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The task of cleaning can often become daunting and tedious. Yet when it comes to watching other people do it on social media, it somehow magically becomes relaxing and satisfying. Maybe you’ve even fired up some gross yet enjoyable sink-scrubbing TikToks at 1 a.m. while avoiding irrepressible thoughts of human existence. Honestly, these people really deserve more credit for their superior tidying skills.

We can’t deny the chokehold that cleaning content has on us anymore. So, we’ve collected some of the most satisfying cleaning pics shared by people on this subreddit. You don’t have to follow in their footsteps; just appreciate and marvel at the hard work that went into making these things and spaces look this good!

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Recently Had A Bad Episode Of A Couple Months Of Depression. Finally Cleaned My Room

Recently Had A Bad Episode Of A Couple Months Of Depression. Finally Cleaned My Room

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well done. It’s tough - I think there are people who don’t truly understand how much depression can derail you.

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Sometimes a messy room is not always a sign of laziness or business. Diogenes syndrome, or messy house syndrome, is linked to mental disorders like depression, dementia, and addiction. It is known to cause hoarding, dirty homes, and poor personal hygiene. People suffering from this syndrome usually live alone, are unaware of such conditions, or have restricted mobility. 

Cluttered and dirty spaces have earned themselves the name “depression rooms” on social media. Extreme cases of such spaces consist of overwhelming amounts of garbage, clothes, dust, dishes, and other questionable things covering all surfaces. People become so mentally and physically exhausted that they don’t feel like they have the energy to take care of themselves or their environment.

#2

Every Weekend I Cleaning For Free For Depression People

Every Weekend I Cleaning For Free For Depression People

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Mia Black
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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow this his wholesome. I would need this but I have a hard time let go my stuff so I have to sort it out by myself. It's constant work, it's exhausting, everyday there is more to do but with no energy after work... It's draining.... It helps to be a little less harsh to oneself and accept that there is still clutter and laundry and it could be worse.

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Cleaned My Stove After A Year Of Neglect. (Depression Sucks Man) I’m Proud Of This!

Cleaned My Stove After A Year Of Neglect. (Depression Sucks Man) I’m Proud Of This!

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Statistics show that about 75% of people who suffer from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) have common cleaning urges such as organizing, rearranging, disinfecting, hand washing, or complex personal hygiene. While these activities are considered normal for most people, they often become time-consuming for someone with OCD. Repetitive behaviors are used to cope with unwanted thoughts that these people have. They might even think “If I don’t line up my toiletries exactly this far apart, someone is going to harm me today, or if I clean my sink five times this morning, my brother won’t get sick today.”

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However, a cluttered or spotless room doesn’t define every mental disorder, so it’s best to approach this topic sensitively.

#5

Before And After Of My Living Room. Been Dealing With Pretty Bad Depression For About 6 Years

Before And After Of My Living Room. Been Dealing With Pretty Bad Depression For About 6 Years

I finally found the motivation and energy to clean. It may have taken me 2 weeks but it’s done and I hope it never gets that bad again

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Before And After Of Cleaning A Stained And Yellowed Vintage Hand Crocheted Nightgown

Before And After Of Cleaning A Stained And Yellowed Vintage Hand Crocheted Nightgown

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#7

Yesterday I Cleaned A Young Mom’s Kitchen. She Is A Single Parent, She Doesn’t Have Any Help. She Came Out From A Shelter And Now She Is Trying To Be A Good Mom

Yesterday I Cleaned A Young Mom’s Kitchen. She Is A Single Parent, She Doesn’t Have Any Help. She Came Out From A Shelter And Now She Is Trying To Be A Good Mom

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people would judge, you helped instead. In this particular case, my first movement was a judgmental thinking (something like "being a single parent is too hard, but it's too much neglecting"). But OP just helped, instead of judging. Wonderful people provide such lessons. That's a gift.

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#8

My Grandma Is A Horder Me An My Brother Did This In 2 Days

My Grandma Is A Horder Me An My Brother Did This In 2 Days

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8 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OP stated they got grandma’s permission and she appreciated their work. Also, a lot of this went into storage.

