The Land of the Cleaning Disorder

The Land of the Cleaning Disorder

Inspired by dropping my breakfast this morning.

by Alienhippy

Have you ever noticed, when you drop toast

It lands with the butter side down?

Dog hair, Cat hair sometimes even Budgie seed

Stuck in the butter so you frown…

At the Dog as he sits and drools

Pop another slice in, now you have some rules

To stop that OCD, and freaking out again (*a-gen)

Calm yourself down, count to ten

Then think of the time when you had that disorder

Cleaning till your hands bled, verging on the border

Of insanity

You see

My house was once perfect

You could eat off the carpet

Sterilized everything, was my house law

Forbidden was footwear and nowhere was Cat hair

And Dogs were not allowed through my door

Dirty, Smelly creatures dribbling everywhere

Messing my perfection, I didn’t even care

How uncomfortable my house was

For people visiting, throwing them a coaster

Making sure they’re keeping

My immaculate little cell

As pure as it can be

Walking around the kitchen

Mopping spills I cannot see

Plumping up the cushions before guests even leave

Busy, busy cleaning, only I deceive

Myself, because later in my bed

The thoughts going round my head are;

  • Did I comb the tassels on the rug?
  • I have left a wine glass in the sink!
  • I must polish the light bulbs with essential oil in the morning!
  • Is the kettle two inches away from the wall, with the flex on the right?

I ended up 6 stone 2, and my hair went thin

I didn’t think enough about the bleach in my skin

Or the time spent re-cleaning every single day

Re-organising toy boxes, but never time to play

Thank God, I saw the light!

What a strange place to see

The land of cleaning OCD

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7 thoughts on “The Land of the Cleaning Disorder

  1. Hi Lisa
    That’s a thing for me to do .drop toast on the floor and it always falls on the buttery,jammy side.If the dog doesn’t come running to lick it up then it gets cleaned ,but even though she does a good job ,I still give it a wipe. lol .It seems like the more I clean the more I see that needs to be done especially when the girls are here going in And out.I would drive myself crazy if i though of all the dirt they bring in on their feet even though they take off their sandles .They are only kids once and we enjoy them .

  2. I am also a sufferer of OCD, although mostly in control now. I can relate to all of this, except the essential oils on the light bulb. Very good poem

  3. WOW!
    You certainly have come a long way then!
    I can relate to some of this but not all of it.
    My psychologist told me that (in my case) it was a result of everything in my life spiralling out of control that I just needed to be able to control at least one thing- and that became my house.
    I still have trouble hanging clothes on the clotheslines with different coloured pegs, HAVE to have my kids clothes hung correctly ie: white t- shirts can ONLY go on white hangers, blue ones on blue etc etc and I CANNOT eat only 1 grape at time (or any small finger food for that matter) I MUST have one on each side of my mouth to chew simultaneously.
    Maybe I’ve developed these habits through stress? Who knows? Who cares?! LOL

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