What is Listitus?


I am going to talk about a condition which I have noticed becomes particularly prevalent at this time of year.


I can’t promise that it’s not contagious but do read on.

‘Listitis’ refers to a peculiar passion for a list.

I really love a list.

If I’m being particularly honest with myself, for me and I suspect many others, this is a year round condition which becomes particularly heightened and aggravated as the festive season approaches.

Present lists, card lists, food lists – suddenly I feel like a celebrity – do I really know this many people and have they always eaten excessively?

Is it a woman thing I wonder?


I know it’s certainly a man thing to tamper with ‘the list’ once it’s in full flow.

Now this I find particularly bloody annoying especially when there has been nowt so much as a nod towards everything coming together.  Suddenly they see the list and oh yes – they are interested.

So interested in fact that they even go so far as to attempt to do things on the list, completely unaware that the list is not in this alone.

Lists operate generally from the basis of being ‘in the know’.

Many a brave man has experienced his wrath at this very thing.  Because for the list makers among us, what we know that no one else is aware of, is that behind every good list are some separate piles and a history!!

Now I may be given to a little bit of OCD but don’t tell me that you’re not secretly smiling inwardly and thinking “thank god, it’s not just me”, as you stroke your little pile of gifts for the people that you always see the last Tuesday before Christmas (and they, of course, are completely “separate” from the school gifts)!

Can I live without my list – absolutely not!

Does the other half thing I’m crazy – of course he does.

I do, however, live in a household where the list has a history.

A history that makes one particularly protective over their lists.


My list has a history because one fine day a couple of years ago as I prepared the freezer for defrosting, I made a list of what meals were left that needed to be eaten.  I also made a list of what needed to be purchased to go with each meal.  Simples.

So far so good.

I really, really do love a list!

Iron Man offered to go food shopping and I gave him the list telling him there wasn’t much to get as I was running the freezer down.

Over an hour later I was starting to wonder where he was when the car pulled up outside.

Iron Man proceeded to drag many bags from the boot.

Surely, he is joking?  Has he taken it upon himself to go ‘off list’ I wondered?

Oh no – it’s worse than that.  Far worse.

Now it could be argued that I only have myself to blame.  I will leave that to you to decide.

List No. 1 was on one side of the paper.  List No.2 was on the other.

He had gone and bought the bloody lot.  Everything we already had.  Both lists.

To say I overreacted is an understatement.  I think he was about to call an ambulance.  It wasn’t just the freezer that needed defrosting.

He even offered to take it back.

I’m laughing as I write this as it has provided a source of much amusement since.

An hour on a Saturday afternoon with lasting memories – we sure know how to party!

Fortunately, frost never stays for very long in this household.


We ate very well that week and the freezer didn’t get defrosted that year.

However, the household has been left with a Listory (a list with a history).

I now have Lisitis.  A common symptom of Listory.

I hope a cure is never found.

I would be nothing without my list.

Do you have it or think you might be on your way to getting it?



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31 thoughts on “What is Listitus?

  1. Lol, this is brilliant – found myself nodding along to most of it. I definitely suffer from Listitus and hubby’s attempts to do items on the list are rarely met with complete success although he’s never quite reached the admirable heights (or perhaps depths?) that yours managed to achieve with buying everything you already had! But he does have a tendency to go off-list and it usually involves us ending up with copious amounts of junk food…! #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. Thank you Louise, I’m glad it tickled you. Hooray I am not alone! And yes, the off-list generally means junk food. Thank you for commenting and all of the shares. I am now tuned in to your Facebook and Twitter too! Nicky x


  2. Good post – I can’t function without a list, so can truly relate. If it’s not on the list, it doesn’t get done! You husband’s grocery shopping exploits sounds like something my husband would do too 🙂 #abitofeverything

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    1. Thank you Robyn. Same for me. Aside from anything else as well as forgetting, I also find it takes a big weight of my mind. I am imagining all of these men with their ‘freezer’ list!! Lovely of you to comment. Nicky x


  3. It’s the opposite in my house. My husband is always trying to make me write lists and then gets irritated when I go off list or do things in the wrong order. I’d probably be the one buying all of the things from the two lists! Very funny 🙂 #abitofeverything

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    1. Hey!! I love that you are the complete opposite, the list makers must get on your wick. I guess it’s in the make-up, I was just wondering for a minute what it might be like to be the other way round. Thanks for commenting. Nicky


  4. I think it was good that at least you must have had a decent sized freezer! 😉 That was a nice amusing post to read and so relevant at this time of year. Actually in my household my Hubby has Listitis, he loves lists for everything!! But I also give in to it this time of year. Just about to get my lists out! 😉
    Amanda #KCACOLS


    1. You would think so Amanda but it’s actually titchy! Glad you got a smile and hope your Christmas lists are not too long. I’m hearing that a few hubbies have the bug – very interesting! Thank you for commenting Nicky x

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  5. Haha, I love this! I definitely have it, I can’t get anything done without a list (and it’s 40 almost identical draft versions). My OH always buys me nice notebooks for Christmas, birthdays, etc just for list making… He knows me well! 🙂 #KCACOLS

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  6. I love lists and since starting my linky I have a creative outlet for my llistitus. Lists of people to remind, lists of people who have linked, lists of people who might link, it is wonderful…..
    Im off to write next weeks lists 😉
    thanks for linking up, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

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  7. Haha brilliant! I think I have the opposite of listitus, I ready need to be one I just never get around to it possible case of lazyitis I think 😉 #KCACOLS

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  8. Haha! I love this! I too am a list maker! I do not achieve a single thing without a list! My husband asks me most days, if I have made my to do list yet, I’m still not sure whether he is mocking me or is just working out whether I would have done anything by the time he gets home. When he sits and reads my lists I almost have palpitations…do not ask about the list, do not question this list, and unless the words come from my lips DO NOT attempt the list! #KCACOLS xx

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    1. Thank you! I laughed out loud when I read that your husband asks if you have done it. My husband thinks it is all very amusing to laugh at me about my condition. I say she who laughs with a list, laughs loudest. Thank you for commenting. Nicky x

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  9. haha this post make me laugh a lot!! LOLl you are so funny!! And I absolutely agree. I couldn’t live without a list!! It is so useful for anything that you need!! So I guess I also have listitus? 😉 The story about the shopping list was brilliant!! But well at least you ate very well that week!! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m so happy to have you again this week!! 🙂 xx

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    1. Hey Franca, Listitus is the way to go for all of us girlies. We wear it well! It sends us into the occasional meltdown but nobody said it would be easy (especially in my blinking house!). The waist line is evidence of that!! Thanks for hosting this lovely linky. Nicky x

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