Confess Your Quirk!


Everybody is born with a clean slate, and as you get older and experience life, you learn and experience the sensations of fear, elation, sadness, anger, euphoria, heartache and every darn thing in between.

You pick up habits, patterns and addictions. You might go through a phase where you will only eat boiled rice with soy sauce. You will not sleep with the door closed and the boogieman is totally real. Hopefully, you will grow out of these childhood habits and become a fully functioning, balanced, completely normal human being.

Complete rubbish I say! Show me someone who thinks that they are a fully functioning, balanced, completely normal human being, and I will show you a fibber.

You see, we all have something. Something that makes us quirky, different, not quite right? These nuances are either acknowledges and accepted, or perhaps not so healthy, hidden away and guarded. I live with a very overactive imagination, and tend to jump to the worst conclusions possible. My therapist says that I have programmed by brain to hit catastrophic alert when faced with uncomfortable situation.

I was once with my mate when a huge storm hit Sydney. We were driving towards home, and I started to worry…

“Maybe I should go straight to the school and get the kids…” It was well before bell time.

She looked at me, and plainly said. “It is just a storm… you idiot.”

And that was all I needed to hear. It was just a storm.

It did get me thinking, and a conversation ensued. Everybody has his or her SOMETHING. I began to dissect some of my behavior.

Every night I go to sleep, I place a glass of water next to my bed. I rarely drink it, but it has become a ritual of sorts. Each morning I heat the milk on the microwave for my coffee, for exactly 29 seconds. Not one more, not some less, but 29. PING! I like hot towels when I get out of the shower, so I turn on the heating rail fifteen minutes before I nude up and make like Aretha Frankin with the showerhead. I sound fantastic! I feel the day will not start right unless I catch the opener of ABC’s Morning Show at 8.30am.

Some of the worlds most interesting and revered people have quirks.

Did you know that James Earl Jones had a stutter so bad, that he did not speak for 8 whole years? THAT VOICE! Could you even imagine it?

Nicole Kidman has a well-known fear of butterflies. She is fine with getting her kit off for all and sundry to see on the big screen, but it is safe to say that Spring is not her favourite season…

And there is a whole HOST of famous folk for who the humble loo is just not good enough. Madonna, J-Lo and Kim Kardashian detest toileting on your average dunny, and insist on top of the range latrines. Why, Ms. Kardashian recently spent $750,000 on gold plated toilets in her new house. That is a pretty fancy receptacle for poo…

But let’s talk about us, and our more common quirks. I know people who cannot sleep with the wardrobe open. You might pretend to be on the phone to avoid a conversation with an irritating neighbor. You might find you get annoyed when someone wipes down the table at the café, and misses a spot.

The overuse of the word “Like” is both, like, and irritating, like, habit for both the, like, orator and listener… like. Like it is a hard habit to break…

You have a quirk. We all do.

Do you bite the ends off a Crunchie Bar first?

Do you leave your tea bags on the sink, in the same place each morning?

Do you put your bra on in a special way?

  • Heidi D

    when I walk into the bathroom I have to open up the shower curtain a bit so I can see no one is there. How I think someone could sneak past us to the back of our tiny shoebox I don’t know but I just can’t help myself.
    My daughter said to me the other day “mum, you always imagine a disaster happening”. She is probably right. I tend to think of every possible catastrophe when presented with an idea. The fact that a girl her age was sexually assaulted at our local shopping centre, that she goes to with her friends, has not helped this feeling of mine at all.

    • Once I came home and found the backdoor open. I was with my mate Mrs. Goodman who is South African and isn’t afraid of anything. I made her go through the house and check every room for me!

  • Kim Archibald

    Yep I do I have a couple in fact. I like to match the colour of the pegs on each item when I hang the washing out on the line and I always have to have the wardrobe doors closed every night before I go to bed. When I was a youngster I would run and jump onto my bed just in case the boogie man was underneath it. I think this is where the wardrobe one comes from now.

    • tcormack

      I too have the peg issue. Why do they not sell packets of pegs the same colour? I would be saved minutes of scratching around matching colours. I have a few issues when it comes to the washing, I have to turn every item In the correct way, I have to shake each item twice before I hang it. Each line has to be full before I move onto the next row. So much flapping around if a family member removes an item off the line and puts the pegs back on the line. Special note for lounge pillows being askew, must be righted before I go to bed. Remotes in the correct place etc. I can’t stand it when the tea towels are crooked. I will stop now before I start on loading the dishwasher a certain (the right) way.

      • sue

        my husband does the peg thing – clearly too much spare time on his hands.
        and you CAN get packs of 1 colour, my SIL gave hi some as a gag christmas present & he loved them!

      • Francine

        Packets of the same colour!!! It would make so much sense!!! My Mum & Sister have the same issue though, so I buy a few packets & divide them up, because they always come in 3 colours. 🙂

      • I LOATHE it when Mr Woog hangs out the washing. HE DOESN’T USE PEGS!

