That sounds like a very interesting book Barb, both I and my partner are quintessential messies. We are very active in the house and do all sorts of activities every day, and I tend to think when I use something, well I am using this again very soon, what's the point of putting it away in somewhere inconvenient? So I just leave them around, well, as out of the way as possible but easily visible and accessible. I need to be warned at least a few hours, ideally half a day in advance if someone is coming to our house to do the mad dash of tidying up, but some people know us and our way well enough that they may ring my partner and say "hey I am just around the corner can I stop by?" and step into the madness of our house, and not at all shocked.
I always in absolute awe, when we show up at someone's house unannounced, they would tell us "oh, come on in, excuse the mess" and I would find the whole place in total order, absolutely nothing hanging about on the counter, floor, desk or anywhere, and wonder "what do they do in this place, do they just sit still, not touching, using or moving anything at all? Do they actually LIVE here?"
To be honest I really wouldn't have any idea, if you actually "do things" and stay active in your home how you can keep the place in perfect, or even decent order...
I would love to read this book and see what the author says about someone like me