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Strange ways to do household chores

A few weeks ago I was talking to a coworker about the washing that had been left to dry in the sun. I was proclaiming that this wasn’t how they should leave it. That they should leave it in the shade to prevent discoloring when my coworkers started looking at me in a funny way.
At first I didn’t understand why they were looking at me like that, but as it turns out everyone else hangs their washing to dry in the full sun.

This made me realise that I am the only person in a rather large group that not only hangs the washing in the shade, I also cover it with a tea towel to make sure sunlight doesn’t hit my clothes.
I’m also the only one that never uses pegs on t-shirts, sweaters and blouses. And when I use pegs on trousers I use two on each leg, making sure to only use them on the bottom rim, so there won’t be any marks visible.

pegs

But this made me wonder about other things as well.
Am I the only one who turns the mattress every time I change the bedding? Am I the only one who has marked all four sides of said mattress to make sure I turn them evenly?
And how about washing pillows?

I see a lot of people who hang their duvet out the bedroom window. That is something I’d never do. It’s hanging from a spider invested window sill, rubbing against a dirty brick wall, or worse, dirty roof tiles. I only get it outside when it’s great weather and hang it out on a few chairs and washing lines. To keep it off the ground.

How about you? Do you have strange ways to do household chores?

Photo via AuntieP

6 things you probably didn’t know about me

Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself. Daily Prompt.

6 Things, that’s easy. Right? As it turns out, not so much. But I think I’ve come up with 6 things you probably didn’t know. Or maybe you did.

  1. I have an eiditic memory. Sounds great, but it’s not. I even remember the bad things that happened. And I can never forgive someone for something they’ve done ages ago.
  2. I do forget things. Like how many cats I kicked out the door. Or what to buy in the supermarket.
  3. I love llamas. Llamas (ans alpacas) are cute. I love seeing them out in a field. Too bad there aren’t many llamas or alpacas around here.
  4. I can walk past you without noticing you are there on the streets. But don’t worry, it’s not because I don’t want to see you. I just don’t notice you. I’ve been known to walk into my own mother without noticing…
  5. I have an irrational fear of dirty plates. I can’t help it. I find dirty plates the most horrendous thing I can think of. The idea that someone just ate off it is making me physically ill.
  6. I have a very twisted sense of humour. It’s a family thing. All my relatives are the same. If you ask me if I can do something for you, my reply probably would be: “I don’t know, can I?” Or “No, no, I can’t.” But I’ll almost always do it!

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Keeping a notebook by your bed?

Yesterday DailyPost shared a tip with their readers. Keep a notebook by your bed, they said. First thing that crossed my mind was: “What the actual fuck?” Why would I need to keep a notebook by my bed?

They did have a pretty good reason for it. So you can write down any ideas you might got for a new blog post.
But I can’t help wondering how you’d write that down… I mean, when I’m in bed it’s dark. I can’t see what I write down. And most likely I can’t read it back in the morning. Now I could turn on a light, but that only wakes up Jay, who wouldn’t be too happy about it (and this is putting it mildly). I can’t blame him. If he’d turn on the light when he remembers something important, I wouldn’t be too happy either.

I strongly believe bedrooms should stay clear of any clutter whatsoever. In our bedroom we have two wardrobes (one each), two night stands and the bed. On one nightstand is our alarm clock and there might be a book somewhere, but that’s it. No sofa’s, mirrors, notebooks, iPads, Ereaders or whatever people might keep in their bedrooms.

I have a simple method of remembering great blog posts. Whenever I think of one I’ll remember 2 or 3 keywords. That’s all. Those keywords will still linger in my mind when I wake up the following morning. And maybe I don’t remember them right away, but they will pop up somewhere along the line and that’s when I write them down. Or make a blog post about them.
I also email ideas to myself, again by just using keywords. Works like a charm and keeps the bedroom clear of clutter.

Clutter

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Christmas tree

Despite not liking Christmas trees or rather, not liking to decorate a Christmas tree due to my OCD, we bought a tree yesterday.

CHristmas 2012

I put the lights in, rearranged them over a dozen times, got the balls, rearranged those several times. Forgot to add the guirlandes, found them again and put those in as well.

I’m sure I’ll rearrange everything several times over the coming week, and when I’m finally done with it, I’ll be sick of the tree and throw it out on boxing day…

OCD

OCD, just three simple letters. But it can have a devastating effect on your life.

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 the associated anxiety, or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. Symptoms of the disorder include excessive washing or cleaning; repeated checking; extreme hoarding; preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts; relationship-related obsessions; aversion to particular numbers; and nervous rituals, such as opening and closing a door a certain number of times before entering or leaving 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 potentially psychotic. However, OCD sufferers generally recognize their obsessions and compulsions as irrational, and may become further distressed by this realization.

Obsessive–compulsive disorder affects children and adolescents as well as adults. Roughly one third to one half of adults with OCD report a childhood onset of the disorder, suggesting the continuum of anxiety disorders across the life span. The phrase obsessive–compulsive has become part of the English lexicon, and is often used in an informal or caricatured manner to describe someone who is excessively meticulous, perfectionistic, absorbed, or otherwise fixated.

Many people have a mild form of OCD. You have to perform a certain “ritual”before you can start your car for example. (i need to 1. close the door, 2. put on my seatbelt, 3. start the engine, 4. turn on the lights, 5. turn on the radio and 6. check the heating before I can drive off). Doing this in a different sequence will result in forgetting a step. Or you have to check if you haven’t forgotten anything before leaving the toilet. These minor obsessions are normal and easy to live with. It’s  becoming a problem when it takes over your life. You have to be pretty strong to overcome this obsession. Many times you just need help. So if you do suffer from OCD, please go to your gp and seek help. It’ll make your life so much easier.