Hello, my name is Erika, and I’m messy. My room is a vortex of clothes, books, and receipts that I kept for some reason. It’s the curse of having a small room and very little patience for putting things in drawers where they belong. Here are six things only really messy people will understand.
1) I know where everything is when my room is messy
Every time I find something in a weird place in my room and think, “I’ll put this in a more responsible, organized spot!” I cannot figure out where it is later. There is a method to my madness and my brain has a map of my room embedded in it, telling me things like where on the floor I threw my hat a few days ago.
2) What looks clean to me looks messy to someone else
Nothing’s more frustrating than when people tell me my room is messy after I’ve just cleaned it. Someone left a comment on one of my YouTube videos that I needed to organize my nightstand. First of all, who leaves that kind of YouTube comment? Second of all, I HAD organized it just for the video. 🙁
3) I never feel bad about my messiness… until someone else comes in my room
I hate the moment when a new person comes into my room for the first time and I see it through their eyes. Ah, sh*t. It is messy, isn’t it?
4) Messy is not the same thing as gross
I may be messy, but I’m not nasty. I have more clothes than I do closet space, so clothes are usually draped over every surface and covering the floor. I also have lots of papers and miscellaneous sh*t I can’t figure out what to do with, so my desk and nightstand are covered in post-its and Darth Vader and Wonder Woman figurines. What I don’t have anywhere in my room is old food and bugs and stuff. I’ve seen gross rooms, and that’s a whole new level of hell that I don’t want to be associated with.
5) My messy room is nobody else’s business
When I still lived at home, my mom would tell me to clean my room and I don’t get that. It’s not her room. She doesn’t go in it. If I’m being messy in the kitchen, by all means, I need to clean it up. But nobody lives in my room but ME!
6) If I haven’t become a clean person by now, I’m not going to
Let’s face it, I’m an adult. If I was going to become super clean, it would have happened by now. I am who I am.
Are you a messy person? You feel me on this? I understand you. The struggle is real. Tweet me any time, I’m here for you @erikaheidewald.