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I Find Cleaning to Be Therapeutic

Cleaning is free therapy! 698 People

    A Healthy Way To Feel In Control Of Yourself

    It definitely was therapeutic to me over the last year. I was in a long-distance relationship with my boyfriend. When things got a little rocky between us, I felt utterly powerless. I tried cleaning my dorm room to get my mind off things. My roommate noticed that I was visibly...
    Adosia Adosia 18-21, F May 21, 2011

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    & Gardening

    It may be a surprise to some but I honestly do believe that the therapeutic value of cleaning hardly can be overestimated. Years ago I should have started to organize the heaps, the debris of my past. It is as if I wait until depression bangs at my door instead of knocking...
    moreandless moreandless 56-60, M 4 Responses Oct 12, 2010

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    It Calms Me Down

    There is so much in my life I feel like I don't have control over. So much chaos bouncing around inside my brain. So much I can't change or place into neat piles in my mind and heart. I think that is why cleaning brings me a measure of peace. A clean house tends to ease my...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 24, 2008

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    Even Though I Hate It...

    Cleaning helps me get out my frustration...some of the time at least. Usually though, a walk in the park or on the beach is enough to calm me down. When its not, I break out the Pinesol, Fabulous, Comet, bleach and the vaccuum. :)
    vinividivici21 vinividivici21 22-25, F 12 Responses Aug 9, 2008

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    Super Clean Nervous Woman

    I clean when I'm nervous or aggrevated.EVERYTHING is spotless so figure out my personality .
    wiseowl wiseowl 61-65, F 6 Responses Feb 29, 2008

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    Inspiration

    I come-up with some seriously inspired ideas while I'm cleaning.  Somehow, a free-flow of ideas just happens when I'm sweeping, mopping, vacuuming.  A similar thing happens when I'm showering -- great inspiration easily flows under the water fall! 
    PrincessAstrid PrincessAstrid 31-35, F Nov 27, 2011

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    When There Is Nothing Else.

    When I first started working I always hated that saying that "If yor not doing anything there is something not getting done", or "if you got time to lean you got time to clean" Those little sayings used to drive me crazy but now they asre so ingrained in...
    LakeShore LakeShore 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 12, 2009

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    I'm Getting So Much Done!

    I have a lot of work this weekend (and by a lot, I mean work that I actually have to do), and this morning I went into cleaning and work mode.  There's something about organizing and cleaning that makes me feel like I'm getting things done- and then that spills over into the...
    solarxmoon solarxmoon 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 1, 2008

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    A Travellers Cleaning Tips

    I been asked before if I would ever write something about how I do my cleaning. I was basically raised to be a housewife and so Ive been cleaning since I was 7. So if anyone is interested, I have some tips.1. Clean every day. A little bit of cleaning each day keeps everything...
    poppyjoy poppyjoy 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 16, 2013

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    Cleaning

    My wife is always comenting on how it seams that the only time I clean is after she yells at me for something.  My boss tells me that I am the only person that cleans up the shop with a simle on my face.  I just enjoy cleaning.  I guess I realy enjoy working and staying bussy...
    fun4all4u fun4all4u 26-30, M Feb 11, 2012

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    Clean Therapy

    I like to clean. I find it to be very therapeutic. When I have alot on my mind or something is troubling me I clean . . . the bigger the thoughts the more tedious my cleaning becomes. It's like as I'm physically cleaning I'm also cleaning the troubling thoughts and clutter...
    maltesemermaid maltesemermaid 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 22, 2012

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    When I am in a good mood

    or just plain bored, I look around my room and walk around to discover something to clean up. It makes me feel refreshed inside and it helps with my mood as well.
    SentimentalMood SentimentalMood 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 15

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    I Am Far From Ocd But I Love A Clean House.

