I’ve heard a teacher say that a student’s disorganized desk reveals his disorganized mind. I’ve also heard that genius works in clutter. I don’t know which is right.
I only know that I feel most relaxed and comfortable when my computer is surrounded with a mug, pen, papers, and books, with music playing(unless I’m trying to think very hard). I’m not well organized, but I can always find what I’m looking for among the piles (unless someone moved it). There’s always a point in the day or week when the clutter has to go, which means that no one has to make a path through mounting piles of stuff.
Order. Clutter. Mess. Tidy. I like an environment that’s lived in, not like a museum where you can’t touch anything. It puts me at ease, not tense. I taught an English lesson this week about stress and what relieves it. There are probably as many different causes and solutions to stress as there are people.
A comfortably cluttered workplace helps take away my stress. Whether it’s conducive to creativity remains to be seen.