Me and my obsessive cleaning

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?

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  1. Sonia 7th April 2016 / 16:04

    Poor you- you must drive yourself mad! To be honest, since having kids I have become less like this! I’m still quite house proud but can now happily walk out of the house or go to bed when it’s in a mess (as long as I know no one is due to visit). I can definitely sympathise! xx

  2. Emma White (@TheRealSupermum) 7th April 2016 / 20:01

    I hate mess but with 6 kids I find all I do all day is run around after them and get stressed so I have relaxed and now enjoy a good hour spring clean each night when they are in bed

  3. Life as Mum 7th April 2016 / 20:28

    Oh bless you! I’m not like this and neither is my partner. But there are certain things I do want doing. When I am in the mood to get things done I won’t wait around

  4. Oana 7th April 2016 / 22:08

    Yes, I am like that. I do not hoover every evening but I need to know that everything is in order before I can do anything else. I do get quite annoyed if toys are everywhere around the house as Emma does not have one particular room as her play room.xx

  5. Mellissa Williams 7th April 2016 / 23:10

    I love the place to be clean and tidy but I am not obsessive about it. I do like order though! When I get the urge to clean obsessively I just think I have never heard anyone say, with their last breath … “I wish I had cleaned more”.

  6. Kerry Norris 7th April 2016 / 23:13

    I was like that on my first but as soon as she became on the move etc I then didn’t have time for it. I used to be obsessed with it and cleaned everyday. X

  7. Karen Grosz 8th April 2016 / 02:16

    Have you thought about where the anxiety comes from: perfectionism, criticized for not having a clean house, etc. I am not like this totally but my sink needs to not have dishes in it and it comes from my Mom.

  8. My Little Babog Blog 8th April 2016 / 11:03

    I’m totally with you. I cannot relax or sit down until all my chores or done, lunches made etc. I love sitting down knowing everything is done x

  9. lifewithpinkprincesses 8th April 2016 / 18:40

    This does sound like ocd. I’ve been the same since having my third. The struggle is, I have no motivation to actually do it. Embrace the clean!

  10. JJ @ Fantastic Cleaners 14th September 2016 / 13:10

    I used to be quite careless about cleaning at home, but after I actually started to earn my living via cleaning services I sort of developed the same “defect” and quite drastic I would say. Now I’m constantly scanning all surroundings (no matter if I’m visiting, having lunch or etc.) if dust is wiped properly, skirting, other edges, lamps, upholstery.. Seriously, I’m fully capable of carrying a portable steam/vacuum cleaner in my backpack… I can’t stand dust, literally. Sometimes I worry I’ve became a maniac and that does scare me a bit. Domestic cleaning can become obsessive…


    • Blogging Mummy 16th September 2016 / 14:30

      I just like the feeling and smell of it once it has been cleaned and looks really nice, tidy and fresh. thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂

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