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For some of us, tidying our space can be quite therapeutic. It helps to gain a sense of control and engage the brain in a repetitive activity that calms the mind. As cleaning is quite self-explanatory, it weirdly provides comfort to the human brain. Additionally, completing such tasks brings feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction. After a challenging day, even scrubbing your shower can make you feel like you succeeded at something. 

It can also work as a mini-workout at home and provide similar benefits as exercising. Vacuuming, scrubbing, and sweeping floors, moving around the house, and running up and down flights of stairs can provide an outlet for energy and a release of brain chemicals that make us feel better. So if you’re stuck in a stress cage, it might be a good time to start cleaning.

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#9

On Today’s Episode Of Beating Depression... This Clean Made Me Sob. I Was Able To Purge And Organize

On Today’s Episode Of Beating Depression... This Clean Made Me Sob. I Was Able To Purge And Organize

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Had No Idea The Grout Was White Under There (Might Not Have Started If We Knew Tbh…)

Had No Idea The Grout Was White Under There (Might Not Have Started If We Knew Tbh…)

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can dye your grout if its light colored to give more definition to your flooring.

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#12

After Months Of Just Going Through The Motions With The Mop, I Finally Got Down And Did A Proper Clean Of My Tiles

After Months Of Just Going Through The Motions With The Mop, I Finally Got Down And Did A Proper Clean Of My Tiles

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Extreme cleaning videos on social platforms are attracting billions of viewers with their captivating hacks and organizational tips. Currently, a trend on TikTok called “CleanTok” has attracted over 99.1 billion views, which inspires people to start tidying up and get their lives in order. It’s a way for people to discover new tools and cleaning techniques to make their lives more convenient. Additionally, the abundance of “clean with me” videos on YouTube prove the appeal these videos have. People play them in the background for a sense of motivation and company in their tidying endeavors.

#13

Moved Back In With My Mom For A New Job While I Get On My Feet

Moved Back In With My Mom For A New Job While I Get On My Feet

She let her place go unfortunately so I’m making it my mission to help to show my gratitude letting me move back in. Here’s the before/after of the fridge

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#14

My Ex Moved Out Yesterday So My Bathroom Got A Glow Up

My Ex Moved Out Yesterday So My Bathroom Got A Glow Up

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I Detail Cars, This Is A Before And After

I Detail Cars, This Is A Before And After

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Last summer I had my classic car detailed by a proffesionel. Costs a arm and a leg but so worth it!

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Cleaning content online has the tendency to captivate our attention and not let go. It’s satisfying and soothing to see things being transformed with only a cleaning product and a sponge. Interestingly enough, watching a quick transformation from mess to tidiness can help you to unwind. It can even induce ASMR (tingling sensations) in some viewers, as long as the sounds and motions are gentle. Besides, people relate to authenticity and instead of showing a clean kitchen or a perfectly made bed, these videos show that not everything is always picture-perfect. Oh, and let’s be honest, it often makes us feel less guilty about our own mess.

#16

The 12 Bags Of Trash I Pulled Out Of My Depression Pit Of A Room. Please Remember To Take Care Of Yourselves You Guys

The 12 Bags Of Trash I Pulled Out Of My Depression Pit Of A Room. Please Remember To Take Care Of Yourselves You Guys

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#17

Finally Cleaned My Apartment After A Depressive Episode - So Nice To Have A Clean Space Again!

Finally Cleaned My Apartment After A Depressive Episode - So Nice To Have A Clean Space Again!

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#18

Copper Sink Before/After

Copper Sink Before/After

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#19

Just Cleaned Out My Closet For The First Time In A Loooong Time. Depression Is A B**ch, I Kicked Her A**

Just Cleaned Out My Closet For The First Time In A Loooong Time. Depression Is A B**ch, I Kicked Her A**

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#20

Copper Sink Before And After Cleaning

Copper Sink Before And After Cleaning

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While we enjoy cleaning inspiration online, healthcare experts are noticing some risks that participants in this trend might face. In videos, people are seen filming themselves filling up a toilet, bath, or sink with large amounts of various cleaning products. The concept is known as "product overload," and doctors have commented on this, saying that mixing this many chemicals can result in severe reactions. Just because someone mixes chemicals in a video doesn’t mean that it is safe for viewers at home. But it’s not the only risk; flushing excessive amounts of mixed cleaners can affect the integrity of plumbing and impact the community’s wastewater. It’s important to remember that cleaning products are best used as directed on the label, and incorrect usage of chemicals might result in bodily reactions or damage to your home.

