Being a person who has suffered from an obsessive compulsive behavior, I can truly tell you that I have no ideas where this comes from and why I get this way for certain things and not others. That’s what makes no sense at all. Why do I get upset with how my closet is arranged but couldn’t care less about how my towels look? Why do I get upset about things not being in their “spot” but don’t care enough that the bed isn’t made every morning? Why do certain things bother me but others don’t? It would be nice to why so I could maybe fight against. But usually I won’t know what will bother me until I see and there are times when the things that bother me change, today I can’t stand that the dishes are cleaned and put away, tomorrow it won’t bother me but something else will.
So why does this happen? It could be control thing, that I need to feel in control and when I have things organized and straighten out then I have control of the situation. Or it could be that I feel my life is out of control and keeping the other things in my life will help keep things in order. But that could all be to scientific to be anything to put stock into. I believe that people just have little quirks and each of us deals with it in different ways, which is why humans are so amazing. It is funny to meas well because we make fun of other people for their little quirks but take our own super serious. My husband gets so annoyed with me about all of the things that I need to keep in place but doesn’t realize that he has is own things that have to be just so.
When I finally realized this, it made my life so much better. I stopped trying to fight it and just went with it. It makes me much happier to just be me and not worry about it so much. If the shoes that are in the front hall bother me and would make me happier to not see them there than I will surely put them in the closet. It only takes a minute to walk to the closet, so why wouldn’t I? It’s the little things in life that mean the most, so if it makes me happy to have a clean, organized home then why wouldn’t I keep it that way? If that makes me OCD then so be it, I can live with that. I try not to push this on others because I know that nobody but me cares about the same things that I do, my husband who is wonderful, is not an clean freak like me but he tries to get his stuff put away and I love him for that so when I doesn’t I never get upset because he tries and that is enough.
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So you may find it hard to believe that you can be OCD with books, but I’ll tell you that you sure can be OCD with books. I am. Honestly, you can pretty much be OCD with just about anything, it just depends on each person and their personality, with me it’s things being in their place. Now that “place” may not be the normal spot where that thing goes but it is where I want to keep so that “place” has become that things spot. With books, I do not like to lend them to other people, even though that person is my mom who loves reading to or to my best friend, both I would trust with my life but just not with my books.
If I find a new author that I want to read I will go on their website to view all the books that they have written and I will create a list of the order of the books and I will read them in the order that the author wrote them. Nothing drives me more crazy than reading books out of order, especially a series of books. I did that once and I was so annoyed when I found out that I read the last book in a three books series. I vowed to myself that I would never do that again. So now I research and make a list that way that will never happen again.
I also prefer to read paperback books as opposed to hard covers because for one, they take up less space on my bookshelf, second they are much easier to travel with and I always take a book with me no matter where I go or for how long I am gone for. Paperbacks fit better in my purse. Third, they are cheaper and that is a big deal when you read as many books as I do. In a good week I can read three books but the weeks that I am busier I can get about one and half, yes I count being halfway through a book.But there have been occasions where I have had to buy a hard cover, if I am reading a series and I have caught up with the author and the newest one hasn’t been released yet, then I have no choice but to get a hard cover.
This drives me crazy too because then the books don’t match, up until that point all my books in that series are paperback but then the new one and everyone after that will be hard cover. So what do I do? Do I wait until the newest ones come out in paperback and buy them again? Or do I find the older ones in hardcover and buy those? I usually wait until they come out in paperback because if I am going to buy a book twice I going to buy the cheaper version. Once I get the paperback I have to read it so it looks read like all of the others and I will just donate the hardcover to the library, a book fair or the Salvation Army, that way the book will not be wasted.
The crazy dilemma’s I create for myself, such is my life.
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