From Our Readers The Perks of Being a Mess From Our Readers

All my life I’ve been told certain things that have hindered the way I like to express myself. Things such as; “No, I don’t think having a baby buffalo live in your closet is a good idea!” or “No, I don’t think having your whole life composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber would be cool!” but mainly I’ve been told “You are the messiest person I know.” When people say that to me I have this urge to say, “Merci, monsieur!” Although for some reason everyone seems to think that being messy is a bad thing and to those people I say, “My life is so much more exciting than yours!”

If you’re one of those cynical clean people, let me explain to you why my life est mieux. When you wake up in the morning, do that weird yawning stretch thing we all do, and then you step out of bed into the slippers that you positioned there the night before. All very nice, your feet never touch the cold hard floor, keeping you in a comfortable comatose state.  But, when I wake up my adventure starts! It’s similar to those games you’d play when you were little where you had to hop around on the floor avoiding lava, except for me it’s usually to avoid sharp and unidentifiable objects that might be residing  on my floor. My stuff masks the floor similar to the way a book store and a thrift store would if they had a love child. Said love child would then explode creating the awesomeness that is my room.

Another advantage of being messy is that some people (not all) have this idea that they are superior to you. Now most of you don’t see how this is a good thing, but let me assure you it is. The advantage is that when you end up looking or doing something “normal” everyone is so impressed = instant confidence booster. When my room is what a normal person would deem messy, everyone thinks that it is clean. Take that Charlie Sheen because I am now winning! Also people are always volunteering to clean for you… the lazy person inside of me loves this! I sit on my bed and talk to friends while they fold my laundry for me. But even they are unable to find matching socks, hence the reason my socks never match.  Take that dryer monster who eats my socks, you can’t stop me!

The best part about being messy is….drumroll please…. I am never bored! There is always something to do. If I start to clean my room I find all these fantastic things I didn’t even know I had, it’s like shopping, but you don’t have to leave the house, interact with pushy employees and best of all it’s free. Last week I found a ukelele under my bed! Score! This lead to me attempting to learn the ukelele for the next two hours. Can any of you clean people say that they found a ukelele under their bed? Nope, henceforth they don’t have a good story.  Or, when you find that unidentifiable crumb on your floor. There’s always that little piece of excitement trying to guess what it is. Should I smell it? Maybe I should lick it? The fantastic feeling you get when you discover its a cookie crumb. Awesome! I always have snacks.

Being messy really is a lifestyle choice, it’s not a bad thing, but really a way to get to know yourself better. You spend a lot of time talking to yourself while trying to remember where you put stuff. But hey, life’s an adventure and I think your house should be too!

You can read more from Aleesha Koersen on her blog.

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  1. Hey!
    I´m a messy bachelor. Things have way of staying where I lay them athome. “I´ll do or read that later” “this itum might be usefull” Untill I find a pile of stuff in amazement; -How on earth did this happen? I´m allways worried about throwing away stuff needlessly so cleaning is sometimes slow.
    It´s painfull to throw stuff away sometimes. But, you know, there is olnly so much room.

  2. meilleur is used for ‘better’ when you use it with “est ” and since life is feminin meilleure is the correct! Je m’excuse :)

  3. I could relate so much to this article… my whole messy life all summed up in this article of awesomeness. People, especially my friends, always tell me how messy I am. Not just with my room, but with EVERYTHING. Somehow, they see that being messy = being irresponsible. Which, by the way, is not always true. The fun thing about having a messy room or workplace is that I always see everything I need and I know where my things are. Like this article said, when I get bored, I clean up and dig through a pile of stuff. There, I find things I never knew I had… like hidden treasure. I hate cleaning up though, I just end up forgetting where everything else is. =/

  4. My husband and I never seem to put things away back to where they go and when we have to clean, we spend at least half the time organizing first. There is a distinction between messy and dirty. The neat people assume that’s the same thing, but it isn’t. Clutter and a mess is nice and homey as long as you know there’s no week-old-melted-ice-cream being covered by last night’s dirty laundry.

  5. I wish I could say that I freely throw my belongings around my flat but alas I am not one of these ‘free’ messy people. I like things to be in the right place and if I buy something it needs a home – if I didn’t have a home in mind for it I didn’t need it so I didn’t buy it. Maybe I’m boring! My boyfriend is the total opposite though, his filing system involves chucking mail into a corner and he hasn’t dusted his bedroom since I did it about 2 years ago. It stresses me out but I guess we compliment each other.

  6. This is so me!!! I just sent this link to everyone I know! My husband (who is just like me in this sense), my sister and my mom (who both are neat freaks!). Love this article!!

  7. I’m single and live alone but I decided to splurge and hire a housekeeper to come every other week because my parents thought I was depressed. I hate cleaning so much. Although, I do like to buy the cleaning supplies…I just don’t like using them. Also, I think shoe closets should be next to the television because at least for me, all my shoes ended up in front of the television anyway and I love this article….so true!

  8. Until you have to live with a guy like me who gets tired of being late to everywhere because I have to wait 20 minutes for you to find the other shoe that matches because your 40 pairs of shoes are strewn across the entire room with clothes piled on top of them. No thank you, I like knowing exactly where my slippers are when I get out of bed.

  9. OMG! Yes! This is my life! I’m so glad you understand and can explain it a lot better than I ever could. Thank you! Now I have to share this with everyone I know.

  10. This is so applicable to my life. Everyone is like “you’re so messy! clean your room!” but I’m like…at least it isn’t DIRTY exactly. I don’t have old food and bugs and stuff, everything is just strewn about XD Great article!

  11. I talk to myself while cleaning too. And driving. That’s not weird. … right? Just pretend your on a handsfree.

  12. haha! I can totally connect with the crumb on the floor part :D Life is a constant adventure! :D

  13. Variety is indeed the spice of life!

    Very enjoyable piece, and VERY true! Thanks for sharing :)