Routine or OCD?

i can’t tell if i’m finally making a routine of my own (after 6 months of living here, i’d hope so) or if i’m just nuts. every day/night i have to do these things in a certain order. unless, of course, i have company or i’m not at my apartment, or something out of the ordinary is going on. but generally i spend my evenings alone so i am compulsive about my daily habits.

  • as soon as i get home from work, i have to have my apartment key ready before i get out of the car. this irritates me.
  • when i walk in the door, keys and sunglasses go on the shelf next to the door.
  • water bottle has to be refilled and put in the refrigerator.
  • make-up bag has to go back on the bathroom counter (i keep this with me because i’m even more compulsive about that, it’s bad).
  • i take my shoes off and put them in my closet, hang up clothes that can be worn again, and put dirty clothes in hamper.
  • i put on a pair of sweatpants and cozy t-shirt and socks.
  • i let loki out, and simultaneously refill her food bowl while she’s outside.
  • i dustbust kitty litter that loki has left in my bedroom (what dog doesn’t eat cat crap? i will never understand this, disgusting).

if i don’t do these things as soon as i get home, i get anxious. i can’t relax. it bugs the hell out of me.

same thing with when i prepare food–i have to clean the dishes i used to prepare the food before i can enjoy the food. because otherwise i won’t enjoy it. or i’ll just think about it while i’m eating and dread having to do it when i’m done (even though when i’m done, i have to clean those dishes, too). it makes no sense.

and before i go to bed or leave my apartment for a few days, my bed has to be made (i have to make it every morning before going to work, but if for some reason it isn’t made, i will think about coming home to it all weekend and get irritated). any laundry that i did must be hung up or folded and put where it’s supposed to go. the carpet has to be vacuumed. the blanket and pillows on the couch have to be in their respective places. otherwise, i will think about that all weekend too. and i’ll dread walking into my apartment and having to deal with it.

is anyone else like this? or to this extent? sometimes i don’t notice it until something interrupts me (like my laundry isn’t dry yet and i can’t hang it up before leaving, and then i’m all OH HELL NO) and other times, it drives me out of my damn mind.


  • Gene says:

    I can say, I do alot of those things, although not to that extent. But I would like to be able to. Having kids puts a kink in the plans most times. But there are still things that HAVE to be done, at a certain time, and in a certain way. I think its part of being a responsible person. I know I function much more efficiently if I have a structure like that. If I don't, and just try and fly by the seat of my pants, things get forgotten. So, no, i'm with you. The only thing I could say, is that if something forces you off of your plan, don't stress over it so much, just remind yourself that you can control everything, and something left undone will still be there to be done later. Then take a valium and relax. ;)

  • Linda Powell says:

    I think this is hereditary too, lol. More from your father's side than me – seriously. I used to be more like that but have gotten more sloppy and relaxed over the years. When you were little, it was more fun doing things with you than worrying about all that other stuff :) I think having your key ready is just smart. It's a safety thing.

  • Tottenkoph says:

    I think it's routine. A lot of people (myself included) feel better having a routine that theycan count on every day. I personally go *crazy* if I don't get certain things done every day and it gives me comfort knowing that no matter what happens, I have those routines that I can keep falling back on. I also have to have a to-do list that I make up every day that lists *everything* I want to do, even if it's something that I do routinely. It just feels so good to see all the stuff marked off. Wow, I just realized how crazy that may sound. heh…

  • James D says:

    I don't go crazy if I don't do certain things, but I do a few things that keep things looking nice in my place. I put up my clothes and shoes, make the bed up every morning, but every now and then I leave dirty dishes in the sink or something, but that doesn't last long, lol. It just depends on what I have going on and how busy I am but no, I think its pretty normal, except for the fact that it keeps on bugging you :p <3

  • brent says:

    sounds like wifey kara, shes so ocd in the cute way…i used to have one but its gotten too crazy to have one.

  • I don't think it's something that you should worry about. Some people are more compulsive than you are, believe it or not. I guess you just give importance to order and it has become a habit. But not too much to consider it OCD. :)

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