Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Obsessive + Compulsive = Nutcase

Some days it's worse than others.

The people who live with me are well aware of my towel folding neurosis. They see me coming with a laundry basket full of clean towels and they run. I just believe that there's a right way and a wrong way to fold towels. I happen to know the right way. I'll teach you if you want me to.

I could blame it on my mother. She wore sets of matching nitegowns, robes and slippers. Her underwear drawer was arranged by color. All of her shoes were in boxes stacked neatly on the shelf of the closet. The only time I ever saw my mother without her nail polish she was hospitalized. (Oh God, she must be really sick! Look at her fingernails!)

These days I spend a lot of time wiping off sinks. Every single time I walk into the kitchen that sink gets wiped. At work, I fill my coffee cup and then I wipe the sink in the kitchenette. I wipe the sink after I wash my hands in the bathroom. It doesn't matter if the bathroom is at home, at work, in a restaurant or a gas station. The sink gets wiped.

And I am constantly opening or closing doors. Doors have to be either all the way open or all the way closed. When they are in between I get nervous. The same is true for drawers or cabinets except that they must always be closed unless you are taking something out or putting something in. And it shouldn't take you very long to get that done. I'd say fewer than 5 seconds should be the optimum time to have a cabinet or drawer open.

And make sure it's completely closed when you're finished, okay?

7 comments:

Jason said...

I don't know about that sink-wiping thing, but there's definitely a right way and a wrong way to fold laundry. Did you know that some people don't fold their underwear? Madness, I tell you. . .

Carrie said...

I would love to know how to properly fold a towel. And how to fold those fitted sheets. Is it even possible?

Steve Caratzas said...

Naturally, I'm wondering if there's a proper way to fold a sink - and not just halfway, either. I'm talking completely folded.

MsAPhillips said...

You mean...

www.ehow.com/how_137094_organize-linen-closet.html

item 7?

My favorite suggestion here is: "Take a photo of your organized linen closet and post it inside the door for future reference."

MsHellion said...

I keep forgetting if I have put on deoderant, so I go and put it on again. I think I am overapplying, but then again, it is summer. Better safe than sorry.

Dr. Chingasa said...

It puts the lotion on its skin then it puts the lotion in the basket!

Heather said...

Dianna...you know they make medication for just such ailments? You wouldn't last 5 minutes in my apartment...on second thought...come on over...fold and wipe stuff down. :)