M's Reviews > A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder - How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and on-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place

A Perfect Mess by Eric Abrahamson
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Aug 05, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fic
Read in April, 2009

An easy and interesting read. It aims to show that perfect order is not really attainable except by great effort and may even be counterproductive. Includes a chapter on obsessive hoarding, including some instances of death by disorder.
Using the natural way of having items kept by the most recent way you've used them can save time and mental effort.
US Marines motto 'Plan early, plan twice'!
Library summary: Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder actually makes systems more effective. This book takes the theory a stage further, explaining the useful role that mess and clutter can have in our lives.

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