Conventional wisdom is that a messy desk means a messy mind. New studies from the University of Minnesota tell us things are not that simple.
If your desk is clean, these researchers determined that you are more likely to eat healthy, be generous, and conventional. This is because a neat work area encourages good behavior in other life aspects, including obeying the law, refraining from littering, and more generous actions. In other words, society's expectations were met.
Those with a messier work area think more creatively and formulate new ideas. When given a choice between new and established products, they choose novelty. This environment seems to encourage "outside of the box" thinking and originality.
Which environment do you prefer? Which would you encourage your children to have?