I admit that I am quite a disorganized person, at least when it comes to possessions. My apartment, office, and even my bedroom in Lincoln when I am visiting home all suffer from disarray. Yet, I can usually find what I need at the right time.
But, I realize the the squalid (yes, that’s hyperbole) conditions are unsightly for others, as well as potentially dangerous for me. There have definitely been times that I have nearly tripped over my feet as a result of trying to avoid the mess on my floor.
In Evanston, my floor frequently gets cluttered with dirty laundry and/or read newspapers. Even though I have two “hampers” (actually Rubbermaid plastic tubs) for laundry, and a plastic laundry basket which I use as a recycling bin, I evidently feel so lazy at home that these items simply end up on the floor!
However, a corollary to this: whenever I do my laundry, since I have to condense all laundry into the hampers, I often also toss my trash and/or do the recycling. It is amazing how much larger and/or cleaner the room looks after picking up even a little bit.
Now, the shelves, desk, and other areas are still badly disorganized and cluttered, but I only have so much space in Engelhart. I think, once I graduate, since I may be able to find a larger place wherever I go next, that having a better system of organization will take me far.
Of course, there have been some times where clean-up has been a must. I hosted one of my friends overnight for יום כיפור (Yom Kippur), despite the fact that my room is only designed for a single person. Naturally, I cleaned the floor, attempted to pick up and tidy up other visible areas, but had my bike blocking the clutter on the northeast wall, and near the closet, I had blankets covering the floor for my makeshift bed that night!
In some sense, though I often dread doing the pick-up of clutter, it always makes me feel better in the end. Disorganization can burden in more ways than one! And sometimes, you find long-lost items when you clean up!
Today is the three-hundred and thirteenth day of M.M.X.I.V.