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5 Totally Legitimate Excuses for Being Untidy

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I’ve always been an untidy person. There’s an infinite amount of more exciting ways to spend our precious time here on Earth than tidying up. As I’m getting older though, I’m finding ways to cope with my messy habit. I’ve noted some of these below. Less guilt, more acceptance, I say! Here are 5 reasons you should never feel bad about being untidy.


5 Totally Legitimate Excuses for Being Untidy


Your home has a serious storage deficiency

I suffered from a storage deficiency for years after moving in to my first rented flat. There was far too much stuff piled up and nowhere to put it. Years later I found myself with too much useless storage. Too many cabinets in the living room and a mountain of papers and notebooks in the office. It was chaos. This could all have been solved by owning the correct furniture. There are office desks out there with tons of storage options. Under desk cabinets, drawer units. Filing cabinets.

An organised home can save you hours of precious time a week. Take an afternoon out when no one else is home, grab a pen and paper and work your way through the entire house making a note of what types of items are piling up and which cupboards, racks and drawers are empty and unused.

Patterns will soon start emerging and it will be easy to plan a new layout for each room. For example; if you hang most of your clothes in a wardrobe then maybe you don’t need that empty. second chest of drawers in the bedroom after all. Stick it on eBay and buy much needed storage for the kitchen instead.


You suffer from a mental illness

Cleaning is often the last thing on your mind when you live with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue. Just getting out of bed can seem impossible. And you know what, sometimes it’s okay to turn your back on chores until the storm has passed. After all, the last thing a depressed person needs is the additional guilt of not being able to clear a cluttered house.

That being said, research has shown time and time again that too much messiness can actually be a detriment to our mental health. So, in your own time, it’s a good idea to find a way to organise a tiny section of your home a day, or even a week. Do it in small, manageable steps if needed. You might even find it therapeutic.


You’re just too intelligent

It’s no secret that many of the greatest minds the human race has produced lived and worked in chaotic environments. A quick search brings up tales of how Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and Steve Jobs all appear to have thrived in messy environments. But did you know that research shows that disorganisation is linked directly to a higher intelligence? So, next time someone calls you out for being so messy, just tell them it’s because you’re a genius! You can’t help it,  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .


You own too much stuff

It’s possible to own so many material items that they’ll end up owning you. The disarray that comes from over-buying and hoarding can be summed up in a clever little word invented by Author, James Wallman: Stuffication. That is; being suffocated by the stuff we own.

Artist and author, William Morris famously said: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”. I love this quote and keep it at the forefront of my mind when I’m shopping. Cheers William, you’ve saved me sooo much money.


It’s written in the stars

When it comes to Astrology, I’m not usually a believer, but if the stars can excuse me for my messy lifestyle, then maybe I can make an exception just this once.

I’m a Leo and the chart below describes us as a sign of Mayhem! Fun first. Mess later. I can deal with that!

How about you? Would you agree with what the stars say about your tidy habits? Let me know below.


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How your starsign affects your messiness - Infographic






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