Messy vs. neat

Jan 28 2013 - 10:39am

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Illustration by CELESTE FRANCIS/NUAMES/celestefrancis2013@gmail.com

I LIKE IT MESSY

Having a messy bedroom can seem like complete chaos for some people -- but not for everyone.

You hear it said that your room can say a lot about how organized you are, but I don't think that's true. I'm a pretty organized person but

90 percent of the time, my room happens to be a mess.

I know that there are some teens who cannot stand to have a mess in their room but it honestly doesn't bother me.

To me, my room is my domain and if it's messy, then I'll clean it when I feel like it. It doesn't give me anxiety or make me feel disorganized if it's not completely clutter free.

Sure, sometimes it's a hassle when I can't locate something, but eventually, after a little digging, I usually find what I'm looking for.

See, I was the type of kid who, when my mom told me to clean my room, just shoved my mess either in my closet or under the bed. That's probably a big contributor to why my room is the way it is to this day. Once and a while I'll clean it, but it's most definitely not a day-to-day ritual. I am a busy girl and I have bigger things to worry about than what my room looks like.

It's also not just about what's on the floor, because I know some kids don't like anything on their walls but I happen to love to put posters up around my room. I have a ton of posters hung up, and I love personalizing my room.

On a normal day for me, you can probably find my shoes scattered around my room along with hangers from my closet. The only time this really starts to bother me is if I trip over something.

Sometimes I think, "OK, I'm going to clean my room and try to keep it clean on a daily basis."

A few days will go by and it's still fairly clean, then a few weeks and it starts to get messier, and a month later -- before I know it -- it's back to being its messy self.

Your room is supposed to be your own personalized space, so I say if you're comfortable with the mess then leave it. And if you can't stand it, then clean it.

Miranda Romero is a senior at St. Joseph Catholic High School. She enjoys softball, Starbucks and music. Contact her at mpc127_@msn.com.

I LIKE IT NEAT

To most people, deciding whether to spell the color as "grey" or "gray" is probably not a very significant choice.

I am not most people.

This word posed quite a dilemma when I first made up my mind to organize my closet. I had decided to sort everything into categories, such as "long-sleeved shirts" and "shorts," and then to organize each individual item alphabetically by color within the categories. Therein was my predicament: "gray" would precede "green," whereas "grey" would follow it. 

What was a girl to do?

For the general population, the answer would likely be not to organize your closet like a crazy person ... but where's the fun in that? I love being obsessively organized; not only did I color-code and alphabetize my closet, but I've also organized my books by genre and, within each genre, alphabetically by the author's last name. My friends have joked that I might as well employ the Dewey Decimal System.

As strange or obsessive as some may think me for my tidiness in my room, it works for me. I always know where everything is, so I never have to rifle through my closet to find a particular shirt or search all of my bookshelves for my favorite book. Every item has its place, and I'm able to know precisely where that place is.

I will confess that I'm not neat all the time; I subscribe to the bed-making philosophy of "Why bother when you'll just climb back in that night?" As a result, my bed is generally a mess of rumpled sheets and blankets. My desk is usually buried under a lopsided stack of library books and scattered heaps of old papers. I'm not perfectly tidy, but for the most part, everything has its place, and everything is organized.

Not only does neatness look better, but it's also more practical. For one, it makes it much easier to clean when you're expecting company or simply want to rid yourself of clutter. When your room is mostly clean, it's easy to tuck any stray items into their proper drawers or shelves rather than having to bring in a cleaning crew just to find the floor.

Beyond that, being organized gives the room a nicer feel.

While a pristinely clean room might understandably be uncomfortable to live in, might feel too clinical and sanitary, a neat room feels like home. Messes are unsightly, and it can be difficult to plop down on your bed or make use of your desk if clutter is strewn about everywhere. 

On top of that, messy rooms tend to have an accompanying odor and general grimy feeling. Clean rooms are both more comfortable and more livable. It's nice to know that I don't need a gas mask just to walk into my own room.

Even though it can be a little bit of a hassle to make the adjustment to organization, it's well worth it to know that everything is neat and arranged as it should be. Besides, it's not difficult to maintain a clean room. Developing a system that works for you and sticking with it makes it easy to keep everything tidy. 

For me, alphabetizing is the best way to stay organized, even if it means having to make oddly difficult decisions regarding the spelling of certain colors. So, in case you were wondering, I went with "grey" rather than "gray" -- the sequence of brown, green, grey looks better than brown, gray, green.

I'm not crazy.

Kalli Damschen is a senior at Clearfield High School. She is passionate about reading, writing and her Christian faith. Contact her at kmdamschen@gmail.com.

 

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