Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Working Mommy Wednesday...

It's Wednesday, and time to link up with all the other working moms.  Click on the button above to read linked posts from everyone participating in "Working Mommy Wednesday".
This week's prompt...write about a personality trait, that for good or bad, is just a part of you...

Ok, friends, it's time to 'fess up...I'm a little bit OCD.  I really like things to be orderly, I love organization and I am a bit pushy when it comes to the boys cleaning up their rooms. 

This was the subject of school-age bullying because I was also the smart girl.  I have been made fun of for my handwriting, my crisp neat binders, and my attention to detail for as long as I can remember.  Sometime in college, I decided that I was just going to embrace it and grow a tougher skin. {Fast forward to the principal who thought it was amusing to trash my file cabinets and desk drawers!  Seriously...he thought it was funny.  I realized then that there is only so far a tough skin can take you!}

As a teacher my tendancy to over-organize and leave my desk tidy has resulted in more than a few joking comments...but I finally have the privilege to work with people who know me and are genuinely teasing.  It comes in handy to be well-organized and pay attention to details and those same people often ask for help with their own organizational challenges.  I have also grown accustomed to over-looking the lack of organization and tidiness in other people.  It used to Drive.Me.Crazy.  Now, I am much better at grinning and bearing it!

As a mom, I know I sometimes drive my family crazy.  There are some days when I know that I am compulsively cleaning because it's the only thing I can control.  At least now I realize this and can...almost...laugh about it {while still cleaning!}  I ...generally...leave my kids to their own rooms, though sometimes I go on a cleaning spree there as well.  In my house, I dislike clutter and make sure that the house is tidy every night when I go to bed.  I like orderly bookshelves...I like everything in it's place...I like order and tidiness. 

I guess there are worse things...I've seen the show about hoarders on makes me cringe...and a little bit nauseous...

Now it's your turn...time to 'fess up...what't that one characteristic about you?


  1. Great post! I really like your site, Jen. It's so ... organized and tidy! :-)

    ~ Devon

  2. Would you mind coming by my house and tidying things up a bit for me??? I need a few more OCD tendencies in my life :)

  3. Over organization is SO the least of my OCD worries! =)

  4. Yep. Way worse habits than compulsive cleaning!

  5. you're one of those overly organized people... jk!! that's a good thing. wish i had a little of that! ;)


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