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Obsessive cleaning xx - August 8th 2009, 11:13 PM

Hey

I only get obsessive about cleaning when I'm stressed out.
It's past midnight, and I'm about to go dust all the rooms in my house, wipe the floors, hoover the carpets... etc. Just finished the washing up.
Aren't I sad?

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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 9th 2009, 05:54 AM

This sounds a lot like OCD. There's nothing sad about it, even if it isn't the most common thing- it can be good to loosen how much you clean however, so that you're not doing it 24.7, as some people with OCD can do.


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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 9th 2009, 09:51 AM

you sound like my brother. he's the most obsessive cleaner i've ever met - he has about 10 million showers a day as well. but no - it's not sad, most people have ocd qualities to some extent and it's not that unusual.


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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 12th 2009, 01:13 AM

I can somewhat relate. Whenever I got really angry, I usually clean. It's an outlet of some sort. There's really not much you can do about it, but at least the house will be clean.


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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 12th 2009, 04:07 AM

My family calls me Little Miss Vacuum Tracks.
I vacuum at least once a day. I love seeing the vacuum tracks and it calms me. Just cleaning sometimes calms me. I think it is just stress reliever.

However, if you feel like cleaning is taking over your life, it might be time to take a step back and see if you have a problem. If you believe you do, maybe you should talk to someone. It sounds like this might be an OCD, like Jamie said. Only a professional can help you though, so it might be a good idea to talk to one if you would like more help.
   
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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 12th 2009, 02:43 PM

Hey
Thanks everybody.
It's not like cleaning has taken over my life or anything - it's just I do it when I'm stressed or extremely bored. I just wanted to know if that's normal at all... Or if that's really weird...
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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 12th 2009, 09:20 PM

Hey Bex,

I don't think we can really say if anything anyone does is "normal" or "abnormal". Instead, you can ask yourself, is it truly interfering with your life? Do you feel unable to go to sleep or do something else? Does it consume a lot of your thoughts? If THOSE things are happening, I would say it's worth talking to someone professional about, to get you the right support for your OCD. But if cleaning a bit is simply a way for you to cope with things, that's no problem! The key is if it's taking up time and space in your brain, interfering with your life, etc.

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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 12th 2009, 09:34 PM

It's not weird. I think it's good that you clean to relieve your stress. A lot of people do a lot more dangerous things to relieve stress.


   
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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 13th 2009, 04:12 AM

I don't think it's weird.

Haha, funny thing, this past weekend, I got in a fight with my mum and everything was taken away from me, I did self harm, but I also washed down all the furniture in my room, rearranged my room, did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, living, and dining room. haha I didn't mind it, it gave me something to do.
   
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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 26th 2009, 05:04 PM

better to be obsessively clean than messy!!
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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 31st 2009, 04:29 PM

it sounds to me that it's just a way to relieve stress. in which case, it's absolutely fine. i'm sure your parents don't mind anyway but stick to your room if it's late at night.
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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 31st 2009, 06:21 PM

Hey there,
Do you have something major on your mind? That you can't stop thinking about? Maybe your using cleaning to try to help forget something or something thats really annoyed you.

Is there something troubling you? If there is, then try to make it go away, for example talk to someone, or if you know what it is thats troubling you, e.g. a person you know is ill or something like that, talk to them.


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Re: Obsessive cleaning xx - August 31st 2009, 06:53 PM

Ahhh, I get like this when I'm stressed or depressed or anything negative really, I have to clean the place out
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