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Am I neurotic for color-coding my closet?

Asked by awomanscorned (11261points) November 4th, 2010 from iPhone

Someone said I was but I think that’s silly. It helps a lot in the morning and I looks neat. I know I’m not the only one who does it…

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mrentropy's avatar

Maybe. Does it matter if it helps you out?

wundayatta's avatar

When I tell you you’re neurotic, I might mean that I can’t believe how much work you are willing to put into it. Is the return worth the cost? I suspect most people think about their own closets and how many days it might take to organize them. You have already got the work done, and it’s easy to maintain and it makes your life easier and you can see the benefit.

Sometimes I think that when one is called neurotic, it’s because people are jealous of your organizing capabilities. Being organized and being able to find and retrieve things quickly, in my mind, is always worth the effort. But then, I’m neurotic! :0)

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erichw1504's avatar

Quite possibly, yes.

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diavolobella's avatar

No, and neither am I!

mrlaconic's avatar

neurotic… No I don’t think so. OCD… perhaps.

diavolobella's avatar

There is nothing wrong with being neat and well organized. I think people throw terms like “neurotic” and “OCD” around far too lightly.

tranquilsea's avatar

I don’t think so. If it makes your life easier then it makes your life easier.

iamthemob's avatar

It’s only neurotic if you obsess about it. If you start obsessing over something that won’t fit, or if things get a little out of order – then worry.

Otherwise, it’s not neurotic. It’s organized. ;-)

Trillian's avatar

Who’s to say? I separate my m&m’s by color and eat them in a certain order.

Pandora's avatar

I occasionally will do that but I’m not very good with keeping it up. It does make it easier to find things in a certain color when I need to, than go through the entire closet to find that one blouse or trouser.
I just think it is effecient. I know especially in the mornings when I would wake up late for work, it came in handy.

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

No.I do it with my closets..It goes from black to white,with colors in between and things are separated by suits,blazers casual dresses,dressy dresses,skirts,casual,dressy and deadly,XD Then tops, casual and dressy.I don’t hang things like t-shirts,shorts,good sweaters,pants or jeans.It does get disorganised on occasion,but I eventually straighten it out again as it makes it so much easier to make my mind up and find something quickly.

JLeslie's avatar

I would not call you neurotic for that, unless I was using it in the joking way many people do.

Kardamom's avatar

It sounds like you are very organized, in a way in which lots of us wish we could be : )

mrentropy's avatar

It would be neurotic if you used a spectrum analyzer to further fine grain the sorting order.

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mrentropy's avatar

@noelleptc You are a raging ball of neurosis. :)

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CMaz's avatar


Yes, I do not know how to put shirts with shirts. Pants with pants and underwear in the draw.

Those things called hangers. What are they for? Where is a NASA scientist when you need one? ;-)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

No dear friend, you are not neurotic for this behavior. In fact, you might be pleasantly surprised to find that many people do the same thing. A friend goes as far as putting a white sticker inside of her blue shoes. She sometimes buys the same style in different colors, and while dressing in the dim light of morning, she can be sure not to show up for work wearing one blue shoe and one black.
It is just being organized for the sake of ease and inner peace.

Chaz’s closet would be in a state of dissaray if he didn’t have a bevy of women come in and organize it every so often….or so I’ve heard.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I asked the a very similar question here, a while ago. I do the same thing.

lillycoyote's avatar

Yes, you are. :-) But what’s so wrong with being neurotic? Some of my best friends are neurotic, actually my two best friends are extremely neurotic. I’m the only normal, sane one in the bunch. No, just kidding, I have my own neuroses. As long as you’re not breaking into other people’s houses and color-coding their closets I think you’re just fine.

CMaz's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Is right. After all most of the clothing in my closet is theirs anyway.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Consider it a Strength. According to the Gallup Organization, Arranger is one of them:
People strong in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity. Source

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YARNLADY's avatar

The term neurotic used to be a psychiatric diagnosis, but now it is thrown around as an insult by people who want to mildly insult you. Why on earth would it be anybody’s business how you choose to arrange your closet?

blueberry_kid's avatar

No because i even do that

sleepdoc's avatar

I did this once for my wife. Thought it would help her to pick out matching things. It didn’t stay that way.

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