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Cleaning kink? [Feb. 2nd, 2012|08:55 am]
Have you ever talked to dedicated nail biters and had them tell you about the pleasure of holding off for a few days, letting their nails grow while they fought against the urge to bite them, and then their ecstatic pleasure at biting those nails?

Occasionally I’m like that with my kitchen.

Oh, it’s not on the days when I’m cooking. If I’m regularly cooking, then the mess gets cleaned up before I get started. But every once in a while we have a day like yesterday, where I didn’t feel good and we had friends over and Chinese takeout.

The cartons are all over the counters. There are sticky spots. Dishes in the sink. The stove top is a mess because I didn’t clean it up after making pot roast two nights ago. In sum, my kitchen is a giant mess. (Okay, giant mess for me; lots of people are messier than I, I admit.)

Instead of upsetting me, it’s filling me with a strange glee. Right now I don’t have time to clean it up. I have to put out the trash, but then I have other things I must do. So for the moment, the mess remains.

Then when I get my work done, I will get the pleasure of cleaning my kitchen. I will spend at least an hour scrubbing everything down. I will polish, and sweep, and mop, and then step back, see the places I missed, and go at them again. The whole thing will fill me with a sort of calm pleasure. Afterward, I might even cook something.

Pity I can’t muster the same pleasure for cleaning the bathroom….

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[User Picture]From: naath
2012-02-02 01:59 pm (UTC)
That's the way I always clean. Let it get really messy, then take it from "really messy" to "really clean". Very satisfying. I've very little interest in maintaining constant "really clean" at the cost of constant low-level effort with no visible results.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-02 04:54 pm (UTC)
I usually maintain "really clean" well, but when something happens and I fall behind, I fall WAY behind before getting back in there.
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[User Picture]From: sacramentalist
2012-02-02 02:12 pm (UTC)
You should come visit...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-02 04:55 pm (UTC)
I have been known to clean at other people's houses, but I hesitate to do so because I don't want them to be offended.
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From: simulated_knave
2012-02-02 02:49 pm (UTC)
Don't clean the bathroom. Clean the components of the bathroom.

Clean the toilet one time. The sink another. The mirror another.

I find it limits the effort expended enough to make the gratification balance it out; whereas doing the whole bathroom just makes me tired.
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2012-02-02 03:13 pm (UTC)
I can't do that, though. To me, if the whole room isn't clean, it isn't clean. So I feel like I'm constantly cleaning and I never have a "clean room."
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2012-02-02 04:10 pm (UTC)
my ex has found the perfect woman for him. they text about their favorite cleaning products, and he messages her photos of MY house after he's cleaned. (yes, the ex gets paid to come clean for me. its good for everyone involved.)

the satisfaction of a job well done is something i absolutely understand. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-02 05:04 pm (UTC)
That's great that you've found a working balance.

I am getting ready for another big reorganization of my life push. I can feel it. This early spring weather is bringing it on.....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-02 05:52 pm (UTC)
Ferrett regards my decluttering need as something he has to put up with. We work to compromise.
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From: anonymousalex
2012-02-02 06:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, the vagaries of English. Based on the title, I was expecting a dissertation on organizing and pruning one's kinks, rather than a kink for cleaning.

In this case, YKINMKBYKIOK. While my kitchen cleaning is much the same as you describe (build up, then big cleaning binge), the satisfaction level just isn't the same for me.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-02 06:53 pm (UTC)
Alas, it's much better if you get the kink jump. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2012-02-02 07:07 pm (UTC)
I love your icon!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-02 08:41 pm (UTC)
Sheldon is awesome.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2012-02-02 07:45 pm (UTC)
What I wouldn't give to have that kind of glee for cleaning anything in my house!
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2012-02-02 07:46 pm (UTC)
i love our new kitchen - it'll be one in six weeks! what i don't like about it is the stove. cleaning the stove. it's black. it accepts smears and fingerprints. and when you cook on it, everything goes all to hell real fast. i spend as much time cleaning the stove as i do the entire kitchen. it's nuts.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-02 08:48 pm (UTC)
The stainless steel is actually showing less prints than I feared. I'm very happy.
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[User Picture]From: ivorywitch
2012-02-02 09:57 pm (UTC)
I KNEW it! It's a sickness and other people hide it. I have the same affliction...only I also hoard ironing. It gives me pleasure...is there a support group for that?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-02 10:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know if there's a support group, but I am certain that you could make a tidy profit engaging in your kink!
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[User Picture]From: corvaxgirl
2012-02-02 10:04 pm (UTC)
I . . .I do this. I do this and didn't even realize I do.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-02 10:18 pm (UTC)
Knowing is half the battle. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: daemonnoire
2012-02-07 04:12 pm (UTC)
I love having a clean kitchen. What I do not love is having a husband whose idea of cleaning the kitchen after I make dinner is to put it off for several days and then ask me to "help just a little."

He's getting better about it. But if you happen to figure out a way to pass on the cleaning kink, I would love to know.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-02-07 04:18 pm (UTC)
I haven't passed it to Ferrett, though he is much better because he knows it makes me happy. That makes me feel very loved.
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