Do people actually get stressed by messy rooms?

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by theambernerd, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. Aondeug

    Aondeug Cringe Annoying Ass Female Lobster

    Oh I never talked about how I am fine with my desk being "dirty". Or at least what my family considers to be it. Which is probably why I get so fucking weird about things not being clean because that has just been beaten into me since I was tiny and I am an anxious and obsessive little shit.

    But yeah I don't mind my desk looking like shit because that is my work space. I actually have a method to the madness. I don't just leave things there all willy nilly there is a purpose to my stack of dictionaries and the notebooks everywhere, dammit. I do get a bit weird every few days and have to clear it off and give the desk a thorough scrubbing though.
  2. Enzel

    Enzel androgynous jrpg protag

    I grew up with a mother who flipped out about the tiniest bit of mess so even though she considers me a slob, my threshold is apparently way above most other people's. Dirt and old food causes me the most distress. I am soothed by the act of organizing so I will shuffle and organize my room every few months.

    That said I currently live in a tiny room with a ton of craft supplies, so it's a balance. Nearly every wall has stuff stacked against it, but as long as I can see everything (yay clear boxes) I'm ok. I like having a clear floor but leave a lot of stuff on my desk. I'm trained to take off my shoes inside so dirty floors/stuff getting on my feet or socks also distresses me greatly.

    I don't really make my bed tho, fuck that. Its my one big act of rebellion living on my own after getting screamed at frequently for not making it every morning. I will straighten the blankets but I can't be assed to tuck them in every day. I can't sleep unless surrounded by pillows on all sides, it's a security thing I guess, so my bed is kind of a nest anyway.

    I will leave "I wore this once but it's clean enough to wear again" clothes on a floor in the corner, but I try to at least hang them up on the front of my wardrobe where there are hooks.

    my mother basically needs her house to look like one of those home decorating catalogues at all times, nothing in the floor ever, everything spotless, stuff on tabletops perfectly arranged, kitchen counters washed and polished and floor swept every single day. There's a reason living w her was hell coupled w my executive dysfunction.

    For me, I'm ok with my own clutter because I will get to it eventually, but living with ADHD demands I have a system where everything has a designated spot, or I am guaranteed to lose it.

    I will say the visual noise that a full but neat bookshelf makes is the BEST.
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  3. Emma

    Emma Your resident resident

    I have been thinking about this today, because I have been cleaning and organizing my room over the past two days.

    I have cleared every surface in my main room, put away the clutter, dusted them and wiped them down. I went through my bedside table and clutter drawer and organized/threw stuff away and cleaned the drawers before putting stuff back. And then I also went through all of my papers today. And then I hoovered for the first time in ages.

    I say all this to illustrate that when I say my room is currently clean, you get a picture of just how uncluttered and clean it is.

    And it's weird. Nothing is out of place, everything is where it's supposed to be. I think this might actually be too clean for my liking. :P

    When my sister still used to live at home she always had her floor completely covered in stuff, with garbage everywhere and no place to walk. That is also not to my liking.

    My happy place is somewhere in between. I like my room to be mainly clean, certainly no stuff on the floor where it's in the way, but I do want it to look lived in.
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