People with OCD Knew It All Along
If you love cleanliness, then this is the best time to be alive right now. I don’t think that in the history of mankind, there has been a cleaner period than this one. Door handles to public buildings, subway handles, escalator handrails — you name it — cleaner than ever. Even our own door handles have never seen as much attention as they’re getting now.
If you love hygiene, then this is the place to be. Have you seen those officials in protective suits spraying the hell out of those buildings — just loving it.
Companies selling cleaning products are experiencing growth rates they could have never imagined. Whatever can clean something is in demand right now. And the stronger the better.
Especially if you have OCD — it’s a time to remember. Now you know, you weren’t wrong after all. All the doubters who thought you exaggerated with your obsession for cleanliness — well — they were wrong, and you were right. Better admit it.
This is why the OCD-mind needs a second opinion
These days, everybody will see what it’s like to have second thoughts on the state of the germs in your house or on your hands — especially your hands. When you’re not sure whether the 5-minute extensive hand-wash you just had — without any doubt — removed the nasty bastards from your skin.
Because one single virus is enough to multiply — isn’t it — so you think it’s better to repeat the procedure, just to be on the safe side.
So you’re washing again — more soap, more water, hot water, very hot water, because hot water will kill it.
The one thing that all OCD-minds know — but won’t tell you
There is one thing that usually slips under the radar — door mats. By far the biggest leak in your entire system. I’m sure you’ve already thought about that, but never dared to address the problem directly. I know I haven’t. Every time I go through the catalogue of possible threats that it poses, I get a clear picture of how underrated this problem is. Turning a blind eye on it won’t save it.
And don’t fool yourself. To think only because you switched to your slippers that nothing entered your home. You had to take off your shoes somewhere — didn’t you? And from there you could have easily contaminated your house shoes and eventually your whole frickin’ apartment.
And the best time to realize this is when you’re lying on your yoga mat, flat on the floor, and your naked feet touching the ground… there you go.
I left my shopping bags in my car for a day to reduce the possibility of carrying germs into my apartment, and now this.
I’m thinking of installing a bleach bath at the entrance, to tip my shoes into it to avoid contamination — not sure if it’s a bit over the top…