I have learned something about unfucking coursework - thanks to your original method - I can't do the 20/10 method. Some stuff requires deep reading and lots of cold, hard thinking. So, I have started this method - and aside from my inability to just understand the material - it's going well: 60 minutes of "Falling In" to the assignment followed by 45 minutes of new media - if I was on the computer, I walk away. If I was reading, I watch a movie. Repeat. Hope it helps!
Yes! I’m really interested to know what systems work for coursework, since it’s been mmmblmmph years since I’ve had to do anything for school.
This might be a stupid question, but when you say to put cleaner in the toilet before bed, does that mean so I can clean the toilet in the morning? Or is the cleaner just to fight off dirtiness with little effort?
Yes! To both! Dump a little cleaner in before bed (and with caution if you have animals, kids, or clumsy adults), and then give it a quick scrub and a flush in the morning.
Thank you. I know you aren’t telling us anything new (clean yo’ house before you treat yo’self, damnit!), but you inspired a movement and you inspired us. You have taken time out of your very busy schedule to show us that keeping things a little more organized and a little cleaner is not only possible, but easy. You have made us hold ourselves accountable and have shown us that the Tumblr community is there to support our successes, no matter how small. Thank you for the ideas. Thank you for the gifs. Thank you for the motivation!
Here’s some gifs for you!
angellyfish and the rest of our little circle
(Thanks for always keeping us motivated!)
(replace that with “Behold the Glory that is YOU!”)
So I just spent two days going through my Tumblr inbox, sorting through, responding to, and deleting messages that had backlogged back to probably December of last year. And I’m proud to present to you the result:
NO MESSAGES. Not even a slot for messages because there are NONE!
I just discovered this blog and it's great because I seriously need to unfuck various aspects of my life! I've been looking through a few pages of posts but I haven't been able to figure out what 20/10s are. Help?
20/10s are my incredibly lazy way of saying to do 20 minutes of hard work followed by a 10-minute break. Some people think that’s too high of a work to break ratio, but I know lazy people. I am a lazy person. That reward needs to be within reach, and it needs to be substantial.
Not to mention, four hour cleaning sprees are satisfying and all, but you NEVER want to do them again. 20 minutes is doable on a regular basis.
For paper advice, 20/10s is def great but also TAKE NOTES! Get sources and make sure you mark page numbers! When it comes to actually writing the paper, it will fly out of you. My research was about five hours but the paper is getting done in only 1. For reference, I am an upper division college student in case this frightens any HS students. Now, I do have a qs for you. I have an entire fucked up room. The ENTIRE thing is fucked. Should I go in sections? Put stuff in a box and move it outside?
Good paper advice!
As far as the room goes, sections are the way to go. Start in one section (I’m partial to flat surfaces, followed by things under that surface, like a dresser top and then the drawers), and work on it, remembering your breaks, until it’s done. Also, I’m a fan of doing the worst, most dreaded part first.
I woke up this morning with a lingering headache from an eye ache last night. I knew I wasn’t up to my therapy appointment, so decided to cancel it and use the time I already had off work to ease into the morning.
After pilling up and showering, I felt better a bit better, so I decided to use the opportunity to do a quick pass of unfucking before I left. Things I accomplished:
Took all the shoes from under the living room table and put them on the shoe racks in the closet.
Took all the socks from under the table and put them in the hamper.
Remembered to spray down the shower.
Put the dishwasher on (forgot to do that last night).
Cleaned up my morning tea stuff.
Gathered up trash and dropped it off on my way out.
It’s little stuff, but I know that seeing a clear area under the table and having clean dishes when I come home will feel great!
So today… I decided to get up off my ass and actually unfuck my desk, which is something that I’ve been thinking about doing the last few days anyway. I practically live at my desk any given time of the day so it’s generally a disaster area. But I got up off my ass and totally and completely unfucked it!
No, I don’t have a before picture because holy god it was that bad. But just imagine stacks of paper, randomly throw clothes, pens and pencils everywhere, bottles of pills randomly scattered (I keep them on the desk since that’s the first place I go in the morning), and books all fallen over. And that doesn’t even touch the clutter that was on the floor around it.
I FINALLY made it home to Maryland (MARYLAND) at about 2am last night. So no unfucking happened until this morning.
