The one where I bring out the crazy…

We recently hired a bookkeeper in my office to help me out with tasks such as paying bills and doing bank reconciliations so I can spend more time focusing on things like tax returns.  I know…you are so jealous of me right now. 

Anyway, I was excited about hiring a bookkeeper.  It was going to take so much work off my plate and give me so much more time to get things done.  It was going to be great…in theory. 

The reality is that I’m far too much of a control freak to actually be happy about this situation.

I am currently sitting at my desk with a pile of bills in front of me.  Each bill has been reviewed, entered into Quickbooks and a check has been cut for payment.  They are clipped together and ready to be presented to my boss for signature.  The process of paying bills is one I loathe…it’s time consuming and annoying.  I should be thrilled that this has all been done for me.  And yet…I’m not.

Instead I’m sitting here all irritated.  I’m irritated because the paperclips are all wrong. 

Yes, the paperclips.

I realize how completely insane this sounds, but I have this thing about paperclips.  I have to have the smooth finish paperclips.  I keep two dispensers on my desk at all times…standard and jumbo.  A non-slip paper clip will never see the inside of one of those dispensers.  I absolutely HATE non-slip paper clips.  I also HATE those plastic coated ones.  One of the girls in my office likes to use fancy square paper clips and I don’t like those either.  When someone gives me something with the wrong paperclip, I immediately remove the offending clip and replace it with a proper one.  Then I throw the offending clips in the trash.  I know…it’s sick. 

So that’s what I’m doing right now.  I’m reviewing the checks that were prepared for me and I’m changing all the paperclips.  And I’m irritated. 

I should probably be medicated.


  1. Ha, yeah you should probably be medicated. I really hate the colored paper clips also though. I used to take them out whenever I found them and make a chain with them so they were not used as actual paperclips. Cause they suck.

  2. And I thought I was OCD. Throw a stapler at someone’s head. It will make you feel better.

  3. LMAO!!! Omg, Shana… Step AWAY from the paperclips :p I recently saw an airplane paperclip that would probably drive you to drink.

    I have a system in place for things like that, too, so I can understand the irritation when things aren’t prepared just so.

  4. Wow, Shan, that’s crazy even for me!
    I totally get it, but yeah…medication helps. Preferably in liquid form.

  5. I would love to get all Judgy McJudgerson on your ass about this, but I only use white plastic hangers in my closet (mostly because I have a small closet and can’t fit the wooden ones in there) and Neal only uses wooden hangers (because he has far less clothing than I do and can fit the clothes AND the wooden hangers in his closet). I don’t think a wire hanger has seen my closet since 2004. However, if you would like to add about 5 years to your life, lower your blood pressure, and decrease your chance of hypertension down the road, maybe let go of some things. Buses refusing to run to your house? Absolutely get irritated about that. Undoing everything that someone who was hired to make your job actually easier? Perhaps just send them on their way so you don’t have to look at them. Or educate new bookkeeper on acceptable paperclips so that it never happens again. And give her a very large stash of them.

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