Sometimes you have to take a picture to realize you have a problem.
Back when I still had an apartment, I was sort of a neat freak. Borderline OCD. I always immediately put dishes in the dishwasher upon using them. I washed clothes nearly daily. And everything had a place. Always.
The funny thing is that even when I lived in an apartment, I’d keep my clothes in a carry-on. Once my clothes were washed I’d fold them and place them in my carry-on. I don’t know why, but I always liked the feeling of being “mobile” (no surprises there, eh?).
Oh, how times have changed. Now I literally live out of a carry-on, but can’t seem to keep that same neat approach to clothes.
Last night I walked into my hotel room and was borderline horrified. Had someone broken into my room? Was I robbed? Nope, apparently I’ve just become a really messy traveler.
This is what my hotel bedroom looked like:
Goodness gracious! I knew I wasn’t as neat as I used to be, but this was actually horrifying to me. More so than the messiness as such was the fact that I had scattered clothes all over the floor. A floor to a room which hundreds of people have stayed in (the germaphobe inside me nearly went into cardiac arrest).
I guess the challenge is that I don’t ever use the closets or cabinets in a room, other than to hang a dress shirt or sport coat or something. And then I guess my organization system goes out the window at that point. In fairness it has been a bit of a crazy week. I’ve been running around like a crazy person, so this is a bit worse than usual, even by my standards. But yow!
Clearly I need a new system…
How neat of a traveler are you? Do you unpack when you stay in a hotel? Do you leave everything in your carry-on? Or do you lay it out somewhere else?