It plagues me sometimes

My need to keep everything neat and tidy and organized. Once I get it in my head that some part of my home needs to be tidied and organized, no matter how neat and tidy it might already be, off I go…

Last week we had to toss a loaf of bread because my husband has just jammed it in the freezer any-which-way and when he opened the door it fell out, and since the thin paper wrapping was frozen it just splintered and bread went flying all over the place.

That did it! I needed someway to organize the freezer. Bins! Wire mesh freezer bins. Which, quite frankly look exactly like any other wire mesh bins. I have a small one on my kitchen counter for salt/pepper/olive oil.

And that’s another thing, I love boxes, trays, bins – just about everything is neatly corralled in something else. I have pretty trays made of ceramic, hammered aluminum, brass. I have have boxes which most people might think are decorative tchotkes but they all are containers for other things. Some folks have junk drawers, I have junk boxes. Plunk me down in a flea market and I will find the booth with the boxes – pretty wooden boxes are a favorite. I had a beautiful stained glass box which has somehow disappeared and I used to keep my jewelry in lots of small pretty boxes (now I have a jewelry armoire – fancy, fancy – it needs to go, along with the jewelry in it. That’s my next project.)

I like putting things into other things. It borders on an obsession. And lately I’ve been wondering why. I’ve always been this way. My thinking is it is a control issue. So much in my life has been beyond my control that I guess even as a kid I found a way to control what I could. And that was organizing everything and putting it in – boxes.

I am not a knick-knack person. Those that I have are on my bookshelves and I did a major clean-up there some months ago – there are only a few boxes there now, I got rid of a bunch, just tossed them. Some were gifts, some I bought, the only ones left I have an irrational attachment to and they aren’t even the prettiest.

Last Thursday my freezer bins came late in the afternoon and I spent Thursday night cleaning the entire fridge and organizing the freezer. I was so excited. My husband said “It doesn’t take much to get you going does it? Please! New bins to organize things – Joy!

This is what my freezer looks like now – It’s a small freezer, but there is still plenty of room for more stuff.

When I re-did the kitchen I bought trays to keep all the assorted cutlery organized –
There’s that tray on the left – I’ve got those in other kitchen drawers, on the counter to hold the vitamins and meds, and that is next to the bread box (you know I have a bread box) –

I just bought a bunch more of those grey trays to use in my dresser – perfect size for socks, scarves (I have a lot of scarves), gloves – I did take some photos but really do you need to see them?

The top of my dresser has this really pretty tray, ’cause I love my trays –

I suppose if you have to have an obsession with controlling your environment , this isn’t the worst one to have. As my father always said “A place for everything, and everything in its place”  OK, so maybe it’s genetic.

Oh, and yes, there is a song. “I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in…” – that line has been running in my head for days.

22 thoughts on “It plagues me sometimes

    1. Oh yes, baskets! My closets are organized with baskets. I love baskets LOL And yes, isn’t that tray pretty? It’s all little pieces of ceramic arranged so prettily. I even remember where I bought it and how much I paid – Ross’, $10 bucks.

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    1. Well you can start by being a compulsive nut job but – I earned my living keeping people and companies organized and the first thing I learned is that you can only organize someone up to THEIR comfort level. And you need to know how they think. For instance, I worked for many years for a man who had his own unique way of looking at things so when I started to organize his files I had to keep in mind that while most people would file their lunch under “L”, he would file his lunch under “T” if it was tuna, or “C” if it was cheese – not that he filed his lunch but you get what I’m saying. Eventually I just had to keep two sets of files – the ones in his office filed according to his way of thinking and a duplicate set in my office filed in the normal way – like alphabetical LOL I worked for a woman who responded to color coding, so I organized her files that way – it’s a process believe me. For myself I organize things according to how and where I use them. I’m lazy, I don’t want to waste time or energy looking for things, which is why, use it and put it back where you got saves SO much time.

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  1. I love it!! The boxes, the trays… the organization! I aspire to do the same but it’s hard with kids. They seem to undo all the tidiness. I did however accomplish a monumental task of organizing my linen closet on Sunday. Purged the old ratty towels and made room enough to use it as a toiletry pantry. It was a great feeling!! You have inspired me to tackle our large chest freezer. We bought it last year and stocked it at the beginning of the pandemic. I’ve forgotten what’s at the bottom by now. Time to order some Bins!!

