Erica Lucke Dean

"Making the world a better place, one book at a time."

you might have OCD if…

I may just be getting into this whole “housewife” thing a little too much.  I decided this right about the time I was scouring the shower (for the third time this week) while I was actually taking a shower.  I thought it was a good idea at the time—multitasking, you know.  And my shower is really, really clean now.  But maybe I should try to slow down.  Relax a little. 

I can relax tomorrow.

Today, I was on a roll.  I have vacuumed my floors at least twice.  I may have vacuumed one room three times.  But it’s deep into shedding season and my remaining Labrador and my two long haired cats are shedding like mad! It seems as if the minute one room is clean, I see a fast moving tumbleweed of cat fluff rolling by, and I feel this sudden compulsion to get it!  That’s when I run to get the vacuum and quickly suck it up!  There is just no way to get it all.  I have to face that fact. 

I dusted every surface that I could reach without climbing up a ladder.  It’s amazing how high cat hair can climb without the cat attached to it.  I’m not sure where the cat hair stopped and the spider webs started.  It’s a good thing I was home to get them.  And it’s a good thing my vacuum attachment has a long reach. Who knows how long they were up there!  These things tend to build up when you work all day and don’t have the time to clean every inch daily. 

Being a wife/mother/writer is a definitely a full time job!  Even if the pay isn’t great.

Pay or no pay…I’m working on making my house cleaner than the day I moved in!  As of right now, I don’t have a single dirty dish left to wash.  The laundry has been done, folded, and put away.  Even the cat boxes have been cleaned and washed.  I would have washed the cats if I could have caught them.  And if I had the proper tools I would have swept out the chimneys.  It’s that time of year after all. 

I never knew that I was a neat freak until I took a medical leave from work.  It just goes to show…there may be a little neat freak in all of us. 

Then again…it could be all the blood pressure medicine I’ve been taking. 

I ran into a friend at the grocery store today, and she suggested I take up drinking.  Apparently it’s good for stress relief and keeping that OCD at bay.

I don’t know…it could work…but I think I’ll leave the drinking to those who don’t know how to properly use their OCD.  I’ve got mine completely under control!

Time to clean out the refrigerator!

Until the next time…I’ll be rearranging the vegetable drawer!

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