Communication is EXTREMELY important in any relationship. Not just in a romantic partnership, or family and friend situations either. Roommates. I’ll be the first to say, “Hey, I’m a little bit of a neat freak. I’m an organizational diva, and I have mild anxiety attacks.” Not becoming, but honesty is a the best communication tool. This is not to be confused with OCD, believe me I’ve checked. http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-things-no-one-tells-you-about-having-ocd/
The thing with college roommates though is they tend to come in the cluttered, dirty variety. Honestly, I really don’t mind keeping the living area or kitchen clean. Mostly because it has to be clean all day, with everything properly placed, and I’m the only one with those skills. Obviously. Once you decide to put a coffee table and lounging chair in front of my fridge/stove though, we have a problem, and fairly it’s not that WE have a problem because I’m the one that has a problem. I find it hard to believe the others aren’t fed up with this inconsiderate roommate.
I hate that I’m like that. I hate that something so trivial can cause me so discomfort in my own home. I hate that I’m so ashamed of this disorder that I could not muster up the cojones to just say, “Hey, could you please move this so we can open our fridge?” Well, I finally did after almost a week and just like anything you hold inside for too long, it exploded out and it was not pretty, but he totally understood and moved it. Phew. Why the stress, Christine?
Words are power. Namaste.