I can be like that, too. I wonder if it's some sort of "nesting" response, similar to women deciding they need to clean the whole house before going into labor?
I think it's because we're all insane, and usually just hide it better. ;-)
Man, and I thought I had done well by clearing a tiny portion of the crap off of my desk. Kudos both for doing a good job and for recognizing your limits and stopping before you went too far!
I was driven by looming humiliation. I find it a motivating force.
Well, I'm a recovered clean freak - still clean, but to less extreme. I can relate to the refrigerator situation, as we just got our second new one in 12 years, but did not bother to clean behind and under it until after this one was delivered. That had to be the most filth that's ever been in my house, the next worst being window blinds. I think cleaning window blinds is the worst cleaning task, and replacing them is better than cleaning them!
As far as cleaning when I'm sick, I think I'm the opposite. I think I clean to get an idea of how terminal the illness is, and as long as I can do it, I figure I'll live :D
I could use a bit more clean freak - I hate doing it.
Cleaning behind the fridge before the replacement arrives is a very reasonable thing to do. What is not reasonable is my mom cleaning the entire house before the maid arrives. She claims that she's just getting the easy jobs out of the way so the maid can focus on the important stuff, but really its because she's crazy. Today, she made us clean before we left the house to go visit other people. 0_0
When we had a cleaning service, I did insist on picking up all clutter before cleaning day. But actually cleaning? Hell, no! That's why I hired a cleaning service!
Yeah, when I'm really sick sometimes I'll start feeling totally useless and then when I go and do something unnecessary yet productive it will make me feel like I can go back to bed and collapse.
But that's just me. :)
Yeah, that's a lot of the compulsion.
Due to imminent guests--one whom I haven't seen in 14 years, and his wife and child whom I've never met--we're going through the house and cleaning the hell out of it. We've only been here a year, and yet... holy crap. We might be able to use the dining room table for the first time ever in this house!
It's not so much clutter for me. I hate clutter, so tend to keep things picked up reasonably well. But the grime in the corners? I notice it and mentally tut at myself for letting it happen, but there's always something more important to do....
I always assumed the reason why I did that when I am really sick is because I didn't want anyone to come in to get me (alive or dead) and find a dirty house. Though my apartment is usually always cluttered.
Clean underwear syndrome. ;-)
I think it's some kind of response to having a fever. God only knows why. I get all these impulses to write, myself. It's very frustrating when I know I could get all this stuff done, if only I could shake it.
Whatever it is, I wish I could bottle up that ambition for use at healthy times!
2006-08-20 10:17 pm (UTC)
See, remember when I said "Call me if you need ANY help with anything? ANYTHING!"
*shakes head in a 'what am I going to do with you' kinda day*
Oh dear god, I could never have subjected you to that! It wouldn't even occur to me.
Also, I don't think *I* have your phone number. Ferrett has it in his phone, which is with him.
when I am sick I get the weirdest urges as well. Like I'll want to clean my room but i''ll have to crawl around on the floor to do it. I also get weird cravings. There was one time last year I was out on a group date and all I wanted to eat was pickles and ice cream... Not together but I couldn't eat anything else... just thr thought of it made me want to puke. Feel better.
Crawling to clean! Yes, I've done that in the past.
It's amazing the nastiness that can accumulate underneath the fridge. I find the best way to tackle that kind of crud is to spray on cleaner of choice and then lay several damp paper towels over it and let sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping up.
I do hope you get well soon.
A actually used a spatula to scrape up the dampened layers. That worked pretty well.
If the tar was deep enough to block airflow, that could be the cause of the fridge dying. Still, once an appliance betrays you, it is hard to ever trust it again...
Could be that sucking the dust out made the difference. At this point, it's still working....
I'm with you on the housecleaning thing.
I despise clutter, but my place would most certainly not pass a white glove test.
I vacumn when someone's coming over, or when there are chunks of cat hair and I don't get real excited about dusting.