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In Defense of Messy Rooms

In Defense of Messy Rooms



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Published by Kevin Jefferson
A satirical opinion paper defending messy rooms - why should you clean your room when you can write a paper on it?
A satirical opinion paper defending messy rooms - why should you clean your room when you can write a paper on it?

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Published by: Kevin Jefferson on May 30, 2007
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In Defense of Messy Rooms
 Kevin Jefferson
Entropy is the scientific term used to describe the trend that all components of any givensystem will grow more disorderly on the molecular level with time. Through the terms of thermodynamic chemistry, it can be said that a cube of ice experiences a positive change inentropy when it melts, since its molecules become less and less attached to one another. In turn,I am able to truthfully say that I am currently conducting a scientific experiment on entropy,using my living quarters as a large scale model. My room represents a system in which all of itsconstituent objects (papers, books, clean clothes, dirty clothes, etc.) are considered molecules.Given time, the “molecules” of my room grow more disorderly, to the point at which my parentscall it “messy.”They also contend that the disorder must be banished from my system (i.e., clean myroom). However, I know science will prove that the act of introducing order to a system is pointless, as it is bound to return to its course in entropy in the blink of an eye: first, a stray paper here, a lone book there; then, a sock in the corner of the room, followed by a plate from thesnacks consumed the previous night while studying. Beyond the parameters of the scientificexperiment, a room, when it exhibits these signs of increasing entropy, can often also containorganization, as well as reflect its inhabitant’s personality.To the untrained eye, an entropic room may seem chaotic. To the experienced eye of theroom’s owner, it has organization, even though it lacks order. It is necessary to differentiate between orderly and organized: something is organized when it has any structure, but orderlyonly if that structure has a clear-cut and tidy form. For example, my books are usuallycongregated in the back left corner of my room: they need not be orderly and on the shelves for me to be able to find them. The books that have not joined that crowd are either on my desk or 
next to it, on the floor. They sit in stacks in precisely reverse chronological order according tothe last time I looked at them. In addition, I have stacks of papers also sitting around my room:one stack is for my physics notes, another is for my government notes, and yet another containsmy sheet music. Each of these stacks is also organized in precisely reverse chronological order,as the books were. Despite their organization, these stacks are still entropic, since I had previously attempted in vain to contain them in an orderly manner within folders inside my desk.These stacks of papers have since migrated from the desk to the floor, so that I can see them better.It is often difficult for outsiders to understand the organizational structure of a so-called“messy room.” That they do not understand the nature of cleverly-structured rooms is a directresult from their position as outsiders. When a room is organized in a non-crystalline form, it isnot meant to be interpreted by anyone other than he who made it. For example, some of myfamily do not believe that I can find things within my room. On the contrary, I know exactlywhere everything is, as I have assigned each object a unique place. Even though things arestrewn about my room, they are strewn in an artistic fashion, through which I will remember their positions. It may be true that no one else can locate my possessions because they areunfamiliar with my method of organization, but there should be no need for anyone else to findthem. If anything, this method provides my belongings with security and secrecy, since I know itis highly unlikely that anyone other than myself will find them.Having a messy room should not classify a person strictly as scatterbrained. They saythat people who have creative minds often have “messy” rooms. The layout of possessions inone’s room may very well reflect one’s inner mind. If someone often thinks “outside of the box”and in ways that are uncommon and not traditional, his room is often not organized with a

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