Yeah, OCD. You probably start twitching if you haven't rotated your tires in 5k miles.
I'm fucking busy All.the.Time. When I am not - I have a choice of how to spend my "free" time - and one thing I NEVER do is go back to my boots and buckle them up after drying (I think buckling up right after skiing doesn't help dry them, so I leave loose). Anal retentive people care. I bet if they were busier and they didn't go back and buckle boots they wouldn't even notice - they'd be grateful the stars aligned to allow them to ski! I got 300 days on my 5-6 yr old boots last time - longevity not an issue
Eh, I'm generally not that way (couldn't tell you when my last tire rotation was) and I'm not particularly anal. I'm not exactly drowning in free time either, but I just buckle my boots back up before leaving the mountain for the day. Never had an issue with drying before.
Longevity of a pair of boots certainly has some variability and randomness to it, but getting 300 days out of a pair of boots that aren't buckled during the offseason clearly indicates that buckling isn't critical for boot lifespan, but no one was ever suggesting that (I think).