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I Clean Compulsively When I Am Upset

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    So, I get upset easily. This is from a text earlier about all the dumb little things that can push me over the edge and even feel suicidal. Okay, well first my brother having the...
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    I love my husband. I have a bad habit of interrupting every once in awhile when I think of something relevant- I don't interrupt because what I have to say is more important, I...
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    For some reason, music calms me down. That's why I've chosen music over cutting. When I'm upset, I lock myself up in my room, close the curtains, stick in my headphones, and...
    morekisses morekisses 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    I cannot sleep when I'm upset, it keeps me up all night. I need to talk about it and put my mind at ease, I cannot end the day upset. Every day should end happily.
    xsignorinax xsignorinax 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 6

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    poolrepairexperts poolrepairexperts 31-35, M Nov 28

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    True Blue is the best solution for any type of cleaning like as carpet cleaning, commercial carpet cleaning, leather cleaning, luxury carpet cleaning, mattress cleaning etc. We can...
    tightnip1379 tightnip1379 26-30, F Dec 4

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    tightnip1379 tightnip1379 26-30, F Nov 26

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    I think we've all done this before when someone has asked us what's wrong. I tend to hide it better than some other people can, but some people still see straight through me and...
    lovedownunder lovedownunder 16-17, F Dec 9

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    True Blue is one of the affordable rug cleaning services based in Sydney. We offer different services like carpet cleaning Sydney, commercial carpet cleaning, luxury carpet...
    tightnip1379 tightnip1379 26-30, F Nov 28

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    I don't go to sleep if I'm upset, whatever it is has to be resolved.
    ThatoneinLove ThatoneinLove 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 1

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    I dont hate cleaning, its not my favorite thing to do but I dont mind it. I like seeing a mess turn to order. like omg I so embarrassed over my bedroom. I dont spend much time in...
    wickedlilangel69 wickedlilangel69 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 5

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    I didn't read your experience? Really that is why you are mad, really? I took too long answering your PM message? Again, really people? This is what you get upset about? Really? I...
    Myfairlady1 Myfairlady1 46-50, F 11 Responses 2 days ago

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    Something I learned and noticed when I was younger. Mom, dad and bro are also clean shaven.
    jenna6978 jenna6978 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 22

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    783 million people around the world don’t have access to clean water It is important that we do what we can so that all people in the world - including the US have clean water...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 23

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    I love the feeling of the tension releasing on my upper back and legs when I first lay down. The smell of clean cotton sheets is relaxing and puts me right to sleep.
    Floridagirl96 Floridagirl96 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 26

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    Happy wife is a happy life ... Plus she thinks it's sexy when I clean
    ohno25 ohno25 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 26

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    It seems like it's ok for people to burn buildings and police cars, destroy people's properties and lives and steal because you are upset with a decision!!! What kind of message...
    nicedude291 nicedude291 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 27

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    So alternately, we concede that ALL diks and ballz and all the hanging doo dats also have to be clean? You expect it dude? You better give as *spring clean* as you get ;D!
    lunadelobos lunadelobos 41-45 2 Responses Nov 29

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    I hate cleaning but I'm soooo over my house being a disaster. me and my boyfriend need to figure out a cleaning schedule before I go batshit crazy.
    girlanonymous0421 girlanonymous0421 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 1

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    I am a clean and nicely smooth and shaven woman. I shave my body every few days. I love to look at and feel my freshly shaved and smooth body. I love my family and our friends...
    nudesallieinsauna nudesallieinsauna 36-40, F 13 Responses Dec 1

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    I started to do cleaning jobs during the summers, when I was around 16 and 17, it was a fun way of earning some money and killing time, right now I'm doing it part time until I...
    davidrob911 davidrob911 18-21, M Dec 1

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    I tend to become short tempered when things are not organized and spotless. But i hardley ever have time to keep things clean. So things may get a little out of hand on occasions...
    Yourguy64 Yourguy64 18-21, M Dec 3

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    I think my best friend might be starting to have feelings for me again (we dated over 2years ago) and I just really don't want to have to deal with it. I'm so stressed out because...
    brimc7 brimc7 16-17, F Dec 3

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    I haven't cleaned my room for months. I really need to clean it today lol
    christarose96 christarose96 18-21, F Dec 4

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    What do you wear when you clean yours out?
    TheCoitalQueen TheCoitalQueen 31-35, F Dec 8

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    I absolutely despise cleaning!!
    Lyssak Lyssak 36-40, F Dec 8

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    I'm upset and sad I just need a friend to talk to
    neonpinkcupcakelover neonpinkcupcakelover 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    I love the look and feel of being clean shaven. Both on me and on others. And when both of us are bare and I'm all the way in it looks crazy hot!!
    whatsofunny whatsofunny 36-40, M 1 day ago

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    Ever since I discovered I had feelings for my closest guy friend and was way too emotional, I didn't want to do anything stupid and kept my distance from him. He was always there...
    xxhappilyeverafterxx xxhappilyeverafterxx 13-15, F Dec 6

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    I wonder why people think they have the right to tell me how to live my life. For example: I like quirky clothes, and I dye my hair with henna. Some people tell me, "you would...
    spacepixie spacepixie 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 7

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