Obsessive List Makers

Are You An Obsessive List Maker?

I have been a list maker for as long as I can remember. I suppose it started when I was very young. When arriving home from school I would find a list of chores to do, sitting on the kitchen counter, or attached to my bedroom door. I myself would make lists for homework that had to be done, lists for presents that I wanted to buy for people, and lists of letters I needed to write. Writing lists for me is something that I do all the time. I often wonder if there is a name for a compulsive list maker. If there isn't there should be. Maybe something like listaholic or listamany.

This poem was inspired the other day from a comment that RealHousewife left on one of my hubs.


Sometimes These Are What My Heading Say

Things To Do Today

Chores To Try And Complete

Hub Ideas To Write

Grocery Store List

Things To Fix Around The House

Christmas Card List

Presents To Buy For ?

Bills To Pay

Lists, Lists And More Lists

Lists, lists, lists upon lists

Writing them out I will never miss

They help me to remember

So I do not forget… lists, lists, lists

Lists for groceries when I go to the store

Lists for food in my freezer and more

Christmas cards that I must send

Not forgetting anyone, so not to offend

Stocking stuffer lists on what to get

Check each item off

So that I don’t buy it again

Baking lists of what to make

Must remember to add chocolate cake

Lists I make for the chores to be done

Praying someone else will do just one

Back to school lists I used to make

What each child would have to take

Rulers, calculators, paper and pens

Backpacks, dictionaries, pencils in tens

Erasers, lunch bags, gym shoes too

Shorts from the store Campus Crew

Going on vacation making a list of things to bring

So that I do not forget one single darn thing

Planning a party for ten or more

Making a list for the liquor store

Important numbers are sometimes hard to find

A phone list on the fridge is divine

I even write lists when I am upset or mad

They stop me from screaming or feeling sad

Lists with ideas of things to write

Sometimes hidden and out of sight

As my family at times think I am nuts

For making my lists I say SO WHAT

I find them useful even fun to write

I’ll keep making them day and night

More by this Author

Do You Write Lists? 44 comments

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Same here Randi :)

btrbell profile image

btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Love my lists, too but need to make a list just to tell me where I left the lists!

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kathryn, They sure do and thanks for sharing this! Have a great evening and Labor Day weekend.

Kathryn Stratford profile image

Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

That is me! I am obsessed with lists. They seem to bring order to my life, and collect my thoughts and to-do's into manageable bites.

This is awesome! I am sharing this on Facebook. My Mom will identify with this, too, because she is the one I got my love of lists from.

~ Kathryn

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I've survived with my lists this past year especially with what the cancer centre calls "chemo brain" What I forget hubby makes sure to remind me of these days :)

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Many times I've gotten to the grocery store and have to turn around and go home to get the list I'd made and forgotten there.

fpherj48 profile image

fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Susan.......I love this hub. If not for lists, I shudder to even think how I would survive, get anything done......OR REMEMBER A DAMNED THING!! And believe me girlfriend....it only gets worse! LOL

dahoglund profile image

dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I wish I were better at list making. If I do make one (except for shopping) I usually forget what it is for.

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ah yes the bucket list...How did I forget that one :) Thanks for reminding me Vincent, I do need to start one of those.

profile image

Vincent Moore 5 years ago

I agree with so many of the comments above. Yes the older I get the more things get added to my list. I wonder if it's because we fear that deadly "A" word I forgot the rest of it to long to remember so I shortened it to Eh "A" lol. great hub Susan, now I need to get my bucket list prepared. I've got places to visit and less time to do it all in:-)

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daisy, Thanks for popping by and for your comments. Sometimes I forget where I put the lists ... getting old I suppose :)

Daisy Mariposa profile image

Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


This is a great Hub! My boyfriend is a list maker, and he's been trying to get me to become one. I do make lists, but what I need is something to remind me to look at them.

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

suzettenaples, Thanks and so glad that you liked it.

suzettenaples profile image

suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

How cute! I find the older I become the more lists I make.

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sharyn, So glad that you liked this and thanks for your great comments.

Sharyn's Slant profile image

Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

HA! Love this Susan! I am absolutely a list writer. Never can have just one either. And when they get sloppy, I must rewrite them. Kind of obsessive about it. And if I end up at the store without my shopping list, I seriously can't shop. I totally forget everything that I needed. Fun read, thanks!


Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

dahoglund, Lists sure do come in handy for remembering things.

Ruby, moonlake, Bill and michael, Thanks for your comments and for stopping by to read.

michael ely profile image

michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

Really good.

WillStarr profile image

WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

If it's any consolation, you are now on my list of must-read!

moonlake profile image

moonlake 5 years ago from America

My have always made list. I can't remember anything. My husband does not have that problem. I always have so many ideas going around in my head I think that's why I need a list for everything.

