A Strange Compulsion to Clean


I spent a large part of today cleaning around the apartment. Picked up the kitchen, clearing the counters of nearly everything save a toaster. Cleaned the stovetop, cleared out the dishwasher, did the remaining dishes by hand, swept up the floor, vacuumed the living room, etc.

Here’s the thing though: I loathe cleaning. And now, with all the time in the world… I’ve largely avoided my computer the last few days and mostly occupied myself with running errands and making the apartment more presentable.

Perhaps this is some kind of nesting instinct, kicking in. Perhaps it’s that I know I’ll be spending a good deal of time here at home, so before I do anything else… I need to give it a good clean. Prior to writing this post, I cleared off my desk and can actually see the top of it again. First time in a long time.

I’ll say this though: cleaning on your own is hard work. This was so much easier when I had employees I could delegate to.

Part of me is trying to think of new and novel ways to “relax” during this unemployment phase. Like getting a bottle of Jameson and hosting a day-long Google Hangout, chatting with folks as I slowly get sauced.

But instead of that, I’m making runs to Target to buy a new shower liner. And giving the whole apartment a good Swiffering.

On the plus side, I think I’ve gotten the cleaning bug mostly out of my system. I’m itching once more to get back in front of a keyboard and monitor, so I take that as a good sign. Now all I have to do is fight the urge to re-install World of Warcraft on my machine.

[CC photo via morag.riddell]

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  1. My compulsion after losing my job was going through and purging/selling my stuff. My DVD collection went from several hundred down to a handful.

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