1) 1/3 suitcases unpacked and put away
2) Sheets changed.
3) Dirty sheets, towels, PJ’s in the wash as we speak.
4) Room aired out.
5) Goodwill pile started.
6) Floor cleared for walking.
7) About to go do 30 minutes on the elliptical in the name of mental health.
Things I need tips for, o wise unfucker mod:
- Clearing out a closet and dresser: what stays and what goes?
- Clearing out my school stuff: what’s worth keeping and what can I sell back?
-How nasty do your socks have to be before you’re obligated to pitch them?
Stuff that stays: things that fit, things you wear. Stuff that goes: things that are broken, torn, too big, too small, falling apart, or ugly.
Keep anything you might need for another class, or may use later on. I still have most of my Norton anthologies and my Complete Works of Shakespeare. Most non-lit stuff gets dated really quickly, though. You’ll get ripped off on the buyback, but consider it a commission for taking shit off your hands.
So far today I have unfucked my phone (which was a hot mess of disorganized apps all over the place), my RSS feeds (over 200 that were "lost" when I backed up my 'puter to my external HD) and my carport (leaves of 10 trees, put the bikes in the basement, got all my winter supplies out & ready to go). I'd unfuck more, but I've got a class to get to. More unfucking tomorrow. W00T.
Last night I decided to unfuck my closet and hang up all my clothes! Then, like, 5 min later, my closet rod felt out (again!) and reminded me why all my clothes had been on the floor :( I would LOVE to unfuck my closet, but I need some ideas. I live in Japan and closets here don't come with rods. I've bought sturdier rods, but they keep falling down. Dressers are expensive and even plastic dresser-things here are a lil pricey. I might want to build something, but I never have before. Thoughts?
Crowdsourcing this one. Any ideas, unfuckers? My only thought is to somehow reinforce the rod, but I don’t know how you’d do that.
I think you might have changed my life, which I know sounds cheesy, but it seems true. Your system helped me get so much done last week and I finally feel like I know a tried and true way to get shit done. I unfucked 40 student papers in under 48 hours by using my brain power and and egg timer. I call that genius. My husband is tentatively joyful about how clean the house is and how easy it is to clean up now that it's unfucked. So thank you for what you've done for me. That is all. AGC
You have no idea how happy reading that made me. Thank you.
Hello to all the unemployed, funemployed, underemployed, or people who just plain hate your job! This challenge has three parts. Pick the one that’s applicable to you, or do all three if you need to.
How’s your resume? I bet it could use a little work. Take half an hour and really polish that thing up.
COVER LETTERS. I know. They’re painful sometimes.You really should have a semi-generic one all set up to customize, so work on that for a half hour or so. Have a specific job in mind? Take this time to tailor one for that job. It’s really only a few paragraphs. You just need to get started.
Time to apply. Let’s give a goal of three applications/resumes sent out today. Three is easy. Three is doable.
Bonus challenge. If you’ve haven’t left the house in a while, go ahead and hop in the shower. I promise it won’t hurt. It’ll feel really nice. After your shower, put on something a step up from pajamas. Trust me, it helps.
I have a tip! I'm not naturally an organized person, but I love efficiency. So I unfuck my kitchen when I make tea every morning. In the time it takes the water to boil on the stove top, I can unload the dishwasher, no problem. I can put away anything left out on the counter and wipe it down. I may not have time to load the dishes or clean every surface, but I definitely have a good 4-5 minutes to work with. And I'm already in there because I always want tea when I wake up. Easy!
Excellent tip! Always do something while you’re waiting for something else to get done! (That sounded less idiotic in my head.)
It says it’s “Terrifying motivation for lazy people with messy homes” and I am both those things - lazy with a messy home.
So last night, after continuing to be lazy by reading about other people not being lazy, I got up and cleaned all the dishes in the sink instead of leaving them for the morning. (Or leaving them until they started becoming sentient beings and demanding rights.) It was more fun cause each time I was all, “unfuckin’ this plate, unfuckin’ this fork.” Whatever works right?
I also tried unfucking my closet a little, but then my closet rod fell out of the wall again and I got mad and gave up. I think I’ll need to build something to really fix it for real, but that ain’t happenin’ this pay period. I would also like to stop using suitcases as underwear drawers. (It’s been a year and a half!)
