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OCD or Not OCD ...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MartyG, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. MartyG

    MartyG Well-Known Member

    Okay, I'm making a little bit light of what can be a debilitating condition so please don't be offended, but, how do you sort, assuming you have a collection, your CDs, DVDs, video games etc?

    My books are by author and series where appropriate. My CDs are sorted by artist. My DVDs by genre (it was by director for a while but it got too messy). My video games by system, genre then series. Oh, and photographs by camera used and date (I don't really tag by subject that much unless they're keepers).

    Does anyone else do this or am I alone in finding the need to fix the disorder when I notice it on my shelves? I prefer to think of it as being idiosyncratic, rather than anything else.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2012
  2. nspur

    nspur Well-Known Member

    I think there's more charm in disorder. We have books everywhere all thoroughly disordered although LPs and CDs are sort of ordered by genre. I do print a great many photos and store them in large boxes spanning perhaps 3 years per box although if they were work stuff they get properly catalogued.
  3. Ascu75 AKA Don Wood

    Ascu75 AKA Don Wood Well-Known Member

    Mine are all judged by thickness of dust, obviouly if you cant see dust it may mean that it was also moved when last searching for the item you lent to the person who has not given said item back. My fileing system is the its there somewhere keep searching one..
  4. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Music - alphabetical
    Books - colour
    Photographs - date
    Children - height
  5. Ascu75 AKA Don Wood

    Ascu75 AKA Don Wood Well-Known Member

    LOL That really made mme smile:):):)
  6. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    I've never had an order for books or dvds but my music was organised alphabetically... then I got married.

    I have a friend who has to have all the CDs the correct way up in their cases (I like to do this too but am not too fussy about it). One day after he'd had a row with his girlfriend he came home from work and she told him that she'd turned one of his CDs round in its case. Pure evil! :D
  7. MartyG

    MartyG Well-Known Member

    At least CDs weren't placed in random cases - that would potentially make my head explode.
  8. TheFatControlleR

    TheFatControlleR :Devil's Advocaat: Forum Admin

    • Books: Novels by author, but not alphabetically so. Then it's shelves for art, kids education, etc. There is order but only I know what it is, usually subject area and size related.
    • CDs: By artist/chronologically. Compilations by genre/chronologically.
    • MP3s: Tricky one. As a DJ I have one folder for the genres I specialise in. Another two folders for other related genres/periods I might use depending on purpose. A fourth for everything else. This is really to aid in what loads up in the software I use as a DJ. Before I went 'digital' for DJing, it was the same as CDs, all in one folder with two sub folders; artists (alphabetical/chronological, and compilations/genre/chronological. The vinyl is the same as CDs for albums, although 12" & 7" singles was by genre/period.
    • DVDs: By title. Box sets can be problematic (because of size or more than one film per disc) and tend to be on top of the two DVD shelves (grouped as cinema/TV), unless it's more of a 'bundle', then I get rid of the 'box' and store the discs/cases appropriately by title.
  9. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    When you say "find the need"

    What happens if you don't "fix the disorder"?

    Do you get very bad anxiety?

    I operate in total chaos. In fact probably too much chaos. :p

    Not a expert but I would suspect the test is being able to stop doing something without axiety kicking in.
  10. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    The few CDs I have are just in two racks, classical, and jazz. I don't have any DVDs or games but I do have many hundreds of books which are on separate shelves or parts of shelves for different interests, photography, woodworking, amateur radio, science, biographies etc, etc. I don't have or read fiction. They do seem to move about and get muddled when I'm not looking :)
  11. MartyG

    MartyG Well-Known Member

    It irritates me rather than it making me anxious. I would say it's like having a fly buzzing around in the room - you can live with it for so long, but then you have to fix the problem :)
  12. surf_digby

    surf_digby Well-Known Member

    Books go in a very loose genre influenced order. Any from a set that has matching spine designs all go together, so that they look nice.

    DVDs go in no particular order, but are subgrouped by the studio that releases them, so that there's some uniformity in order (ie: All the 20th Century Fox ones go together, all the Warner Bros ones go together). Needless to say, any franchise of films sit in chronological release order.

    CDs get scattered about all over the place. I should really put those CD racks back together.

    Photo's are in some loose genre order, usually tied in with the location they were taken. To think I just used to stick them all in the "My Pictures" folder....
  13. MickLL

    MickLL In the Stop Bath

    My books and CD's are in absolutely random order. Not even the order that I last played or read them.

    My photographs, however, are catalogued by date/location/subject plus up to about six keywords. I can find the one I want or if I have one that somebody has asked for in just a few keystrokes.

    Where that puts me in the OCD spectrum I don't know.

  14. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    My photos are organised...but that's about the only thing that is
  15. nspur

    nspur Well-Known Member

    Truly shocking!
  16. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Really, why?
  17. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    Is your surname actually Gradgrind? :D
  18. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    My filing system is "Bung it in any gap in the bookshelf" or else "Chuck it on the sofa"

    Don't have enough CDs or DVDs to make a system worthwhile, but I will group composers or performers together.
  19. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Forget that, true OCD..... (?) walking round the car, 6 times or more, after I've parked it, pulling on all the door handles in turn to check that I have locked it before walking off to do my shopping or whatever else I set out to do.....

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