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I Clean Compulsively When I Am Upset

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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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    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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    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 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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    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 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 think it's the only thing

    that distracts me. I get so into cleaning I forget why I was upset in the first place.
    yoyuu yoyuu 18-21 Jun 2, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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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    Related Experiences

    Along with running, I find cleaning to be very relaxing. I can be a neat freak so it allows me to have some time to myself and also clean up. 2 birds with 1 stone!
    sammy0289 sammy0289 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    I love him more than anything. He makes me smile when I'm upset, his smile makes me the happiest girl in the world. He spoils me even when I don't deserve it. He holds me tight and...
    MadZMatters MadZMatters 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    I am a clean shaved and bald woman. I love shaving and being shaved by another female. I enjoy that fresh shaved look when I am naked alone and/or with other nudist family...
    redheadedfemale redheadedfemale 41-45, F 25 Responses 1 day ago

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    It doesn't feel like running away. Just feels like you're doing something about it, even if it won't actually help the problem. I don't think when I run. My mind goes blank and...
    DulcetTones DulcetTones 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    There's just something so beautiful and amazing about running. The feeling I get when my feet are pounding against the sidewalk/pavement is indescribable. It's like I'm lost in my...
    ThatOneGemini ThatOneGemini 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    I don't know where to begin... I've been in denial all this week.... My 12 year old son came home on Sunday from spending a few weeks with his dad in another state (650 miles away...
    Orangerocket Orangerocket 36-40, F 13 Responses 1 day ago

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    I hate it when I allow myself to get upset over things I should not. Like my ex husband remarrying after 8 years of separation and my kids liking his new fiancé at times more than...
    dpcl614 dpcl614 41-45, F 2 days ago

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    I always listen to music when I'm upset I just get lost in the music and imagine a dance studio and by the end I'm happy as hell :)
    chelseybycroft901 chelseybycroft901 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Nice to see many other people do too. I thought I was the only one. I used to be reserved all the time, and I feel it was much easier, although I am still happy to be more open...
    MissGaga MissGaga 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    Nothing- The script Honestly, it sucks when people don't understand you or are trying to see things from your perspective. I know I'm making the right decision for once but nobody...
    ssweetdisspositionn ssweetdisspositionn 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm not one for self pity as most of u know when I talk to u guys I'm always happy and there for u but I'm really upset and really really really really need someone :'( rn just to...
    katexxcostello katexxcostello 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Cleaning the house in my panties, drinking wine and getting just a LITTLE bit tipsy, listening to smooth eclectic tunes, dancing my way around the house.......is there a better way...
    09TiskTisk 09TiskTisk 31-35, F 19 Responses 3 days ago

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    EDMARClean EDMARClean 41-45, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I like it when it rains and I'm indoors feeling sheltered. I like it when it rains and I'm outdoors on a Summer's day. I like it when it rains in the middle of the night and I...
    Injoy1767 Injoy1767 46-50, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I stipulated that my new cleaning lady must wear a petticoat under her nylon uniform and now she does.
    byndr byndr 46-50 3 days ago

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    Today is a PRIME example!! The guy I was seeing went AWOL several weeks back and I just assumed he was done with us and nothing more would come of it. I missed him terribly...
    ctstranger ctstranger 41-45, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    When your upset and your standing out in the rain. It feels like everything is going to be okay. No matter what you're going through the rain will wash it away. Your pain, your...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I really feel so upset. I really hope to leave this home and have a place to go right away. I am in the hometown where there is nobody to share my pain at all. Often I think why...
    ExileMyself ExileMyself 26-30, F 6 days ago

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    When you don't feel happy, I'll love you LOL! When you feel lonely and sad, you can think about the new place you want to go, the country you want to travel to and the good things...
    HappyOrUnhappy HappyOrUnhappy 13-15, M 6 days ago

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    I think it is great to have more experiences than stories but so many of the experience's are so similar that I am going to clean them up so everyone gets a better idea of who I am...
    justlarryw justlarryw 56-60, M 1 Response Jul 24

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    I don't even clean myself... today i cleaned the house and it was a burden... now i need to clean myself... ugh...
    Potchii Potchii 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 24

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    It's not particularly based on when I'm upset (although on most occasions it is) but usually music is my secret escape or my get away so to speak. Some songs even remind me of a...
    rachelcookie rachelcookie 16-17, F Jul 23

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    I am a clean shaven woman. Actually, I am bald and have been for years. I love having the shaved appearance and is what my man wants too.
    familycamping familycamping 31-35, F 10 Responses Jul 23

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    When you cry so much that the front and back side of your pillow is soaked with tears and you don't care how uncomfortable it is because you are to sad to find another pillow
    HeartsandFlowers203 HeartsandFlowers203 13-15, F Jul 22

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    I feel upset when waking up into the reality because I immediately perceive I am still in this wretched home at this lifeless hometown. What's the use if you are at your family...
    ExileMyself ExileMyself 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 22

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    I just put on clean sheets and I'm going to sleep in them for the first time tonight... I'm going to sleep the crap out of them!!!
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 21

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