Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Order Order

I am a huge preacher and follower of order (like I haven't mentioned that a million times). And by order I do not mean Order as in Law and Order, but more like this goes here, that goes there.

Even as a kid my room was always clean. I had a table that had 3 draws and on the bottom were thing I rarely used, middle draw had things I used often and the top one had pens, pencils, glue and miscellaneous stuff like that. My Badminton Racquet was on the wall once I was done playing and with the birdie on the top of that nail. During my early school years books were arranged in my bag based on the order the classes were. If first period was English, English book was on the first one, and after using I would put it all the way in the back so next period's book would be up front.

I would put everything back after I used it. Years have gone by and this need for Orderliness grew with me.

Here is a list of things I do on a regular basis:

  • I need to fold clothes right after laundry is done.
  • During folding I have a pile going on by the side called, the ironing pile. Once all the clothes have been put away I iron the clothes in my ironing pile. So when I am in a rush to get to work I can pull out any outfit and it will be ironed.
  • My closet is L shaped walk-in closet, and in there I have dress clothes on one side and casual clothes on the other. Each side is further divided in to pants and shirts, and a small section for skirts. Indian clothes are tucked away as I rarely get to wear them.
  • All the kitchen skills (I don't have that much skill, so we can call it kitchen habits) are learnt from my mom. Whenever I helped her in the kitchen, I was supposed to put everything away after use. So it is like, take salt from shelf, use it and put it back. So now when I cook I put back all my masalas, so when I'm done cooking there is less to clean.
  • I need to pay all bills on time (more like the day they arrive).
  • My spoon draw (everyone has a spoon draw right?) is compartmentalized and all the spoon heads should face the same direction (it just looks so pretty like that).
  • Like I mentioned before everyone on my IM list is grouped based on where I met them. I have a group school1, school2, college, work.
  • I have a list going on for all the books I would like to read, as I blog hop and see something that I like I add that to my list.
  • I have the same thing (as above) for movies too.
  • All the books on my shelf are arranged by size, if two books have the same size, then it is alphabetized.
  • Speaking of Alphabetized I have this major need to alphabetize everything that can be alphabetized, it is so easy to find it.
  • While listening to CDs (I can put 6 CDs in the dash of my car) I can not just listen to few songs and play another CD, I have to finish all the songs in the currently playing CD.
  • After I get back from any trip, I need to unpack as soon as I can. I have to put all the toiletries away. I have to download all the pictures from my camera (this is more b/c I really wanna see the pictures).
  • After shopping when I get home I need to put away all the groceries I bought. They just can not stay in a bag. Not just groceries, be it clothes, shoes everything.

These are just few of the things I could think of, but believe me there are a lot more.


Anonymous said...

I think...I can hear my mother crying at the injustice she has been handled with:-)

I can't believe anyone can be this orderly. My sisters and I are awfully messy. Even though we have grown up, we still leave dishes for mom to wash, clothes for her to launder. Just recently, we have picked up being neat, though we mess everything up within 24 hrs. Basically, if space found, I put.

I am amazed at your orderliness. I must learn the habit.


Alexis Leon said...

Loved reading the post. I am also like you. When in school, my study table and bookshelf would be very neatly arranged and clean. My brother once put a board "A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind" on my desk.

Keep it up. It is very difficult to acquire the sense of order.

Kusum Rohra said...

Welcome to the keep-it-organised club. :)

But there is only one exception to this list, I listen to music very randomly, like one song from one CD then another CD then another :)

Jiby said...

thanu, good one...i was actually laughing at you while reading this, and then i thought of al the trouble i have gotten into, coz of things i misplaced, lost or just thrown away without a second thought. u can call me ur antithesis!!!

Where there is disorder, I flourish
Where there is order, I perish!
actually my habit is every week i arrange and then spent the next many days throwing everything out of gear!

good one...lemme see if ur post can inspire me!

Shilpa said...

wow ! I am feeling extremely disorganized after reading your post !

Geo said...

antithesis number two here :D

you are too much :D

The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

i can recommend a good doctor.

hee hee hee. just kidding.

/jealous because i'm a MESS!

silverine said...

You and me will get along just fine :)

Archana Bahuguna said...

I would say I belong to the same school of thought as you, except that you might be a 9/10 or even a 10/10 and I would be like a 7 or 8/10. My orderliness also depends upon the amount of time I have. But when I am idle, I also go into doing the same stuff you do. (Also, keeping things at right angles to each other).

Cheers to you! And when I read your post, the first thought that came to my mind was Monica of Friends! :-)

Archana said...

OMG!!! Is Monica Geller your role model :-D? Just kidding :-)!

I have a few habits which I follow conscientiously (like I HAVE to make my bed as soon as I get up, HAVE to wash the cereal bowl as soon as I finish the last spoonful and so on) - but some others I follow only when I am in the mood and have the time and some others (like spoons facing in same direction) I NEVER follow :-)!

Nice list! Your house must be spic and span - I think I shd introduced you to my ultra-neat and organized sister as a kindred soul ;-P!

Velu Nair said...

I just wish I cud order things up a bit.... I wish!!

rads said...

was that a serious post? :O

you must be the inspiration for Monica in Friends ;-))
seriously though, good for you, and nope, am sorry, for your own good, you shouldn't come over to my place.

Thanu said...

Most of this started when I started living on my own, no one to clean after you.
$Alexis Leon
It is so easy to find things alle, when every thing has a space.

$Kusum Rohra
I could never do that.

So did it inspire?

Oh... that was not the intention.

No I'm not,
I want A - A is here
I want B - B is here.

No like I want A, where on earth is A, and finding it after 30 mins of searching, it is not ready to be used, lemme go clean/fix it - takes another 30 minutes.

See I just saved u an hour.

Doesn't take a lot to get started.

My long lost sister.

$Archana Bahuguna
Isn't it nice to have things in a order.

It drives me nuts when I open a draw and things in there are in a mess.

$Velu Nair
Truth is u can, just start with baby steps.
Day 1 - put away all the things u have not used for 6 months
Day 2 - Living room - only things that need to be here stays.

Welcome here...

Phoenix said...

thanu you sound just like my mom.

Gini said...

Oh my gosh! You are everything I am not. I don't think I have an inch of orderliness in me. I would like to do all the things you listed, but never happens. You are lucky to be this way!

Anonymous said...

hey thanu,
Don't u think you are missing many things because of u'r order ? It would be a lengthy comment, so i thought of putting it in my blog. Your's Disorderly.
Tells you what you are missing due to your order :-)