Confession time, folks. Here goes. I have a slight case of OCD, or as the common saying goes, CDO because it should be in alphabetical order. I must have things organized, filed, and user friendly. I honestly don’t know when this happened but I do remember that as a child cleaning my room was never a bother, in fact, I enjoyed it. I loved re-arranging my furniture every couple of weeks. My dresser drawers were always tidy and I’m sure that it made my mom nervous. She probably thought that I was a weird child. And she was right. What I do know is that what ever it is about me and my ‘tic’, I’m OK with it.
Let me get into it a bit further with you, if you don’t mind. Let’s say that you’re going to staple some papers together. If you don’t arrange that all sides are lined up, I will take it from you and do so myself. Pet peeve? Most certainly. Thank god and greyhound I don’t line up my pens on the desk. Yet.
One day, I was searching around in my spice cabinet and finally gave into a long held desire. I took everything out and put it all back in, lined up neatly. Alphabetically. When my daughter called while I was doing this, she asked what I was doing and I told her. Several minutes later, when her laughing stopped, I asked what was so funny? She said that the fact I was putting these items back in alphabetically was bizarre. Bizarre? No, what was bizarre was shoving those pesky bottles around trying to find the ground cumin for my tacos. Just on the bottom shelf alone is 54 bottles. (Yes, I counted, just now.) Laugh all you want, I can find what I’m looking for in a split second now instead of several minutes. Efficiency in the kitchen rules.
My cousin was here once, helping me clean up after some family meal and needed a container for leftovers. I pointed to the cabinet that I kept them in and heard her gasp. Looking at her with my eyebrows raised in question, she replied, “Oh my God…look at how you store them. I would never have thought to do that! So organized!” Wait. What? It just makes sense to me to store them this way. Any other way would take up so much more room.
A woman once told me that whatever I did in my home, the master bedroom and bathroom should be like no other room in the house. I should do things differently for these rooms. I took it to heart. And probably in a really bizarre way. Normally, I tri-fold my bath towels. Oh, ho, but not in our bathroom..no way. I roll them, making it special for Mr. Fae and myself. And when he ‘helps’ me with folding the laundry, I remind him that our towels are rolled for that bathroom and tri-folded for all the others. I’m pretty sure that he’s getting ready to talk to our family doctor about this and getting either me some meds or him.
I keep all my photos by year, event, and month. How else would you find anything? I’m always amazed at how some people file these things. That would be like throwing all the photos of my kids playing basketball into one file labeled Sports. I would run screaming down the road with that one.
I think that the biggest effort I maintain would be with my scrapbooking hobby. I could delve into organizing that into the ‘n’th degree. To scrapbook you need paper and embellishments and photographs (duh!). That in and of itself represents the sum total of your supplies and some would argue that leaving it like that was just peachy with them.
But. Not. Me.
Paper? Yes, what color? Solid or patterened? Embellishments? What were you thinking about using? Ribbon? How wide and what color?
These photos represent my 3D scrapping supplies. They were a little harder to maintain as new products were always coming out. And to tote them everywhere to scrapbook with my friends was cumbersome.
Now that I scrapbook digitally, this organizing is a snap! I use a program called ACDSee and look..
All my goodies in their own folders and alphabetized. Under the folder called Embellishments, you’ll notice that there are 109 items. Those ‘items’ can be one single embellishment that I have only one of or it could be an additional sub-folder that is entitled Ribbon, where there may be 40 different sub files.
I make myself crazy sometimes because I can continue to organize these files into more and more sub files….
So please, if you call and ask what I’m doing and I say ‘doing bookwork’, it’s code for organizing.