#21

3 Days… This Is Not My Home. Sharing Is Permitted By The Owner

3 Days… This Is Not My Home. Sharing Is Permitted By The Owner

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Ezigma
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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, they had a pretty nice couch set under all that too.

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#22

A Shower Transformation! Hardest Thing I’ve Cleaned

A Shower Transformation! Hardest Thing I’ve Cleaned

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#24

From Trash Storage Room To Son’s New Bedroom

From Trash Storage Room To Son’s New Bedroom

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#25

Farm Cleaning - Old Chicken Coop Before & After. Two People & Two Shovels Later

Farm Cleaning - Old Chicken Coop Before & After. Two People & Two Shovels Later

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Mia Black
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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope they wore masks... Clean out a chicken coop without is unhealthy for the lungs

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I Know This Might Not Seem Impressive But It's The First Time I've Cleaned Something In Months (Had A Bad Depressive Episode) And I'm Just So Proud Of Myself

I Know This Might Not Seem Impressive But It's The First Time I've Cleaned Something In Months (Had A Bad Depressive Episode) And I'm Just So Proud Of Myself

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#27

Italian (Ruffoni) Copper Pot Deep Clean

Italian (Ruffoni) Copper Pot Deep Clean

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#28

I Have A Really Tough Time Keeping Organized Thanks To Adhd, But I’m Starting The New Year Off Right!

I Have A Really Tough Time Keeping Organized Thanks To Adhd, But I’m Starting The New Year Off Right!

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Oven Door, Before And After. Didn’t Realise There Are 4 Panes Of Glass- 3 Of Which Are Satisfyingly Removable!

Oven Door, Before And After. Didn’t Realise There Are 4 Panes Of Glass- 3 Of Which Are Satisfyingly Removable!

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#30

So Work Kinda Consumed My Life.. I'm Not Letting That Happen Again!

So Work Kinda Consumed My Life.. I'm Not Letting That Happen Again!

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Mia Black
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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I always hope that after cleaning that it will stay this way and we just have to put everything in its place to keep it tidy.... But then everyday chaos hits us, piles go up and it's again so much work it's hard to start with....I hate this. I have a free day today. A day I should relax. I am now making laundry, dishes, the bed, putting stuff away and it's still so so much to do.... And with more than one person in the house the plan to keep it in one condition is always doomed in my experience. Everyone has a different sense of tidy, of where things should be stored, of energy to put things away....

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#31

Finally Cleaning My Room After A Break Up. The Before Pictures Where Halfway Through Cleaning. I’m So Proud Of Myself

Finally Cleaning My Room After A Break Up. The Before Pictures Where Halfway Through Cleaning. I’m So Proud Of Myself

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Post breakup cleaning is so good for your mental health. You’re going to get through it.

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#32

Dryer Internals Cleaning Before & After

Dryer Internals Cleaning Before & After

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8 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely essential maintenence. At least check your dryer's lint filters today folks!

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#33

So I Detail Car Interiors This One Had Me Fighting For My Life

So I Detail Car Interiors This One Had Me Fighting For My Life

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I looks as though there been some sort of incontinence competition held in there.

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#34

Cleaning My Depression Room

Cleaning My Depression Room

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I Honestly Don't Know The Last Time My Parents Cleaned Their Tub, So I Took A Crack At It

I Honestly Don't Know The Last Time My Parents Cleaned Their Tub, So I Took A Crack At It

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They showered in that?! I really hope they didn't take a bath!

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#37

Just Moved In And This Had To Be Done First! Thanks To Barkeepers Friend And Elbow Grease!

Just Moved In And This Had To Be Done First! Thanks To Barkeepers Friend And Elbow Grease!

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Before And After Of My Depression Pit

Before And After Of My Depression Pit

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Cleaned BF’s Gaming Keyboard

Cleaned BF’s Gaming Keyboard

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8 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The cleanup looks good. Surprised his WSAD keys haven't had their labels worn off, yet. :-)

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