Things I’m OCD About

Thank you all for the headphones suggestions! It sounds like YurBuds are a favorite among many of you! I’ll give them a try.

Today was a good day – I had a sweaty session on the stairclimber followed by a tough all-over weights workout. I love seeing my arms get toned! Now, if only my hamstrings and booty would build muscle as easily as my upper body! Work was very busy but productive, and I came home and made a great dinner, the Tofu Tortas from Skinny Bitch Ultimate Everyday Cookbook. And I had some Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet for dessert. 🙂

As I was cleaning up dinner, I starting thinking about how OCD I am about how the dishwasher is loaded. To the point that I’ll rearrange it if someone does it “wrong.” And then I pulled out the dry load of laundry and started to fold it. And found another thing I’m OCD about.

Here’s my (surely not comprehensive) list of crazies:

1. How the dishwasher is loaded.

2. How bath towels are folded.

3. Having my food warm enough.

4. The volume on the TV. I hate when it’s loud.

5. Having a water bottle and towel with me at the gym.

6. When the windows are down on the freeway or when going over 40 MPH. The wind is too loud!

K, your turn. Make me feel better and share your OCD quirks. 😉




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  • janetha

    Love you and your quirks! The TP roll has to roll from the top, not underneath. When I am popping my joints, I count, and I have to end on an even number. I have to turn the deodorant the same number of clicks for each armpit. I can’t wear bracelets on my left wrist because of my wedding ring.. you know, because your finger and wrist are totally the same thing? Hmmm..

    Love you, friend! We talked about you A LOT this weekend 🙂 All good stuff.

    • Teri

      hahhaa! These cracked me up.

      Aw, it makes me happy that I was a topic of conversation among some of my favorite ladies!! xo

  • Page @GoodCleanFun

    i am a dishwasher nazi too! i have to have it loaded efficiently and correctly and the knives have to all be together as well as the forks, spoons, etc. i also have to have the fridge organized. a place for everything and everything in its place. my closet is color coordinated as are my underwear. send help!

    • Teri

      Please come organize my fridge. And my undies. I mean that in a non-creepy way. 😉 Would it stress you to know that I just throw all my undies in a basket in the closet?

      • Page @GoodCleanFun

        Haha! In a non-creepy way, I’m on my way – a basket is no place for undies:)

  • Michelle

    I feel the same way about everything on your list! I have to add that light switches have to be in the “correct” position (when there’s more than one switch per light).

  • BroccoliHut

    I’m right there with ya on loading the dishwasher properly! I’m also pretty obsessive about the organization of my pantry, proper grammar, and flipping my hair precisely ten times while drying it. I could go on, as this is a mere sampling 🙂

  • Christie

    Haha- loved these!!! I am right there with you on a few, particularly 4 & 6, which my husband is the driver on. 1- turn the tv down, 2- with the windows down my hair wraps around my face and I can’t see a damn thing! LOL!

  • Maria

    I would say all the above (you are not crazy!), but also I have to sleep on clean, white sheets. If I could put a new set on my bed every single night, I would. And they have to be white or I do not sleep well. And the fitted sheet has to be super fitted and smooth. Yes, I’ve woken up in the middle of the night to remake the bed if it isn’t “just right”.

  • Lindsey

    How the towels are folded for sure, and put away color coded. All hangers in the closet have to be the same way, and again clothes are hung according to colors. I only use a dishcloth once, after that I am paranoid of germs and swear I can smell it a mile away. haha

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)

    i am the exact same way about the dishwasher. nate will load it and then when he leaves for work i’ll rearrange it the way i want it 🙂

  • Trisha

    Giiiirl, those are your OCD quirks?! I must be down right crazy because those just seem like every day preferences to me. The volume on my tv or radio MUST be an odd number, preferrably ending in 1, 7, or 9. I’m crazy about loading the dishwasher but take it a step further, I have to strategically place the groceries on the conveyor belt too. It’s like Tetris, really. 🙂 Deodorant must be applied with the same number of strokes on each armpit, obvs an odd number. My closet often gets color coordinated. I cannot handle improper spelling or grammar (though out of laziness, tend to bend this rule at times). I could go on for days and days but I’ll spare you the crazy talk. My list would take a least 5 posts… 😉

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed

    Well can’t say I have a lot of OCD tendenacies… but I am super controlling when it comes to making plans. I want to know where we’re going, who’s coming with, when we’re leaving… I like to make a schedule and do internet research about where we’re going.

