Day 91 of 111 Days of Love – Acts of Self-Love – How to Become A Neat Freak
When I was a child, I always secretly envied neat freaks. I remember visiting the houses of my playmates and admiring the perfectly polished floors and playing around glass tables and marble statues with hushed voices.
Our own home was usually at some level of chaos (no offense, Mom!). It was not to the level of hoarder status. We did keep up with the dishes. There was a lot of clutter and no clear place for a lot of the stuff we had. It felt chaotic.
When I started living on my own, my life became cleaner. I was moving closer to being a neat freak. Still, I never really enjoyed cleaning. It felt like drudgery, like a chore. And I would have to “force” myself to do it.
That all changed when I created the Holistic Belief Reprogramming healing system (what is it? Good question. You can learn more about this specialized form of EFT tapping here).
Now, after a powerful session of releasing emotions, I often feel COMPELLED to clean. Like OCD compelled. I see a dirty dish, and my hands start moving without even thinking about it. I see a spot on the carpet, and my hands move for the enzyme cleaner.
Because of the emotional cleansing that I do on a daily basis with Holistic Belief Reprogramming … I truly have become a neat freak. I never in a million years thought “becoming a neat freak” would EVER happen to me.
Chaos in my external environment no longer matches up to the cleanliness of my subconscious mind. And the Universe is always going to find a way for these two things – internal and external world – to match up.
(If you want to become a neat freak, I highly recommend the 30-Day Simplify Your Life Challenge. Of course, all of our emotional release 30-Day Challenges will help immensely – check them out here.)
So it was driving me insane this summer that caring for Harvey the Cat and conducting his healing was so intensely all-consuming, that any possibility of deep cleaning went by the wayside.
Even more frustrating was that I tried to keep up with the endless messes, yet the tools I had were grossly inadequate. It’s one thing to clean up occasional clear cat vomit with my trusty bottle of Nature’s Miracle Stain & Odor Remover.
It’s quite another to be attempting to keep up with serial vomiting of food and blood, endless diarrhea, ten cat meals a day spilled on all different areas of the carpet, urine soaked into carpets and walls, endless soiled towels and sheets and linens, plus medications and supplements mixed with food dropped and smeared on carpets, floors, and walls, to name a few.
I felt overwhelmed by the chaos, and the smell, no matter how hard I tried to keep up with it. My inner neat freak was … freaking out! The carpet was covered with vomit stains. Some areas smelled like urine. And some of the cleaning products were, as my dad would say, “the cure is worse than the disease.” Heavily perfumed and nauseating.
Meanwhile, the windows were getting dirtier and dirtier from the dusty San Francisco air. I could not help but see the windows as a metaphor for distorted perception, failing to see Harvey the Cat and other parts of my life as healed and whole.
In the past, I had hired professionals to help clean dirty carpets and dirty windows. Heck, I had even hired professionals to clean the bathroom and kitchen, at times.
Now we were dealing with a significant financial setback due to the health crisis. So I really didn’t want to spend our money on one-time cleanings. What good would it do anyway? The windows would soon be dirty again, and what would I do about the next vomit stain?
As well, Harvey the Cat is extremely shy and gets stressed out when strangers are in the apartment. The last thing I needed was for him to be stressed.
Of course, I tapped about these challenges we were facing in restoring our inner neat freak to peace. The dust had settled a bit with Harvey, and it was time to get our place clean again. As I tapped about these problems, what happened is what we expect to happen when we practice Holistic Belief Reprogramming … Miracles began to appear.
I started researching carpet cleaning companies in San Francisco. Nothing seemed like a perfect fit. At the time, Harvey was still vomiting on a nearly daily basis. We had gone through a two-week time period where he hacked up a hair ball EVERY SINGLE DAY. The vet had no solution for me, but I started giving him daily B vitamins and the vomiting of hair balls stopped. (Unfortunately, this did not stop the other kinds of vomiting but at least we were making some progress.)
Anyway I digress …
A big question on my mind: What if I pay hundreds of dollars to get the carpets cleaned, and we are back to square one with more vomit stains, urine puddles, and food smears within two weeks?
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So I Googled renting a carpet cleaning machine, but was feeling wary due to experiences from the past, when such machines did not do a good job and left carpets soaked and mildewing.
Somehow, I Googled my way into the answer, and here it is. Your carpet cleaning problems solved:
Phew, expensive right? Well, not in the long run. I was truly impressed when I first used the BISSELL Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner. This machine made quick and easy work of ground-in vomit stains that had been soaked into the carpet for months. I was able to stage the work over several days. And when the work was done, ahhhh, I could finally breathe in here.
