November 30, 2007

Book Review - A Perfect Mess

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder: How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman
BJ 1533 .O73 A27 2006

This is a book for those of us who are constantly battling clutter. Abrahamson and Freedman prove that the costs of being neat and organized often outweigh the benefits. Digging deeper, they found that moderately disorganized people and organizations are often more creative, more efficient, longer lasting, and generally more effective than those that are highly structured and organized. They provide numerous and varied examples that support this assertion, analyzing people, places, organizations, and processes such as thinking, leadership and the creation of works of art.