    Sometimes I wake up and the first thing on the agenda is to clean. It is the quietest time of the day- the kids are still half asleep, the air is still cool and the fresh air seems to have healing power as it brings the house to life. There is a calmness as I go from room to...
    4purrfectdarkness 4purrfectdarkness 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 3, 2012

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    Cleaning Away My Feelings...or Attempting

    growing up my house has always been clean. my mother and grandmother are very clean people. everything had its own place. and on the weekends we would do deep cleaning. 7 months ago, i moved from my clean, loving home in georgia...to a nasty hell hole in california. i moved...
    jessicakennedy jessicakennedy 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 12, 2012

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    When I am by myself with music on

    and singing. It's very relaxing. I even dance with my broom lol Follow me on instagram sashakimi3.... I'll follow back
    sashakimi3 sashakimi3 18-21, F Mar 10

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    Repost from my old account

    that I can't access anymore. From August 2013 - it still pretty much applies. ---- Mental Vacations As much as I grumble about doing it when its time to start, once I get started I quickly get lost in it and find it very peaceful. Washing dishes especially, maybe because of...
    abigailc abigailc 18-21, F Jun 14

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    Domino Effect

    Much like everyone else here, I have always found that my home is much cleaner when I am stressed out. This is mostly true when I am stressed about something that is out of my control. I think it is my way of taking control of something in my life and creating balance and order...
    xKay xKay 22-25, F Jul 11, 2011

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    Beats Psychoanalysis...

    When I'm washing the dishes....yes I have a dishwasher, but I prefer to hand wash them....I find it incredibly therapeutic. :P There's something about washing and drying, that clears my head. Although it really doesn't work with vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom. LOL
    Sungirl3 Sungirl3 46-50, F 28 Responses Jul 21, 2013

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    Do I Ever!

    I'm OCD. I love to clean. And when I get aggravated I start puttering around my house. Ill go all out cleaning my bathroom. Normally by the time I'm done ill be a little calmer and relieved. It just takes my mind off things. I get completely lost when I clean.
    silencedshy silencedshy 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 23, 2013

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    Are You Obsessed With Cleaning?

    betty are making a second series of the hit show OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE CLEANERS for Channel 4 and we are looking for people to take part. This primetime features series see a team of compulsive cleaners teach Britain’s most disorganised people some valuable lessons in...
    occ2 occ2 22-25, F 1 Response May 21, 2013

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    Burst Of Creativity Resulting From Cleaning

    Just finished my Monday cleaning. Vacuum Family room, Master bedroom, Dining Room, Two hallways, entry way, kitchen, two bathroom. Cleaned toiled scrubbed bathroom, mopped kitchen, bathrooms and entryway. Wow!! it smells so clean. The fall dust is beginning to settle...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 17, 2012

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    I Clean When Im Angry

    Whenever I get upset I seem to get the urge to clean.  I dunno why but I have done it for awhile.  You could tell when my marriage was struggling because the house was spotless.  I know I'm weird.
    shuttermagic shuttermagic 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 29, 2008

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    Time To Think...

    When I have something or things on my mind cleaning gives me time to think, breathe and work out what solution i'll use.. and afterward, the result is good, I feel happier
    fattcakess fattcakess 26-30, F Jul 28, 2013

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    I Ain't Talking About The House. Lol

    My activity list is always full of members joining groups or adding friends or what ever. I understand that you want to have a million experiences. lol I did the same thing when I first began on EP about 4 years ago. I am afraid EP has changed, and my purpose for coming here has...
    BlueGeorgia BlueGeorgia 41-45, M Nov 17, 2010

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    Cleaning House!!

    Cleaning can be very therapeutic not only does it take your mind off your problems but before you know it your house is clean.
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 1 Response Oct 16, 2008

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    Clean

    I haven't always felt this way about cleaning. As a little girl and a teenager, my mom would make me wash the dishes every night. I hated it. I fought her. I bitched and complained. After about 15 years of this, I moved out on my own and it took a whole lot to get me to wash...
    Fayerweather Fayerweather 36-40, F Nov 27, 2012

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    Crap

    just today I read on the web that "to be happy do some sort of "action"- get up to change the channel on your tv, wash your dishes...etc. etc.I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN we get all these technological advances that are suppose to make our lives easier (thus, happier) and NOW they...
    Lauraleedee Lauraleedee 41-45, F Jun 14, 2012

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    Having Things Neat ..

