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May 30, 2011

My world was unexpectedly turned upside down this morning.

It wasn’t because I had yet another nail in my tire.

It wasn’t because Maya was kissing the bottom of the autographed and used ballet shoe she talked me into buying when we were at the ballet yesterday.

It wasn’t even because I saw Ali eating and dropping crumbs all over my desk. Again.

No, it was much, much worse.

Do you see it? The white wire hanger in a sea of black velvet?

I can almost picture Ali and Maya conspiring against me: “Let’s throw a bit of aluminum into Mom’s meticulously organized and color-coded closet and see how long it takes for her to freak out.”

It took me approximately 0.2 seconds to appropriately deal with and dispose of the hanger in question. Ali and Maya? They’ll get theirs too.

It’s just a matter of time.

***Any avid readers out there? I just reviewed The Paris Wife on my sister site***

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  1. May 30, 2011 12:32 am

    I thought I was the only one who, as my hubby puts it, an OCD closet person! My clothes are colour co ordinated as well as short sleeved items first then long sleeved and then also further categorised into Summer and Winter!
    Nice to find a kindred spirit! 😉

    • May 30, 2011 5:44 pm

      If we had seasons here I’d probably need two different closets…

  2. May 30, 2011 3:19 am

    Just this morning I was praying to God for just a tiny bit of OCD. I think my life would run so much smoother if disorganization bothered me more. Your so lucky:) I’m delighted that your closet is colour coded.

    • May 30, 2011 5:44 pm

      Funny, I think Ali prays to God that I lose a bit of my OCD!

  3. May 30, 2011 3:58 am

    Um…I have hangers like that 😉

    Wait – you have a sister site??! Do explain why/when?! I’ll have to check that out for sure.

    • May 30, 2011 5:45 pm

      I’ve always had a book review tab but I decided to move it to a separate site so people who aren’t avid readers aren’t bored!

  4. May 30, 2011 4:31 am

    I’m the same way with hangers, but husbands don’t get it, and I finally gave up. I think I just need my own closet. Life would be so much easier…well, that and my own bathroom…OK, so my own wing of the house…yeah, that would be nice. 🙂

    • May 30, 2011 5:46 pm

      I’ve always said that I think the secret to making a marriage work are separate closets and bathrooms…you may be on to something with an entire wing!

      • June 1, 2011 2:16 pm

        You are both on to something! The Spaniard and I already have separate closets and one of the stipulations for our new house when we move to the States is separate bathrooms. Oh how much easier it all would be.

        p.s. I spotted that wire hanger immediately!

  5. May 30, 2011 4:42 am

    Bahahaha…too funny. It is *very* conspicuous 🙂

  6. May 30, 2011 5:04 am

    I hate those kind of hangers too! So flimsy, and they cause the hanging clothes to bend out if shape.

    But in a way, I can’t blame Ali and Maya for trying to mess with you. 😉

  7. May 30, 2011 5:15 am

    I TOTALLY noticed it! hahahahah. I have a bit of hanger OCD myself but on a more ghetto level: plastic. And it used to be one color, now it’s several. Oh well, I’m trying to move past it. However, when one of derek’s wire hangers migrates over to my sea of ghetto plastic, I do immediately remove the offending item myself. And speaking of ghetto, my jeans aren’t lucky enough to have the prized and tiny closet space- they are instead folded and tossed on the top shelf. I can’t say “one day we’ll have a nice big closet b/c we’d have to remove a bedroom for that”…ah well…

  8. May 30, 2011 5:18 am

    They need to be afraid… very afraid.
    *kisses* HH

  9. May 30, 2011 5:34 am

    Come on! Challenge me a little, will ya?

  10. May 30, 2011 5:46 am

    Aw! I sometimes think my sister does the same thing to me just to see me freak out. Your wire hanger bit reminds me of the whole “No wire hangers!” scene. Hopefully, your day is getting better!

  11. May 30, 2011 6:09 am

    Haha I totally noticed it right away. Did they really think they’d get away with it?

  12. May 30, 2011 6:17 am

    Those scrawny looking easily bendable, wire hangers are easy to spot in that well organized closet. But look at the bright side Ameena, “whoever” has hung the wire hanger, has made sure to maintain the color coding so as not to put you off 🙂

  13. May 30, 2011 6:18 am

    Montony and organization makes it so dull. It is only through such an intrigue and ‘favour’ that you come to value what ‘colour’ contrast may add to your life!

  14. May 30, 2011 6:28 am

    Your closet is amazing. One day, I aim to be this organized!

  15. May 30, 2011 6:30 am

    So, my husband has all of these REALLY nice wooden hangers! I have no idea where he got them – this was back in his metrosexual NYC days. I, on the other hand, definitely go ghetto with all my crappy hangers.
    Do you really think that Ali and Maya planted that? If so, that is too funny!

