An ex neat freak
Sometimes you have to learn to turn a blind eye.
I used to be a neat freak but after the birth of my twin boys I had to learn to sometimes just turn a blind eye.
It's either that or have a nervous break down!
With regards to books, they could never be considered a clutter in my house. We are all great and compulsive readers. My eldest boy, now a teenager, shares my interests in science fiction, mythology, history and a good fiction. My hubby loves nautical and aviation books and the twins love anything to do with dinosaurs and the making of paper planes.
You will therefore find books everywhere in our house; books give knowledge and knowledge is power!