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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I find that often people with AP fall into one of two categories- super neat/tidy/organised OR messy/chaotic/untidy:
Do you fall into either category?
I am very messy. My room is organised chaos. My clothes, shoes, books, bags, belts, junk etc are strewn all over my room. I can find what i want, but at the same time, i KNOW its not right to live this messy, to be this untidy, sometimes it makes me feel edgy and suffocated, but every time i do a huge cleanup, it lasts maybe a week... i hate it when people point it out to me. I DO enjoy an organised, tidy room, but ive been trying for years and i just cant do it! i cant!
im lazy and i admit it. i also dont have enough storage space. however i need to throw ALOT of stuff out and pass on clothes to goodwill etc. im going to spend the next month doing a huge cleanup while my parents are overseas- give them a nice surprise when they return.. and hopefully keep it up for MY sake.
How about you?
Maz XX
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I have alway been messy/chaotic/untidy most of my life but have found myself neat/tidy/organised receintly. I am on new meds that could be the change but I do tend to go from one extream to the next in life. gillxx


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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm mostly the opposite of Gilly -- used to be super neat in everything now am pretty messy. However, I always keep my drawers & cabinets & closets very well organized. Strange, right? I have clothes & dishes everywhere but everything that's actually put away has it's own neat place -- ordered by size & color & such. I'm like half fraternity member, half Martha Stewart. lol

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/2/2009 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I am completely OCD when it comes to a clean and neat environment. Everything has a place and everything in its place. I am the organizational queen and the cleaning guru. Clean under the stove, frig, and lysol all door knobs once a week. I have my own cleaning routine and if, for any reason, I leave something undone during a cleaning session, I obsess about it and know its undone. It will bother me until I do it. Thankfully, I know this is my issue and don't get upset when others (my messy daughter) don't keep up to my standards; however, I will go behind them and re-do things my way. It's something of a running joke at my house rather than a source of irritation. Fascinated my Frances' response. I can't imagine doing it half way. Hey, can anyone else tell if any object in their house has been moved a millimeter? I can. I walk in a room and immediately know everything that's been touched.
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   Posted 2/2/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I would say I am neat and tidy, but not super. I like things to be in there place but am not fanatical about it. I hope that makes sense:) I guess I fall in the middle.
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   Posted 2/2/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been back and forth with my ocd on cleaning for years. I guess I'm kinda like Gail and fall in the middle myself right now. I keep the house really clean, but not making myself stressed on it :)

Great question!
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   Posted 2/2/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   

I am middle of the road.  I do not like a lot of junk laying around but I name the dust bunnies under my bed.

I used to have a cleaning lady when I worked full time come in once a month but that stopped when the income fell.  My hubby does help a lot with keeping house clean.

Great topic Maz,  you are doing super.



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