    • Oh the wardrobes need to be closed or I cannot sleep!

  • Erika Monk

    I HAVE to go to the loo before getting into bed… Get up for a drink…go to the loo. Get woken by a child…go to loo. Go to the loo, brush teeth, talk to hubby….got to go AGAIN!!! And if I don’t, I cant sleep, cause I’m imagining that I’m about to wet myself ARGH!!!!

    • Francine

      I’m with you on this one!!!

    • I cannot go to sleep unless I have cleansed and moisturised.

  • I have to go to the toilet before I eat a meal. Because I have this weird thing about what if I have to go during my meal? Can’t be interrupting my precious food time haha.

    • Yes that is a bit unusual but bravo for your commitment!

  • Dragon Dad marvels at me making my breakfast and has given up trying to do it for me… I like my toast cold before I butter it – cos then I can have more butter because it doesn’t all melt away – so it has to be cut thin (I like it crunchy) and then put in the toaster before the kettle goes on. And our toaster toasts unevenly, so I have it turned down low so I can turn the toast partway through so it toasts really evenly. If Dragon Dad forgets, and boils the kettle for me when he hears me getting up, I just eat crackers to take my meds with and then make actual breakfast later with fresh tea. He watched that happen one morning and announced that it’s all pretty daft – but hey…it doesn’t hurt anyone, right?!

  • Tea bags. Twenty dunks. No more. No less.

    • Emma

      Twenty dunks here too. The perfect strength!


      • Awww Thank you 😃
        You made me blush 😊

  • Mhorag

    All my light switches have to go the same way, heaven help me if it’s a two way switches

  • Donna

    I have to have the lid of the pen I’m using stuck on the non-writing end. If the pen is meant to have a lid and the lid is missing, then I can’t use it. Strange I know.

    Many other quirks but this is one that is hard coded.

    Yes, I like to eat the chocolate of the crunchie and violet crumble first. Tastes better.
    What is the “normal” way to put on a bra???

    • I’m with you on the pen lid thing. I could use it, but not happily.

    • There is no other way to eat a crunchie!

  • Tracey Tetlow

    Coat hangers facing the wrong way should be against the law

    • mrshanksy

      Ha! Was just going to agree 100% and saw who posted it! How you going you old shagger?

    • Correct!

  • Where do i begin? I separate food into colours before I eat it (apparently my stomach is aesthetically challenged). I can’t sleep with the bedroom door shut. I have to line the coffee mugs up with the handles facing the right way (nothing else, just coffee cups). I could go on…

    • My coffee cups also get the OCD treatment

  • FunMumX3

    Cannot let feet go under the bed or bed-skirt, I guess a carry over from the boogyman under the bed. I generally get in to bed from about 2 ft. away and step over that dangerous margin. I am so rational in most elements of my life but still get skittish if I have to step on that piece of floor.

    I think my household quirks are legit, although my family might not agree. Every freaking morning I wipe the fridge handle because it is covered it crap. And prefer to wipe the bench before preparing food for same reason. Gives me some semblance of cleanliness before I start.

    • I cannot begin cooking in a messy kitchen!

  • Bum must always be covered by at least a sheet in bed, even if it’s eleventy billion degrees in the room. Feet must never be covered. Fan must be on year around, same with windows open. Feet sometimes don’t thank me for that last one.

    • Feet must NEVER be covered! What sort of freak does that?

      • No one in my family dares risk it. Anything could happen! Feet could melt, or a sheet could get wrapped around a toe, leading to a cutting off of blood circulation – far, far too risky.

      • Dragon Dad ALWAYS has his feet out – even in Melbourne in winter… Kiwi…special kid of freak when it comes to extreme temperatures.

  • Jacq

    Another vote for having to have matching colour pegs. Also have a need to count the number of steps in my head when I am going down stairs… when walking in heels and carrying eleventy billion bags, it helps to concentrate so I don’t stack it! But now I do it EVERY time I am walking down stairs, heels/bags or not!

    • I am a number stepper as well!

  • Heather hawkes

    Honestly this is embarrassing but if I sit on a toilet seat and it’s warm (like someone just go off it) it grosses me out so much I can’t go. Which is tricky and unfortunate when it seizes everything up until the next am after the first coffee of the day. It’s bad enough now hubby uses the main bath and knows better than to “warm” the seat up in the ensuite. Gross I know.

    • Public toilets in general freak me out.

  • FunMumX3

    Fun discussion in car this weekend with 3 12yo gals. Could you: eat a Kit Kat by taking big bites across the sticks. HELL NAW, it MUST be broken in to sticks and eaten a stick at a time. Could anyone just bite across the individual sticks? Anyone? I dare someone to take a big bite across the top. Just wrong….

    *runs off to buy Kit Kat (s)

    • Need a kit kat now and I will eat it traditionally.