Indonesia’s answer to Marie Kondo is a school security guard who arranges students’ motorcycles by color

This parking lot at a South Tangerang high school sparks joy, thanks to Pak Slamet (left). Photo: Twitter/@killerqweennn
This parking lot at a South Tangerang high school sparks joy, thanks to Pak Slamet (left). Photo: Twitter/@killerqweennn

One doesn’t have to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Japanese organization guru Marie Kondo or watch her now-popular Netflix series to spark joy in, well, tidying up. Take cues from Pak Slamet, a satpam (security guard) at SMAN 4 high school in South Tangerang, Banten.

On Tuesday, a student of the school named Tyara tweeted pictures of Pak Slamet’s OCD-levels attention to detail after he went through the painstaking task of arranging students’ motorcycles by color. It just so happens that many students at the school drive the same model of two-wheelers, allowing for this seriously eye-pleasing masterpiece.

“My school’s security guard often parks [Honda] Beat motorcycles in such orderly rows like these, because a lot of students at my school ride Beat. Sometimes not only Beat, he also puts Vespa or big bikes in rows like these,” Tyara wrote in her tweet.

The next day, Tyara tweeted a video of the school’s parking lot, where we can see the motorcycles up close.

After the photos and video went viral, Pak Slamet’s initiative sparked joyful cheers and compliments from netizens.

Speaking to Detik, Pak Slamet, whose full name is Slamet Gunaedi, said he started his habit of tidying up the parking lot in 2000.

“It’s a part of my job, so [the parking lot] looks nice. I don’t want to hear that a satpam’s work only consist of smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee. We don’t have to wait for orders. As a security guard, I must have my own initiatives,” Pak Slamet told Detik today.

The students at SMAN 4 have a lot of praise for Pak Slamet.

“Pak Slamet is so kind, and he likes aesthetics. So it’s really nice to see motorcycles parked in such an orderly fashion,” said one student named Ubed, as quoted by Detik.

Thanks to Pak Slamet, another student named Gita says she never mistakes her motorcycle for others’.

“Two thumbs up for Pak Slamet, who’s now a social media celebrity,” Gita said.

Thank you Pak Slamet, for sparking joy with your tidy parking lot!

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