I was on my way to clean out the refrigerator this morning when I got stalled looking at all the things posted and taped to the fridge door. (Proving, once again, that I’m highly skilled at work avoidance.)
While looking over the various cartoons, pictures and magnets stuck there I began to think about the things people put on their refrigerator doors.
I know most parents probably post their kid’s drawings and essays. My mom didn’t. She was one of those compulsively neat people; that’s probably why I’m not. That got me to wondering about the psychology behind being either cluttered or clean. Then, I found this
. . . one telling tidbit about what, typically, were overstuffed homes: the clutter on the fridge door tended to predict the amount of clutter elsewhere. ~ Lisa Belkin, Cluttered Fridge Doors, Cluttered Lives
Who is this Lisa Belkin?? I bet her fridge door and house are spotless and her life in total order at all times. Is she a psychologist? Is she hinting that my fridge door, house, and life are too cluttered and that’s something bad?
I like my cluttered fridge door. And, yes it is a pretty good indicator of the amount of clutter in my house. Not too much, not too little in my opinion. I have a few stacks of books and papers around the house, particularly near my desk. (By the way, at this point I’ve avoided cleaning out the fridge for a full hour.)
Do the majority of people tack things on their refrigerator doors or are the majority of them neat freaks? This is to be seriously considered; I need to know if I’m normal. This train of thought leads me to Google refrigerator images to determine how cluttered mine is, by comparison.
While searching the net I’m pleased to find Harold Shinitzky, PsyD, a clinical psychologist, who suspects that the woman whose refrigerator is shown on the right is very concerned that she live up to other people’s’ expectations, and she believes that every item in her home has a place — which is never on the fridge. “It’s an intentional, image-conscious reflection of how she wants others to view her.”
She’s obsessively compulsive I’m thinking, so I’m liking Harold, and he’s a real psychologist. Then, in the same article comes this from Lisa Jacobs, a life coach and certified home organizer for the National Association of Professional Organizers.
A crowded fridge is a sign of clutter, laziness and being old-fashioned.
What is it with these women named Lisa? Besides, she probably has to say things like that, considering that she works for an association that is professional at organizing.
It’s enough to send me back to bed with a good book. In the meantime, here’s the list of my fridge clutter.
6 cartoons, among them 1 about how to load your cat into a carrier without bleeding out, and 1 about being Charlie Sheen for Halloween.
1 small moon and star wind chime meant to remind me that every time I open the fridge door I do not have to take a bit of pie or some other sweet lurking inside.
1 drawing of the Mediterranean Food Pyramid which my doctor says is healthiest for a diabetic. I tend to disregard it because it doesn’t include the chocolate pudding in my fridge.
7 magnets including my favorite that says REDRUM.
If you’re still reading, I’ve now wasted 2 hours. I guess I’ll clean the fridge tomorrow.