    • May 30, 2011 5:48 pm

      I know they planted it. A wire hanger hasn’t made it’s way into my closet in a long, long while!

  16. May 30, 2011 6:44 am

    I I’ll take that hanger. I only have one pair of jeans anyhow so there is no potential clashing to deal with.

  17. May 30, 2011 7:39 am

    Cannot say I blame you – I do not like wire hangers…but I have to say “Mommie Dearest” does pop into my head 🙂 But you would think that the hanger would stick out to them too right?!?!?!?

    • May 30, 2011 5:48 pm

      I swear I don’t beat anyone with wire hangers…I am just extremely particular.

  18. May 30, 2011 7:39 am

    Oh my god this drives me nuts too. My hubby only uses wire hangers in his closet. Gah.

  19. May 30, 2011 7:41 am

    You would hate my closet! It’s organized but not THAT organized!!!

  20. May 30, 2011 8:28 am

    lol that is so mean!!! i hate when pple dis organize stuff on purpose…i hope they had good intentions though lol

  21. May 30, 2011 8:45 am

    instant uh oh.. My closet, all lovely ash hangers. My husbands, tacky wire from the dry cleaners. I tried. He didn’t appreciate the wooden ones so I’ve relieve him of them as I’ve needed more. It’s in my nature to be a wife this good.

  22. May 30, 2011 10:01 am

    Mommy Dearest….WOW! You should start your own business….I am in need of some organization myself.

    • May 30, 2011 5:49 pm

      I think I would excelt at a job as a professional organizer! I wish I’d done that instead of finance…

    • June 15, 2011 12:37 pm

      haha I was just going to say, “NO WIRE HANGERS!”
      Who doesn’t hate wire hangers though? They give my clothes those nasty shoulder nipples that I have to attempt to iron out. Annoying.

  23. May 30, 2011 10:39 am

    Oooh, I love those black velvet hangers! They’re so much nicer and slimmer than the plastic white ones I’m currently using (which are still better than the horrible metal ones you get from the dry cleaner). I think it’s time I upgraded! But I’m almost certain some metal ones will creep in to the mix 🙂

    • May 30, 2011 5:50 pm

      I ordered them by the crate from I highly recommend them Azmina!

  24. May 30, 2011 12:07 pm

    Umm…I thought I had an OCD closet thing, but yours is truly impressive! (I’ve got the color coding thing down, but coordinated hangers…I tip my hat to you.)

    How dare they try to mess with perfection!? 🙂

  25. May 30, 2011 12:07 pm

    You would definitely cringe at my closet, hehe 😀

  26. May 30, 2011 1:33 pm

    Ameena, I wish you could see my new apartment closet – all matching, all colour coded & no aluminium!!! Life doesn’t get any better than an orderly closet does it 🙂 🙂

  27. May 30, 2011 4:16 pm

    Haha! I can totally relate to that same situation. And the excuse hubby gives, “it’s just a hanger, and it does what it’s supposed to do albeit being different!” Tsk! Tsk! Would they ever understand? 😀

  28. May 30, 2011 4:30 pm

    I have different kinds of hangers in my closet (I had to get some more and they’re different in shape and color), and this is really a problem for me. I tried to use one kind of hangers just for blouses and the other just for jackets, but it works out how I want it.

  29. May 30, 2011 5:15 pm

    LOL! I get pretty crazy about my closet too… color coded by brand, etc. ! I wonder what unexpected situation will befall Maya and Ali! Hmmm 😉

  30. May 30, 2011 7:06 pm

    LOL!!! My husband thinks i am a bit OCD! i will make sure i make him read your post 🙂
    I am a little ‘particular’ about the way clothes are washed, folded and organized but not as good as you!! mine are definitely not colour coded!! Yours looks awesome…

    New here and love the way you write! will visit more often 🙂

  31. May 30, 2011 7:15 pm

    Hmm…you kinda have to wonder whose idea it was and who did the dirty work. I already know that answer for my household. This reminds me to switch my closet to summer clothes, just mine. The others can sweat it out in turtlenecks until it’s engraved in their heads who really runs the house 😉

  32. May 30, 2011 7:27 pm

    I saw it immediately and froze. Those things are nasty creations dry cleaners thought up. I’m in the middle of a Paris Wife and love it! I love it’s all references to old time classic writers thrown in the midst of Parisian soirees.

    • May 30, 2011 7:33 pm

      I’m going to amend my last comment because I kind of lied. I actually didn’t like the Paris Wife all that much, but just said I did because I assumed you wrote positively about it (yes I’m a people pleaser who doesn’t like to offend). I’m in the middle of reading it and the narrator is kind of obnoxious, I sort of want Ernest Hemingway to cheat on her. I love the setting and the mix of other characters thrown in, but the actual writing is something a high school student would come up with. Which is why I stopped midway and started reading a Secret Daughter – wayyy better book.