Anyway, today I came home from work and instead of just going on facebook, I was like, “first, I’m going to unfuck the living room a little by throwing away all the little garbage bits.” Yea! Baby steps, folks.
I’m sorry, that made me laugh way too hard for 7 a.m. Congratulations on the baby steps! That’s what we’re all about: doing what you can, when you can, and overcoming the laziness for short amounts of time.
how do I unfuck my emotions so I can stop being depressed so I can have the energy to unfuck my habitat
I’ve gotten this question in a few different variations several times, so anyone who’s going through this, please know that other people are, too. So I’m going to tell you what I told someone else who asked this:
Oh, darlin’, I feel you on this one. I really do. Those times when it is just absolutely unfathomable that you’ll ever be able to get out of bed, let alone do something productive, and looking around at the mess just sinks you in deeper. I get this. I get this so much, because I lived it for a very very long time.
Here’s what you do. You’re home now, yes? After you read this message, get up off the couch. If you think I don’t know how hard this is, you’re wrong. Close your laptop/shut your monitor off and just stand up. Look at the surface closest to you: coffee table, night stand, end table, whatever. Whatever’s nearest to you that you’re going to see when you get back where you are now, reading this. Take five minutes, just five. Set a timer if you can, or listen to two songs back to back (that may be six minutes, but it’s close). For those five minutes, just focus on one thing: clearing off that surface. Throw the trash away. Put the random stuff back where it belongs. Bring the dishes into the kitchen. Wipe it off with something. Whatever’s there, just deal with it for five minutes.
When you’re done, come back here and tell me what you did. I won’t publish it if you don’t want me to, but I want to know that you did it. I want to know you have one nice, clean thing to look at while you work on building up to more.
Yes. Specifically, bathroom walls. They get gross. They get hairsprayed. They get damp and mildewy. They get, well, they’re bathroom walls. Figure it out.
Take 10 minutes with a rag with cleaning solution or some cleaning wipes (and if you use the strong stuff, make sure you’re wearing gloves and are working with good ventilation), and wipe down your bathroom walls. Top to bottom. As far up as you can reach. Even the grody parts (save those for last, though, so you’re done with the rag after that).
Anecdote time: I once got a hand-held blacklight to see if we could figure out if one of our dogs was peeing in the house. I decided to CSI the entire place. BIG MISTAKE. Although, hilariously, the laundry room was the worst, since laundry detergent fluoresces bright white, and there were splatters of it everywhere. It looked like a Tide homicide in there.
Thanks to your inspiration, I've started a new system for keeping my apartment clean. I've made a list of all the little things I want to do once a week (just small things like clean the kitchen counters, dust the shelves, etc) so I can check them off and keep it going, so i don't have to unfuck everything all at once anymore. I've only been using it for a few days, but I think it's going to help me a lot.
You have gotten in our brains! I put a bent curtain rod in the corner and my husband yelled at me saying "If you want to keep this place unfucked, we can't fuck the things that are not fucked!". Needless to say I moved the curtain rod to the trash.
Last night, I grocery shopped, cleaned the litter boxes, pulled dirty clothes directly from my suitcase and into the washer, and made soup for this week's lunch in the Crock Pot. It took 30 min at the store and less than an hour when I got home. Then, when I woke up this morning, I made my bed. Thanks for the motivation!
Today in small victories: Last night I painted my nails, but left all the stuff on the coffee table because I was being lazy. Today I got home and it literally took me less than 3 minutes to throw everything back in the basket and put the basket away. I shit you not, 3 weeks ago I would have left it out for weeks, if not months.
Okay so I'm a very clean person, in fact my apartment is generally unfucked. However, my cleaning compulsion works in a way that I get freaked out over how dirty other people habitats are. And right when I was cleaning my own place and thinking about dirty rooms, this came up on my dash! yes! thank you! it's like porn for the clean-obsessed, and will help me on those rare times I don't feel like unfucking my own habitat. I already read some great tips. :)
We aim to please everyone, from the neatness-challenged to the domestically proficient!
Ok, I need help unfucking my unfucking. My mother, in a really kind act, unfucked and cleaned my fridge for me while she was visiting. However, she used bleach, and now my food smells like bleach! How can I undo this? Help me, Obi Wan Unfuck, you're my only hope.
