They say cleanliness is next to godliness. But if you're a lifelong neat freak, your cleanliness may actually be hurting your health and relationships! Researchers looked at hundreds of clutter-phobes who organize their utility bills in color coordinated folders, arrange condiments into neat little rows in the fridge, or hang clothes according to size, color and fabric! Sam Gosling is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, and he says there's a distinct line between basic neatness, and obsessive compulsive madness. For instance, any boss would applaud an employee who keeps things organized. But people who get caught up in the idea that neatness makes them a better person, or "morally superior" to others, may have a borderline personality! So what are the drawbacks of being TOO neat? For one thing, there's a loss of creativity. Because if you arrange your environment to be perfect and predictable, you eliminate the possibility of surprise. For example, how would penicillin ever have been discovered if Alexander Fleming hadn't accidentally let mold grow in one of his Petri dishes? Another drawback is the loss of free time. Because neat people spend so much time re-arranging things, they never get to fully relax. Compulsive neat freaks will argue that orderliness has a calming effect - and in moderation, it does. The brain is better able to relax in an orderly environment. But the people who take it to an extreme often have chronic stress - because they feel out-of-control. It can also affect relationships. For instance, when you treat your family and loved ones badly for not living up to your standard. When that happens, it's time to reassess your priorities. So what do you think? Are you a neat freak? Facebook.com/JohnTesh.