• bambooska

    I’m just here to say that if those are pixels in the font, then you, madam, have an awesome style.

  • http://www.shortandfeisty.wordpress.com/ Short and Feisty

    Without fail, I am scramblin’ to right things that have gone berzerk in my life the night before I travel somewhere. It’s pretty much the Universe telling me it wants me to be a homebody. I laugh in the Universe’s face…and then usually face-plant as I trip over a stack of dirty laundry.

  • http://www.absentmindedhousewife.com/ The Absent Minded Housewife

    I wouldn’t say I’m OCD exactly, but my sense of order would have that container labeled and covered in decorative scrolls and shit.

    I also happily noted that you do not have a hangnail.

  • http://twitter.com/KristiBug Kristi Davis

    I loved this post, thank you. :)

  • lolowyo

    Hey! I’m in Laramie, Wyoming! You were probably over my head!

    I hope your schedule normalized in the near future, lady. Traveling on the weekend really, really fucks with my workouts, my eating, sleeping, my (attempts at) non-boozing…everything.

  • q.piper

    I once came within a centimeter of putting estrogen cream on my toothbrush, so yes, I agree about the usefulness of labels.

  • http://www.dreameurotrip.com/ DJ Yabis | Dream Euro Trip

    HAHAHA That must be a really good song.

  • Sara Dill

    When I was a kid, I once was sent to camp with a bottle of shampoo and a bottle of what I thought was conditioner. I soon learned that lotion does not do the same thing that conditioner does…. quite gross in the shower actually.

  • skirt

    If the trip is short, you can scoop servings of things you need only a little of into contact cases and label with sharpie (bb cream, moisturizer, etc.).

  • americanrecluse

    I once used unlabeled containers and spent an embarrassing amount of time going back and forth – sniff? sniff. Sniff? Sniff. Then again, only touching everything because obviously I would remember what it was once I smacked a dab of it between thumb and forefinger and then sniffed my finger, right? and once I finally figured out which was which I had to segregate them on the hotel bathroom vanity and remember which was where, and I still haven’t gotten over it. The presence of a label maker in your life simply means you’re sane.

  • Ali

    My weird (but highly effective) packing method is to throw it in the suitcase as I use it to get ready on the day of the trip. The theory being that this way I won’t forget it….drives the Husband CRAZY (he of the pack the suitcase, car the week before). I indulged him a couple weeks ago since it was an O-dark-thirty departure time aaaannnnndddd left my fancy conditioner, shampoo, toothbrush, and face wash behind.

    Never again will I let him complain about my method. Never again.

  • Kristin

    In my hotel induced exhaustion I once grabbed the diaper creme out of my bag and squirted it onto my toothbrush and brushed for about 1.27 seconds before trying to spit it out. It doesn’t spit out. It’s designed to adhere to damp areas and resist all type of moisture.

    I never packed the two things together again.

  • http://twitter.com/seriouslysassym Necole Kell

    I never make my bed either. It makes my mother cringe.

  • Jerilyn M

    What crossfitter DOESN’T have scars up and down their shins??? It goes with our calloused hands!

  • AbolishingIgnorance

    OCD is not having to have things organized a certain way – that’s just being organized and liking your stuff put in certain places. OCD is repeating an action over and over to alleviate overpowering thoughts.

    BTW – have fun in NYC with your boyfriend.

  • aushea

    Ok, I have never commented on your blog (which I love), but I have to ask… 30″ box jumps? Remind me to never go to a crossfit gym in Utah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stacytella Stacy Linrud

    I only make my bed enough to cover my pillow, and that’s only because i don’t want my cat to put her stinky butt on my pillow while i’m out all day.

  • issascrazyworld

    I do this with plastic containers. After once trying to shampoo my hair with baby lotion. OCD or not, it’s brilliant. Where’d you get the little glass containers though? My plastic ones don’t last as long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmYuNiCorN Amy Williams

    Holy sh*t, why don’t you gfy. You don’t know squat about OCD, and you don’t know squat about Dooce. If you don’t like it here, don’t be here.

