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Help: I'm both the hoarder and the obsessive compulsive cleaner :/

I love watching Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (if you are based in the UK you know what I’m taking about). I always watch it though knowing I can empathise with both sides. Am I the only one?

I have always liked things nice and clean. That satisfaction of seeing things clean and the smell of bleach always makes me feel like I’ve done a good job at getting things clean. I always liked to have products ordered and essential ‘back ups’ in the cupboards. Gradually, though and at the risk of this sounding like a counselling session, I realised that surrounding myself with ‘back ups’, was getting out of hand.

My mum rang me one night and asked if I was every going to come back and take some of the stuff I had stored at hers. I have lived in London for over a year now and the stuff I “temporarily” stored at hers, was clearly not needed and more importantly my mum wanted her space back. We tried the video chat/photos of what can they chuck out and managed a fair bit of de-cluttering, but the room was still full of my “treasure”.

That really got me thinking about the stuff I had in my flat, which was fast becoming a home to lots of ‘back ups’, (plus all the stuff at my boyfriend’s flat!). I realised it needed nipping in the bud before my flat just became another dumping ground and booked a ticket to mum’s to get clearing!

Although, I have never had any formal counselling over it, I think losing my dad and a relationship breakdown several years ago had a lot to do with the need to surround myself with things that made me feel ‘safe’.

After finally getting my life sorted and finding happiness, I no longer feel there is any need for all that stuff, or any other rubbish in my life ๐Ÿ™‚

So, here is the massive cleaning undertaking…

So, after lots and lots of charity shop and recycling centre trips later, the room is finally able to be converted into my mum’s craft room.

Does anyone else have a secret hoarding or OCD issue? 

Lots of love, 
Helen xoxo 


Hi, I’m Helen. I run the lifestyle and wellbeing blog, Helen Loves. It’s all about inspiring you to live the life you love. With tips and tricks to live a more stress-free, simple life and boosting your confidence and self-esteem. I hope you enjoy! Lots of love, Helen xoxo

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