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My Peculiar Home Habits

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YoungerThanILook Mon 29-Jun-20 19:37:59

I think I must have spent too long by myself in lockdown because I am starting to notice things like I have a favourite hob (bottom left), double light switches have to be facing the same way and I really don't like towels overlapping each other on the rail!

Is it just me? Surely I can’t be the only one with these strange idiosyncrasies? 😊

Feelingmyage55 Mon 29-Jun-20 22:49:49

Top right back hob, became a habit to use the back hobs first because of the (now adult) children. I don’t put any lights on in the evening and the neighbours keep asking if I’ve been out but I am reading my kindle. I’ve started to give imaginary answers when they ask me daft questions and now I’m starting to worry that I might comment out loud. No, you know I’ve not been out because I am vulnerable.
I ask the washing machine which programme it would like me to use and I am ling up the washing on the line in the order of undressing.

Feelingmyage55 Mon 29-Jun-20 22:51:04

Off topic but I do wish the (now adult) children would behave like adults.

grannyqueenie Mon 29-Jun-20 23:10:39

Jane10, I too make sure my crockery takes its turn. Sadly I feel the same about the bedding, woe betide my old boy if he messes up the system by folding towels the opposite way to I do - they won’t fit properly on the pile in the cupboard that way! Oh dear I definitely need to get out more!

Txquiltz Tue 30-Jun-20 01:44:11

I cannot tolerate dirty mirrors...that includes a single fingerprint. 🤦🏻‍♀️

PamelaJ1 Tue 30-Jun-20 07:58:25

I’m learning to live with cobwebs. I’m not working at the moment and my cleaner doesn’t want to come so I am in charge.
She hoovers the spiders up and I go carefully round them. I do get rid of some webs , I’m not Miss. Havisham! I do tell them to get out of the way if they aren’t cooperating.🕷🕸🕷

Nortsat Tue 30-Jun-20 08:12:14

I was reflecting on this thread and I realised that I count...
- Mashed potatoes - drain, salt and pepper then 30 mashes, milk then 30 mashes, butter then 30 mashes. Serve.
- Feeding the cats - mashing their food, 30 mashes with a fork for each bowl.
- Cleaning my teeth - count to 30, for each section of teeth (back, side, inside, outside, front etc).
I count for other tasks too (gosh, I sound bonkers).

Favourite cooker ring - right, back ...

shysal Tue 30-Jun-20 08:13:51

Back left hob.

When eating something on toast with a knife and fork I have to cut it into equal width strips which are then cut into neat squares which are eaten in order.

A meal is laid out on the plate with protein at 8 o'clock, carb at 12 and veg at 4, with sauce or gravy in the centre.

Volume button can only show an even number.

When sitting in my living room facing the garden I count the steps several times a day (15), also the bathroom tiles when in the bath.

Used to choose colour of clothes pegs to match the garment, but annoyed myself so much that I bought a new set all the same colour. However the items still have to be hung in a certain order!

I could go on and on!

Surprisingly I do the bare minimum of housework. Things have to be in their right place but I don't care if they are covered in dust!

shysal Tue 30-Jun-20 08:17:52

Enjoy making lists and will sometimes add something I have already done, just for the pleasure of crossing it off!

Starblaze Tue 30-Jun-20 08:29:17

I've noticed I match pegs hanging out washing

gillybob Tue 30-Jun-20 08:34:08

Oh I do that too shysal .

A few years ago we were working with a French engineer and he had never come across. “To do” list .... he said that he thought it was a brilliant idea and never stopped talking about his “toe doe” lists for weeks after. Now, at work we always have a “toe doe” list on the white board !

Willow73 Tue 30-Jun-20 08:36:36

GagaJo ever thought that your neighbour might have dementia or just a memory or nervous problem? My dad used to drive all the family mad with his locking up habits, the door handles pulled so many times, the gas nobs checked, the taps turned on and off, the curtains had to be overlapping. He is now in a care home with dementia, no more locking up to be done he is in his own world and in a way at peace. Have patience with peoples little habits most of them can't stop it or help it, but I do agree its very hard to live with 24 hours a day. My husband hangs the towels different to me and so when I see them I rehang them my way ( that's a song!)

