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Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 7:42 AM


I work in a hospital organizing classes for both in-house staff and the community. I'm not much of a housekeeper, but I'm a tyrant at work as far as knowing where things are and keeping them in order. I have the use of two classrooms and a storage room which I have to share with a person who has earned my highest regard, as well as 1 other person who hasn't. The storeroom is a constant source of tension because my beloved friend, who also uses my equipment, is a slob. He opens all my locked cabinets, takes my equipment, then leaves the room door as well as all the cabinets wide open. When his staff comes back with the equipment, they stand at the open door and pitch; but half of my stuff is still in cardboard boxes and never sees my cabinets again. Each class, I have to retrieve clean, repair, organize and ready for my instructors, who would be beheaded if they tried any of his staffs' tricks. Several hours each week is given over to recovery efforts. Of course I've tried, and he loves me too and makes an effort for a couple hours. My secretary is worse than me and is losing his hair over this. This is not new, it's gone on for the 11 years I've been doing this and I've learned one lesson. Slobs win. They simply wear you down because they don't care, you can't force them to care, you can't guilt them to care and they don't have epiphanies and miraculously change.
So it goes in the forums sometimes. Some people just crap all over the forums with their opinions, observations and snipings and it's up to the thoughtful and responsible majority to decide whether or not to feed the slobs, argue with them to no avail, or just keep their own area in good repute and repair. I guess it depends on how you feel about them in the first place.
NONE of us can, or should, dictate the direction any forum discussion will go, but we CAN make choices.
This is the first time I've spoken up about anything, it will be the last, but I'm tired of slobs too.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 8:23 AM

Dizzy  (Level: 180.7 - Posts: 296)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 9:13 AM

How I wish the attitudes would change - then I might go back to gold which I gave up ages ago. It is no longer a fun site

Headylamar  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 740)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 9:22 AM



Caramel1  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 21613)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 9:28 AM

: there's a stimulating opinion- CERTAINLY BELONGS here LOL

Gerryn  (Level: 18.7 - Posts: 141)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 9:54 AM

Slobs are not born...there are self-made. It is strange, though....I thought about it and realized that ALL of my friends are extremely neat and up-to-date women. I personally would have a difficulty with someone who is a slob.. I also know that my friends are all strong, positive and independent women who are very humorous.

We have all talked about this subject due problems with co-workers and family. I've one brother and one sister....My brother is a total neat sister is a slob. Go figure....I think I'm in the middle ...Same parents..

I'm sure you have tried everything.....but I'd be direct and just tell him that you are not his mother and don't want to clean up after him.

Good luck

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 10:58 AM

I am low on neatness scale, on the the average-to-sloppy side, but in college a had a total slob as a roommate and I turned into Felix Unger out of self-defense - otherwise I would never have been able to distinguish her stuff from my stuff!

Now I share an office and my office mate is extremely tidy so that seems to allow me to spread out in piles and piles and more piles of stuff that never gets put away. Of course she really just hides her mess in her drawers and mine is on top of my desk!

But my point is, against my own nature, I get tidier based on the slovenliness of those around me. The same seems to be true around here...I just don't participate in the threads that get messy no matter how much I'd like to dump the contents of my mind all over the keyboard

Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 11:17 AM

I'm a reformed slob. I had to reform, my husband is a neat freak, but I do all the cleaning. His methods of reform sucked, he just hollered at me till I cleaned more often..but very effective! Now I'm neater than he!

But, GREAT post, Mrs. Diane! You rock!

Bigbird  (Level: 250.2 - Posts: 3345)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 11:56 AM

I started out a slob. There is much about me that is still in the slobby category. But over the years I've gotten more and more annoyed at how long it takes me to do something - all my own fault - because I cannot locate the proper file for this, or the papers for that, or the phone number I just wrote down.

So, I've begun to neaten my act, out of self preservation and time-control. I've become a believer in plastic organizer boxes of various sizes and shapes.

I've pretty much stopped posting on the chat boards because of board sloppiness. Things are no longer in their place. A thread will start out about one thing, and gradually be taken over by those with a totally different agenda. Either the me! me! me! folks, or the supporters of a particular person defending their friend's views on a totally different issue, or the where-is-Justin crowd, or the I-hate-the-editors group, or the why-can't-we-all-be-friends folks. There is nothing wrong with any of these topics - they just belong in their own plastic organizer boxes.

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 12:03 PM

Just curious:
Would the married couples say whether it is just chance or human nature that slobs attract neatniks and vice versa?
Just as one half of every couple likes the bedroom cold and the other likes a sauna?
(My wife and I are close to opposite ends of the spectrum on both)

Gerryn  (Level: 18.7 - Posts: 141)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 2:21 PM

Good Point....Opposites do attract and maybe this is just one more "proof is in the pudding". I personally couldn't be married to a total slob....It's hard enough to be married to someone who saves things that are totally useless or information that can be found online......I'm like .....not sentimental.

Stuff is just's people and relationships that matter..
(but I still love my stuff)

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