To refresh your memories, this is what it looked like back in May:
It got better, and then it got worse again. (Dear children of mine, moving things from the living room to the front hall is not actually cleaning it up. kkthxbai.)
And then, WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE?! B actually VOLUNTEERED to hang some hooks up in that front hall. VOLUNTEERED!!!!!
So, after hanging said hooks, and after digging out a full load of laundry (mixed bag of coats, scarves, gloves and actual normal clothes), this is what it looks like now:
To be fair, those shoes and roller blades were not strewn about like that when the kids left for school this morning. *I* did that in the process of digging clothes out.
So the plan for right now, while the kids are at school, is this:
Dig out laundry.
That’s it. HOWEVER. Once the kids get home? Heh, they’re helping. They don’t know it yet, but they are. For a couple of reasons:
Some of the stuff in that pile is things that need to find a home. Books, toys, etc.
Some of those shoes need to go. I need to know what they want to keep, what they can still FIT, what doesn’t have a match, etc.
We need to get rid of shit. They know it, I know it. Even if it’s still usable, if it’s not GETTING used, it needs to go. Instead of me just throwing shit out, I’m going to make them part of the process. They’re old enough to begin making decisions like that, but at the same time, I know I need to be part of that process as well. So… GROUP EFFORT!
Once we pare everything down to nothing but shoes, coats, and peripherals (scarves, hats, and gloves), I can sweep and mop (I MIGHT even get crazy and get down on my hands and knees!), and then I’m going to be bringing down a small dresser from S’s room. (The room that I still haven’t been in, 14 months after losing custody of her. It’s still too painful.) It’s small enough that it can sit in the front hall without us banging into it all the time, yet big enough (I think) that I can fit a laundry basket for shoes underneath it. I would like to eventually repaint it so that it looks nicer (it’s old and banged up and looks it, but it’s still functional) but for now, I just want to get shit put AWAY.
But I’m going to need help getting that thing out of S’s room. It’s not exactly heavy, but it’s awkward, and after falling down the stairs with the dryer last month, I’m honestly afraid to try and get it down myself. So I need either B or C1 to help me with that.
I don’t know if I’m going to get it all done TODAY, and honestly, I don’t CARE if I get it all done today. It would be nice, sure, but the point is not to get it done NAONAONAORIGHT.THIS.VERY.SECOND.NAO, just to get it DONE.
Do you or any of your followers have advice pertaining to the best way to clean a very moldy cast iron skillet? I mine in a water soak and subsequently forgot about it for an amount of time I'd rather not say.
Boil water in it for a reasonably long time, then scrub it with kosher salt and a stiff brush. I’d suggest re-seasoning it, including some time in a high heat oven to kill off anything that might be lingering.
I’ve heard of people putting their cast iron in the oven during a self-clean cycle and then re-seasoning them, but I’ve never tried it, so I can’t confirm that.
No matter how well I put the sheets on my bed, they are constantly coming uprooted and causing making my bed to be a lot more time consuming than it strictly needs to be. Do you have any advice on preventing this?
If it’s the fitted sheet, they make these bungee cord-type things that clip on the undersides of the corners and keep things pretty well in place. For the top sheet, as silly as hospital corners seem, they’re harder to dislodge.
I bought a baby bissel steamer to clean up some pet related spots, and finally got off my ass yesterday and did the worst ones. I felt pretty bad-ass and rewarded myself with a new sweater. The downside - the carpet cleaner solution triggered a migraine last night. Fortunately I was able to head it off by painkillers and sleeping on the couch (away from the cleaner in my bedroom). I will NEVER use carpet cleaner again. Has anyone used vinegar in one of thes machines?
I wouldn’t recommend it, since steam cleaners can tend to be a little finicky. You can run it with just hot water. It may not be quite as effective, but will still make a significant difference. They do also sell allergy-friendly carpet cleaner, so that might be worth a shot, too.
help me, ufyh!! i have a bad habit of forgetting when i'm boiling water, and have boiled a pot dry multiple times... do you have any tips on how to clean them? how about how to remember that i'm actually boiling water?
