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I Clean Compulsively When I Am Upset

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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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    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 2 Responses Sep 5

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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

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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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    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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    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'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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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

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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 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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    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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    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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    They say 'Never date anyone or be around anyone who just tells you to "relax" when you're upset' but the people around me used to just say 'relax' but they found out that that was...
    Misscoconut Misscoconut 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    right now im literally sick with a cold , coughing an sneezing every 5 seconds, eating ice cream with dorritos, watching all of the episodes of saw while crying like a little baby...
    lolnahhh5 lolnahhh5 13-15, F Oct 25

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    I believe in strict gender roles, as the women and the man have different roles. For example, the woman serves the man his plate of food, brings him his drink, does his laundry...
    cycoeva cycoeva 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 30

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    Matthew9360qft1 Matthew9360qft1 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 13

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    I assumed they might have been my pals. I planned to hang out in brightly-colored bathrobes and splash our faces, speak on the cell phone, or whisper insider secrets that may make...
    Matthew9360qft1 Matthew9360qft1 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 14

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    It is an important part for preschool children to clean up their toys by themselves, which helps to cultivate their responsibility. Teaching them to clean up things can enable them...
    METAO METAO 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    Ok you guys want to read my wahwahs? Read on. If not go somewhere else. Day started like **** when I went to call in my contraception the day before and am told to call Bk...
    LastofmyKind LastofmyKind 26-30, F Oct 23

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    Could really feel a slight burn off. Perfect for acne. Mix two tbs baking soda. Slowly utilize lemon juice one fall at a time. The mixture will foam and fizz. Include adequate...
    Matthew9360qft1 Matthew9360qft1 31-35, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Only make more than enough for 1 procedure at any given time. Whisk almond oil, milk and honey within a bowl. Use to pores and skin inside of a round motion then rinse that has a...
    Matthew9360qft1 Matthew9360qft1 31-35, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I really love my parents. For me they are so precious that i hope i will never let them down. As long as i can, i will do what they ask me to do, especially what my mom want. But i...
    meandmythought meandmythought 26-30, F Oct 22

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    I got the e-book and had tried out so a lot of the recipes, I like them all!!! I was questioning if I could use this recipe for a Hand Soap.I've some vacant bottles that I wish to...
    Matthew9360qft1 Matthew9360qft1 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 12

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    Letter to my nana that I will never send. Dear nana, i remember being told Ashleigh and Matthew had gone to your house, taken by my dad, your ex-son-in-law. Matthew had never met...
    vexedspider vexedspider 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    what do you do when you're upset, or sad, not in the mood for doing something, angry, unstable, or just feel empty? i.... eat, oh i love to eat when i'm not feeling okay. i also...
    dasosleefi dasosleefi 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Mom called. she was nagging at me and telling me what to do about my daughter and her father. That I need to push my daughter to his bu*llshit dad! and that I should upload my...
    dontcallmepretty dontcallmepretty 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 23

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    My heart beats heavy to the sound of this rhythm from the instrumental song, I feel utterly hurt and bitter. I want to cry but I feel like masking it off in anger and feeling upset...
    Xenasdreams Xenasdreams 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 24

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    It really just depends on the person or situation. I don't get upset all the time, but if my significant other did this often, I'd definitely be upset.
    BonnieProfound BonnieProfound 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 5

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    Hi… like I understand if I thought it myself which I do and get upset about it but my own mum saying that to me… she doesn't even realise how much it damages me what she says...
    Misscoconut Misscoconut 16-17, F Nov 11

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    When cleaning your ears turns into something magical..... ( ._.)
    InvaderGashloog InvaderGashloog 70+, F 2 Responses Oct 28

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    Matthew9360qft1 Matthew9360qft1 31-35, M 6 days ago

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    I only mean to clean my room, but I end up cleaning the whole house if I have nothing else to do
    fivesauce1 fivesauce1 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    Whatever one makes dirty, one must simply clean it up. Never leave a mess behind. Especially how people leave the toilet behind makes me feel like they're so disrespectful, like...
    AngelicLights AngelicLights 26-30, F Oct 25

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    I noticed that i am getting blocked from people a lot, so when i remember why as they saw me removing them from my "friend list". I am here to help anyone with their issues and to...
    Egyptianguy34 Egyptianguy34 31-35, M Nov 5

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    NOTE: Please do not let the length of this post deter you from reading. It is worth every moment. :) I did something very recently that was mindbogglingly idiotic, imbecilic, and...
    andrewphysics andrewphysics 18-21, M Nov 7

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    My otp broke up today. My heart is broken, the most amazing couple I have ever known decided that its time for them to go separate ways. This actually sucks, they were so cute...
    smurfinaround smurfinaround 18-21, F Oct 27

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    I hate cleaning my room. But it needs to be done. I would be somewhere of I had my own car doing trails or bike ride but I am stuck in my room cleaning
    Johntruck17 Johntruck17 18-21, M Oct 30

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    Lots of things have happened today. I'm so used to putting up walls that my mind tries to block everything out and I end up binge eating. I'm upset but I don't know if that's just...
    LittleMissIntrovert LittleMissIntrovert 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 14

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    Before I share my story, I want to let people know a few things. 1) I'm comfortable enough to post this with the EP community because most of you aren't judgmental or rude. 2) I am...
    kaitybobaityxo kaitybobaityxo 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 26

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    So, while I'm thinking about it, let me tell you a story about my mom and her reaction my weight gain this last year. Now, first of all, you have to understand that I am...
    freshmanfifty freshmanfifty 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 3

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