    When I am feeling out of control .... like the world is confusing and I have no place in it and I wish I could just make everything exactly the way I want ..... cleaning helps me feel better.  To see a disorganized desk become less cluttered and orderly just soothes my soul...
    outoftheshadows outoftheshadows 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 8, 2008

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    Ever Since I Was A Child I Would Help Clean Up

    we would stay up late some nights and clean everything for fun and play music and just clean everything in the house. most saturdays and sundays I stayed home and cleaned the house in my teens and twenties... I would clean upstairs and downstairs ... the garden, do the clothes...
    IceEntice IceEntice 36-40, F Jan 26, 2013

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    Stress-therapy

    When I feel anxious or upset, I tend to clean furiously, scrubbing, organizing, tidying up, wiping, polishing- it calms me down and makes me able to think more clearly, since everything is in its place. I don't know why it works, but it does.
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F Jan 24, 2011

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    I Clean When I'm Upset

    i clean when i'm upset. i might not even know when i'm upset. when everythinng is cleaner it makes me feel a little bit better than i was. i just need a cleann space when i'm upset
    enemyinthemirror enemyinthemirror 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 11, 2011

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    Cleaning Is Therapeutic

    As weird as it might seem, I love to clean my home. I love the smell of fresh detergent as it clears the windows and the mirrors. I love how things look like when they are organized. Cleaning up is like starting all over again, a new beginning, and such feeling is amazing.
    BellaFairy BellaFairy 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2011

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    I guess I need to get a life,

    but I find it very comforting to clean. It helps me deal with being overwhelmed, anger, or anxiousness. I minimize often (i.e. if I haven't used it or worn it in a while, I donate it), keep my house as dust-free as I can, keep the laundry done and put up, sanitize as much as I...
    screaminginside81 screaminginside81 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 28

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    I Clean When I'M Mad.

    I just got ticked off and started cleaning the whole house, all the rooms, bathrooms, even the garage...feel better now (:
    SincerelyJasmineXO SincerelyJasmineXO 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2013

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    I Clean Best When I'm Angry

    I clean best when something is bothering me. I find myself stewing over it while I scrub the bathroom and clean out the fridge. Otherwise I hate cleaning.
    nicoleal20 nicoleal20 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 8, 2008

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    When I Am Sick, Sad, Angry Or Feel Like Doing Some Cardio......

    I have a tendency to clean morewhen I am sick. I must eliminate all germs!!! It's odd but if I feel horrible and I start cleaning I will actually feel better as I keep cleaning. Same for when I am mad about something. I turn on some good angry music and get to it. Even my kids...
    ImperfectHarmony ImperfectHarmony 26-30, F Sep 14, 2011

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    Cleaning Is Therapeutic

    I use to clean my house ALOT (lol)... until I found this site...now its therapeutic.:)
    tmmykat1995 tmmykat1995 41-45, F Mar 24, 2012

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    Mmmmm....I am still not sure

    if I find cleaning therapeutic or if it's an obsession that peaks in every now and then. I do realize I go overboard with cleaning as a means of escape. So I am so busy wiping mundane stains off, I don't have to worry about the things I want to set right in my life right...
    Perfect1mperfection Perfect1mperfection 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 9

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    Cleaning

    I find while I'm tidying and organizing my house I feel like I'm tidying and organizing my life at the same time..once I'm finished I feel very invigorated.
    MrHazeinCherubsGrace MrHazeinCherubsGrace 26-30, M 2 Responses Dec 5, 2011

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    My House Is Always Cleaner When I Am Stressed!!

    Anytime I am stressed my house is cleaner! I have always thought cleaning was a very therapeutic way to release anxiety and stress. So if I am feeling that way I am up until all hours of the night cleaning, doing laundry, dishes, whatever I need to and when I am finally all done...
    snowbunny1002 snowbunny1002 46-50, F 6 Responses Aug 9, 2008

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    Love the Stick Figures!

    hey mello, i hate housework with a passion.  until i'm done, that is, then i feel good about it.  even tho i hate it, i understand where you're coming from.  when my mom died, i went on a cleaning frenzy--everything just HAD to be straight or else! i realized that...
    trixi trixi 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 1, 2008

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    A Sort Of Reward

    Everyhting in the house seems  to be a routine. And thanks to that rountine I can find myself enjoying the outcome everytime I find myself cleaning the house or maybe making and serving meals fro my family or just washing the dishes. The routine itself is very therapeutic. It...
    zephyr2005 zephyr2005 41-45, F Sep 3, 2011

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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 never want to live in a house so big I can't do my own cleaning.
    Bpack Bpack 31-35 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...
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    I absolutely despise cleaning!!
    Lyssak Lyssak 36-40, F Dec 8

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