Good Hub.

always exploring profile image

always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I must admit that i'm a list maker junky

If i can't make a list, i feel yucky


dahoglund profile image

dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

List making seems like a good habit. One I do not have.As my memory gets more challenged list would be good.

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Truckstop Sally, What a fantastic way to keep your grocery list. I think I will start doing that as I too always have my phone on me...Thanks :)

Tina, I have a notebook too but for some reason I still have all the pieces of paper with lists lying around too.

Movie Master, Maybe we should all start a club :)

Dee, Sometimes I write a grocery list on a notepad then I rip the page out to go shopping. Then I have to search my jean pocket or in my purse or my wallet for the list. :)

Cardisa, I am always finding old lists everywhere too.

joanwz, Would you like to join the List makers club? :)

Binaya, Thanks.

So everyone that would like to join or start a Listaholics Anonymous or List Makers Club please me know :) Thanks again everyone.

Truckstop Sally profile image

Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Very clever poem and hub! I keep my grocery list on my phone (as an e-mail I never send -- just keep saving as a draft). My phone is always with me. While I am shopping I delete the items. If I change my mind about buying somehting or I can't find it -- it stays on the phone until next time.

thougtforce profile image

thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I hardly ever make a list, apart from shopping lists for food! But I have a notebook for my writing ideas so maybe it is sneaking up on me and I will end up being a list-maker:) I enjoyed reading this hub, it is very well written and fun!


Movie Master profile image

Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I'm with Mck, List-makers unite! My husband and I are list fanatics, there is no other way surely!!!

Fabulous hub, thanks for sharing.

Dee aka Nonna profile image

Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

I make a list for everything. It is the only way I can remember anything. But then I started losing the list and couldn't remember where I put them. I finally got a notebook....it is easier to find the little notebook than to find a lone piece of paper. LOL. Great and fun hub.

Cardisa profile image

Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I am a "listy" myself. When changing handbags I would find lists form the month before. I bet I could find lists or notebooks from over 5 years ago. I like using the notebook because it's easier to find and you can refer back to it easily.

joanwz profile image

joanwz 5 years ago from Katy, Texas

Oh, yeah. I'm a list maker from way back. I love lists. Couldn't make it through my week without my lists

profile image

Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

All our life we make lists until we enter in the grave. Beautiful portrayal of truth.

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks everyone and I am so happy to see so many listaholics :)

Pamela99 profile image

Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I must confess that I am also a list maker and loved your humorous hub.

barbergirl28 profile image

barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I am definately a list person as well. I make lists for bills, for hubs to write, for chores that need to be completed, for presents that need to be bought, for what we need to pack, for what DVDs we own... man, I truly love lists too. What would the world be without making lists!

BTW - thanks for the links! :) And great hub!

RealHousewife profile image

RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Susan - too funny! Thank you so much for the mention! I do love my lists! I love post it notes too:) haha! Loved the poem and your hilarious sense of humor! Does a hubber good! Up and all that!

NOP profile image

NOP 5 years ago from California

This reminds me of me, I am always making list. I make a list everyday... lol.. I love it!! :D

drbj profile image

drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Lists are important and very necessary. i write them all the time. Now if only I could remember where I left them.

Rosemay50 profile image

Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A love this poem I can relate to. I am I lister, I could even add to list of lists. lol

tlpoague profile image

tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

May I be in the Listaholics Anonymous? I seem to have a desk full of list clutter. I even have on my list to unclutter my desk. My lists are...

Books I want to check out from the local library.

Recipes I would like to try for supper this week.

Groceries for those recipes.

Hubs Ideas

Bible Verses I want to remember.

Chores I want to conquer today or tomorrow.

Well, you have the idea...Ya, I think they need a name for us listaholics. Great hub!! Terrific poem! Thanks for sharing both!

Just Ask Susan profile image

Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

mckbirdbks and dreams, Thanks so much for your comments, glad you liked this.

Frank, What a great word awesomely is :) Must be a word the spell checker did not catch it. It is a word I will remember thanks.

attemptedhumour, Thanks so much.

Wayne, I do forget to take the list with me at times and I blame it on my age so yes good point make a list of the lists to remember never to forget :)

Wayne Brown profile image

Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

This verse has much truth in it that especially comes with age. At some point we have to have a list of the list to remember the lists that we do want to forget to remember. Did I miss anything here? WB

attemptedhumour profile image

attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Another simple idea that works well in a poem. I should follow your lead as i'm always forgetting stuff to take onto the job and having to double back. I'll go and do it now then! Cheers:)

Frank Atanacio profile image

Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

this was awesomely clever.. is that a word awesomely? maybe I'll make a list of words that sound right but may be wrong.. LOL up and awesome and a GOLD Star for your lists

profile image

dreams12 5 years ago

love it! I'm a list person...but sometime I need a list to remember my list....

mckbirdbks profile image

mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello, Just Ask Susan, this is a great Hub for all of us list makers. List-Makers unite!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article