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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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    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'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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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, 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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    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 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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    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 love cleaning. I can't relax after work until everything is squared away- floor swept, counters and bathrooms wiped down, everything smelling nice and fresh. My kid even cleans...
    marladurden13 marladurden13 41-45, F Feb 3

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    we Iranian, do the spring cleaning as a tradition through 2 thousands of years now. we celebrate the first day of spring (which is on 21 March by English calendar in our country...
    englishlearner110 englishlearner110 22-25, M Feb 4

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    Principo. I hope somehow someway you can see my dilemma. Inside me, I really need to believe you don't hate me, that I'm not just another friend in the 'done and dusted' pile. It...
    Mjjim86 Mjjim86 26-30, M Feb 4

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    Don't get me wrong I love a clean house but just hate to do the cleaning. I'm single my house is always clean but weekends is when I do the serious cleaning. Dust mopping ect. I...
    Averageguy41074 Averageguy41074 36-40, M a week ago

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    I cannot even begin to express how much my little sister hurts me. And I mean the mental kind of pain, not physical. A few years ago I was talking to this boy, and I even went as...
    courtneylightsupthesky courtneylightsupthesky 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    That's one of the things I won't do. You made the mess, you clean it up. If it's not mine, or wasn't made by me, then it's not my problem. :p and before I get comments like this...
    LostandFading LostandFading 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I really liked a guy from the UK. I can't forget when he sent me pictures of himself and they ended up in my spam mail. I retrieved them and he asked "Am I still spam?" He was an...
    DG2008 DG2008 31-35 1 Response Feb 5

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    We specialize in cleaning all kinds of rugs including antique and modern. Each and every rug received in our factory goes through a thorough preliminary inspection to determine the...
    davidrichardno davidrichardno 26-30, M Feb 6

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    This really upsets me especially when they call me names and judge me for living my life as I choose. I don't tell them what to do or force them all to wear clothing of my choice...
    louisetiger1 louisetiger1 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 6

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    Mom just told me when they go to Worcester during the Easter break I can't go with them cause I have lessons. Upset doesn't describe how I feel... I hope she changes her mind soon...
    Darkoceans11 Darkoceans11 13-15, M 3 Responses Feb 7

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    I grew up supporting others when they are upset, but not many times I had to deal with my problems on my own
    mraph12 mraph12 22-25, M Feb 7

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    We are the Home Flood Cleanup Service Company Water Restoration Do you require water restoration services in your house or office? Did you deal with a flood or did a frozen...
    Fitiong828 Fitiong828 26-30, M Feb 13

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    I like listening to different songs from the 90's when I'm upset or sad. Always makes me feel better.
    Allie9273 Allie9273 41-45, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Of all the ways that women often react to inner panic, SHUT DOWN is my primary reaction; just plain disconnection. If something happens that upsets me, or when someone says or does...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    I listen to music when I'm upset. I also call other people on the phone that way they can walk to me about their day and I just relax that way. Neither way I'm good with that
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I always seem to make girls mad or upset when I talk to them and I was able to get a nice girl with a good personality and she is beautiful and pretty. The girl I made mad I'm...
    harrison155 harrison155 18-21, M Feb 10

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    That foggy grey color. The fresh smell to everything. It feels like everything was given a great, natural clean. The flowers smell better. The world smells like a clean slate...
    MackenzieBSnow MackenzieBSnow 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 11

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    This may seem like a small, unimportant issue but it really does make me feel upset... It snowed today just like it did the past couple of years and I like to create memorable...
    ysimm23 ysimm23 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    My husband prefers me to be bald when I am shaving. I love the freshly clean shaved and smooth appearance too. I let him shave me at times. It is so sexy to be shaved by another...
    momalldressedup momalldressedup 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 5

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    My therapist said he doesn't think I'm depressed... If I feel this upset most of the time, then I couldn't imagine how bad people that are depressed feel...
    bluegirlie98 bluegirlie98 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 7

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    It is 2:50am in Connecticut.... Every night at this time I clean my house while my kids sleep only time I can kinda just keep my mind off of things that bring stress in my life...
    keishlamarie keishlamarie 22-25, F Feb 11

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    Cleaning my room -_- why do I have to be the only person who cleans around here t(-_-t)
    Euphoricbunnymaster Euphoricbunnymaster 18-21, F Feb 13

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    Aaaaaaahhhh I love love looooove the feeling of fresh clean bed sheets and blankets! Whenever I make my bed after I wash the linens I always end up laying on top of my bed for a...
    BrokenSoul88 BrokenSoul88 26-30, F 7 Responses Feb 18

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    I feel like i will remain as a JOKE in my future. I was busy for some days and could not take care of myself. I have got some pimples one after another on my forehead. Felt so...
    Moon88855 Moon88855 22-25, F Feb 20

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    I didn't recite the poem today because I got a 2 hour delay in school. I was relieved, but also kind of upset. The other 2 guys went, and my teachee completely forgot I had to go...
    gr16478 gr16478 16-17, M Feb 20

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    My fiance and I don't have a dish washer... our kitchen is too small for one...originally I thought it would be no problem, after a year, I recognize it's a huge problem...this...
    katieann09 katieann09 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I love being clean shaved and feeling so nice and smooth. I am now freshly shaved and completely bald between my legs. My legs are shaved clean and feel very smooth now. I love...
    brunettewifeandmom brunettewifeandmom 31-35, F 7 Responses 2 days ago

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