3. Embrace clutter
Save the cleanup for later. A totally ordered office may actually squelch creativity. One study found that college students in a messy workspace came up with more creative new uses for ping-pong balls (when asked to do so by the study’s researchers) compared with another group of students in a neat office.
People tend to associate disorderly spaces with breaking free from conventions and norms, whereas orderly spaces are more likely associated with working within traditional boundaries, says Ryan Rahinel, a co-author of the study and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota.Back to top