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In terms of general neatness, I am ...

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A neatnik (Felix Unger)
  297 votes / 1%
Neat, but not neatnik
  2628 votes / 17%
Neither esp. tidy nor especially messy
  3620 votes / 23%
Leaning toward messy, but not a slob
  5548 votes / 36%
A slob (Oscar Madison)
  1879 votes / 12%
Worse than slob (Oscar the Grouch)
  670 votes / 4%
Recovering from one of the above extremes
  446 votes / 2%
15088 total votes.
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In terms of general neatness, I am ...

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  • It varies (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) on Friday May 24, 2013 @06:45PM (#43817435)
    I love a clean house, but I hate to clean. I also dislike having anyone in my house, so a maid it out of the question.
    At the moment, the kitchen and bedroom are rather Oscar Madison-ish, but the rest of the house the fairly clean.
    I really do need to get it all clean, as I am going to put it up for sale soon, buy a bigger place, and have more room for all my toys. :)
  • Normal distribution (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Laxori666 (748529) on Friday May 24, 2013 @07:47PM (#43817965) Homepage
    This is an awesomely normal (as in stats)-looking distribution! The mean makes sense - leaning towards messy. Or maybe that's how everyone views themselves but it's not an objective measure (cf. up to 80% of people thinking they are above average drivers []).
  • Perception (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 24, 2013 @08:04PM (#43818063)

    Of all the places objects can rest, the more unnatural their position, the tidier it looks. Consider a dozen pencils randomly thrown onto a desk, then rotating all those pencils so they're oriented in exactly the same direction (any one direction). The pencils are still a randomly spread out mess, but there's a perceptible improvement. I think it has something to do with how hard the brain has to work to identify each object, and the complexity of disorder is what fundamentally bothers some people about messes.

    With a dozen pencils, each being a different brand and length this time, repeat the experiment. The extra difference in appearance between the pencils should make it look even messier than before. Rotating the pencils to match should also be less of an improvement in appearance, because it's more complex overall than in the first experiment.

  • Sanitary. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by p00kiethebear (569781) on Friday May 24, 2013 @11:19PM (#43819039)
    At the new job I started I have been appalled by what appears to be a lack of understanding by my coworkers that whatever you touch spreads germs from that place on whatever else you might touch. Specifically the problem I see is chicken. I'll be cleaning chicken in the sink and someone will come over and turn on the faucet that's been around raw chicken, rinse off a spoon and then go right back to serving food with said spoon. Hello?! Are you fucking stupid? Do you not get that now not only have you contaminated your hand but also the spoon that your hand is holding on to! It drives me fucking crazy. My boss tells me I need to hurry up when cleaning up the sink after cleaning chicken because no one else thinks it's important to both scrub it down with soap AND bleach. It's like everyone else just picks one or the other. What the fuck. I swear some people have no concept of bacteria, as if germs are little people to them like in the fucking mucinex commercials or something. I wouldn't say I'm neat or messy. I'm just sanitary.
  • Free Advice (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Rob the Bold (788862) on Saturday May 25, 2013 @06:01PM (#43823871)

    I've got some free home-selling advise for you. Worth every cent, and you've probably heard it before. But I love the sound of my own fingers on the keyboard, so here goes:

    If you've got as many "toys" as you imply lying around, get a storage locker for most of them. The place will look a lot cleaner and your buyers won't think of your house as the "hockey house" or the "garage band house" or the "video game place" or whatever. It'll save your realtor the hassle of telling you to "depersonalize" and "declutter" all in one fell swoop, and save you the annoyance too.

    The cheapest way to improve your own home's marketability is to get your neighbor to fix up his. Doesn't cost you anything except figuring how to tell him a fresh coat of paint wouldn't hurt. Easier said than done, but a bad looking house nearby makes it harder to sell yours, and a nice one makes buyers think they're safe to remodel or expand without investing more than the neighborhood's max value.

    Good luck, and don't forget to paint everything beige.

  • Re:Free Advice (Score:5, Interesting)

    by peragrin (659227) on Saturday May 25, 2013 @07:53PM (#43824479)

    I have seen that last bit of advice. I knew a guy who was trying to sell his home. A nice place, decent yard and a decent neighborhood.(I lived at the other end of the street).

    His neighbor's house was literally falling down, The garage door was broken in half and half of it was still hanging. The yard was a mess, etc. He couldn't sell his home, eventually he was able to buy the neighbors place, and torched it(legally he gave it to the fire dept for training). After disposing of the debris and filling in the basement, he expanded his fence and enjoyed his now substantially large property.

    He could sell his place now but he was happier in his home.

  • Re:Free Advice (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bzipitidoo (647217) <> on Saturday May 25, 2013 @09:24PM (#43824825) Journal

    Our most obnoxious neighbors were the ones who were worried about their property values. They were constantly siccing the city on all the neighbors, complaining about our yards not being mowed often enough, and not being neat enough, and our cars being too old and dirty. They would have prevented us from doing car repair in our own driveways if they could. Fortunately, this neighborhood was built before HOAs became popular.

    They thought car maintenance marked us as low class losers, and they behaved accordingly. Here's some prententious yuppie, who never troubled to learn anything about the neighbors, sneering at us for being poor, when all along we had more money than he did. Our cars were fully paid for. He just couldn't see past the age of our cars. Seems to have never occurred to him that other people might have other priorities in life than keeping up with the Joneses' new car.

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