Hello! A mysterious butt-shaped blue patch has appeared on my nice clean wall in my brand new flat. It looks like someone got wet in the rain and leant on the wall while wearing indigo jeans. We've tried just washing the wall but the indigo is pretty dark and isn't budging. Is there anything that works particularly well on dye? On a wall? I'm baffled.
You can try rubbing alcohol (patch test in an inconspicuous spot first). If that’s a no go, try a Magic Eraser, with all of the usual caveats that Magic Erasers are essentially micro-grit sandpaper, and can take the finish off of walls, so use a very gentle hand if you try this method.
I cleaned my electric kettle with a white vinegar/water solution, following a tip I got from Unfuck Your Habitat. The coils had been disgustingly crusted with minerals and… well I don’t know what all else, but since I’m still recovering from a nasty H Pylori infection, I don’t want any of it in my tea.
It worked like a charm. The coils are de-crusted, and now it smells really delicious. Running it with just water now to remove anymore traces of vinegar (cause I like vinegar, but not in my tea), and after dumping that I think I’ll make myself a nice cuppa.
Trying to work my way through the askbox today. I’m turning off asks for a day or so, so that I don’t get swamped with new ones as I answer older ones.
One tip: the homepage has a custom Google search box that’s infinitely more useful and accurate than Tumblr search. Try a quick search for the subject of your question and see if it’s been talked about before.
Is vinegar good for removing smells? I see you reference a vinegar/water mixture a lot. I just moved into a new apartment and it's mostly great, but there is one cabinet in the kitchen that continues to reek and I'm not sure what it is or how to get rid of it. I tried using a Clorox spray and wiping it down a little afterwards and it doesn't work at all. I've basically kept everything out of that cabinet because it's so bad. I'd appreciate any help!
Vinegar is good, but you might have luck with baking soda, too. Make sure there’s no obvious cause for the smell (decaying food, etc.), and try putting a dish of baking soda in the cabinet for a while. Coffee beans can help, too.
I got home from Thanksgiving Sunday night, and had no time to unpack my suitcases, so i thought i’d do it the next day when i got some spare time. NEXT DAY, I find out a very important Term paper for my Costume History was due that day, and i hadn’t finished the first page. Everything basically goes to shit, I end up spending the entire night working on the paper. My room becomes a chaotic mess of books, clothes, and general crap. After a whole night and afternoon’s effort, i finally finish the paper and turn it in.
I come home after class and see this:
My mother would probably have a heart attack if she saw my room in this condition. I personally was not happy with it because I’m typically pretty neat. But this was a disaster. So I rolled up my sleeves, and with a look of determination I said to nobody, “time to unfuck my habitat.”
I dont know how long it took, but it felt like at least two hours. I dont think i ever worked so hard to clean my room in my life. but it felt GOOD. I was pleased with the fruit of my labors.
Fun fact, I had these lying on the floor by the bookshelf and lamp because i didn’t know what to do with them
But I had some big bags of candy that I wanted to store away so i could get rid of the bags, so it turned out these were the right size. And now look!
But I didn’t stop there, I ended up spreading my unfucking of habitats to the Kitchen, the location of my constant battle with cleanliness. With the help of my roommate, we went from a haphazard kitchen to a sparkling one.
My roommate did her own unfucking of the spice cabinet!
this was probably the biggest cleaning project I’ve had to take on in a long time, but I can’t argue with the results! Thank you UFYH for being a constant inspiration to me!
I can’t believe I’m actually posting a photo. But since that’s what I like looking at when I look at UFYH stuff, I guess I’d better pony up.
OMG OMG! I did two more bags today - hate my ex!! I hate that I have to do this because of HIS STUFF. But I try not to dwell on that, because I just want this over and done with and to get my life back once and for all, 100%! Cursing him as I do this just makes it harder on me… and I honestly don’t give a crap about him anymore. L
I know this photo is a bad pictures (both the content and the quality) BUT LOOK. See where carpet is? There’s where stuff was where it wasn’t before.
I’m actually starting to realize that I can do this. Even when I opened the door I was like “well it’s disgusting in here but not as disgusting as it was last time, and the next time I open this door it will be better than this time.”
YAY FOR PROGRESS, however small it may be. I even vacuumed that tiny little part of carpet, since now that I can.
