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Compulsive Drawer Organisers Anonymous

Me: "Hello, my name is pix, and I'm a compulsive drawer organiser."

All: "Hi Pix!"

Me: "It's been two days since I last reorgnised my drawer"

All: *Applause*

Me: "In my middle desk drawer at work I have:

13 CDs
7 napkins, folded in half
A jar of ground black pepper
A squeezy bottle of Hellman's Dijonnaise
Two small hollow chocolate eggs, left over from Easter.
5/6ths of a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk Bubbly
A tube of Body Shop Hawthorn hand cream (used twice in the last year - by other people)
A tub of Boots Chewable Vitamin E (6 left)
A tub of Boots Vitamin B complex (13 left)
A bottle of Safeway aromatherapy Body Spritzer in "Awaken" (with orange & grapefruit oils)
A bottle of Body Shop Lemongrass Deodorising Foot Spray
A bottle of Body Shop Oceanus Body Mist (part of gift set, unused)
A Body Shop manicure kit in a small clear plastic box (part of gift set, unused)
Two sachets of Alka Seltzer XS
Two tubes of lipsalve
A tube of Formule B spot zapping stuff
A packet of smint mints
A roll of micropore tape
A packet of antiseptic wipes
A roll of gauze
A packet of plasters
A packet of paracetamol capsules
5 metallic ink pens
A pad of black paper
A packet of matching black envelopes
A packet of BluTack
A packet of sugar free strepsils
An audio book of The Poet by Michael Connolly (an unsent present for my mum)
Two packets of post-it page markers
A tub of feta cheese and olive salad
A small packet of KP salted peanuts

Each and every item has it's own particular place, and is very carefully nestled so that there is a minimum of disarray created when opening and closing the door.

But still, I feel the need to reorganise this drawer every time I add or remove an item.

I think I need help."

All: "That's ok, you've come to the right place. There is a 12 step program available, and if you follow it, you too will be able to achieve a normal level of organisation".

Me: "Thank you so much"

Inspired by Pete.

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Feta cheese and dijonnaise in a drawer?

Shouldn't they be in a scrupulously organised fridge?

Posted by: Stuart | Apr 20, 2004 2:05:36 PM

Scary stuff,

Someone's gotten a helluva lot more organised about her desk drawers in the last 3 years....

.. oops I forgot, that company couldn't afford desk drawers, computers, phones, water... wages... :-|

Posted by: Alan G | Apr 20, 2004 2:56:36 PM

You down with OCD? Yeah, you know me.

Posted by: SiW | Apr 20, 2004 3:53:14 PM

Someone also has too much time on their hands at work! ;-)

Posted by: Gordon | Apr 20, 2004 4:51:45 PM

I'm sorry, while I sympathise with your "affliction", I can't stop worrying about the squeezy bottle of Hellman's Dijonnaise/tub of feta cheese and olive salad being in the drawer, not the fridge.

And uneaten chocolate? I know a worthy "charity" that is currently accepting donations ;-)

Posted by: Daisy | Apr 20, 2004 11:55:10 PM

So you don't all get thoroughly freaked out, I should point out that the dijonnaise is fine and hasn't been opened.

Also, the feta cheese & olive salad was intended to be my lunch, the office was f-wording freezing, and I didn't wind up eating it, so it went in the bin.

Alan: ... and there was always the worry that whatever we did have might disappear into the mucky paws of the sherrif's officers at any time... so it was never worth keeping anything there...

Daisy: It's the emergency chocolate supply. Essential in my job. It won't be there long, I can promise you that :)

Gordon: I so wish! It's my little attempt to control my working day... since nothing else is controllable :)

Posted by: pix | Apr 21, 2004 12:29:41 AM

Blimey! In my middle desk drawer at work I have a nail file and some compliments slips. I'm not sure which of is is the unusual one though - everyone else I know seems to have tons of personal effects/food/etc in their desk drawers or their car, but I feel strange keeping my stuff anywhere other than my handbag or my house. Means I have to do bugger all clearing out when I leave a job though :)

Posted by: Lori | Apr 21, 2004 2:07:09 PM

I'm a little late, but wanted to tell you I love this redesign. What a perfect backdrop for your gorgeous pictures.

Too bad you are not in NYC, I could use some CDO-ness.

Posted by: deb | Apr 21, 2004 2:20:31 PM

So why are you physically incapable of ever folding up an item of clothing and putting it away in a drawer?

Posted by: D | Apr 21, 2004 2:49:04 PM

Move office tomorrow and I know my drawers will be all over the place when I unpack.

I've tons more on top of desk than in desk, but like you in the drawers I have Body Shop Foot cream (Peppermint), plus from memory, handcream, Berocca, Echinaea and Garlic tablets, CD's, a copy of Alice Hoffman's Turtle Moon which I keep meaning to take home every time I see it - it's been there for two years), tissues, a packet of Nairns oat cakes, various microsoft CD's, a paying in first direct book, somerfields carrier bags, and some napkins.

Posted by: Annie Mole | Apr 22, 2004 1:39:43 AM

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