Monday, October 6, 2008

OCD Much?

Ok, I think I have satisfied the OCD monster.  I am always looking for a better, more efficient and more aesthetically  pleasing environment.  Ok, well, I'll admit it, I just have OCD.  Whenever my life feels out of control I tend to rearrange, reorganize or declutter the house.  I guess it's therapeutic to me somehow.  I don't know if it's because it's one thing I can control amidst all the chaos or if it's because I feel like I can relax in the space after it looks just the way I want it.  Maybe it's a little of both.  At any rate, it gives me a chance to dust and clean under, over, inside, and out on things that would normally have a coat of dust.

Our home is SOOOOO DUSTY!!  I have never seen dust collect like it does in this house.  I suspect it's because the house's forced air ducts have never been cleaned.  I have to dump our vac canister every single time I vacuum because the compartment gets completely full.  It's pretty gross.  I know when we eventually buy a home, the first thing to go will be the carpet.  I hate carpet!!  It's totally dirty.  I actually hate any soft surface that can't be washed, cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.  I am a floor weirdo.  I like my floor to be clean.  I feel like if my floor is clean, the house is clean.  I know that's a weird way to think.  I am also psychotic about labels and everything having a container.  The person that started the "Container Store" is my hero.  I love going there just to get ideas and look at the latest in home and office storage.  Another one of my favs, IKEA.  Love the prices there and my kids like to play there.

Well, next stop on my reorg list is the garage.  Although, I think I'll wait until my neck heals.  My neck is just throbbing from all the work.  I know, I know, I feel a little bit better and I start moving stuff.  Probably not the smartest thing :)  I did manage to get the mission accomplished, which originally was to A) Make space for some of the stuff my mom is moving out and letting us have.  B) To gate off the entertainment center so Kaylee will stop messing with it.  She drives the boys crazy when she turns off in the middle of Wii play or during Chowder (Javi's fav cartoon).  Hoping it will be a while before I get the OCD bug again.  I am exhausted!


JSmith5780 said...

I am completely the same way about floors!! I feel if my floors are clean the house "seems" clean!

~Mama Skates~ said...

how about i buy u a plane ticket once ur neck heals & u feel that OCD bug coming on again?! ~lol~

Shanna Grimes said...

I guess I get it from my grandma. She used to rearrange furniture every few months too. I like to clean underneath everything, so I might as well try something new while I'm at it.

No problem, Sharon! I'd love to :) I miss VA. I know I will make it out there one of these days. Javi is so obsessed with bday's that I thought I would have to show him where he was born someday. He was born at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Norfolk or "Nawfuk" as everyone pronounces it ;)

Mindpowerlab said...

There are many success stories who got rid of their OCD or reduced to to manageable limits

Monica, James, Connor McGuire said...

You can come to my house next too! ha ha ha! I'm crazy for containers and labels too. I would go nuts in the container store...good thing we don't have one near us.

Shanna Grimes said...

MindPowerLab, this is my manageable limit. You should have seen how I was with my first marriage :) I practically followed him around with rubber gloves and a sponge, heh! I can remember my daily vacuuming, moving rugs, then raking all the tassels until they were straight. I swore I could see bacteria growing on things. Now, I can let laundry pile up, let dishes go, and go with out moping of vacuuming the floor for a few days. Of course it helps that I have a lot to keep up with and a really messy husband, god love him.

I actually like my OCD tendencies. I think you have to have a little OCD to keep up with kids with special needs.

Monica, I know, I'd love to be a personal organizer or something, but I am not good at organizing absolutely everything and you have to have a background in interior design, which I haven't. I thought it would be cool to combine the personal org with the managing special needs kids files, schedules, and a SN kids room or playroom. I thought it would have been cool to have someone consult when we were first diagnosed. All my experience was "learning on the job" School of Hard Knocks/Google University.