If you didn’t already brand me with the OCD iron following my fridge posts, this will certainly seal the deal. 😉
Ever so often, LovelyWife will say random things* like:
- Let’s redo the kitchen!
- Let’s renovate the bathroom!
- I’m so tired of those paint chips in the edges of the walls!
- Let’s renovate the second bathroom!
- Let’s buy new furniture for our bedroom!
- Let’s move!
- But before we move, let’s redo the kitchen!
* I know they’re not RANDOM things.
You get the point. Invariably, I will reply this:
- Make a list of what you want done and I’ll do it.
Yes, I ask for a list. You wanna know why? Because I feel that if it’s on the list and it gets done, then you’re not allowed to complain about that specific thing anymore. Want me to renovate the bathroom (hey it’s been almost 8 years now)? Put it on the list and I’ll get to that eventually. But I’ll get to it with some sort of planning behind the idea.
LovelyWife romanticize a lot of things: Living one year in Africa, going on camping trips, walking around the neighborhood after dinner, and yes, anything that has to do with housework. She thinks that all those things magically happen if you just want to do them. If we’re watching TV Saturday night at 8:55PM, she might say things like: “We should paint the living room.” Then I’ll say “Now? But the paint store closed 4 hours ago…”. Then she’ll be mad because I don’t want to paint the living room.
I’m kidding, I’m just trying to make a point by taking it to the extreme.
So I ask for a list. A list is awesome. It’s a road map to what needs to be done. Because a list is not simply a piece of paper filled with many bullet points and exclamation marks. For example, If I was to include “Paint the living room” on a list I would make, it’ll look something like this:
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I might use Microsoft Project to make a Gantt Chart of everything that needs to be done. I might exchange emails back and forth about color schemes. I might clear my schedule for the next few days. Nothing wrong with that, right?
When LovelyWife makes a list, and includes “Paint the Living Room” on it, here’s what she does:
Not A Gantt Chart.
Who’s the crazy one now?
And just for the record, It’s not LovelyWife.
What about you? Where do you fall on the “Overly organized – disorganized” continuum?