Is Organization Related to Intelligence?

Habits such as staying up late and keeping a messy work area may be related to IQ.


Do you ever get tired of your parents constantly asking you to clean your room, be more organized, or go to sleep earlier? While these habits are looked down upon and can sometimes make one’s life more chaotic than it has to be, they can be linked to an increase in IQ.

If you often find yourself staying up late, unable to fall asleep at a good hour, this could mean that you have a high IQ. Your brain is constantly running and thinking, so struggling to fall asleep could be caused by your brain having to take a longer period of time to relax and shut down. President Obama is currently one, and Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Keith Richards and Elvis Presley were all well-known night owls.

Studies conducted at the University of Minnesota have concluded that a preferred messy environment could mean that the mind is more creative and has a stronger memory, with both of these contributing to a higher intelligence. It was shown that people who like to keep their work space or home areas messy have a higher IQ. The disorganization sparks their creativity and forces them to rely on their memory to remember where everything is. If you don’t spend time organizing and cleaning everything, your mind is focused on more important things. One conclusion of the study was that a messy environment led to a more creative workflow.

“Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights. Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe,” says Psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs.

On the other hand, it can be inferred from the studies that people who like clean, organized areas worry about forgetting or losing things so much that they prefer to keep their areas organized.

Keeping things organized or messy all relates to what kind of person you are. If you prefer a messy environment, studies have shown that there’s a possibility that you are more creative, have a stronger memory, and are more laid back. We all have different minds and ways of thinking, and it’s important to find the style of organization that suits your thinking best.