I realised today that I have a problem, OK OK, so I realised this a while ago, whatever.
I have an issue about things having to be matching.
When I set the dinner table, all the cutlery MUST match. The plates must match, as must the wine glasses, and the napkins. and the table cloth matching the napkins, and the placemats. and the colours must all go together.
The serving utensils must match. All the place settings should match, plates in same positon, napkins in same position, glasses in same position. You see?
The bedsheets must match. 2 pillow cases must match the duvet set, and 2 pillow cases must match the fitted sheet. The two cushions do not match, this I don’t like, however I suspect that if I went out and bought new matching cushions for the bed spreads (we have 3 different sets, so that’d be like 3 sets of cushions) my husband wouldn’t be too happy and also we’d have no where to store the cushions not in use.
Everything MUST MATCH.
and clean. not just clean, but CLEAN. like fresh, no germs, pristine kinda clean. I’d say Hospital clean, except hospitals are actually rather dirty/unclean places (seriously, have you been in an NHS hospital recently?!?)
Kitchen tea-towels, if they feel damp/wet/look dirty, they go in the washing machine.
Same with Bathroom towels, and mats.
and plates, and cutlery, and glasses. IT MUST BE SPOTLESS. i.e. no water marks!
(my husband will tell you, if it doesn’t meet my requirements, then I re-wash it)
I go grocery shopping and come back having spent approximately £25-30 on cleaning materials. Anti-bacterial spray, wipes, floor cleaner. Bleach, washing detergent, washing up liquid, fabric softner, stain remover, white wash whitener, air fresheners. Sponges, cloths, mops. Dusters, polish, limescale remover (don’t even get me started on the kettle!) toilet cleaner, shower cleaner, glass cleaner.
I spend so much on cleaning products, that once Tesco gave me a voucher for £6 off, each time I spent more than £30 on cleaning products!
it’s not flicking the lights on 37 times before I enter or leave a room, nor is it chewing each mouth of food 40 times before I swallow, but it is some sort of OCD. I think.
Ok, so I checked on Wikipedia, there’s not just OCD but OCPD too. These are 2 different things, and possibly I have both… or a combination of the two? If it’s a combination of the two, is that a new disorder, or is it that you have both, but only borderline for both? Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ll ever know, because there is no way that I’m officially adding either (or both) of these disorders to my list of illnesses.
OCD (taken from the Wikipedia page linked above)
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by a combination of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). Symptoms may include repetitive hand-washing; extensive hoarding; preoccupation with sexual or aggressive impulses, or with particular religious beliefs; aversion to odd numbers; and nervous habits, such as opening a door and closing it a certain number of times before one enters or leaves a room. These symptoms can be alienating and time-consuming, and often cause severe emotional and financial distress. The acts of those who have OCD may appear paranoid and come across to others as psychotic. However, OCD sufferers generally recognize their thoughts and subsequent actions as irrational, and they may become further distressed by this realization.
OCD is the fourth-most-common mental disorder, and is diagnosed nearly as often as asthma and diabetes mellitus. In the United States, one in 50 adults has OCD.
OCPD (taken from the Wikipedia page linked above)
Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a personality disorder which involves an obsession with perfection, rules, and organization. People with OCPD may feel anxious when they perceive that things are not right. This can lead to routines and rules for ways of doing things, whether for themselves or their families.
p.s. you can’t be sectioned for such things can you? if you can, then this post is totally fictional. just sayin.
Posted by becca on September 9th, 2010 :: Filed under Life