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[personal profile] miss_swamp
I like to think I'm pretty laid-back, and in many ways that's true. But in some ways, I'm way more OCD than I realize. To wit:

- Our everyday plates and bowls are collections of randomness, but if they aren't stacked so that the matching pairs are together, I re-do it. That way I can compare amounts more easily when serving.
- No food (or anything other than water) must be put in the right side of the sink. Ever, ever, ever. That side is impossible to clean.
- Knives from the block must be used from right to left. Avoid using the leftmost one, which has a melted spot on its handle.
- The dishwasher must be loaded efficiently, run as infrequently as possible, and filled from back to front. When you're the first to get onto a soon-to-be crowded elevator, do you stand right next to the door?
- Even if both are freshly washed, wheat goes on the small cutting board and the big cutting board is reserved for gluten-free stuff. Consistency prevents contamination.
- Similarly, gluten-free sandwiches must always be made and cut first--that way you only dirty one knife.
- Placing soap directly on a sponge is an abomination unto the lord.
- There are plenty more, if I could remember them right now.

I think all these things are pretty reasonable, but they're definitely not obvious. And that would be fine if I were the only one operating in our kitchen. As it is, we often have babysitters and friends who very helpfully clean up. I'm sure they would follow my silly rules if I asked nicely, but a) correcting them it seems ungrateful and b) I never remember to mention them until it's too late and I'm grouchily cleaning food out of the sink or re-stacking the bowls. Putting little signs around the house would definitely count as passive-aggressive.

So perhaps, like so many other things, it's time to let it go.

What are you picky about?

Date: 2012-03-14 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarlettina.livejournal.com
When I have company, I get paranoid about people using my towels. I have to change everything because other people's hands can't touch the towels I use for drying myself. I'm not a germopobe; it just freaks me a little, so the towel-changing around here is pretty automatic. Furthermore, the bathmat does not stay on the floor after one is done toweling off. The only way it's going to dry and stay relatively clean between laundries is by draping it along the edge of the tub once one is done drying oneself. I don't want street shoes on my bathmat. I'm also picky about people moving my stuff. This is what happens when you live alone for nearly 50 years--everything has its place, even if it's at the bottom of a pile of random stuff. If this place is going to be decluttered, I'm the only one who can declutter it. The teapot lives on the back left burner. Not the back right burner. But it's only heated on the front left burner. And that spot, there at the end of the couch? That's My Spot. ::twitch::

::chuckle:: Yes, yes, that's me. ::sigh::

Date: 2012-03-14 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] princessgeek.livejournal.com
I don't like goopy crap around the lid of things I put in my mouth. Ketchup and toothpaste are the worst offenders.

Date: 2012-03-14 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ewigweibliche.livejournal.com
Having been to your house, I find this hilarious. ;)

Soap totally goes on the sponge.

When I had an altar in the kitchen I used to get pissed about people putting glasses and plates on it. I can only think of things that Adam does that annoy me. Like leave balled up tissues around. GAH I HATE THAT.

Date: 2012-03-15 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-swamp.livejournal.com
Hey! I should be so offended by this comment ... but you're right....

It's not as bad as tissues, but our nanny leaves used paper towels around. 1. Why are you using a paper towel when you could be using a cloth?; 2. Why not put it in the trash/compost?!

When you put soap on the sponge, it never fully rinses out. Ew.

Date: 2012-03-15 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keypike.livejournal.com
LOL this is hilarious.

Mine:
- Pots do not go on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
- We have two Brita water jugs and I keep them in the fridge one in front of the other. When you take a drink of water, fill the jug back up and then switch it with the cold one, so you always have cold water.
- Dishes in the sink with water in them are GROSS (unless you are soaking them for the purpose of cleaning them).
- Towels get folded & stacked so that the fold faces out...make it easy to grab a towel without spilling the whole pile.

Oh, I'm sure there are more, too...

Date: 2012-03-21 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orthodoxmom.livejournal.com
-dirty clothes belong in the hamper....(weird huh?....lol)
-dirty dishes do NOT belong in the sink.....they should be rinsed AND placed in the dishwasher.... no, leaving it in the living room does not prevent me from getting mad...... maybe it's not in my sink but it's not where it belongs either...
-STOP putting things in the very spot I JUST cleaned.....
- SHOES most definitely do not get placed on the table.....even new ones in the boxes..... EVER
-Short sleeved shirts must be hung with short sleeved shirts, long sleeved with long sleeved, it's just the way it must be done

There's more, plenty more, but never enough time.
I loved this post!

Date: 2012-03-21 10:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] katybeth
When making a sandwich from two adjacent slices of bread, the slices should be facing as they were in the loaf, so the corners still line up. I do this automatically, and forgot about it until I saw a friend making sandwiches today, spreading peanut butter on the "outside."

I also hate it when papers aren't lined up before being stapled together.

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