I bought the UFYH app a week ago. I've been using it nearly every day. I love it! I've been putting off the dishes for half the day, when I finally just did it. Then, I rubbed the counters down. Then, I unfucked the stove counter because, ew. Then, I continued to wiped down the entire front of the stove, and then did the cabinets, getting rid of the water stains running down them. I then wiped down the entire kitchen floor. Without the help of the app! So, thanks to you, I'm slowly unfucking! <3
I did my four 20/10s today. My room looks worse than when I started, but hey! I got rid of four bin bags of stuff, and have another bin bag and a half going to charity shops. I now only own as many clothes as will fit in my wardrobe, and no more, and I have an idea of what medication I have and what medication I need. I honestly think if I manage four 20/10s a day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, this room will be habitable!
Progress is good! Even if it gets worse before it gets better. You have a clear end game in sight, which is awesome, and a plan to get there, so I think you’re going to be able to do it!
Hey there. I’ve been reading your posts via RSS for a while now; seems like you’re really helping people out. I like the idea of your iPhone app, but its execution… looks a little rough. I’m an iOS developer; if I essayed a redesign of the app, would you consider using it? I sent an email about this to the “support” link from the App Store, but I’m not sure if you check that, so… yeah. Let me know if you’re interested, and keep up the motivation-ing!
I appreciate the offer, but I have a developer who I work with, and I spent nearly a year building the app from the ground up, so I’m rather attached to it! It may be a “little rough,” but hey, so am I!
Good evening from rainy Bangor, Northern Ireland. I'm just home late from a job I'm increasingly disgruntled in, having come home through rain, two connecting buses with a cold. I suffer from depression already but tonight I'm in a particularly shitty mood, and my apartment is fucked. I had resolved to do a 20/10 on my livingroom and and do my dishes and put the bins out (and and and). I can't get myself off my own arse to do so. If you could spare the time, I need a swift kick in the booty!
Shut the fucking computer off, get up, and do 20 minutes on your living room. Take a 10 minute break, then do 20 minutes of dishes. Then take another 10 minute break and put the bins out.
HellO! Just discovered your blog and am inspired to unfuck my fairly fucked habitat. (We're moving, so its a necessity now). My question is cat pee: I'm learning (its painful) just to toss stuff that's been soiled, but what about shelves and things? I've been told that once its there it will always be there, but there has to be some trick so I don't have to toss book shelves and dressers, right?
You can certainly try an enzymatic cleanser like Nature’s Miracle, but if the pee has soaked into the wood, it might never really be gone. Refinishing the furniture might help, but the emphasis is on might. If it’s a waterproof or water-resistant finish, your chances of salvaging the piece are much better.
A bit of relevant back story first: I moved into this house when I was nine, over twelve years ago. That was the last time my room could accurately be described as “clean.”
My bedroom was filthy. I mean legitimately vile. The floor was covered with old food, trash that had been there since the move, small animal feces and used bedding that had practically started to fossilize. The number of worms and beetles I’ve dug out of the carpet is nauseating.
Actual, toxic, filth. I’m not proud of it, but that’s the state I’d gotten to. Depression will fuck up your life, and having a hoarder mom who’s tendency towards aggressive marathon “cleaning” didn’t help a bit.
But no matter how fucked life gets, it can be unfucked. I have today and tomorrow off, so I committed to spending it unfucking my room, not by marathoning, but through steady 20/10s and task/breaks. I can’t help what my parents do, and there’s only so much control I have over the rest of the house, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have a nice healthy place to sleep and play.
I’m really proud of what I’ve gotten done already today. <3 Before and after pics after the cut.
Holy crap! OxiClean is AMAZING!! I read all the posts on sweaty heads and thought, "yeah right, this is another gimmick that won't work!" I gave it a try and was unfuck your habitat impressed! I have soaked/washed/sprayed/vinegared my husband's pillow cases to get them clean to no avail. Hot water, OxiClean and a little dish soap are pure magic! Thank you to all the UFYHs that posted on this one and this fantastic little blog! Really really it is awesome!
Another vote for OxiClean + dish soap for oily/sweaty pillowcases!
