I have an addiction...
Hi, my name is Beth and I am addicted to cleaning videos. That's right, there are a plethora of videos on the internet of people cleaning and organizing their homes. Anyone can watch any time, any where. If you know me you know that I love to clean and organize; it brings me joy and comfort. The feeling I get from a clean house or finished project gives me that "accomplishment high". It also helps with my anxiety and even boosts my mood when I am depressed. Whenever I am upset or angry, you can find me rearranging clothes or adding labels to almost everything (I love my label maker!). I also clean if other people are angry or upset. Whenever my parents got in a fight when I was a kid (which wasn't often), I would feel an urge to clean. It's my coping mechanism. My safe place.
Cleaning and organizing give me the "drug" I need to feel good. But now I can get this "drug" by just watching YouTube. I don't know how this became a thing but a while back someone thought "I'll take a video of me cleaning...people will watch that, people watch anything!" And they did. These people have YouTube channels with hours of cleaning their kitchens, their shower, the family minivan, dusting, vacuuming and folding laundry. And they have thousands of followers. I guess I am not the only person with this addiction.
These videos give you the satisfaction of seeing another mom accomplish something on her to do list. It reminds you of the feeling you have when completing a task on your to do list but without having to do it. Videos will never replace the high of actually completing the tasks yourself, but I know that whenever I need a win, these other moms are there to take on the laundry while you watch. Try it...you'll love it!