Have you found yourself getting messier or neater as you get older?
I've found that after having children and working, I've been forced into getting some parts of my life organised. What about you?
After the kids left home, I had some silly notion I'd finally be able to be Totally Organized. Reality is there's far less laundry and dishes to wash, I no longer find teenagers I didn't birth grazing in the fridge, and I no longer have to wait until the little darlings have gone to school or bed to take a shower (not to mention I can leave the bathroom door unlocked and open!).
Other than that, things haven't changed much. If the creativity is flowing, I don't notice (or care) if it'd be easier to sprinkle seeds on the kitchen floor and turn it into a flower bed than mop it. If I'm suffering writer's block, I'll go into deep cleaning mode until it passes.
Obviously, I'm not at death's door from an excess of germs that defy all methods of modern medicine, so being white-glove neat half the time and messy the other half isn't as life threatening as the Health Dept would like us to believe! ;D
I've found myself getting neater, which is sometimes infuriating, because I just can't relax, everything needs to be clean, tidy... Sometimes I wish I could look away, just relax, play with the kids and the husband, read a book, but before I do any of that I always need to straighten out everything, otherwise it's no fun, whatever else I'm doing...
After the children left home it became so much easier to keep thing neat and organized, but I have also lowered my standards. If I don't feel like running the vacuum today, I know it will wait until tomorrow. It seemed more important to maintain a schedule when the children were at home I try to enjoy life each day.
Without doubt I have become neater, I have found that mess becomes stress.
Messier. Perhaps its because I have 4 kids, ages 9-14 living at home and I would never accomplish anything else if I tried to maintain my previous neatness standards.
Funny to read JammaGenie's answer. I guess I keep telling myself that, in 10 years when they have all moved out, I will finally get organized. Then again, maybe not!
Definitely neater.. I can't relax if my space is a mess.. it stresses me right out
I have always been kind of OCD. Being organized and 'neat' has been a priority for me.
There were times like when I was being a wife, Mother, teacher, and working on my Ed Specialist degree that some things slipped. Everything was not organized and neat.
Time marched on and I never quite got caught up again until my daughter was grown and moved out. Then she moved back in with her son (after her divorce). Then it was get real time as far as organizing went. I did try. But I was now a teacher, a Mother, and a grandmother..and then illness struck my family and all of a sudden I DID NOT care whether things were organized or not. It was no longer important to me.
More time marched on and they moved out to live their lives. And then I was alone now and made myself get organized.
And I love it. I can find things. They are in their 'place' !!! And I recycle and give away or yard sale items so that I have NO clutter.
i have found that i don't get older . kidding. but on a somewhat more serious note. messiness or neatness is not ( to my understanding) a age related thing. happiness is though. definitely more children are happier than adults. hence the first statement is true. i must not be getting older
I became much more organized than when I got my first job. During the college I liked some disorder, but now I enjoy organizing.
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