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Obsessive List Makers

Updated on February 23, 2018

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

© 2011 Susan Zutautas

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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Same here Randi :)

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      Randi Benlulu 

      7 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 imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      7 years ago from Windsor, 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 imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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 imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      7 years ago from Carson City

      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 only gets worse! LOL

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 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 imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Vincent Moore 

      9 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 imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      9 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 imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      suzettenaples, Thanks and so glad that you liked it.

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      Suzette Walker 

      10 years ago from Taos, NM

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

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Sharon Smith 

      10 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 imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      michael ely 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      Really good.

    • WillStarr profile image


      10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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

    • moonlake profile image


      10 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.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 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

      Don A. Hoglund 

      10 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 imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      Truckstop Sally 

      10 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.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      10 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!


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      Movie Master 

      10 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.

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      10 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 is easier to find the little notebook than to find a lone piece of paper. LOL. Great and fun hub.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      10 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.

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      Joan Whetzel 

      10 years ago

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

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      10 years ago

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

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      Stacy Harris 

      10 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!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 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


      10 years ago from California

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

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 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.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      10 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

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      10 years ago

      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 imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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 :)

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      Wayne Brown 

      10 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

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      10 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:)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      10 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

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      10 years ago

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

    • mckbirdbks profile image


      10 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!


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