Originally published on July 27, 2008. Enjoy!


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  1. A condition affecting women of childbearing age in which the act of cleaning is often interrupted or undone.

Women suffering from Cleanus Interruptus will find themselves frequently stopping in the middle of an act of cleaning, or actually redoing something that has already been cleaned. This condition can be very frustrating and lead to other conditions such as Overwhelmius Maximus and Shortus Temperus.

Women with children who stay home throughout the day may suffer more severe symptoms, however, Cleanus Interruptus can affect any woman with children of any age.

Other conditions such as Husbandus Absentus (whether this condition is caused by excessive work ethic, poor cleanliness habits, or inability or refusal to provide assistance) may actually worsen the symptoms of Cleanus Interruptus. Single and widowed mothers (as well as those with husbands who are deployed in the military or work in a different state) may also experience this condition more frequently or to a higher extent.

Treatment of Cleanus Interruptus is as follows:

  • Topical treatments may not be effective, it is essential to get to the root of the problem and establish good cleanliness habits in each member of the family.
  • For severe Cleanus Interruptus, a radical overhaul and attitude check may be necessary to regain authority and control of the house.
  • Once treatment has been administered it will be necessary to keep an eye on the condition to prevent reoccurrence.
  • During the course of treatment, frequent doses of chocolate and caffeine may be also necessary.
  • Also, on occasion, treatment may require a holiday at a grandparents for the children until symptoms subside at home.

If you or anyone you know suffers from Cleanus Interruptus, it is imperative that you seek treatment immediately. Cleanus Interruptus will only worsen over time without treatment.

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