Things I’ve learned managing my lifelong messiness.
If you’re a naturally messy person like me, you’ve probably learned to work with your own regular level of untidiness.
It's definitely true that while other people only see mess, we tend to know exactly where everything we need is on a daily basis.
It's also definitely true that tidying can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and very unfun, so who needs it? You might find that like me, once you START cleaning it's very hard to stop until everything is 100% perfect, and that can stress a person out, so instead you avoid it like the plague.
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But even though you do know which dirty T-shirt the remote is tucked under, you’ve also probably felt it would be nice to be a bit tidier and more organised on a regular basis.
Mostly for Instagramming your room purposes, ofc.
Knowing the struggle, I’ve put together a list of the little initiatives I make to be a bit more ~together~, and hopefully a few of them will work for you too!
Full disclosure: I do not do these all the time and I am still the worst person at laundry there ever was, so I have no tips for that particular weakness.
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Devote the first 15 minutes of work and home time to setting up your space.
Make these readjustment sessions an integral part of your day. I schedule time into my calendar to set up my work desk every morning, which means that MOST mornings I actually do get my rubbish cleared, my water bottle filled, my to-do list scribbled out, and my calendar checked.
Applying the habit at home can be harder, especially since I'm the slump-on-to-the-couch-and-ignore-everything-as-soon-as-I-walk-in-the-door type. This tendency is largely responsible for my untidy room, so I try to take 10–15 minutes when I walk in the door to clean out my work bag, tidy around my bed, and just generally make sure tiny things are done BEFORE I treat myself to a good old sofa slump. Because to be honest, if I say I'll do it later, what I really mean is I won't.
Even though I don't always succeed with taking these little tidy breaks, making the effort to take them means big cleans are less painful and that over time cleaning up before I'm comfortable becomes more or less a regular habit. I don't know how naturally tidy people who don't do this at least semi-regularly function – somehow I never see my deskmates scheduling tidy-time, and yet their spaces are always cleaner than mine. Messiness to some degree is just my lot in life, but it's nice to minimise it, and it is refreshing to see my desk and room fresh and clear before I use them up every day.
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