Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder or POPD is a real thing.
Every year people lament either suffering from it or living with someone who does. POPD is the obsessive need to get the decorations on the Christmas tree exactly right.
But help is here!
A mathematician has created an online tool to calculate exactly how many baubles are needed for the perfect Christmas tree.
Admiral Home Insurance has teamed up with Cardiff University’s Matthew Leddington to create the tool, which also suggests how many meters of lights are needed.
The handy tool asks users to select the size…
…and shape of their tree…
….and the size of their ornaments.
It even gives an option to choose if the tree should be minimal, jam-packed or somewhere in between.
Do you want your tree to be minimal, jam-packed or somewhere in between? (Anthony Devlin/PA)
The tool then calculates how many ornaments and how many meters of lights you will need to have the best dressed tree in town. For non-metric savvy users, there are online tools to convert meters to feet.
For a 4ft full tree jam-packed with large ornaments, the tool suggests 62 large baubles and 10 meters of lights.
Admiral Insurance said getting the tree right is important because “a TV being damaged when householders are positioning their tree is one of the most common reasons for an insurance claim during the festive period.”
This tool is good news for all these folks.
Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder!
There IS HELP!!!! https://t.co/9IWF6j5R7e
— FOXFM (@MOREFOXFM) December 6, 2018
Do you suffer from P.O.P.D ?? perfect ornament placement disorder pic.twitter.com/DsPCg3enuC
— Virginia White (@virginiamwhite) December 5, 2018
Finally up! There are holes, it’s leaning, perfect ornament placement is non-existent. There are more handmade decorations than Blue Peter. The two sets of lights are not quite in sync. It won’t be a feature in Ideal Homes. It might not be everyones perfect, but it’s my perfect pic.twitter.com/6L9HrnRpvf
— Lisa Ritchie (@L154Ritchie) December 2, 2018
— Monique J. Serena (@MoniqueJSerena) December 2, 2018
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Kiah just said i had POPD ( Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder) i never felt more attacked😂
— Hailleigh (@hailleigh_m) November 29, 2018
Do you suffer from P.O.P.D.? Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder. pic.twitter.com/mGiiEOWQOm
— S. (@BringMichDahin) November 29, 2018
I suffer from P.O.P.D.-
Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder. 🤷🏻♀️🎄 #sorrynotsorry
— Jessica H. (@justjessica_h) November 29, 2018
It’s that time of year where my POPD comes out. Perfect ornament placement disorder 🙃
— 𝚙𝚊𝚢𝚝𝚘𝚗 🦂 (@fischerpayt) November 29, 2018
Jacob: “do you have POPD?” Me: “what the fuck are you asking me? Pissed Off Person Disorder?” Jacob: “Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder?” … Im so aggressive 😂😂😂😂
— ʝ. ❣️ (@Q_JNL) November 26, 2018
The Christmas tree is up. Trying not to get my tinsel in a tangle but currently suffering from perfect ornament placement disorder. #IndusMarthaStewart
— Kirsten Maher (@maher_kirsten) November 25, 2018
I struggle between wanting my kids to help me decorate the Christmas tree, because it’s a childhood memory I’ve always enjoyed, and wanting to do it myself because I have POPD (Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder) 🙃🙃🙃
— Chelsea Voss (@ChelsJo1) November 7, 2018
BAUBLES!!! Soooo pretty…..I always aim for this sort of classy, magazine-perfect ornament placement and instead achieve a look best described as ‘rabid festive gnome let loose with the Poundland tinsel’….#goals #13weeksuntilxmas #LovePunked #Chicklit #Contemporaryromance pic.twitter.com/f2h9Y9Lmug
— Nia Lucas Books (@BooksNia) September 28, 2018
Of course, there’s always just skipping the tree and going with a nice festive pre-decorated wreath…
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.