One compulsive thing I just can't seem to beat has haunted me since my childhood. For as long as I can remember I have done it this way. I MUST put the silverware away in a certain order. I know it doesn't sound like a big deal but it is. First I will tell you the order, then I will tell you why and then I will explain the repercussions if I don't use said order.
First goes any big utensils like spatulas, can openers, wooden spoons, then knives, then spoons, last comes forks.
Big stuff first because they are big tough and guard the drawer in which they reside so must be returned quickly.
Second knives, they are the elderly utensil and have earned respect and the right to get back in the drawer next.
Third spoons, they are young and sweet and would get their feelings hurt if they were last.
Last forks, they are mean and bad. They pick on everyone around them and therefore are punished by being last.
If I happen to over look a knife or spoon and get the forks out I have to return at least one fork to the dishwasher and get whatever was left behind out and then get the fork back out. There are more forks then anything in the drawer. If I don't make sure they are absolute last they will gang up on the spoons and pick on them. The knives being old will have a hard time calming everyone down so it's just best to keep the forks in their "place" by making sure they are last.
There, that doesn't sound so bad does it? OK, I know it does. I'm not sure when I came up with the whole plan but I just can't seem to shake it.