Anybody Else Hate Cleaning?


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It's not that I hate the act itself, in fact I think cleaning is very therapeutic and relaxing.  The reason why I hate cleaning rooms and such myself is because I become very OCD in cleanliness.  I can be considered a perfectionist, and I take pride in my work, so whatever I set out to do, I make sure to do properly.  This is why cleaning can make me extremely frustrated, I'm not satisfied until the room or object I'm cleaning is entirely spotless.  100%.  No exceptions.

BUT IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!!

As soon as I clean one section and start another, I turn back and another spec of dust has infiltrated the vacant space I just created.  Every time.  Every space.  It's never totally 100% clean.  And it drives me insane.  All I want is that 5 minutes of satisfaction where I can step back from the work I've produced and admire a job well done.  When it's cleaning I look and just see more dirt starting to accumulate, it's never ending.

Obviously I can't NOT clean, that's just disgusting.  Maybe I can buy an abode that has a completely black interior... but I figure it'd be 2 weeks before I went psycho.
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Not particularly. While I don't jump at the chance of cleaning, I think tasks like vacuuming, laundry, sweeping, mowing the lawn, etc. are very therapeutic because they give you a sense of accomplishment. And like any chore, once you get started it isn't so bad.
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Um, that's just weird.
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Is it weird?  Damnit.  I was hoping there'd be a rush of people coming here and saying "ME TOO!"  It's just the perpetual futility that bothers me.  I really like cleaning very messy places though because even with the minor dust particles floating around I feel like I've accomplished something.
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Maybe your issue is that you're focusing too much and making such a big deal out of a common-place thing. Try cleaning without making it into a zen experience. Once you've mastered that, maybe then you can try upping the ante.
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Making something clean isn't zen, the act of cleaning itself is zen.  Zen.  That's why I prefer to scrub the floors on my hands and knees instead of using a mop.  And the big deal comes from that carrot of satisfaction outstretched on that stick of dust that I can never reach.

Anyway, there's no point in trying make other people understand, if you know where I'm coming from, then you know, otherwise it's impossible.

And of course, if I want to get over it I just have to move beyond, and that's exactly what I do, otherwise I'd never finish cleaning anything.  Right now it just takes me a long time :P
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There is always a sense of self accomplishment when you clean the house and discover that you have a floor. I myself am a perfectionist when it comes to cleaning. Its got to be COMPLETELY clean, not one item out of place. Just like when your at work, do the job and get it done right. I totally agree with you Omar. Oh right, "ME TOO!"
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Finally!  I knew I wasn't crazy!

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Oh man, you guys should just get a sand garden and a rake.
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I hate the futility of it.

So I tend to put off dusting and other non-essentials until I can see a real difference. I mean, you wash the dishes and it looks great. And now we can eat.

Laundry is a dramatic difference.

But some things just don't make me feel anything but wasted time.

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