Unfuck Your Habitat

You're better than your mess.

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Excuses are boring.

  • Wash the dishes in your sink
  • Get your outfit for tomorrow together, including accessories
  • Set up coffee/tea/breakfast
  • Make your lunch
  • Put your keys somewhere obvious
  • Wash your face and brush your teeth
  • Charge your electronics
  • Pour a little cleaner in the toilet bowl (if you don’t have pets or children or sleepwalking adults)
  • Set your alarm
  • Go to bed at a reasonable hour

kjraeside:

Got a little depressed in August when I realized I couldn’t afford to take any of the art classes I was looking at (that were actually on days I could have taken them) and got stressed out waiting for hubby to find out whether or not he had any work from September on. The result was the office got piled up with paperwork that needed to be filed, art supplies that needed to be put away, and just junk in general. But hubby now has a full time job through the end of the year, I signed up for an online class, and I’ve had two days off so I was ready to tackle the office to try and get it back to the start point (and I’m posting pictures to remind myself what it’s supposed to look like.)

I spent three 20/10s working on it so far and I’m taking a long break now, mostly because the paperwork that need filing and the art supplies all go down in the basement which involves running up and down two flights of stairs and I can only do that so many times in one cleaning. Still have a bit more to so but the desk is clean! Hope to have the rest done tonight.

The goal for the rest of the year is to get into the habit of spending 10 minutes before going to bed cleaning the office so I don’t end up running up and down the stairs so many times in one cleaning.

messylibrarian:

I figured out that one episode of “Welcome to Night Vale” is about 20 minutes. Which means I can clean while listening, take a 10 minute break, and then listen to another episode while I clean. And so on into eternity.
The City Council should be pleased.
Not that I would ask. That’s madness.

We’re pretty big fans of WtNV here at UfYH HQ.

messylibrarian:

I figured out that one episode of “Welcome to Night Vale” is about 20 minutes. Which means I can clean while listening, take a 10 minute break, and then listen to another episode while I clean. And so on into eternity.

The City Council should be pleased.

Not that I would ask. That’s madness.

We’re pretty big fans of WtNV here at UfYH HQ.

floateron:

Look at this. Oh my god. Oh my god it’s done just in time for my move out to college. It’s so beautiful.

//Can this be published anon?// I just need some encouragement. I came home from a six-week trip to find that a housemate’s hoarding has escalated from clean to filth, and my room, the room I’d left meticulously crisply clean was so thickly infested with fleas that just to step in there was to pick up 20-30 visible on my feet and ankles. With the hoard at an all-time height, all I could do was flea-bomb the whole place. Cleaning beyond that isn’t possible. I’ve been crying for almost 24 hours.

First and foremost, anon, this situation sucks, and you’re totally justified in being upset and I’m really sorry you’re dealing with it.

If your housemate’s mess is in your room, as in a room that contained only your things, a room in which you had an expectation of privacy and respect for your belongings, you are well within your rights to remove the mess by any means you deem appropriate. I normally do not recommend dealing with hoarding in that way, as it can be harmful to the hoarder’s mental health, but : A) you need to protect your own health, both mentally and physically, B) if the house was clean when you left, had been clean up to that point, and deteriorated that quickly while you were gone, then your housemate most likely does have ways of dealing with their hoarding that they stopped using when you left, and C) you have the right to have your own personal space be flea-free. If the mess is in shared spaces, you have the right to a clean and pest-free living area, especially if you left it that way. Either way, it needs to be dealt with, and your housemate needs to take some responsibility.

If you haven’t already, you need to have a conversation with your housemate and find out what she’s planning to do to undo both the mess and the flea situation. Pests of any kind that result from one person’s mess are unacceptable in a shared living situation, and the person responsible has to be accountable for it.

I’m very sorry you have to deal with this. It sucks, but you can get through it.

[Just a note: every time I answer a question like this, there are always a ton of notes that say “just move!” Real life is rarely that easy, and “just moving” is not a feasible solution for many people. Yes, if that’s an option, sometimes it’s the best one to take, but often it’s not, so people who are in these situations need specific, helpful advice for the situation they’re actually in, not the dismissive ideal of “just move!”]

asteriskthat:

A spike in anxiety for me leads to a dip in tidiness so today I did 3 20/10s and decided to document it. If you have a tendency towards messiness like me I highly recommend @TeamUfYH on Twitter and tumblr and she has an app too with lots of nifty features. #ufyh #teamufyh #cleaning #anxiety

crookedheartedlove:

Top: Everything is trash, to be sold or donated except for the (3!) red boxes.

Left: The white box already has a few things to get rid of but I’m not in a rush and I’m sure the guys at Goodwill won’t miss me.

Right: The bruise on my arm from lifting and moving all those boxes. 

If you ask me to tell you what I got rid of, it takes awhile for me to remember… Proof that it was years of meaningless waste I was holding onto.

Also, moving things from storage into my bedroom meant that it eventually began bugging me enough to where I found the motivation to get rid of it all.

  • Wash the dishes in your sink
  • Get your outfit for tomorrow together, including accessories
  • Set up coffee/tea/breakfast
  • Make your lunch
  • Put your keys somewhere obvious
  • Wash your face and brush your teeth
  • Charge your electronics
  • Pour a little cleaner in the toilet bowl (if you don’t have pets or children or sleepwalking adults)
  • Set your alarm
  • Go to bed at a reasonable hour

carija:

The great paperwork unfuckery of 2014!

This took me about 8 hours over the course of three days.

That is paperwork amassed in 3 years. I had already organized it a few times over the years, but never really put it away. And now that I had the time (yay unemployment >:C), I finally got around to it.

Everything is pretty and labelled and stowed were it should be!

Now for the rest of the study/guest room…

This week, we’re refocusing on the third step of laundry and dishes: put it away, goddammit! Washing and drying are great, but until it’s put away, it’s not done. So this week, as soon as the dryer or dishwasher’s done, or once your air-dried clothes or the dishes in the drying rack are dry, put them away! Our goal is to have nothing lingering in laundry baskets, dryers, dishwashers, or drying racks. Everything gets put away as soon as possible.

Even on the weekend.

gravityfair:

I didn’t get much done. We were leaving for a long weekend away from home and I had limited time. Honestly, I didn’t want to do anything at all. This isn’t even the first time I’ve posted for UFyH with this very area. You don’t magically get better and never get bad again. I get bad again nearly every single time. But I AM getting better. It doesn’t take as long for me to get my motivation. Unfuck Your Habitat really is a life saver, one dish rag and one sweep at a time. I feel accomplished with even the tiniest thing I do now, when before I felt like a pointless failure if EVERYTHING didn’t get done. Thanks again UfYH.

nakedcupcake:

Before and after of my invisible corner. I think because it’s an enclosed porch, my brain thinks of it as “outdoors”, so it never occurs to me to clean. But it feels so good every time I go outside now.