I like patterns. For example, I prefer to wash dishes in a certain order. You can't just hand me things and expect me to wash them randomly. I have a system. And it works. Everything fits in the dishrack that way. (Although I prefer the dishwasher!)
Seems reasonable to me. Also, the earplugs that started the topic? Again, completely reasonable. I wouldn't have been able to sit through the concert with two different colors though. That's just wrong.
Lately I'm realizing that I have far more hang-ups than I ever thought, especially since I consider myself a pretty easy-going kind of person. Here is only a partial list:
- The toilet paper must be placed in the holder with the loose tissue hanging down the front. What is up with this nonsense that some people believe it must hang down the back? They are wrong.
- The bed is a whole issue in itself.
- I eat one thing at a time, usually working clockwise around the plate. I've gotten a little bit less intense about that over the years, but it's still there.
- Clothing must be put in the closet with the shirt opening facing left, pants and shirts separated.
- I also have a certain pattern for the dishes in the dishwasher, but it's too complicated to explain.
- I do not drink milk out of plastic cups. Milk is a glass-only beverage.
- I alphabetize our DVD collection. I used to do this with books and CDs too, separated by genre, but our CD and book collections have outgrown the shelves. I'm working on that though.
- I hate wearing shoes without socks. Except my Birks.
- When I'm searching the bookshelves, I have to "look" with my left hand. I can't see the books properly if I'm not touching them with my left hand.
- I count syllables when I'm listening to someone speak.
- When I pay the bills I always leave the bank balance on an even whole dollar amount, even if I have to overpay a little bit to do so.