clubs. Better count your credit cards too.

  16. Oh – the basement? I do not remember seeing the Clay fairy in my refrigerator though……

  17. Okay, that’s all I need. Messy desk = limber mind.
    Messy it is.

  18. Makes me feel pretty good too Kit.

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