It’s that time of the week/month some say. Cleaning day. Vacuum all the carpets, wipe down the floors and disinfect the toilet.
Well, for people like me ( as I’m sure I’m not the only specimen out there :d ), this is not a routine that can be done once a month or from once in a while when in the mood. Cleaning for me is as important as sleeping for others( okay, maybe not that important, since I really like sleeping). Cleaning kind of maintains my mental balance (haha, no judging!)
I believe I owe my cleaning obsession to my mom, who thought me how to do it since I was little and I helped her around in the kitchen. I’m not blaming her since she also thought me one of the most important things in my life, which led me to my career (cooking), but being a clean freak can be quite annoying especially when your partner is the total opposite!
In my parent’s apartment that I was raised in, back in Romania, we used to have these big carpets in the middle of the room which pretty much took all the space. They would get all kinds of fluffs and lint on them when you didn’t clean them very often, which I remember always gave me a high irritability state(I know…I’m weird like that).
It was truly therapeutic for me to clean the house and especially the carpets. When I was really upset or angry, I would start cleaning and then things felt a little bit better. My problems wouldn’t be fixed by cleaning of course, but it was like a quick mind-clearing tool that I used, instead of yelling at other people or throwing things at the walls like others might do.
I am a grown up now (supposedly) and I still find myself wanting to clean as often as I get the chance. For me, there is just a few feelings that compare to the deep cleaning the whole house feeling, taking a long bath and sitting on the couch with a cup of hot lemon tea and enjoying the work you just did.
This cleaning situation, after having a baby is a whole different story though!
Newborn phase: Try cleaning after you delivered a baby. You still have that uncontrolled urge, but quite frankly you are way too tired from waking up a gazillion times during the night to breastfeed and trying to make your baby sleep.
You then finally get the chance to take a “relaxing” bath and while sitting in the warm water, all you can see is the little pieces of paper on the floor, the dust on top of your personal care products shelf, the hair on the floor and that’s when your relaxing moment is over and you decide to get out of the bath and do a “quick wipe” that would only take “1 minute” and then you’re back to your bath. By the time you are done you hear your baby crying and here we go again.
CRAZY POSTPARTUM ME
I remember a few days after we were back from the hospital with our freshly out- of the -shell baby, we got a home visit from a nurse. I was in bed and my boyfriend let her in. Since she didn’t know taking shoes off was one of our golden house rules (more like one of my golden house rules :)) ), she came in with her shoes on and walked around our house checking the baby and asking questions.
The second she was out the door, I was with a carpet brush and cleaner in my hands, days after I just had a baby!. I will never forget my boyfriends face when he saw me. He was somewhat amused I think but I bet in the back of his mind he confirmed to himself I am a little crazy )
Being outside is even tougher. It really seems like a battle against the germs sometimes, especially now that I have a 1-year old. I’ve never been very good with buses, door handles and public restrooms (yuck), but what I’m recently most disgusted with is smartphones, since a recent study showed that the screen of a smartphone has more germs and disgusting stuff on it that your toilet!
Reading the study was of course followed by a new crazy-people habit, disinfecting our phones with rubbing alcohol every few days.
And since I just put myself out there and my weird cleaning habits and obsessions, let me just end by saying that all weird fixations you have are what make you special (or at least that’s what I tell myself haha). Don’t let anyone tell you how many times a day you can clean that toilet or smartphone screen!
Do you have any weird cleaning habits or funny stories about people who do?
Let me know in the comments below.