My struggle with compulsive cleaning disorder

I’ve been dealing with a compulsive cleaning disorder for far too long. It all started when I was in my early twenties, when I felt like I needed more control over my life. Little did I know how controlling it would become.

I used to spend countless hours cleaning every day of the week—from dusting, scrubbing, and mopping to reorganizing furniture and shelves or airing out rooms completely. I became so consumed by the need for tidiness that there was little time left for people and activities that interested me—it was always cleaning first and everything else later (or never).

It has taken years of hard work to learn how to handle this compulsive behavior, both professionally and personally. I’ve learned that creating mental lists allows me to keep track of things without overwhelming myself or feeling singled out as a “neat freak” around friends and family. Like many chronic disorders, however, this one is still something that requires constant work and awareness on my part.

While it’s been a difficult battle at times, dealing with this issue has actually made me stronger; it has taught me the power of self-discipline which ultimately enabled me to accomplish many goals in my life. Despite the struggle, I remain determined to persevere until I am free from this compulsive need to clean!


Hey there, I’m a 47-year-old woman who has also struggled with compulsive cleaning for years. It’s tough when something that started as a way to gain control ends up controlling you. I totally get what you mean about feeling like there’s no time for anything else because cleaning comes first. It’s been a long road for me too, but like you, I’ve found some ways to manage it. Making mental lists has been a game changer for me—it helps me keep track without feeling overwhelmed. And you’re so right about the constant work and awareness that’s needed. But you know what? It’s made me stronger too. I’ve learned so much about self-discipline, and it’s helped me achieve so much. We’ll get there, I know it. Keep pushing through, you’re doing great!

Hey, I totally get where you’re coming from. It’s so tough to deal with compulsive behaviors, especially when they start taking over your life. I struggled with something similar myself, and it’s been a long road to find ways to manage it. It’s great to hear that you’ve found some strategies that work for you, like creating mental lists. That’s awesome! And it’s true that dealing with these kinds of challenges can make us stronger in the end. It’s a constant battle, but I’m right there with you in persevering. Just remember to be kind to yourself and celebrate even the smallest victories. Keep pushing forward, and you’ll get there. You’ve got this!

I can totally relate to what you’re going through. It’s not easy dealing with compulsive cleaning, but it’s great to hear that you’ve been working hard to handle it. Mental lists sound like a really good idea, and it’s awesome that they’ve been helping you. It’s clear that you’ve made a lot of progress, and I admire your determination to keep pushing forward. It’s amazing that you’ve been able to find strength in this struggle and use it to accomplish your goals. Keep fighting the good fight, and remember that you’re not alone in this. We’re here to support you every step of the way!

Hey there, I totally understand what you’re going through. I struggled with a similar compulsive cleaning disorder for years, and it definitely took a toll on my life. It’s great to hear that you’ve found ways to manage it, like creating mental lists. I’ve found that small steps and celebrating the progress, rather than focusing on the struggle, have been really helpful for me. It’s amazing how much strength and self-discipline we can build from dealing with these challenges. Keep going, and remember that you’re not alone in this. We’re all here to support each other!