Monday, January 4, 2016


There's someone that works at my work that is a clean, organized freak. We're talking - if a desk is out of line she has a student worker line them up. I could tell the student worker thought her demands in lining up desks was ridiculous based on his facial expression. I'm really good at reading people.

Last week I got a call from Mrs. Clean Freak: Alissa can you come into the 1st year classroom for a minute? 

I was thinking: Is this really necessary? Seriously I had many more things I could be doing than telling her why the desks weren't lined up just so.

I went into the classroom and Mrs. Clean Freak said: Alissa you teach in here more than other teachers do. Can you tell me why so and so moved their desk?

I was thinking: Because he wanted to. He's an American and an adult. Last I checked he's free to do what he wants.

I said: He's color blind. He really couldn't work productively in my Color and Design Theory class without help. He also was by a few girls. The guy likes to hang out with other guys. The color blind thing was a much better reason to move.

Mrs. Clean Freak said: Do you know why the students moved that table back there? Pointing to a table.

I said: Nope! If it bothers you move it back, otherwise just leave it.

Mrs. Clean Freak paused as if she didn't know how to handle this one, and said to the student worker: Move that table back, and align the desks. All while the student worker stood there looking completing baffled.

I left the room.

Later I get another call from Mrs. Clean Freak: Alissa can you come into the 3rd year classroom?

I was thinking: OMG really?!?!

I said: Ok.

Mrs. Clean Freak said: Those are your folders. We don't like them there. Meaning she doesn't like them there. Can you move them?

I grabbed the folders that I use for that class only to take them back to my office. Each folder belongs to a different student. I put their work in the folders. When I knew she was gone I went right back into that classroom to hide them in a different spot. I felt like a kid that was told to clean their room, but shoved everything under their bed. Seriously's a classroom. If I need things in there, they are going to stay in there. I only have so much room in my office.

Here's where the folders were:

Totally out of sight from tours!

Here's where I hid them:

You don't see them. Do you? Mrs. Clean Freak apparently hasn't seen them either. At least she hasn't said so. They are by the printers that no one uses. We have 2 more printers in a different spot that everyone uses. How about we remove the unused printers, and keep the folders that are used?!

Why is it that something as little as this - can get on my nerves more than some thing big? I just think some people need to choose their battles more. This isn't a battle I would have chose to fight. The students folders stay!


Janie Junebug said...

I don't think it's unusual to have little things get on your nerves. Little things aren't worth the bother, so they're more annoying. I hate to tell you this, but I'm an organization freak. However, I never pick up Penelope's toys because she has so much fun with them. When she runs around with her toy snowman and then stops to put it down and smile at me, my heart melts. I guess your co-worker's heart doesn't melt. Maybe it's because she doesn't have one. That's sad.


Toni said...

Sometimes OCD people are more miserable than we think. Can you imagine how crazy her home must be?

Theresa Mahoney said...

I can't imagine living under her thumb if she's like that at work. Sounds like a real stick in the mud kind of chick!

~ Noelle said...

I would be miserable there...

Terra Heck said...

Sounds like somebody's got their panties in a bunch, and for all the wrong reasons. She and I would not get along. That room looks tidy and clean. Who cares if there's a few folders sitting on a shelf. I think you were clever for putting them where you did.

Masshole Mommy said...

I would drive her crazy! I am always leaving things laying around.

mail4rosey said...

Good for you for finding the spot. I hate when people nitpick over something silly too.

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

oh my... I can imagine how annoying it is..sweating on small stuff indeed..

Eat To Live said...

And... who died and left her boss anyway. What a BIOTCH!!


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