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Degrees of Squalor!

Blimey, I have been going through an old MIT Blog by Sam right now, where he talks about Degrees of Squalor! Apparently, the amount of squalor you live in can be measured on a four-point scale, which is something like this :-


  • First Degree Squalor:- You are getting behind in tasks that you would normally manage, like laundry and dishes. You are not the tidy person you once were. Little piles are starting to emerge and your disorganization is starting to affect your life and inconvenience you. Things are just starting to get out of hand and become unmanageable. A sign of first degree squalor could be that you might be embarrassed for other people to see your mess...but you would still let them in the house.
  • Second Degree Squalor:- Now things are really starting to get out of hand. Signs that you have reached second degree would include losing the use of normal household items like your bed, table, television or telephone, because the piles have expanded to cover the items up. You start to develop new methods of moving around your house, as normal movement is impeded by your piles of stuff. You might start making excuses to discourage people from entering your house.
  • Third Degree Squalor:- At this stage, you have all the above, plus you have rotting food and animal faeces and/or urine in the house, and this is the rule not the exception. You cannot cope with the growing mess. Essential household repairs may not be done, because you are too afraid to let a tradesperson see your house. Just the thought of someone seeing your mess causes you great stress.
  • Fourth Degree Squalor:- At fourth degree squalor, you have all of the above, plus you have human faeces and/or urine in your house that is not in the toilet. (lol!!!!)
Clearly, after reading all this, I was sort of compelled to determine in what degree of squalor I actually live in. Let's see, I usually get behind in tasks (sleeping, and others) I once used to do earlier on time, my bookshelf usually remains highly messy, so does my bed and and I sometimes I don't want new people to see what condition my room is in. So I fit in a lettle lesser than First-Degree. Well, I can say that I live in a squalor of approximately 0.96542 Degree. Hmm, that's not much ;)

For those out here who fall among the higher degree, I quote these two lines (not mine, of course) for your comfort :-
  • You are not the only person to have reached this degree of squalor. Other people have been where you are...and have came back.
  • You deserve better!

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