I’m drinking coffee, right now, so excuse me if I seem a little intense on the TP front – toothpaste, not toilet paper, but seriously, that’s probably even worse, right? Let’s share a moment in silence for all of those who have fetched beyond their creative ability when home alone and realizing that nobody bothered to mention there’s no toilet paper. It’s a cruel world. Which happens to remind me: sitting on a warm toilet seat in the winter? Don’t fret, child, this is definitely okay. I mean, c’mon, it’s almost winter, you desperately need to pee, and it’s cold. Nobody is going to know, and you don’t need to feel weird about it. Just don’t be silly – take precautions if need be and practice safe sitting. There’s not caring and then there’s just plain dirty, you know what I mean? And for goodness sake, whoever is leaving a mess in public toilets, could you please, like, never return? If there are any men reading this, do not be fooled by the misconception that all women are domestic angels behind closed doors. Some are filthy, in a not-so-attractive-get-that-liquor-into-me kind of way. You don’t wanna go there.
So this is probably where I should start wrapping up with some sort of moral, right? Forgive me, I do feel as though this has turned into a rant for right-minded souls, rather than a lesson; had to happen at least once. Sometimes, I just get so carried away, especially when it comes to something I’m quite passionate about – no, not toothpaste and toilets, but tidiness (if you are still reading this and don’t like being told what to do, you might want to go now).
Tidiness is one of the secrets to success. I’m stating this as a fact, but really, I’d say it’s just common sense. It goes like this: tidy room, tidy life. You gotta get organized, people, and where do you think this all starts? Yes, the bedroom, the place where one’s existence is most commonly conceived. Your room doesn’t have to be immaculate or Instagram worthy, but I strongly believe in something called an ‘organized mess’ (noun: it’s a little cluttered but nevertheless in order, and anything can be located within >40 seconds) so unless you are procrastinating for a mildly important test tomorrow or have OCD, this advice probably applies to you.
Consider this housekeeping 101, revised; if you don’t already do it, making your bed every morning is a great place to start. You will be amazed by how much of a difference a little bit of routine can make. Cleaning is not only therapeutic, it’s productive, and it’s the kind of mindset you can extend to all other areas of your life. It gives your ‘everyday’ structure, and in the midst of all else that’s going on, this can be the saving grace to your focus and motivation. It’s important to surround yourself in an environment that reflects your desired state of mind; this includes your home, car and work place. As soon as you let these physical areas get a little messy, your mentality becomes misplaced and disorientated, too. Being tidy is just one of the ways you can take control of your life, and it’s never a matter of not having enough time – it’s just a matter of being organized.
I do hope that I have spent the last of my days cutting empty toothpaste tubes in half and desperately attempting to scavenge their remaining contents, just as I hope to never again be a victim to the selfishly inconsiderate behaviour of those who share no concern or courtesy when it comes to toilet paper. Sadly, I do not think that will be the case. We’re only human, even us right-minded souls; making lists and beds, planning ahead, and getting organized – they’re just our ways of finding a solid foothold before having to jump into the next unexpected fall of fate.