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3 Lessons to Learn from Messy People

updated May 4, 2019
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Tidy people may have cornered the market on advice-giving but who says clean is the only way to live? Maybe messy people know a few things about life that neat-freaks don’t. Try these gems on for size.

Live in the moment

Go ahead, get up to your elbows in glue or let your kids get dirty (it won’t kill them). Part of having fun is living in the moment and enjoying making a mess- without worrying about the work you’ll have to do later.

It can wait

Nothing is worse than stopping in the middle of a DIY project to sweep up sawdust or interrupting cooking a huge meal to scrub pots. You’ll get a lot more done if you keep your focus on your project, not cleaning. When you’re on a roll, you don’t want your motivation to wane while you interrupt your flow and tidy up.

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Spontaneity = creativity

When you’re not worried about making a mess, your mind can wander freely and you might just discover ideas you otherwise wouldn’t have. Taking a risk and being willing to make a mess (both literally and figuratively) means when you do sort everything out, you’ll be farther ahead than had you played it safe.

What are your favorite messy life lessons?