It is one thing to like to have things neat and clean but it is a whole different ballgame to be a perfectionist. I have always liked a clean house and a clean working environment. Often I’ve stressed over the fact that it wasn’t quite as clean as I wished it was. But, I didn’t let it get to me, I just did what I could and continued on with life. But having to have things absolutely perfect is beyond extreme. Unless you can afford to hire someone to follow you around and clean up after it just won’t be possible to be perfect. I’ve had the experience in my life of knowing people that were obsessed with cleanliness. When I’ve actually been invited into their homes it has felt more like being in a museum where you can look but don’t dare touch. It is extremely awkward because I didn’t know if I should sit or stand, leave my shoes on or take them off, cough, sneeze or even breath. Another words it was a place that I dreaded to visit and couldn’t wait to leave when I got there. Humans aren’t perfect and it’s not even practical to strife for that. It’s only stressful and unfulfilling. It does give you plenty to do if there is nothing else going on, though.
I have noticed that a perfectionist may have other symptoms of compulsiveness. Because in all reality having a perfectly clean environment is really a form of being compulsive. It is a way to control your environment and those that enter into it without having to announce that is what you are doing. That of course is not a hard and fast rule but there seems to be at least a ring of truth to that statement. I’m not saying that it is terrible to be a perfectionist, but it may well consume your time and thinking and really come back to be a huge burden to yourself and to your loved ones. It may well be the opposite extreme of a person that is a hoarder or someone that is morbidly obese. Those examples are clearly out of control instead of being overly in control of everything. However, I am not a psychologist but I imagine there have been some studies with these comparisons made.
Maybe all these thought provoking words are just a way to excuse myself from not being as good at keeping things clean as I should be. Although, I am disagreeing with myself about that sentence even as I’m writing it down. I’m actually quite satisfied with my cleanliness. I’m also happy to invite friend
s to come and visit even when my place isn’t perfectly wonderfully clean. I like to think that being well-rounded and balanced in life is much better than being a perfectionist. I have a lot of fun ans to come and visit even when my place isn’t perfectly wonderfully clean. I like to think that being well-rounded and balanced in life is much better than being a perfectionist. I have a lot of fun and a lot of friends and that means much more to me than a spotless window or a dust free end table.