Today, I spent a good chunk of time thinking about organizing. Not in the ‘I really should organize but I’m going to procrastinate and then tell myself that I at least though about it’ sense, but in the ‘how do I shoot web accomplish this particular part of unfucking’ sense.
Hi! I know you get a ton of messages so I will try to keep this short, but I was wondering if you have any tips for Unfucking your Budget, or any blog or website recommendations for doing so?
Making this answerable/rebloggable so people can jump in with suggestions. My bank is pretty awesome and integrates something kind of like Quicken into their online banking, so you can see everything by category, set budgets, etc. I know a number of people who use Mint.com and really like it. Oh, and I read a lot of the articles at Get Rich Slowly. They’re a great personal finance resource for people who don’t really know what they’re doing.
Team UfYH: any suggestions for budgeting/banking stuff?
Somehow through the rabbit hole that is teh internets I recently discovered Unfuck Your Habitat (http://unfuckyourhabitat.tumblr.com/). I started to read the posts and began to think “I could get behind this 20 minute thing”.
I mean I’ve tried this before folks. I am constantly setting goals like “Get up in between shows and DO SOMETHING” but alas, it rarely works out for more than about one load of laundry. I have been doing the make the bed thing (or at least throw the sheets and blankets back in a straight(ish) order thing) for awhile, and it’s the damn truth, it does a fuck ton for a room.
So this weekend I grabbed the kitchen timer, spun that bitch to 20 minutes, and started in on the bathroom. I didn’t think about how long I was taking. I didn’t think about the rest of the house. I just started in one corner and worked methodically around in a circle. I even flipped open the toilet when I started, filled it with cleaner, and shut the lid letting it do it’s own work before I circled back to it. I was sure I wouldn’t make it to the tub, which was okay with me, I just wanted to get a start on the room.
Then I hit the end of what I was planning to get done and….the timer hadn’t rang yet. So I whipped that curtain back and went to town on the tub. Man, did that feel good to get the layer of weird soap scum/drip of indeterminate color outta my bath space. Now I can actually TAKE a bath in that big old cracked box that takes up 40% of the bathroom space.
And then the timer rang. I wrung out my sponge, rinsed off my hands, and went to refill my coffee and settle in for another round of bad TV that I get to watch when I get the house to myself.
It worked. It worked so well I did it again with the bedroom later on and then again with one of the hall closets (albeit the small one that’s only a few inches deep and stores extra bathroom stuff and medicines.) I chucked 3 bottles of shampoo I didn’t like but had been carrying around for YEARS because I didn’t know what to do with and had been trained to not waste stuff. Could I have found a better use for some of the stuff I tossed? Probably. Did I need to just toss it to move on and get my habitat unfucked? Definitely.
No pictures of this round of unfucking but I’ll try and capture some before and afters as I keep going. Cause that’s what the internet needs - pictures of my dirty apartment.
The Apparently Unavoidable Android App Update Post
There is no new information, but because I have gotten 20+ asks about this in the last two days, I’m just going to try to clear out the askbox with one post.
The app is not built, or close to being built, or anywhere in the same solar system as being built for Android. Repeatedly asking me when it’s coming out doesn’t actually make it get built faster.
The reason I did not release the Android app at the same time as the iPhone one is not because I’m elitist, or a snob, or look down on Android. It’s because apps are fucking expensive and difficult and time consuming, and I simply did not have the resources to do both.
The Android app may not be coming out for quite some time. I just don’t have enough information to be able to give even a ballpark guess. I do not want to rush the app, because if I put a product out that’s buggy and glitchy and not perfect in any way, the people who purchase and use that product will be unhappy, and they will complain that I made an inferior product. That’s not on my list of Things I Want to Deal With.
I appreciate the passion that Android users have, and I’m thrilled that you want my app available to you. But there is a line between passion and pestering, and another line where I have people expressing actual anger at me that the app isn’t available on Android. Those are the asks I don’t publish.
Please. Be. Patient. I will update you any time there’s a change, but there’s nothing new to report right now.
I’m not ruling out a Kickstarter, but money is not the only issue. It’s a huge one, but not the only one by far.
