Today, I came home to this beautiful sight. Yes, it’s just a picture of my living room, but it’s so orderly! K cleaned the house today when I was at work. There’s nothing more comforting to me than coming home to a clean house after a long day at work.
As someone with OCD, I strive for cleanliness. I am constantly concerned about how clean my hands are or how sanitized the house is. When it’s clean and organized, I feel that it’s comfortable to live in and my anxiety levels are decreased.
However, my house is NOT always spotless and in order. I think a stigma exists surrounding OCD and it is that people with OCD MUST have everything clean and organized. While Monk is an entertaining show, it is dramatized. Not everyone with OCD is obsessed with cleaning and health. I can’t emphasize this enough.
For me, there are only certain environments in which I feel most comfortable, one of these is my own home. My work space is another story and public places in general freak me out. I think it is a feeling of a lack of control and that I can’t control the things and people in my environment if I’m anywhere except for my home or even my car.
Therefore, my house is not always clean or organized. Today was a great example. Apparently it had gotten bad enough that K actually took the initiative and totally cleaned every room. I hate house cleaning, but it’s a necessary evil. I do it when I notice that it’s really bad. I just don’t worry nearly as much in my home, so I don’t clean like it’s going out of style in it.
I hope this makes sense. It’s just something that came to mind today when I came home. I’ve seen a lot of things online or on TV that make it seem like everyone with OCD is a certain way when that is certainly not the case.
If you want to know more about OCD and some possible characteristics of someone with OCD, visit one of my favorite websites, nami.org I linked it specifically to the page about OCD.
Thank you for reading!
PS There’s something that I wanted to clarify about the Giveaway. It ends on Thursday, 10/24/13 and yes, you do have to join Facebook to enter. I’m so sorry about this, but WP doesn’t allow me to post it here. I will host another Giveaway in the future that doesn’t require me to use FB, I just have to research it.
Also, the actual identify of the winner will not be named on my blog, but I will link back to your blog and/or use your WP username. When the winner is picked, I will email him/her and he/she will email me a shipping address, so that I can send the prize! I will keep this information totally confidential 🙂
Thanks for doing this! Again, here’s the Facebook Link.