Tue, 07 Jan 2003 16:00:15 GMT

The Tyranny of the Tidy. The Tyranny of the Tidy: In college, after months of being chided by my roommate for an exceedingly messy room, I finally silenced her by repeatedly demonstrating my ability to quickly and easily retrieve any desired implement from the clutter without leaving my desk. Trying to be tidy always served only to make me inefficient. I understand that for others it may not be so, but is cleanliness really always a virtue? [MetaFilter]

there is a quote in bukowski that i have on my door, buk talks about the kitchen, i mangled it a bit to be office, but all in all, the ideas are somewhat the same..