  • Gelfand

    Why attack the previous poster? What he or she said about OCD is exactly right. It’s a serious mental illness that makes functioning on a day to day basis incredibly difficult. Unfortunately, many people are clueless about what OCD actually is, and use the term to describe being extremely organized. Using OCD the way Heather and many others do – that is, to describe being neat – furthers the misunderstanding of this mental illness. You’d think someone associated with NAMI would know better.

  • AbolishingIgnorance

    Thanks Gelfand. Amy Williams, actually, yes, I know a lot about the real OCD, as my younger sister suffers from it. Oh..and just to abolish your ignorance..from The National Institute of Mental Health:

    What is OCD?

    Everyone double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. But people with OCD feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD cause distress and get in the way of daily life.

    The frequent upsetting thoughts are called obsessions. To try to control them, a person will feel an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviors called compulsions. People with OCD can’t control these obsessions and compulsions.

    For many people, OCD starts during childhood or the teen years. Most people are diagnosed by about age 19. Symptoms of OCD may come and go and be better or worse at different times.

    I read because I adore Heather’s writing, and stating a fact does not constitute criticism. I truly am baffled by your tone, Amy.

  • Meg H

    I LOVE my labelmaker. Look, everyone THINKS they’ll be able to tell the difference among all the different kinds of flour, or sugar, or whatnot, but when the lightbulb in the kitchen is dying they all look similar and then all of a sudden the baked goods are not longer edible and going through the trouble of making something from scratch and not being able to enjoy it isn’t good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasi.lee.7 Jasi Lee

    your ocd is based on efficiency. if somehow, making a bed proved to be time-saving, you would have already added it into your daily. but it seems like your subconscious knows that a made bed (and making one) just slows you down. wtg.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasi.lee.7 Jasi Lee

    um ocd is about repetitive behaviors. if keeping certain things organized is a compulsion, or a ritual, then it’s indicative of OCD. enough bashing, people. and i’m pretty sure that boyfriend comment thrown in at the last was helpful. please represent humanity with a little more dignity. thanks.

  • Joseph’s Mommy

    Omg, I did the exact same thing at CrossFit today, and yes, my first thought WAS about pantyhose, as in, ” Thank God I don’t have to wear a dress anytime soon!” Hurts like a bitch, but I didn’t cry. I’ve cries over poorly executed clean and jerks during a WOD (yes, really), but I was not going to cry from this nauseating pain, by golly! And I also totally justify the time and money I spend on CF with my depression. I would be insane without it! Hope your trip is wonderful. Be proud of that banged-up shin! You’re a badass!

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Make your bed, your mother is right it’s much harder to have a good day with an unmade bed….just sayin’ Hope your leg heals, and you look smashing in your new dresses.

  • Kathleen

    Actually, if you look at her instagram, she IS meeting her boyfriend in New York. She’s just leaving that part out on her blog for whatever reason. So *you* are the one here who knows knows less than you think you do.

  • MamaWest

    Oh man, this reminds me of a funny story… had to share. My mom and grandma came to visit a few years ago. When they visit, they tend to cook some of my favorite meals (no complaints here!). Well, they had made some chocolate chip cookies one day, peanut butter cookies another day and homemade pizza another day. My husband’s stomach was a mess for those days and we couldn’t figure out why. We thought maybe he just had the stomach flu or something. Well, it turns out my mom and grandma had been using PANCAKE MIX INSTEAD OF FLOUR IN ALL OF THEIR RECIPES!! I had bought a big bag of pancake mix and dumped it into a Rubbermaid food storage container without putting a label on it and they assumed it was flour. Oops!!!

  • MamaWest

    This literally had me laughing out loud!! Thanks for the late night chuckle. :)

  • Litenarata

    That is the exact reason that for the first time in my life, I voluntarily yank the bedspread up to the top of the bed before leaving the house.

  • Sova

    You can tell your Mom that an unmade bed is healthier – it gets to breathe, unlike neatly made sheets which are a breeding ground for bacteria left behind by your grubby little body. So there, Mom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AmYuNiCorN Amy Williams

    Instagram can suck it, and y’all can all feel SO good about yourselves now, can’t you. *slow clap*

    And as a diagnosed OCD skin picker, I still beg to differ on the above posts. Kthxbai.