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I Clean Compulsively When I Am Upset

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    The Whole House!

    A couple of years back my son ran outside while I was in the bathroom and I couldn't find him for 45 minuets. He made his way back home after walking all over the street looking for me. Once I got home, I cried and cuddled him for an hour. After that I put him down for...
    Spedunk Spedunk 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 18, 2009

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    Mr. Clean Is A Metaphor

    I generally don't bust out the cleaning solutions when I'm upset, but I definitely cleanse myself of useless ****. Recently, I went through a pretty tough break up and I threw out seven or eight bags of garbage that had been kept (as mementos?) for years. I went through my...
    mjb716 mjb716 22-25, M Jan 11, 2012

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    Oh Yes.

    This is so true. I actually don't mind cleaning but my toilets and windows are never cleaner than when I have a fight with my sisters or with the SGT. I scrub the hell out of everything in the house when I am angry. 
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 1, 2012

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    I have been cleaning non stop

    since me and my bf broke up I have cleaned the kitchen counters a million times in the past 5 min
    livelovehopefree livelovehopefree 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 25, 2014

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    When something is bothering me I have a habit

    of sweeping every inch of the house and scrubbing anything I can reach. Even if it was clean before I started its even cleaner after I am finished. I was so upset once I scrubbed down every inch of my kitchen essentially floor to ceiling. I was quite impressed with myself...
    DemonFeyLove DemonFeyLove 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 5, 2014

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    This Morning...i Cleaned My Bedroom And Bathroom After A Roller Coaster Ride Of Emotions

    It was my boyfriend's birthday yesterday. We had plans to go to have a nice dinner and chill time. I have been suffering from bad cough, sore throat and chest congestion. Lack of sleep and been tired of it emotionally. Last night, it started getting upset about it (I haven;t been...
    arlenea2z arlenea2z 36-40 Sep 1, 2010

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    I think it's the only thing

    that distracts me. I get so into cleaning I forget why I was upset in the first place.
    fillia fillia 16-17, F Jun 2, 2014

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    Good Idea! A Good Use For Pent Up Frustration

    The busier my hands can be; the better I can thoughtfully focus on what is happening that is causing me to feel upset.I used to go "out for a drive" in my car when I "needed to get away" for a while. Now, I love my home and want to stay there BUT I realize that my hands LOVE to...
    Missalaineyeus Missalaineyeus 46-50, F Feb 26, 2012

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    I clean compulsively wen my parent are upset.

    If my parents get angry at me, I start flying around picking up random things and putting then away hoping that I can stall them, or possibly get them to forget about it since I'm cleaning
    Rachlm214 Rachlm214 16-17, F Jun 2, 2014

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    I Did It Today

    i cleanred my whole room today, it helped a bit, i like cleaning when um upset because it just helps me focus on something other than what is upsetting me. i find it to be very theraputic.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 18, 2009

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    Actually I Clean Any Time, But...

    I love to clean, so for me, it's a stress-relief, an energy outlet, and sometimes a boredom fix. But when I'm really shaken up or nervous, cleaning affords me a safe thing to focus on to distract myself from the issue that is upsetting me. It works great, usually- my house gets...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2009

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    My Friend Is Dating The Guy I Like And I Don't Know What To Do

    I've been told that I don't really seem like the type to fall in love. For the most part, it is kind of true. I ignore the celebrities that my friends fawn over, I don't pay much attention to the "popular guys" at school, and I've never actually been in a relationship. But that...
    sugarrcrystals sugarrcrystals 13-15, F 1 Response May 27, 2012

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    I'm Not Sure Why

    But when i'm upset, i put that aggression into work, such as cleaning the counters and fridge. It almost feels constructive by not focusing on what the problem is. It feels like a quick relief, i tend to do this a lot.
    peachfuzz68 peachfuzz68 41-45, F Feb 26, 2012

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    Disinfecting Machine!

    Ok, so I didn't realize that other people cleaned compulsively like I do when I'm upset...  And I kinda feel better that other people do.  lol  Lemme give you some background on me quick, I work at a hospital in the Sterile Processing Department here cleaning...
    Miluna Miluna 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 17, 2009

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    I Do..