Greyduster Tue 30-Jun-20 09:07:52

I must admit to having a mug foible. All the boring straight sided ones go at the back of the cupboard. I don’t want to open the cupboard and see boring straight sided mugs (who on earth bought all these boring mugs in the first place? Not me!😏). The top rack of the dishwasher has to be loaded with glasses on the right and cups on the left, which means that when DH has loaded it, I will unload it and do it again. As for everything else, it can, and frequently does, go to hell on a handcart!

Jane10 Tue 30-Jun-20 09:23:27

Don't get me started on dishwasher loading! DH is an engineer yet he doesn't seem to have clue about logical, far less, efficient loading of crockery. I'm always having to reload it all.
Am feeling happier today. Its not the turn of the depressing pants. Hooray!

Hetty58 Tue 30-Jun-20 09:26:23

From reading the above, it seems we have a plague of OCD to follow the virus!

My mother had OCD, all the checking, double-checking, counting and rituals were painful to witness. The kitchen floor was mopped a dozen times a day!

annodomini Tue 30-Jun-20 09:56:53

What a relief it's been reading this thread. I'm not the only one who talks to inanimate objects. I greet my phone in the morning, even if there's no-one at the other end. My favourite mug doesn't go in the dishwasher - it gets washed and dried by hand.

sodapop Tue 30-Jun-20 09:57:17

I do that when cleaning my teeth norstat now I feel guilty because I only count to twenty. grin

GrannyGravy13 Tue 30-Jun-20 09:57:55

Oh dear...........I count things, steps how many strokes of the toothbrush, hairbrush etc.

I colour coordinate pegs to washing, couldn't hang something up with mismatched/odd pegs. My clothes are hung in style and colour groups.

Dishwasher is mugs/ cups on left, glasses on right.....I could go on .........

Cannot go up to bed without straightening all cushions, remote controls and any magazines or books.

I converse with white goods and the teddies Lego figures in GCs room here.

One thing which has become a Christmas joke is when I unpack my beautiful Father Christmas figureI speak to him throughout the Festive Season as if he is my sixth child?

All normal behaviour???

Aepgirl Tue 30-Jun-20 10:02:04

All seems quite normal to me!!!

I have always spoken to inanimate objects - thank you to the ATM, car park machine, etc. However, I only speak to home gadgets when they are not working properly, for example, 'don't do this to me now'. I always say 'good morning' to my car, and 'thank you' when I get where I'm going safely.

GrannyGravy13 Tue 30-Jun-20 10:06:31

I also say please and thank you to our Alexa devices.

Pippet Tue 30-Jun-20 10:10:03

Right with you there. I find I look forward to emptying the dishwasher!!! And love folding the newly washed tea towels. Must get a life eh. Best wishes to all

hicaz46 Tue 30-Jun-20 10:11:55

I think we could all develop our latent OCD habits if we’re not careful. I can be untidy/sloppy in some areas and then obsessively anal in other areas. Towels have to hang the right way, hangers have to face the right way, plates have to be stacked in order and many other things. It’s not something we can control really and if it doesn’t become to overwhelming it’s OK.

b1zzle Tue 30-Jun-20 10:12:45

Oh, I'm so glad it's not just me! I have to have all my canned foods facing the same way, but it's when I start apologising to food in the fridge that I haven't got round to using that I really start to worry ...

b1zzle Tue 30-Jun-20 10:13:29

... having written that, I suppose I should only really start to seriously worry when they answer me back!

henetha Tue 30-Jun-20 10:13:41

I'm obsesive about my fire alarms. I have two and I spend a lot of time staring at them to make sure they are flashing red regularly, especially at night. I have to count the seconds between flashes. Then I have to positively tear myself away from them to make myself go to bed.

Calendargirl Tue 30-Jun-20 10:14:16

Wasn’t there a thread the other day about how we think the toilet roll should be hung.....?