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    1. Easy way to organize your chest freezer – go to your local dollar store get WIRE baskets/bins – the wire construction is important because it lets air circulate, some ‘freezer’ storage containers were solid plastic – you don’t want that. then you just need some tape – like painters tape, anything that will stick to the meat packages, put the date on the tape and even the item – like pork chops, then arrange the items by kind – beef, pork, etc with the oldest date on top, newest on the bottom – should work and for not a lot of money.

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  2. I really like that tray on top of your dresser. I have an unfinished one that is the same shape as that. I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. Yours gives me an idea. Will I do anything with that idea? Probably not. I’m more of a collector than a doer.

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    1. The tray is decorated like mosaic tile – that would need some patience to cut the pieces to fit each – sorta like a jigsaw puzzle – but if anyone could do it, you could!

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  3. Oooh, it’s either a direct rip from or in the same key as “Oohoo yeah, love is kind of spooky with a groovy little girl like you” or whateverit’s called. Sorry to nerd out but I was just playing guitar and it’s funny because I would not have made that comparison if I hadn’t been noodling around.

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    1. Well now both songs were written at approximately the same time, “Spooky” was originally an instrumental and some guys later added lyrics. To See What Condition My Condition was written in 1967 and yes, all about LSD and first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, – https://youtu.be/QtZ2k9N1O3c Damn, I sure do love ole Jerry Lee…

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  4. My philosophy is a place for everything and everything near its place. I admire your ability to be neat and tidy, I strive for it but have learned to be satisfied with a bit of mess.

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    1. Back in the day when I had about 50 pairs of shoes I had the habit of just leaving them wherever I took them off. And the dish towel can be found in all sorts of odd places at times. My closets are not all that I would like them to be – they look somewhat neat and tidy but there are still things I have to check several closets to find what I’m looking. My only defense for that is that I have A LOT of closets and half of them are double deep and I can neither see nor reach into the back of the shelves, too often I just chuck something up on a high shelf, all higgledy-piggledy.

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  5. Love your cutlery! You’re super organized and while I love things to be orderly, I’m not even remotely close to being that organized. Visual clutter gives me anxiety so I hide stuff in decorative boxes only to never look at it again. We tried bins in the chest freezer but they took up too much room so were scrapped. The dog toys are in a box for about 3 minutes each day before Lexi drags them all out again!

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    1. Kids and pets are exempt from neat and tidy – just not gonna happen. Well little kids anyway, NOT being a parent, I would expect teenagers to know how to pick-up after themselves and respect their home. Good thing I never had kids LOL

      Some freezer bins seem to be wider at the top than the bottom so they certainly don’t stack well and take more room than necessary – wire stacking bins should work well…my little wire bins are just perfect for my little freezer.

      The flatware is Fiestaware – you know me and my Fiestaware. I regret that I could not afford glass front kitchen cabinets because all my Fiestaware dishes would look just grand – a very colorful kitchen!

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  6. I see a lot of myself in this post as I’m the same over sorting/organising and I really enjoy the process of it. I love storage boxes as well and it’s interesting to consider the psychology over why we are the way we are. I think some members of my family are even more so than me. I’m tidy and like to live simply YET my DVD’s aren’t in alphabetical order 🙂

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    1. 😊 I don’t own any DVDs but my books are shelved by genre and then alphabetical by author – I mean how else would I find anything? Then again there are some real nutters who alphabetize their spices and seasonings – even I haven’t gone that far!

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  7. It’s so funny, I could have written this because I am the same way, Grace! When you live in a small space like I do, you have to be very strategic in how you organize things. And as you already know, I hate clutter.

    “I am not a knick-knack person.” OMG, me neither.

    I have to say, your freezer looks amazing! I have a very small fridge, so I have to be careful about where I place things. It’s almost like putting together pieces of a puzzle.

    Your cutlery drawer looks a lot like mine. I even have a space to the left (like you do) where I store scissors and several other things.

    As my father always said “A place for everything, and everything in its place”

    Oh, how I agree

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    1. It gives me such great pleasure, even the giggles, when I open a drawer or closet and see everything all neat and organized – today was grocery shopping day and some items had to go in the freezer, and it all fit so nicely and neatly – total giggles!

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