    It's honestly odd that my house is never spotless.. I'm upset quite often... *sigh*
    Beautifulimperfections Beautifulimperfections 26-30, F Feb 26, 2012

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    Shooing The Bunnies Out The Door

    I love it, hate kinda thing goes on here, when I get  upset! I suffered from somewhat stronger OCD as a form of therapy post accident, back when, that was taught me by my personal care giver. She'd come in the house and get me to thing , list and plan, I guess...
    Randysdot Randysdot 51-55, M 4 Responses Nov 18, 2009

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    Life's hard when I'm away from the one I love because of school life abroad, I made someone I love upset and even cried without even noticed that, I know it's hard since we have...
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    Often, I find that when I am upset or angry, I will clean up the messy table, or sort out the disorganised cupboard, or go Daiso to get some stuff to keep things in their proper...
    HappieStinger HappieStinger 41-45, M 4 Responses Apr 3

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    This will probably sound unbelievable to some or many, but its true. I went to a petting zoo once when I was absolutely destroyed. I won't mention what happened to me but I will...
    NihilSineNefas NihilSineNefas 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 8

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    We normally use only 30-35% of our brain cells, which means we are wasting 65-70% of our brains. This is like having a big computer, but only using a third of it. Through Divine...
    CrystalRainsPearls CrystalRainsPearls 41-45, F 11 Responses 5 days ago

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    Yeah so I used to just pretty much shut down completely when I'm really upset about something. I didn't talk, I didn't socialize I just existed..... And then he came along and he's...
    FireQueen10 FireQueen10 22-25, F Apr 16

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    I would probably like to clean if it would stay clean for more then 10 min. it doesn't however. with a dozen kids running around, they mess it up faster than I can clean it and I...
    tiffsica tiffsica 41-45, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I've been having problems with my best friend. We grew close over a year ago after I found out she was struggling with depression and reached out to her. She had always been very...
    rhinestoneeyes rhinestoneeyes 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    Just cleaned up hovered whole of upstairs since yesterday i was cringing omg i hate mess i have to clean up even if its the middle if the night last night my mum did not let me she...
    iqra765 iqra765 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    I HAVE to clean the kitchen today.I have a repair guy coming over to fix some broken tiles.I have OCD ,so it has to be perfect,i'm so tired of cleaning!HELP!LOL
    1prettygirl 1prettygirl 36-40, F 9 Responses Apr 14

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    I texted him two days ago to ask if he has time to see me next weekend. He hasn't texted me back. I know it's supposed to be casual and all, but come on, give me something to work...
    Thisisnotwhatiwanted Thisisnotwhatiwanted 22-25, F Mar 28

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    I'm cleaning out my closet right now, it's always interesting when you find clothes that you forgot you owned or were looking for for the past 5 months...
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F Mar 29

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    There is a boy in my class I have a crush on, I really like him, and I think he knows. But he keeps sending me snapchats, even if I once reacted and he didn't react back. So I don...
    Skork Skork 13-15, F Apr 9

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    I should be cleaning but I DON'T WANNA. You get the house totally spotless and not 5 minutes goes by before it starts to become undone. I can't stand living in filth and that's why...
    ashb3r ashb3r 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm literally going to go on a cleaning rampage don't get in my way I can't stand adults who think they should be treated as children!!! I AM NOT YOUR MOTHER. You want to eat? Do...
    ashb3r ashb3r 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I feel better when I'm smooth, clean shaven
    1longday 1longday 46-50, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I shaved my 'stache and beard together for the 1st time since senior year. I like it. I think I'll stay clean shaven for a while.
    IllusionaryGentleman39 IllusionaryGentleman39 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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    I was 14 when my Mum died. She died suddenly of ischemic heart disease. I watched her die which was horrible. I would love to have a relationship with her now i'm an adult...
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse 26-30, F Mar 26

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    I honestly hate it so much. Oh and when someone reads my text but doesn't reply for hours.. #1 way to get me upset.!
    Steph3612 Steph3612 13-15, F 5 Responses Mar 27

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    I don't know why i have ppl in my circle who never write me so if u guys don't wanna talk with me then say it cuz i will clean up my circle and kick the ones out who doesn't write...
    goven99 goven99 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 29

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    I love spring cleaning .... Every year .... Nw time s coming
    Nirak Nirak 31-35, M Mar 29

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    My mum is always yelling at me to clean my room because I mean it is pretty messy even for a messy teenage but O well I don't mind it.
    bieverything bieverything 16-17, F Mar 30

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    i cleaned up i got on here for attention but with age comes maturity.I realized its the wrong kind of attention i no longer accept chats,if you looking to have "adult" chats with...
    Jazonx Jazonx 36-40 1 Response Apr 1

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    I feel anxious when my husband is around. I feel like whatever I say will upset him, nothing I do, unless its sexually related, is good for him. So, for the past few months, as a...
    TheBluePill TheBluePill 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    Yeah, cleaning up my Pinterest boards does wonders.
    abcdefghisabelmnopqrst abcdefghisabelmnopqrst 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 3

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