I never ever thought of myself as anal. Just the opposite. I am a total slob sometimes and it doesn't bother me one bit.
About a year ago, I bought my daughter one of those organizers for her room with little buckets for legos, dolls, crayons, etc. It stayed organized for about a week. Ever since then, I've lamented the disarray of the organizer, but never fixed it. Finally, last month, I spent hours re-organizing all of Mel's toys, and ever since have been really rigid about making sure everything goes in the right place.
When my mother was visiting recently and I kicked up a fuss when she tried to clean up by tossing toys into the organizer randomly, she commented to Mel, "Your mommy always likes to have things organized, but most people don't care."
Is that true? I don't think so. But I'm a doctor and all docs are at least a little anal, right?
Evidence that I am anal-retentive:
--My kid has an organizer in her room
--I like making lists
--I recently reprinted a bunch of note templates because they were off-center on the page in the first printing. But they were REALLY off-center.
--All my H&Ps have their pieces dictated in the exact same order (HPI, PMH, allergies, meds, ROS, etc), whereas everyone else seems to do them haphazardly. And that bothers me a lot.
--I never ever leave off the date and time
--I am super worried about running out of everything, so as soon as we're low on any item, I immediately put it in my phone to remind me to buy it
--People do often comment that I seem organized
Evidence I am NOT anal-retentive:
--My apartment looks like a hurricane hit
--I let the organizer stay unorganized for like a year
--I let dishes go unwashed for days
--My closet (if you saw it, you'd understand)
--I never change the toilet paper roll
--I sometimes wear wrinkled clothes
So which is it? I have no idea.