But it gets better. :D
I swear that the BISSELL Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner, combined with Holistic Belief Reprogramming, not only got the carpets cleaned. It also shifted something in our vibration.
Because since I cleaned the carpets with the BISSELL Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner, the frequency and severity of Harvey the Cat’s vomiting has dropped significantly.
What a huge relief for my inner neat freak, and also for the part of me so stressed out about Harvey the Cat’s well-being. Hearing my cat vomit over and over and over again was tearing me apart. We have significantly more peace since I cleaned the carpets and removed all those stains from the past.
My inner neat freak may be on to something when it comes to healing.
I was so pleased with the BISSELL Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine Professional Grade Carpet Cleaner, that I decided to try another one of the Bissell line of products. I could not believe how good the price was, they were practically giving them away:
Yes, for a mere $20, my endless problem with the tracking of food and cat litter all over the apartment … was solved. My inner neat freak was horrified by how chaotic everything felt with the carpet constantly dirty. After this new purchase … No more dragging the huge, heavy, extremely loud regular vacuum cleaner out of the closet once a week. Now I can do a quick vacuum sweep literally every day or sometimes every two days. This Bissell Lightweight 3-in-1 Vacuum is a sanity saver for a budding neat freak. The handle detaches, and it becomes a powerful Mini-Vac. And you’re practically stealing, to get it for $20 !!
We were not finished yet.
My inner neat freak still had another problem to contend with: hard floors and walls, furniture and radiators, all smeared with medications and foods, a smell that was impossible to remove with “normal” cleaning tools and chemicals, and lots of routine cleaning (like the shower and bathtub) that had not been done for months during the heat of the crisis.
Mildew had accumulated in the shower, throwing my inner neat freak into a tizzy – ewwww yuck:
Inspired by my experience with the first two Bissell cleaning appliances, I decided to get a third:
Never in my life before, had I experienced the joy of steam cleaning. I have always hated that a mop never really gets a floor clean. Even after a fresh mopping, my bare feet will stick to the floor. I’ve been wearing fuzzy socks every day for years because I hate this “sticking” sensation oh so very much! My inner neat freak cannot handle sticking to the floor!
This Bissell PowerFresh Lift-Off Pet Steam Mop, which had never been on my radar screen until I applied Holistic Belief Reprogramming to my frustrations … quickly solved several problems. I was easily able to remove grime from all the hard surfaces in my home. I was able to clean under the fridge and the stove, removing years-old grease and dirt. I was able to remove mildew in the shower without applying chemicals. And I was able to get that “sticking” feeling off the hard floors. I have not yet mastered the technique for removing discoloration from the grout. What I loved the most about this machine is how CLEAN the clean is. Because the steam is a very high temperature, it kills bacteria and mildew naturally without chemicals. No bleach or ammonia smell afterward, just a beautiful smell of CLEAN.
My inner neat freak was very pleased with these new Bissell appliances.
Now, we still had one remaining problem: cleaning the windows on the eighth floor of this beautiful old building, which was built in the 1920s.
In Holistic Belief Reprogramming, we see everything as a metaphor in this holographic Universe.
Healing is, in its essence, a cleansing of perception. Clearly, I would not be able to finish cleansing my perception of several situations in my life without getting the thick layer of dirt off these windows.
In the past, I had a professional window cleaning company handle this job. However, after several grown-ass men who run or work for professional window cleaning companies said that they could not do the job (too scary), or could not do it anytime soon … I took the hint from the Universe.
I walked down to the local hardware store and purchased $38 of equipment, which included:
It was a strenuous job because I live on the eighth floor with windows that cross over each other. I was able to figure out how to reach the inaccessible part of one window by extending the pole from another window. Although my end result was not quite at “professional” level, I’m sure I’ll get better at it with a little practice and experience.
Yes, I made a cash outlay for these cleaning products. In the long run, though, these Bissell and Ettore products are going to save money and sanity.
The best part? You can now indulge your inner neat freak as soon as you get up from tapping your Holistic Belief Reprogramming session. Strike while the iron is hot. The urge to clean after tapping is often overwhelming. May as well make the best of that cleaning neat freak energy by having the best possible tools on hand.
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Erika Awakening is a Harvard Law School graduate and former practicing attorney. She left the rat race to become a location-independent entrepreneur, holistic life coach, blogger, speaker, healer, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT tapping) expert. Erika Awakening is one of the world's foremost experts on eradicating limiting beliefs and lifestyle design on your own terms. Learn more about Erika Awakening
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