I've been a neat freak most of my life, as long as I can remember. I'm pretty sure that even though my father insisted that all my toys were picked up, lest he trip over them or step on one, there was something already within me that caused me to be an organizer. Seriously, it drove me crazy when I had to look through my mother's recipe drawer. They were just all thrown in the drawer which meant one had to search through them one by one to find the one they were looking for.
Some things just seem to come naturally to me. Then other things I do simply for the sake of making it easier on me. It's easier to take your shoes off at the door rather than have to get out the broom to sweep up all the dirt clumps left behind. It's easier to wash a few rugs than to replace the carpet. It's easier to put things in bins than to have to clean them from any destruction later. Get my drift?
There are plenty of people who will agree that neatness makes it easier to have a clear mind. A clear mind means less confusion and less panic. As we age, this becomes even more important because our minds somehow get confused more easily.
Obsession is not what I'm talking about here. Obsession is not wanting people in your space to mess it all up. Obsession would mean not being able to leave the mess until later when necessary. I want to highlight the necessary part because if one is able to clean the mess right away, then it's still easier. Easier than waiting until the project becomes overwhelming. It's easier to wash a few dishes than the whole kitchen full of dishes. (NO. I am not speaking to anyone in particular.) It's easier to put a few things away immediately than to have to pick up and put away a whole room full. (If this applies to you, then hopefully you will find a way to make your life easier.)
Is it OCD or just plain common sense?