An Argument For Messy Rooms

An Argument For Messy Rooms

Making a Murderer.

If the cleanliness of your room is indicative of your personality, I am a complete mess...and a murderer. Now before you dial 9-1-1 or exit the article because you aren't one to support your run of the mill killer, let me explain: my room was in its usual state of more than cluttered, and I decided to take on the insane task of attempting to clean it. During my time cleaning and regretting all of my life decisions that made me this messy, I find a pal among the piles of crap. This little buddy was a mouse (yeah, they live in my house; it's whatever) and unfortunately, he was no longer with us. After screaming, freaking the hell out, and calling for my dad to get rid of it, we discovered the cause of death -- being crushed/suffocated by yours truly. After being told my visitor fell under the category of "Flat Stanley," I reevaluated my extremely messy living space. Unfortunately, my compassion for my rodent friend couldn't outweigh by natural instinct to allow entropy to stay its course. Allow that story to warm the cockles (?) of your heart and now think about the state of your room. After a childhood of being told to clean your room (especially when family was visiting because everyone knows a good party takes place in a child's bedroom), I have had enough of attempting to maintain a clean room. My dorm is covered in my clothing, class work, cleaning supplies and drugs, like the Dayquil kind, not like coke or something. Being able to spend less time worrying about how gross my living situation is leaves tons of time to do important work to meet my goals in life. Everyone wants to graduate college and get a cool job, but does anyone really care about how your room looks if you're meeting these goals? NO... Well, a little. When people (read: Mom) begin judging you for the pigsty you call a bedroom, tell them you are far too intellectually engaged in your studies to bother with petty things such as cleaning. You will for sure sound like an ass, but also look smart while doing it. In my opinion, a messy room means that you just have other stuff going on, and also you can maintain an organized life within the clutter of your room. Keeping a clean room is overrated and if you are one to live life to the fullest you will stop cleaning immediately.

There is a word for people who keep (creepy) organized rooms: lame! If you have enough time and patience to organize your Chinese takeout fortunes from the last six years, you need other hobbies. I mean I don't want to get to the "Hoarders" level, but you don't need to be able to perform open heart surgery in your single. People with clean rooms, open your eyes to the world. All the hours of your life you have spent cleaning could have been used to do things like: go to a petting zoo, jump off a cliff (body of water at bottom preferred!), eat an entire pizza by yourself, try eyebrow threading, get a glitter beard, find and domesticate a wild animal, raise a child, Facebook-friend everyone you can remember from grade school, write a children's book, join a cult, or even try skiing. All of these are 1000 times better than cleaning your room. Just imagine, a world where you have tons of time to do whatever you want -- you can have that if you forgo cleaning your room.

I am genuinely concerned for future generations if parents and peers keep this social pressure of having a clean room. How will we grow as a society if all we care about is a dumb aspect of our lives? As someone with years of experience living in a messy room, I can argue that a messy room is not reflective of my life. I love organizing my schedule and spending time doing and trying new things. Just remember, kids: your room is not indicative of you or your personality.

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50 One-Liners College Girls Swap With Their Roomies As Much As They Swap Clothes

"What would I do without you guys???"

1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

7. *Roommate tells an entire story* "Wait, what?"

8. "How is it already 3 AM?"

9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

13. "Why is there so much hair on our floor?"

14. "I think I'm broke."

15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

23. "OK, we really need to go to the gym soon."

24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

25. "Let's go out tonight."

26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

27. "Let's go to the mall."

28. "Can I use your straightener?"

29. "I need coffee."

30. "I'm bored, come back to the room."

31. "Should we go home this weekend?"

32. "We should probably do laundry soon."

33. "Can you see through these pants?"

34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

50. "What would I do without you guys???"

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.


In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."

I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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