What are your small compulsive behaviors?



  • Note: real OCD is a nasty problem and this thread is not intended to make light of the suffering of those with that it any other disorder.

    Do you all have things which must be "just so" or it drives you to distraction? I do. Plenty in fact.

    One is that all shirts on hangers must face the same direction (doesn't matter which, there just must be uniformity). Another is that keys on keyrings must be sorted by size and all facing the same way.

    What're yours?



  • @benjamin-hall Volumes must be an even number or a multiple of 5.

    I'm only listing one because if I start enumerating my neuroses I'm likely to get neurotic about it...



  • @e4tmyl33t said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    @benjamin-hall Volumes must be an even number or a multiple of 5.

    I'm only listing one because if I start enumerating my neuroses I'm likely to get neurotic about it...

    I have this with timer durations and alarm times. Must be in 5 minute increments and end with 5 or 0. When I had an alarm clock that had a 7 minute snooze it was quite aggravating.


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    @benjamin-hall said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    One is that all shirts on hangers must face the same direction (doesn't matter which, there just must be uniformity). Another is that keys on keyrings must be sorted by size and all facing the same way.

    OMG now that you mention it, my own key ring is sorted peculiarly.

    After the clip unit comes the car key. Then in accordance to usage order are;

    • office key, teeth right
    • house key, teeth left
    • utility access key (it's really large), teeth left
    • secondary house key, teeth left

    This so that removing the ring I have instant access to either the car or secondary house key, and when locking up the office it's the next key in.
    When arriving at the office, removing the keys from my car the office key is first off the line as well.
    Arriving at secondary house I can rely on the required key being next from the clip.
    Once in a while when I need to use the utility access key I just pull the largest one while releasing the clip.
    I rarely need to use the house key.



  • @e4tmyl33t said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    @benjamin-hall Volumes must be an even number or a multiple of 5.

    I'm only listing one because if I start enumerating my neuroses I'm likely to get neurotic about it...

    Volumes, temperatures, everything. My oldest is the same way.



  • I cannot wear shirts with freshly washed hair. It has to be completely dry before I put one on. Same goes for resting my head on a pillow.



  • I used to have many more I guess I've grown out of them.

    All bills have to be facing the same way in the same orientation.

    This is probably particularly entertaining when you are pulling them out of a g-string.

    Or so I've heard.



  • @karla said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    All bills have to be facing the same way in the same orientation.

    In my high school retail job I had this total bitch of a manager berate me every time she saw a bill not oriented consistently. Like paging me to the office in the middle of my helping a customer just to complain to me about it.



  • I need to have every bill in my wallet ordered by value.
    I prefer to have them loose in my pocket than having them unordered in the wallet



  • @benjamin-hall said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    Let's see:

    ✔One is that all shirts on hangers must face the same direction (doesn't matter which, there just must be uniformity).

    ✔Another is that keys on keyrings must be sorted by size and all facing the same way.

    All laundry / linen needs to be folded "The One True Way"…No, I don't want your help, you'll just fuck it up! and I've got the cats for "help".

    EVERYTHING in my work cube has it's place. Shit, don't misalign my pens/pencils/post-its™, well, anything.

    My winter sidewalks must be so clean, the only danger from them is from sodium overdose if you eat off of them. ( I may cry if once I'm done, we get a light dusting.)

    …and there's so much more…



  • @karla said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    ✔All bills have to be facing the same way in the same orientation.

    @jarry said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    ✔ I need to have every bill in my wallet ordered by value.



  • @e4tmyl33t said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    @benjamin-hall Volumes must be an even number or a multiple of 5.

    True on the television. On the car stereo they have to be even numbers.

    When there's a hall light with a switch at each end of the hall, both switches have to be "down" for off. Even though the light is also off with both switches "up", this upsets the fabric of reality.



  • There's a bug with Windows 10's feature to display taskbar entries only on the monitor the window is on that can result in multiple windows appearing active at once (one per monitor) and the way to fix it is to click an empty area of the taskbar and then refocus the window you were in. So now I have a habit of doing that absentmindedly, sometimes repeatedly for no reason.



  • @da-doctah said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    @e4tmyl33t said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    @benjamin-hall Volumes must be an even number or a multiple of 5.