AAK BLEACHY FOOD!
This is tricky, because I think the only thing that makes bleach fumes dissipate is exposure to air. So, ideally, you would move your food into coolers and let your fridge air out for a while. If this isn’t an option, I’d say take everything out of your fridge, wipe all your surfaces down with hot water, then wipe with white vinegar, then hot water again. Make sure you have good ventilation. Vinegar dissipates MUCH faster than bleach, so for future fridge unfuckings, vinegar is the way to go.
Freestyle unfuck! Put away laundry, cleared off bathroom sink, washed out dishes in kitchen sink, hung up coats and things, and put out new holiday decorations. I would not be doing these things on as regular a basis as I am without UfYH, thank youuuuu!
So the brilliant STFUSexists has a bit of an inbox problem. 899 asks (and I’m assuming more by now). And since Tumblr has no way of sorting, archiving, or otherwise working with asks, we’re about to get old-school on your inbox. Get used to the little check mark in the corner and the “Delete Selected” button. We’re going to be using them.
Start at the end. These are your oldest asks, and unless you have some you want to hang on to for sentimental reason, the oldest 200 or so can probably all be deleted without much thought.
I’m assuming you have some hate mail in there. (I assume that because I get it on occasion, and I’m just talking about cleaning and organizing.) If they’re particularly funny or ridiculous, you’ve already gotten your chuckles out of them. Delete. Only save anything that might be construed as a threat (good to have documentation), but anons and haters can go.
A bunch of these are probably “OMG you should totally post about ______!!!” Are you going to post about that? No? Delete. Are you going to post about that? Make a note in your “post ideas” doc (what, not everyone does this? I’m a huge nerd?) and delete.
Anything that needs to be answered? Answer a few, privately if possible, so you don’t clog your news feed.
Note: If you’re feeling particularly brutal and/or brave, go ahead and hit “Select All” and only uncheck those asks that are critical to keep, or the ones you’re planning to answer. Start fresh.
This is going to take a while; I’m not going to sugar-coat that. So let’s do 20/10s (20 minutes on, 10 minute break), repeated a few times. You might need to break this up over a few days. That’s OK. 899 will turn to 499 to 199 to 20. Our goal is 20 or fewer left in there at the end. Keep in mind, you’ll have 20-minute sessions where you’ll probably delete 200 or more. It’s not as overwhelming as it seems. You just need to get started.
Go. Go now. Start right fucking now. 20 minutes.
This is happening. I’m going to have an empty inbox and I will NEVER EVER EVER GET BEHIND AGAIN.
how often do you think i should clean my shower with bleach cleaner if i use leave in shower cleaner spray after each shower? every other day? 2x/week? and what are some cleaning things i should do once per day, every day?
If you’re using shower spray after every shower, you shouldn’t need to do a deep clean more than once a week or once every other week. And be careful: most of the leave-ins are ammonia-based, so you don’t want to be spraying bleach on top of that!
I unfucked my bed just now... took 30 mins to do but I got it done and now I'm taking a break. Gonna tackle my nightstand now. I hate cleaning but the mess is getting to me. I have to study too but I don't feel like doing that tonight so decided this was a good time to begin the unfucking. I like reading your blog, it inspires me to clean but with school I don't always have the time. Keep up the good work!!
Can we talk a little about Unfucking eating-on-the-go? I have two jobs (often worked in the same day) and in the mornings I'm usually having to hit the road with both breakfast and lunch in tow to avoid fast food. Any suggestions? I've been pre-making egg sandwiches and freezing them so I can have a hot breakfast every morning and that's working out okay but I really suck at lunches that travel well and don't require reheating (I don't always have access to a microwave).
Aside from the usual garden salads and sandwiches, you could always do something like a pasta salad that you can eat cold. Bonus to that is you can make a huge batch and live off of it for the better part of the week. My favorite one is tricolor rotini with kalamata olives, feta, tomatoes, and a little olive oil and spices. Another good one is [pasta of your choice] with roasted corn, avocado, tomatoes, and black beans. I like to add some grilled chicken for extra protein, and then I just dole it out into lunch-sized Tupperware.