  33. May 30, 2011 10:10 pm

    I wish I was as organized as you are. 😀 Its Awesome really

  34. May 31, 2011 5:26 am

    How funny! I am in the process of reoganizing our closet hangers. The mishmash of hangers drives me nuts too! So since my bf moved in to our new house with all velvet gray and i have mostly velvet pink, that is how we will divide our closets and stick to those types. All plastic and wired must go.

  35. May 31, 2011 5:30 am

    I think you would have to commit suicide if you ever saw my closet!!! I keep telling myself I’ll be more organized after we move to New Mexico. I hope that’s true!

    Thanks for leading me to The Fancy Bookshelf…I Love It!!

  36. May 31, 2011 6:48 am

    And now I need to go and re-organize my closet.

    my clothes are neatly hung up (never mind the unmatching hangers) but it’s my scarves, yarn and shoes that are the problem.

    and my closet is MY space and I love it. I hide in there; problem is my son thinks its his play house.

    so of course his toys are in there too.



  37. May 31, 2011 11:18 am

    I am really sorry to say but this reminds me a bit of mommy dearest… (wire hangers).. and I am just finishing Paris Wife as we speak… Love it… I will read what you think about it.

  38. May 31, 2011 1:04 pm

    They better sleep with one eye open!

  39. May 31, 2011 1:07 pm

    Now that is just unacceptable! Did you pack their bags? 🙂
    Will go check out your other site 😉

  40. May 31, 2011 6:30 pm

    Preach it, sister. Even though I don’t mind the wire hangers, I do take solace in knowing that I’m the only one who organizes like that in my closet. For better or for worse, half of the fun of having a walk-in closet is being able to walk in and just bask knowing that everything is In Its Place.

  41. May 31, 2011 7:55 pm

    The whole wire hanger thing also reminds me of the whole Joan Crawford/mommy dearest thing. Can you imagine?!? My closet is a scary disaster right now, but I blame it on my husband since he actually uses most of it. I’m not currently in to clothes that much these days, since I wear scrubs pretty much everyday at school.

  42. May 31, 2011 8:13 pm

    I have way too many wire hangers. Joan Crawford would go ballistic in my closet. Velvet hangers are so much more aesthetically pleasing. I really should invest in some.

    What ballet did you see yesterday? Such a great way to spend quality mom-daughter time!

    • June 1, 2011 6:05 am

      Maya and I watched Giselle and it was fantastic. Until she said, at the top of her lungs, “The second half is way better than the first Mama.”

  43. June 1, 2011 12:16 pm

    If I pay you, will you come out an organize my closet for me?

    • June 1, 2011 1:27 pm

      You don’t even have to pay me…I LOVE organizing. Especially closets.

  44. June 1, 2011 1:09 pm

    I just told Glenn the other day (finally) that his habit of pulling a shirt from the hanger, and then leaving the hanger halfway suspended in mid air is driving me crazy. I appreciate a neat closet. I love your book review site.

  45. June 1, 2011 4:44 pm

    So I have the chocolate brown velvet curtains. I thought about submitting some with my dry cleaning so that it is returned on chocolate. I will assume you don’t think this is at all crazy?

  46. June 1, 2011 5:11 pm

    You are hilarious! I gotta tell you I got all nervous – thinking something tragic happened. I too would freak on the wire hangar 😉

  47. June 1, 2011 5:58 pm

    I’m sure Ali and Maya are very happy to find out that it’so simple to annoy you.

    That’s a way too organized closet to mess with.

  48. Leslie permalink
    June 2, 2011 9:02 am

    Late out of the gate because I was entertaining a friend from NYC who came for the entire weekend…..

    I’m the same way, Ameena! And don’t get me started on my alphabetized spice and herb rack.

    Enhancing my illusion of control over an unruly universe…and closet.


  49. June 2, 2011 11:42 am

    Whenever I see wire hangers I think of Mommie Dearest – and you know, with respect to the wire hangers she may have been right . . .

  50. June 2, 2011 1:31 pm

    I hear you on this! I hate wire hangers.

  51. June 3, 2011 8:46 am

    Horrible! So sneaky. 🙂 I just read I Love a Man in Uniform and I loved it. I think you might like it too.

  52. June 3, 2011 8:47 am

    living with my now husband is driving me bonkers. Your sweater incident and that wire hanger? Nothing…apparently Glenn thinks dressers exist so you can put your clothes ON TOP of them and proceed to leave all the drawers opened

  53. June 6, 2011 5:34 pm

    I have the same fetish about hangers matching. In fact, I have these very hangers.

  54. February 3, 2012 7:30 am

    Good one! Saw that one at aohentr blog too! (The chocolate one!)Have a weekend!Old Follower 🙂

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