I am one of the millions, if not billions, of people who have watched Friends. One of the reasons why I enjoy the show is because the characters are relatable to most people. I related most with Monica.
Like Monica, I am easily borderline OCD about organization and cleanliness. I could highly relate to all the scenes when she freaked out about her home not being clean, especially the one where Chandler cleans their apartment while she’s at work.
Of course, everyone but Chandler seemed to think that was a terrible idea—with good reason. For, even though Chandler thought he put all the items back where they belonged, the moment Monica walked in, she freaked out. Monica instantly knew something was different.
That’s me, guys. I am an organization and cleaning freak. I do not thrive on clutter and chaos. Instead, I thrive on order and routine.
I firmly believe everything needs its proper place. If it’s not there, I get frantic. My best rule of the thumb is to group like things together. Another rule I have involves practicality, functionality, and level of use. Therefore, if I know I am not going to use something as often, it will either go in the back of a closet or on a higher shelf.
I am that person who spends the first day in any new space labeling and envisioning what should go where. I am that person who will always believe my house could be cleaner. Spotless is my standard, practically.
One of the hardest parts of having a one-bedroom apartment is realizing that our bedroom typically acts as a storage room as well. Nothing makes me feel more anxious or Closter phobic than walking up to a dirty home. I try my best to pick up before bed each night. Yet, I also reserve Saturday mornings for cleaning and coffee.
I am also that person who needs to be cut off from cleaning. In fact, my husband must physically sit me down. Otherwise, I will keep going for hours. Once I get going, it is extremely hard to stop, especially when I am in the kitchen. Cleaning and organizing relax me.
I am a sucker for color coordination. I organize everything I can by color—light to dark. The biggest reason I do this is because it’s extremely easy for me to visualize my closet whenever I am trying to decide what to wear. Thus, ultimately making it easier to grab garments and go. I don’t have to go through the stress of finding the shirt I want to wear.
Also, I have four phone cases at my disposal so I can pick the one that matches my outfit best. Same goes for my travel coffee mugs. I went as far as buying colored straws for the same purpose . Even in those details, I think people can learn a lot about a person. For me, matching my colors in every way shows that I put in some effort and strive to look polished, yet not flashy.
At work, every bit of documentation I may need goes in the same place each day. For instance, a lot of what I do requires repetition. Therefore, once I come up with a process and placement that works for me, I stick with it. I tend to freak out a little bit when my trusted, tried, and true, routine changes.
I absolutely must clear off my desk before going to the next task, even if it means taking a few trips throughout the day to various offices to drop off paperwork. Doing so is like a breath of fresh air for me. It’s much easier for me to focus on a task when I am not worried about an excessive amount of no longer necessary paperwork in my workspace.
As I am sure I’ve mentioned before, my coasters at work and home must be lined up with one another perfectly and facing the same direction. I am not a fan of crooked placement. I place any storage canisters or figurines by height because is there any other way? I base my decision on which method is most visually appealing.
I take the time to organize my books, movies, and CDs like that of a library—by author and title. I keep multiple calendars—one on my phone and a paper one at home. It’s common for people to come to me about our schedule because I will make sure everything is in order and that nothing overlaps.
I will leave my examples at those. I don’t think the entire world needs or wants to know just how meticulous I am. Lord knows I am missing a great deal of them. Nonetheless, being in school has forced me to realize that my standards are not always realistic.
Thankfully, though, my husband understands my standard of cleanliness and organization. In fact, when I asked him about it, he said, I aim for “clean, very clean.” He’s done a wonderful job of keeping our home tidy while I spend my free time doing homework.
If you can relate to me in any way, I’d love to hear what you do to be just as organized as Monica Geller. We can confide in each other and give each other tips.
And if you can’t relate to me, I can assure you, you are not alone either. I think a lot more people have the “organized mess” standard, which is just fine. However, I do apologize to those who can be taken aback by people who obsessively clean and organize.