Have you ever seen a cobweb in someone else’s home, a restaurant, or anywhere and felt like cleaning it? Have you ever gone to a friend’s house and seen dust on her centre table and felt a pressing need to dust it? Have you ever not been able to fall asleep because you had not cleaned your kitchen top after dinner? Have you ever seen someone’s messy wardrobe and cringed? Have you ever felt an ‘orgasmic’ pleasure after cleaning your wardrobe? Are you fond of labelling everything? Do you get panicked if things are not kept in proper place? Are you fond of keeping everything in order? Do you love to follow a routine? Is your refrigerator wall full of to-do lists and post-its? If the answers are YES, then welcome to the club of ATAXOPHOBIA.
What is Ataxophobia?
Ataxophobia is a fear of disorder and untidiness. Ataxophobia is more common than one would otherwise think. Remember Monica from F.R.I.E.N.D.S? Or the character of Rani Mukherjee in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Chalte Chalte? Or Bidya Bagchi from Kahani? All of them suffered from Ataxophobia.
The good news is David Beckham also suffers from Ataxophobia. He requires that everything in his house needs to be cleaned and arranged in order of size, colour, and numbers. His wife Victoria Beckham claims that they have three refrigerators at home; one for food, another for salad and the third for drinks.
“It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events (i.e. traumatic events) and internal predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age. It is believed that heredity, genetics, and brain chemistry combine with life-experiences to play a major role in the development of phobias. Ataxophobia, like most phobias, stems from a subconscious overprotection mechanism, and as with many phobias can also be rooted in an unresolved emotional conflict. Ataxophobia may be tied to Asymmetriphobia (a fear of asymmetry).”
There are therapies to cure Ataxophobia, however, David Beckham believes that his success in life is due to his obsession with orderliness. He believes being organised and tidy can never be a disorder. There may be extreme cases of aggravated symptoms but moderate Ataxophobia is definitely good.
Ataxophobia can be considered a good habit than a phobia. Staying clean and organised always reaps benefits. It saves time and effort. There are houses where people spend half an hour in the morning only to search for a pair of socks, often leading to late marks in office. There are houses where to search a particular document the entire house is turned upside down. Nowadays, nobody has time and therefore it is very important to keep everything organised and in proper order.
In a house where there is an ataxophobic person, you would be able to find anything even with closed eyes. Each and every article would have a dedicated place and be kept neatly and properly organised. The keyword to success and time management is ‘organised’.
Marie Kondo is a Japanese best-selling author and organising consultant who is making a fortune out of teaching others how to stay organised. She used to love organising things so much that as a child she used to skip her games period and sit in her classroom organising books. She may be an extreme case, however, there are many who actually get withdrawal symptoms whenever they see things in disorder.
There are blogs, Youtube channels, magazines and books on how to stay organised. It is actually very easy to stay organised. It is a habit that you need to inculcate to help yourself in the long run. The more organised you are the more free time you have. A clean and organised home is also good for your mental peace. A cluttered home can never be a peaceful abode.
Unorganised people work more than organised people because half of their time and effort is wasted in searching things. Being organised makes you a disciplined person. Be it your office or home being organised is the mantra. Here are certain simple things that you can do to stay organised:
- Always have a routine. There should be a dedicated time for each and every chore. You can take a break or have a lazy day once a week or during weekends but try to stick to a routine.
- Maintain a to-do dairy. Before going to bed write down what are the things that you need to do for the next day. If you want you can also write this diary after waking up but do this. You can have separate diaries for home and office.
- While writing the diary also mention the time you need to finish the task. For example, wake up at 6am, jog till 6.30. Make tea at 6.40. This will help you stay focused and you wouldn’t waste time checking Whatsapp forwards.
- Dedicate a time in the day for cleaning. Ideally clean and dust all the rooms daily and deep clean one room each day. For example, Monday deep clean the kitchen, Tuesday deep clean the living room etc. Once you follow this pattern regularly you will see that the time and effort is getting reduced. It won’t take you much time to even deep clean a room.
- In office also spend some time in clearing the drawers that usually accumulates lots of unwanted papers. Also regularly clean the junk folder and unwanted e-mails.
- Maintain a proper schedule for work in the office. Prioritise the work in an excel sheet or organiser.
- Use labels and post-its at home and office.
- Have separate folders for documents labelled properly.
- De-clutter regularly. Throw away/donate/gift things that you don’t need. Learning the art of de-cluttering is the most important thing.
These few simple tricks are only the tip of an iceberg. There are numerous resources where you can learn the art of staying organised. And if you already suffer from Ataxophobia then I am sure you have already seen them. Following are some questions for my readers:
Do you think that Ataxophobia is a disorder or a good habit?
Do you think you suffer from Ataxophobia?
Do you know of any friend or family who suffers from Ataxophobia?
Last but not the least, why do you think I am writing this post?
Please comment below, I would love to read them.
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