This time of year is when tree-leaves start coming down as we head through the autumn season to the winter one. It can look nice and pretty, with golden-brown leaves layering the ground, and trees becoming bare and rugged, although from a cleaning perspective it can be more of a challenge to make sure leaves are cleared properly, and not only making things look more tidy but potentially safer with a say reduced risk of slips on them.
So we’ve come up with 7 ‘S’ factors to remember when cleaning up the leaves. 7 little tricks that will help you do it a whole lot easier, cleaner, and safer. 7 little nuggets to also pass on to others helping you out, whether your kids in the back yard, or contractors around your business.
1. Slippy when wet. Remember that you can go flying down by easily slipping on leaves after it’s been raining and they become slipy, including when clearing them away or running over them. You may need to brush the leaves away from you so you’re only stepping on bare rather than a leaf-covered ground.
Maybe you carry around a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Maybe you can’t help organising every cupboard, every shelf, every nook and cranny in your home and office. Maybe you begin organising when you’re at your friend’s house? That is when things might be getting a little out of control and getting to be more than a simple character quirk.
We all have them, little things that we do that mark us out as being… us, our character traits, our flaws. But it might be more than that if our cleaning is getting to be a bigger matter. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition that affects a significant percentage of the world’s population.
Below a few things you can look out for that may indicate whether you are suffering from OCD and are particularly pertinent to cleaning.
• Overzealous hand-washing
• Over-doing the hand-washing or liberal use of hand sanitizer throughout your day is a big sign amongst those with OCD and people exhibiting this symptom even have their own term: “washers”.
• The compulsion to obsessively wash hands is one of the most common amongst OCD patients. Not only is this down to the fear of germs but it also incorporates the concern of spreading germs to others.
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