“For the Hyper-Neat, a Special Strain Comes With the Season”
Neatnik, clean freak, dust-bunny didact — whatever your level of housecleaning compulsion, holiday entertaining can be a particular strain. Christmas trees drop needles, Hanukkah candles drip, gift wrappings pile up.
NY Times writer, Joyce Wadler, interviewed Lois Braverman,president of the Ackerman Institute to discuss how the “hyper-neat” overcome the strain of the holidays. Ms. Braverman “does not care for the term “neat freak” — she prefers “hyper-neat.” Some people simply have a keener visual sense than others, she says; they see crumbs on the counter that others may not. Such discrepancies between partners are not uncommon — she recalls a husband who was acutely sensitive.”