I'm a list maker. I think I always have been. To-do lists, grocery lists, wish lists. I've made them all. When I was a kid I had a list of homework assignments and when they were due. When planning my kids birthday party I make a list of all the supplies I'll need including special plates and napkins and what kind of food I'll be serving. I have a Christmas Card list, an Address List, a list of frequently called phone numbers, and an long list of bills that need to be paid. I find the list a very helpful tool in life.
Every fall I make an extensive list of gifts that is several pages long. Between the months of September and March my family celebrates nine birthdays plus Christmas. In order to avoid missing someone's birthday or spending more on one person for Christmas than another, I make a list of all the gifts I've purchased, who they are for, how much they cost, if they're a birthday or Christmas gift, the total that I've spent on that person, and if the gift has been wrapped yet. Some people make fun of my list making, but nobody has ever been lacking a gift!
My most recent list was a packing list. No, I didn't go on vacation. I made a packing list for all of the things I needed to bring with me to spend the day with my husband and three children at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Yup. A whopping hour-and-a-half away from my house. The list took up an entire page from a yellow legal pad and was organized into six categories: First Aid, Backpack, Diaper Bag, Car, Cooler and Snacks with an additional check box to indicate if the items were loaded into the car. Don't believe me? Here's the list with each item checked off as I packed it!
|Notice that "Antibacterial Hand Gel" is written in several places. I had some stashed in each bag.|
You may mock my extensive list. Many have and I'm sure that many more will through the years. My husband laughs that I pack band-aids and neosporin whenever I leave the house. But do you know who doesn't laugh? The little excited kid who runs too fast and and falls and skins their knee and needs a band-aid, that's who! You know who else? The lady in the next stall in the Ladies room who has a blister on the back of her heel only to discover that her friend doesn't have a band-aid either. That's right. Those people were grateful for my obsessive compulsion to plan for every possible disaster for a day at the park. Everybody laughs that I pack things like salt and pepper in the cooler, but I didn't hear my husband complaining when he had a nice bottle of horseradish to squirt onto his roast beef sandwich. And I think we can all agree that it would have been a long ride home without the kid's stuffed monkey, Taggie, and Barney in the car waiting for them after a long day out in the sun.
So this is for all you closet list makers out there. Boldly write your lists for all to see, be it on magnetic refrigerator pads, Post-It Notes, legal pads, or even on the back of your hand. People may mock us, but we know what we're doing. After all, we have a list!