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Why I Love Messes

Updated: May 28, 2019

Messes are made of information and people. Abby Covert

Abby Covert’s book How to Make Sense of Any Mess inspired this blog.


One of her many maxims that I find comforting in moments of confusion or frustration is:

Make the unclear be clear.

That’s it, really. And yet such a simple exhortation belies a world of Dantesque messiness.


On the first page of the first chapter of How to Make Sense, Covert lists some words I hear frequently:

  • Change

  • Project

  • Chaos

  • Clutter

  • Complexity

  • Complicated

  • Disaster

  • Disorder

  • Mess

  • Cluster

  • Predicament

  • Quandary

  • Pickle

  • Situation

  • Nightmare

These words are music to my ears — because I know I am needed when I hear one — but also warning bells, because I also know the pain is about to begin.


I guess that makes me a Mess Masochist.


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