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I Clean Compulsively When I Am Upset

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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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    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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    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 1 Response Nov 18, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 5, 2014

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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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    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
    Coconutsin1698 Coconutsin1698 16-17, F Jun 2, 2014

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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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    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.
    cherche cherche 18-21 Jun 2, 2014

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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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