I’m going to take/post photos every time I go in there now, I like seeing the progress.
It’s the Coming of the Dark time of year, the time I always struggle with most. So I told myself that even if I only unfucked ONE THING, then it was one thing that was unfucked, and wouldn’t need to be done tomorrow… Corner-drobe before and after:
The basket of laundry was clean and got folded and put away. The other pile of clothes got sorted into “Clean enough to wear again, therefore clean enough to fold and put away” and “wash me now”.
The small pile remaining on the dresser is my work-out clothes, which I left out on the principal that if they were RIGHT THERE tomorrow morning, I just might put them on and get my lazy ass on the treadmill.
The “wash me now” pile is in the washing machine, which I’m about to go and run.
The poor craft room tends to be the area in the house where things get dumped. The main problem is that our house doesn’t have very many storage options for things we need to use on a semi-regular basis. The things we use all the time have their places, and the things we only use once or twice a year go in the attic. But the things in between get stuffed in the craft room/closet. Then, when I need something from the closet, I have to pull everything out. I do a deep cleaning/purge/organization fest of the closet every few months, but even with that, it fills up and gets messy.
So, anyway, my family is coming to visit this weekend, and they need to stay in that room. Cleaning had to occur. About 30-45 minutes later, I had things under control enough for now. The bedclothes need to be laundered, the floor needs to be vacuumed, and the giftwrap supplies are out because Christmas (!!!), but it’s good enough.
The closet is still a disaster area, but I don’t have anywhere else to put a lot of this stuff. At least things are almost all contained in some way. I need to reorganize the shelves on the other side, but that can wait for another day.
I’m desperately in love with Really Useful Boxes. They’re amazingly sturdy, come in a bunch of different sizes and shapes and colors, but are sadly hard to find or expensive.
But the other day I was in a store and happened to see a few new boxes. One meant for ornaments, one meant for packing a Christmas tree and one for wrapping paper. I picked up the wrapping paper one, even though I have NO wrapping paper because somewhere in the back of my head was a little voice saying ‘We can use that!’ but no real idea.
Fast forward to today. I’m unf*ucking my art/craft/guest room and I look at the box. And look at my yarn and a little lightbulb pops up. I CAN PUT MY STUFF IN IT!
Not all my stuff, but the tray would work to keep my crochet hooks and yarn needles and stitch counters nice and neat and while the bottom part won’t hold even a portion of my yarn stash… it could hold SOME of it.
It’s not perfect but now I can find my yarn needles and some of my hooks!
I have this really great apartment. It’s got high ceilings and big windows and colored walls and when I walked in the first time, I wrote my landlord a check and said “I want this apartment. I’ll sign a two year lease right now if you drop the price.” And he did, and it’s been great. It’s walking distance to everything and generally adorable and perfect.
BUT. Thanks to two jobs and depression and a new dog and life in general sort of being shitty right now, it has spent the last six months in a perpetual state of oh-my-god-gross. I’ve always been a messy person, but I prided myself on never letting messy turn into disgusting. But that happened, and it stayed that way. I’ve been too embarrassed to have people over and even being home is super stressful and I feel like I can’t do anything creative or enjoyable because the mess is just overwhelming. My stove has been broken for months, but I haven’t asked my landlord to fix it because it was just too icky.
Enter Jenni, my dear friend who should really do this for a living. She sacrificed her Sunday to come over and help me clean everything. Armed with a box of cleaning supplies, she helped me sort through stuff and clean it and help everything either find a place or throw it away. (We took a beer and burger break halfway through)
I woke up this morning in such a better mood. I enjoy my space. It’s really great and lovely and wonderful and now I can start taking on the big projects (under the sink, eeeep).
It’s a really big deal that she came over and helped me. Not because of the actual cleaning, which was, of course, a huge help - but because she saw that I needed help and knew that this was something she could do for me that would make my life better and easier and just did it. Which is amazing. And she also never once judged me for how gross I have become, which she should have, because ew. I’m really thankful and lucky for friends like this.
Take five minutes and collect all the dishes in your house and bring them to the sink/dishwasher. Bonus points for actually washing them. If that doesn’t take five minutes, round out the time by throwing away some obvious trash.