I Find Cleaning to Be Therapeutic

Cleaning is free therapy! 717 People

    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

    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

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    Mar 10, 2014

    Often, I find that when I am upset

    or angry, I will clean up the messy table, or sort out the disorganised cupboard, or go Daiso to get some stuff to keep things in their proper places. And I feel better.
    HappieStinger HappieStinger
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Apr 3, 2015

    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...
    b4realz b4realz
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Dec 3, 2012

    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

    I Love Sweeping the Car Porch

    In the past, I had a car porch with a tree beside. The tree is always shedding lots of leaves & petals & dead stuff. It littered the entire floor and the road outside with decomposing organic material. I love picking up a broom and sweep the rough floor with all my...
    jingles8826 jingles8826
    18-21, F
    May 30, 2008

    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
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 29, 2008


    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
    46-50, F
    Jun 14, 2012

    Since about December,

    I've been slowly purging my house. I am no where near those hoarders on tv, but I am amazed about how much pure junk accumulates. Especially junk mail. I don't know if this still holds true today, but in Japan spring cleaning is done before the new year. While I never...
    thenicholasexperience thenicholasexperience
    36-40, M
    Jan 9, 2016

    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
    Aug 23, 2013


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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


    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

    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...
    deleted deleted
    Jun 14, 2014

    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
    deleted deleted
    22 Responses Jul 21, 2013


    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

    I just cleaned the shower (yes,

    at 1:30 in the morning), and the lemony smell has infiltrated the apartment. At least it will mask the scent of the neighbors' skunky marijuana :P
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic
    31-35, F
    1 Response Oct 27, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 16, 2013

    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

    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
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 21, 2013

    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

    I'm in the middle of the process of cleaning my

    parents kitchen and I'm liking it
    blackberries blackberries
    31-35, F
    Nov 29, 2015

    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

    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


    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
    36-40, F
    Jan 24, 2011

    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

    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.... I know weird but I find better then sitting talking to someone about my problems seriously ..... Anyway farewell time to clean...
    keishlamarie keishlamarie
    22-25, F
    Feb 11, 2015

    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


    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

    I just tossed out 15 years of old clothes.

    Actually felt great to rid the baggage.
    Zap4you Zap4you
    46-50, M
    1 Response May 25, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 10, 2013

    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
    Sep 17, 2012

    & 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

    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
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 11, 2011

    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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