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obsessive compulsive cleaners

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giraffesCantFlipPancakes Sat 16-Feb-13 12:01:17

Opinions on the show?

Surely neither is healthy! The lady who cleans 60 hours a week, floor 5times a day and windows every time it rains etc...surely she is unwell with OCD?

sydlexic Sat 16-Feb-13 12:10:51

I have just started watching it on 4od, the opening scene says person with OCD cleans 2.5 hrs a day, for me I think that is normal.

The state of the dirty houses is beyond belief, no one lives like that surely, they must fake it.

giraffesCantFlipPancakes Sat 16-Feb-13 12:13:41

2.5 hours a day?!

No of course they don't fake it! Many people live like that, especially those with depressive type illnesses

alemci Sat 16-Feb-13 12:27:34

I watched this. Also all the bleach and chemicals cannot be doing the people using them any good. The lady who kept cleaning her windows had OCD. Perhaps she needed something else to do other than cleaning and that was part of the problem.

It was good that the obsessive cleaners helped the slovenly ones. Bit like Kim and Aggie I suppose but not using natural ingredients just bleach overdose.

SoleSource Wed 20-Feb-13 20:05:17

Anybody watching?

mildred37 Wed 20-Feb-13 20:10:50

Watching here with DH, who is feeling itchy at the state of Franks house! His voice is very familiar, he sounds like someone famous but can't put my finger on who????

SoleSource Wed 20-Feb-13 20:26:41

Not a patch on Kim and Aggie.sad

Varya Wed 20-Feb-13 20:30:13

Watching and have a sister with OCD. Cant believe anyone wants to spend their lives cleaning and polishing. A quick whisk round when necessary and a nice familiar comfy home.

SoleSource Wed 20-Feb-13 20:32:39

One extreme to the other.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Wed 20-Feb-13 20:36:02

Why, why, why do none of the OCD ladies wash their faces?

They're all covered in streaky fake tan and week old make up.

Does their need for house cleanliness cause them to neglect their personal hygiene?

Are the two linked?

TrinityRhino Wed 20-Feb-13 20:41:50

the dirty houses are definitely not faked

without a doubt

SoleSource Wed 20-Feb-13 20:43:36

MrsRajesh grin they could try the jetwasher on those faces!

Chottie Wed 20-Feb-13 20:44:53

I'm just loving this programme

SoleSource Wed 20-Feb-13 20:47:07

Love the tunnel. I wonder if there are voluntary cleaning up groups. I would join it.

StarlightMcKenzie Wed 20-Feb-13 20:49:28

I spend 2.5 hours cleaning AND I have a filthy house!

What say you wise people?

HumphreyCobbler Wed 20-Feb-13 20:49:33

I was disturbed by the level of the cleaning obsession. This is no way to live your life. I watched last week and thought it was exploitative of all parties really.

SoleSource Wed 20-Feb-13 20:52:03

Tomorrow I will be cleaning for about seven hours. Not an inch will be untouched. It is filthy in here

Booyhoo Wed 20-Feb-13 20:52:41

i'm watching it and i am loving it.

i think i'm odd though. i dont think i have OCD but there are definitely aspects of the participants with OCD's behaviour that i do and yet my bedroom is definitely that of a hoarder. i do think i am a hoarder. i have been for a few years but i am tackling it and in order for me to get on top of it i must do the things that some people would say are obsessive/picky etc. if i lose my routine even for a day i lose the motivation to keep going the next day or day after and it goes back to chaos. i dont think i will ever spend 8 hours a day cleaning, but i am happy to continue most of the daily rituals that i do already and consider them necessary. i probably spend 2 hours a day cleaning and could/should do more but i do take my time with it because i'm not working right now and i have the time. when i was working F/T we were out of the house all day and no pets so it took far less time but the house was really immaculate. i dream of getting back to that tbh.

MrsRajeshKoothrappali Wed 20-Feb-13 20:54:22

Hoarding is OCD behaviour too.

Booyhoo Wed 20-Feb-13 20:58:01

"I spend 2.5 hours cleaning AND I have a filthy house!"


i'm actually watching this with my dcs because i know DS1 struggles with my need for certain things to be done in certain ways and in certain orders. we've been talking about teh people having MH issues and how it affects them. there was a man last week who described how all his mess made him feel claustrophobic (or something along those lines) and it was a good description of how i feel so i told ds to try and get him to see that it isn't just me being naggy. i need to have the stuff cleared so that i can think and breathe. it really helped him to understand.

Booyhoo Wed 20-Feb-13 21:00:48

is it mrs? i didn't know that. i suppose it is just another obsession really. i can justify it all and why i still have it. that's my problem.

ariadneoliver Wed 20-Feb-13 21:04:51

I'd forgotten about this, thank goodness for channel 4+1 grin

starshaker Wed 20-Feb-13 22:11:20

OMG how judgy are they. They are just annoying me

nancy75 Wed 20-Feb-13 22:15:52

I watched this earlier, what I didn't get was the bit where the families turned up and said how great it was. If they could see what dumps their family were living in why didn't they do something? Why did it take a stranger on the Telly to help clean the houses?

Booyhoo Wed 20-Feb-13 22:22:45

from a personal perspective i find it very hard to even let family or close friends know how bad things have been. no-one has been in my bedroom to see how bad it is and it would be a massive thing for me to show anyone and even harder to accept help. i would find it easier to accept help from a stranger (but not on TV) than from family.

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