Monday, January 31, 2011

OCD alert

My husband and I spent Saturday afternoon together at IKEA. Kidless. For 3 full hours (lunch first, then shopping). How blissful was it to be able to stop and look at everything? Quite blissful. Something you rarely (if ever) get to do, right? Yep...us, too! But it happened and we took full advantage.

While drooling over everything and wishing I lived in the show rooms, I stopped for a moment to pick up some more of the hanging file folders I had found the last time I was there. Funny that hanging file folders were on the IKEA list, but nonetheless they were! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them when I got home. {By the way...we also picked up a new TV stand and some odds and ends to use for future projects I hope to show...someday.} So, while my hubby put together the new TV stand, I had a date with my label maker.

I have been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for almost 2 years now and I love, love, love, love, love their cardstock (nothing else compares in my humble opinion). Stampin' Up! has 4 color collections and there are 10 colors in each collection. I store them in a file drawer for easy access. Below is what the *BEFORE* looked like. Not too bad...each color is labeled and looks easy to find, right? Right...kind of, but after Stampin' Up! reworked their color collections the folders weren't staggered correctly because I did some re-arranging of the files and brought new colors in. (Raise your hand if you noticed they weren't staggered...come on, Sarah F, I know you noticed! ;)

But look closely...


Maybe a little closer...


Yep! You noticed it, too? See those bent edges of the file folders? It drives me crazy! {This is about the time when you roll your eyes at me and shout, "Don't you have more important things to do?!" Why, yes, yes I do. But when my OCD flares up, I'm not able to turn back.}

Me and my label maker worked our magic...

So, what used to be a fairly organized cardstock storing system (with bent file folders and crooked rows-ugly to the eye) is now a beautiful OCD work of art whenever I open the drawer. And, yes, I am well aware that only I will be opening that drawer 9.5 times out of 10, but that's the problem...I will see it every time, so it has to be pleasing to my eye!

And, in case you're wondering...yes, I already saw that one of the hanging file folders is not positioned correctly and it is a little out of whack. It's already been fixed in real life. Aren't you proud of me for not going upstairs to my craft room to take another picture?

So...you didn't believe me when I have said in the past that my perfectionist tendencies are a sickness? If this post doesn't prove it to you, I don't know what will!


6 comments:

Patrice said...

Oh this post makes me smile. How alike we are. My drawers look exactly like this, and I am most definitely OCD in many many areas (I too call it a bit of a sickness lol). It's kind of nice to come across someone who thinks (and acts) just like me.

Your drawer looks terrific, and so well worth that extra time spent labelling and re-sorting. Love it.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

It looks so nice and organized! I think you need to come help me organize my paper because it is all a big jumbled mess:) I am alittle OCD but I think my laziness wins out a lot of the time!

Kelli said...

That is just beautiful!!!! You did a great job organizing. I love your OCD...I need to tap into mine. I need to get something like this for my paper. Right now it's just in 12x12 containers...scattered. Drives me crazy. I love to organize right down to my scraps!

Sarah said...

File Folders make me happy too. It looks wonderful.

vicki said...

Looks great! I know that you will be able to enjoy getting into the files and seeing how neat it looks. It will also be easier to keep it that way. ;)
Love ya!

Kim said...

You make me laugh!! I looked and looked for the file out of place and still cannot find it. Looks great and enjoy creating!!

BTW...not sure how I missed this post!

 
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