    Also I enjoy micromanaging my Chipotle burrito. “Just a little salsa, and a lot of cheese & sour cream… as much guacamole as my $1.95 will get me!” They probably hate me 😉

  • Faith @ For the Health of It

    I’m OCD about having my closet organized by color and keeping the volume on my radio adjusted to even numbers.

  • Crystal

    I’m totally OCD about food. I’m constantly worried something has gone bad. I.e. last night I made tuna and for some reason, something just seemed ‘off’ about the consistency… so I chucked it and started over with a new can! I always think: better safe than sorry! And I won’t eat anything ON the expiration/best by day, let alone AFTER!

  • Christina

    Umm, I could go on for days.

    I too take issue with the tv volume. Over stimulation people!

    It is really, REALLY hard for me to eat when I am wearing long sleeves.

    I cannot drink water while I am eating eggs. It makes the rim of the glass smell like eggs and makes me sick.

    Flossing my teeth has to happen several times a day or I might cry.

    If I was barefoot or wearing sandals at any point during the day I have to wash my feet before getting into bed.

  • Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit

    I can’t handle dishes on the counter or sink. They immediately go into the dishwasher. Whenever we have people over I go a little nuts watching everything just pile up. I also can’t stand when the heat is blowing too loud in the car. My husband usually cranks it up and I can go about 5 minutes before I have to put it back on low.

  • Meg

    It’s so comforting when everyone is willing to get out their freak flags.

    My list…
    1. Cupboard doors left open.
    2. Hangers askew in a closet when someone has pulled clothes off them.
    3. Dishwasher loaded not properly (that seems to be a universal one.)
    4. Toliet paper rolls propped up on top instead of changed (and yes, I know you are guilty of that one from your instagram that time!)

    and… probably what sends me over the edge is my compusion for using Excel spreadsheets. I have a folder of about 12 of them that I use on a regular basis – for meal planning, to do lists, counting down to big events, budgeting, party planning, etc. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t use an Excel spreadsheet for something. I take comfort in cells and rows.

    Isn’t it funny how we all develop such particular preferences about things?

  • Elizabeth

    Teri – the trick to the window issue is to roll the windows ALL the way down vs. just partially. Its somehow less loud and less windy…!

    • Teri

      I tried this today! TOTALLY works!!!

  • Adrienne

    So I could just copy and paste your list! My husband laughs when I reaarange the dishwasher. And the volume on the TV! Oh..dont get me started.

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

    Quirks are what make us… ummm… interesting. 😉 I’m bad about the dishwasher too. Forget “packaging science” as a major – I’d excel in “dishwasher science.”

  • Melissa

    I don’t think those are OCD at all . My hubby has a lot of OCD tendencies and yours are nothing.

    My hubby is also OCD about the dishwasher–he will always reload it ‘properly’ after me.

    Also hate the TV loud, drives me nuts.

    I am not a fan of the sun shining directly on me in the car (like through the sun roof) makes me feel hot and gross immediately!

    I MUST have my hair out of my face when working out. Drives me nuts when it anywhere on my face while I am sweaty.

    I hate it when lying next to hubby if he puts his legs on or across mine. It feels like my legs are ‘trapped’ and it drives me nuts!! He knows it and will try and put them there to annoy me and laugh.

    Even if I already know the weather, I MUST watch the weather while getting ready for work before I leave the house.

    If we have guests over or a big dinner, I will not leave the mess out no matter how tired I am because I know I won’t want to do it the next day. I clean up everything I can and the only thing that is left out is dishes that may need to soak.

    I also (waves to Tricia) place items on the belt at the grocery store strategically. I feel like I want to get as much on there as possible!

  • Brittany @Little b's healthy habits

    Haha your list makes me laugh because I can agree with so many of them! My boyfriend gets mad just about every night after dinner because I can’t sit and “digest” I HAVE to get the kitchen cleaned up, it just drives me bonkers!

  • [email protected]

    LOL you list is similar to mine except the dishwasher.. If someone other than me does the dishes I’m just plain thankful. I don’t know if this is really a quirk but I have to have my steering wheel a certain way.. you know how you can move the steering wheel up or down? when the hubs drives my car he always moves it and it pisses me off to know end.. It’s always way to low and I end up smacking my hip on it when I get in!!