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.
jd tuh emang satpam sekola w sering bgt parkirin motor beat deretan kaya gini, karna emang anak2 sekola w banyak yg make motor beat. tapi gacuma motor beat doang si kadang2 yg vespa sama yg moge juga suka dideritin kaya gini. emang gabut parah woi satpam sekola w pic.twitter.com/zrmvS4ppVy
— tyara (@neomnade) January 29, 2019
“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.
penampakan parkiran hari ini pic.twitter.com/39n9NxkrtY
— tyara (@neomnade) January 30, 2019
After the photos and video went viral, Pak Slamet’s initiative sparked joyful cheers and compliments from netizens.
Deretin motor dengan rapi is one thing. Deretin motor dengan rapi dan color-coded is a whole other thing. https://t.co/eM812yti98
— Bawang Putih (@garlicandsuch) January 29, 2019
— Herman 💎 (@hermanptn) January 31, 2019
When you love your job so much 🙂 https://t.co/0x0ff5bw8W
— Family's burden (@caangg_) January 30, 2019
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.
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!