Let me be quite clear from the off set. I do not have OCD, I do however have cleaning ‘issues’ Me and my obsessive cleaning habits are really quite annoying!
This all started when Little Man was born. I had this overwhelming urge to aways be cleaning and tidying. I don’t worry about germs, it’s just things looking clean and tidy and having a place.
My obsession is to make sure every thing is clean and put away otherwise I find it really hard to either relax, or leave the house. On an evening if the washing up hasn’t been done then I am unable to sit down and relax knowing the washing up is still on the side. If I need to leave the house then I need to make sure the house is clean and tidy before walking out of the front door. I just seem like I am unable to concentrate if I know there is mess in the house.
To be fair it does really wind me up and it annoys me. Doug will sit down after dinner to relax and then I will start dusting, hoovering, cleaning and tidying and this can be from around 1930 till sometimes gone 2100. He will get really annoyed and tell me just to relax, however for me it isn’t that easy. I wish I could just sit and relax and chill out but unless all the work has been done then there is no point in me even trying.
Sometimes after eating Doug will say he will wash up ‘in a bit’ then I end up doing it as I know it is sitting there. With regards to the kids and the toys, if the rest of the house is clean and tidy then I am more than happy for them to have their toys out in the one room. They can have as many toys out as they like and make as much mess as they like in the one room, but as I say I need to know the rest of the house is totally clean and tidy first.
I never used to be like this and can only put my finger on the fact I had a baby being a reason that triggered it.
Are you like this? Are you the other half of someone who is like this?