    True on the television. On the car stereo they have to be even numbers.

    I was under impression they were talking about liquid containers?



  • @benjamin-hall said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    One is that all shirts on hangers must face the same direction (doesn't matter which, there just must be uniformity).

    Ha. Nope, mine have to be a certain way around. And so do my wife's, but she does them the opposite way to me. Imagine the fun this causes. Actually not much, since she usually just leaves them on the bed for me to hang up [polo shirts in this case, not ironed ones, which I would indeed have to take off and re-hang], and if I'm hanging up hers I try to remember to hang them the opposite way.

    We both can be pretty rigid about things, but in most cases we've agreed to avoid conflict by demarcation, and the principle that whoever's doing a particular activity gets to do things their way. So the kitchen is usually my domain, but if she stacks the dishwasher I don't complain about the way she packs it. She usually does the laundry, but if I do it she doesn't complain about my sorting policy. Mind you, it took us a while and several arguments to get to this point 🙂

    Of course, there are also innumerable things that we've worked out compromises on that we're both happy with, or that we don't care strongly about in the first place. I don't want to give anyone the wrong impression.

    Back on topic... I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the "which way to hang the toilet paper" debate yet. I used to have a strict policy on this, but I have grown more relaxed on it over the years. I still have a definite preference, but I no longer feel any urge to take it down and re-hang it if it's the wrong way around.

    I can't stand to have unread email numbers showing up anywhere except the main inbox. This is particularly annoying because if you cancel a draft email in Outlook, it puts it in Deleted Items but doesn't mark it as read (how can it not be read when you were the one writing it?). So then I have to go and find it and click on it to make it read. Same with my ISP's webmail, I have to go and click on everything to mark it read before I delete it so that I don't have the number of unread items showing up next to my Trash folder.

    Another is that keys on keyrings must be sorted by size and all facing the same way.

    They do all have to face the same way. Mine are sorted by functional group first and then approximately by size, but with modifications for usage - so the first key is for the front door security screen and the second one is the door itself, even though the security screen key is slightly smaller, because I use the screen door key first.

    Also, you bastard, you just made me realise that the shed door key is facing the wrong way around. That's going to irritate me all day (until I forget it).

    @da-doctah said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    When there's a hall light with a switch at each end of the hall, both switches have to be "down" for off. Even though the light is also off with both switches "up", this upsets the fabric of reality.

    :hatred: Up is the only true off! Fortunately I don't actually have any lights with multiple switches, otherwise I'm sure this would constantly be driving me bonkers.

    (Are light switches there normally up-is-on? Here it's normally up-is-off, though of course either is possible.)



  • @scarlet_manuka said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    Back on topic... I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the "which way to hang the toilet paper" debate yet.

    Because there's only one answer 🚎

    @scarlet_manuka said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    (Are light switches there normally up-is-on? Here it's normally up-is-off, though of course either is possible.)

    I always assumed light switches are like USB ports - no matter which direction you try first, you always got it wrong.


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    @scarlet_manuka said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    she stacks the dishwasher I don't complain about the way she packs it.

    Oh grief, I forgot about that one...


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    @scarlet_manuka said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    (Are light switches there normally up-is-on? Here it's normally up-is-off, though of course either is possible.)

    Every building I've been in has had flipped up be on, unless it was double-switched like mentioned.


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    @gąska said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    @scarlet_manuka said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    Back on topic... I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the "which way to hang the toilet paper" debate yet.

    Because there's only one answer 🚎

    @scarlet_manuka said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    (Are light switches there normally up-is-on? Here it's normally up-is-off, though of course either is possible.)

    I always assumed light switches are like USB ports - no matter which direction you try first, you always got it wrong.



  • @benjamin-hall said in What are your small compulsive behaviors?:

    I have this with timer durations and alarm times. Must be in 5 minute increments and end with 5 or 0. When I had an alarm clock that had a 7 minute snooze it was quite aggravating.

    You'll think I'm a monster, but I have the opposite compulsion. Alarms I have set in my phone (most inactive): 6:31, 6:53, 7:01, 7:11 (very convenient), 7:23, 7:42, 7:51, 8:01, 8:29, 8:41, 9:01, 9:11, 11:38, 12:10 (woah), 12:58.


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