Are you in order?

OrderThis week’s photo challenge asks us to share our take on order, whether literal, figurative, or anything in between (and sure — showing it next to a healthy dose of messiness is fine, too).

I’m so glad that last bit was added in, about it being OK to show a healthy dose of messiness, because here’s my take on the two sides of the coin.  I think it pretty much sums up our marriage – he is a mathematician after all!

My husband’s take on packing (left) and my take on packing (right).  I can assure you I get it together in the end, but to start with it’s pretty ugly! Order does emerge from the mess eventually.  Interestingly I have posted about organised Chaos in the past too.

It’s also been pointed out to me that I dressed my three daughters in matching outfits for most of their young lives. Was I perhaps trying to create order out of chaos and this was my way of showing I was in control?

I do like order especially when things line up neatly.  I have used this photo before because of the way the cranes and the ducks all lined up neatly.

Lined up


So are you an ordered  person or not?  I’d love to know.

Deb xx

Order in packing

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  1. josypheen
    June 8, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    My mum dressed my sisters and I in the same way. It meant I had the same dress for yeeears. I’d grow out of the small one, into the middle size one and eventually inherit the largest one. Maybe that was the fashion in the 80s? Matching children!?

    Your packing style looks okay to me. 😉

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    • June 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Yes Josy my youngest daughter would relate to your comment as the youngest. She loved wearing her sister’s hand me down clothes. Matching children was certainly the style! Glad my packing style didn’t freak you out 🙂

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  2. June 8, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    It’s interesting Deb. Your packing is like my writing – at least in the initial stages. Tim, on the other hand, has highly ordered thinking.

    When we write journal articles together it’s a bit of a nightmare at times because my ideas are scattered across the floor (just like your clothes) while Tim’s are in neat piles (like Grant’s).

    I need to get all the ideas ‘out there’ and then clean them up (put into neat and ordered piles) once something is on the page – much like you disgorging your wardrobe in the vicinity of your bags before working out which things to pack and which things to say ‘is that really mine? What was I thinking?’

    I like the editing process – the sifting and sorting of words and ideas and the combinations of those words and ideas. I like searching for that exact word to go with this other word; making sure I have the ‘scarf’ that matches that ‘dress’.

    It’s an important part of the process of writing and obviously an important part of the packing process!

    And let’s face it, you’re getting lots of practice at packing lately 😊.

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    • June 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Great summary of my packing process, it’s exactly what goes on in my head. We are obviously related in that we think and do things in a similar way. Funny we’ve both married more logical ordered thinkers. I think my packing process is really more a reflection on how I live my life. I have lots of thoughts swirling in my head at any given moment but I can be quite ordered when I have to be. Your thoughts always come across as very ordered. Thanks again for your visit. No comment on how I liked to dress your nieces in matching clothes??


  3. June 8, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Ordered. I am married to a mathematician and biostatistician prof. I often feel my order is more logical than his. You may relate.

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    • June 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      I’m laughing too Cindy!! I see myself as being very ordered…. 😂


  4. June 8, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I’d like to think I’m ordered Deb but your packing photo mirrors my husband and I. His packing is always much more ordered than mine. He packs once while it usually takes me three goes. My daughter and son of always colour coordinating their outfits when they were kids lol:)

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    • June 8, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Sue, glad to hear I’m not alone! I think I’m quite ordered in other ways and I am getting better at packing but it’s never good to start with. 🙂

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  5. Shirley Corder
    June 8, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    When it comes to packing? Totally disorganised. Your packing is neat compared to my system. It’s more a case of a little bit of this and a little bit of that. When it comes to writing? Extremely organised, although often don’t achieve my goals. Guess that gives me a split personality, huh? Come and visit my world: Share Your World – From Disney to a new job.

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    • June 9, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Yes I would say much the same Shirley. In some areas I am very organised but not in my packing style. Enjoy your day 🙂


  6. June 8, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I like things to be in order on the outside, for example I like things lined up and neat on my bureau. But if you open a drawer, look out! It is chaos! But I know where everything is. Love your photos, especially of your daughters in matching outfits.

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    • June 9, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Thanks for your comment Molly! I think that’s quite a common comment – don’t open any drawers! The photos are so cute looking back on them, don’t know where the time has gone.

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  7. June 8, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I like things to look orderly so in my house it appears so but don’t open any drawers or look in the cupboards😉😝

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    • June 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

      That sounds very familiar to me and can definitely relate. I think I was very brave showing my individual packing style.

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  8. June 8, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Living out of a suitcase it is a matter of martial harmony that we need to be ordered 🙂 Yes my sister and I had matching tunics in the seventies, I think the matching ‘thing’ was in every generation 🙂

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    • June 9, 2017 at 9:42 am

      I can imagine living in your situation that orderliness would be a high priority. My sister and i were dressed the same too so it’s no surprise that my daughters suffered the same fate! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  9. leannelc
    June 8, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I’m orderly to a fault – not a messy bone in my body (although I admire people who can live in chaos and not be consumed by it) and just to show we’re a similar generation, my daughter had a pink spotted outfit very similar to the one your youngest is wearing in the pic 🙂

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    • June 9, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Haha!! Similar in some ways but not in others! I loved those spotty dresses.


  10. June 9, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Yep, I’m pretty ordered too, most of the time anyway. I find to hard to function with mess and mayhem around me! It’s going to be a challenge though with six weeks on the road, but fun. I can relate to your packing style Deb. xo

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    • June 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      How amazing! When are you leaving? Glad my packing style is relatable!!

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      • June 9, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        It is! We’re leaving in just over two weeks, 16 days to be exact, but who’s counting? 😊

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  11. June 10, 2017 at 10:35 am

    In our house, that’s me on the left and Husband on the right. Since our first trip together as a couple, I’ve refused to share luggage with him. Not going to happen. Ever.

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    • June 12, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      We don’t share bags either for some reason!! Thanks for sharing Joanne 😊

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  12. June 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I loved dressing my girls in matching outfits! And, I’m more of an organized chaos person myself … although I do love neat and tidy!

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    • June 13, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Yes it was a fun time when they were little, I like the idea of organised chaos 😊


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