I have a developer/coder who I’m working with. That’s not the problem, so while offers to help are nice, they’re unnecessary.
So, in short, eventually. I don’t know when. Being mean won’t help. Keep on keepin’ on with the Tumblr for now.
I've lost a link. It's a website, something "chains" where you check of a to-do list and the goal is not to break your "chain" of having done the thing(s) on that list every day. I've been looking all over the internet for it using key words like chain, list, to-do, help, etc. and you can imagine what I've been getting. Rather distracting and very unhelpful. I was thinking there might be an Unfucker who knows what I'm babbling about and can toss me the correct link. Thanks!
Reading UfYH has really changed something for me. I'm moving house at the end of August and for the first time (after six or seven moves) I've started rationalising all of my belongings well in advance. I've been taking bags to the charity shop down the road (on the bus!), wrapping and packing non-essentials in sturdy boxes, eBaying, bagging up small things and dusting as I go. It's brilliant to feel in control like this. Thanks. :)
Can you please tell us when it will be ready and where we can find it? Looks to be great!
I’m not sure what this is asking about. If it’s the Android app, the only information I have is that the iPhone app took eight months and a lot of time and money to get built, and it’s not as easy as just flipping the “iOS” switch to “Android.” The whole thing needs to be built from scratch so as not to be buggy and terrible. I’ve been working with my developer every single day to try to expedite the process, but it’s still a ways off, and I will let you know when I know more.
I was just laying in bed, messing around with it to see what it did, and I clicked on challenge by room and picked bedroom just to see what it would come up with.
And the challenge was to clean off the bedside table, dust, and put everything away.
And I was like…well I could do that. That wouldn’t take too long.
So I cleaned off the table, wiped it down, and put everything away and I noticed that my desk was super messy. So I figured that kind of counted as a bedside table so I started to clean it off. And as I was throwing things away in the kitchen I noticed no one was using the washer, so I took a few minutes to dump some laundry in there so it could be going while I finished the challenge.
The whole thing took like 10 minutes and now I have two clean surfaces and a load of laundry going.
The other day I was telling someone about Unfuck Your Habitat and the difference it has made for me, and it ocurred to me that maybe I should do my part and actually share my unfucking success story. And it really is a success story: I’ve always been an extremely messy person, but now, two months after spending several weeks unfucking things, my apartment is consistently tidy enough even for surprise visitors and can be thoroughly clean in less than an hour. Never in my 28 years of life have I managed this before. YAY!
Since I never planned on sharing this with anyone (so much embarassment…) I don’t have any “before” pictures, but here are the most telling “inbetween” and “after” ones - I’ll put some more under the cut.
This is my computer area when most of the cleaning was already done. To get an idea of how it started out: Imagine every surface cluttered with various stuff, the area below the desk dusty and filled with trash, and the drawers practically overflowing with two years worth of unsorted bills and papers.
The most representative “after” picture: the room after I had finished cleaning and started redecorating!
Next projects are painting my ugly old dresser and maybe even my bed, sewing a throw for the sofa to match the paint, redecorating the walls and maybe finding some matching rugs. But I feel so much more at home already!
(To spare my dash, more pictures and the whole story/unfucking details after the cut:
got my house (That was neglected for 3 weeks due to school and studying) clean and the yard mowed in 2 45/15’s and one 20/10. that is such a good feeling, now off to paint the 4 yr old’s nails! Also got the boy to hang some pictures (FINALLY!) and organized my upstairs… have and ideas for organizing books? also, can i get a sparkly gif please?! :)
In a moment of weakness I left a Barbasol can in my bathtub. The bottom of a Barbasol can is like the Devil’s butthole. It will leave a ring of brown rust stains on anything, any time, for any reason. When I was younger and dumber I freaked out and wasted a lot of money on cleaning products that didn’t work to remove these stains. In the past, I know I lost deposit money from Barbasol butthole rings.
Per UFYH, I put some Bar Keepers Friend on these stains and rubbed them good with a wet paper towel. They scrubbed right off.
So recently I’ve been following this awesome blog, unfuckyourhabitat. It’s targeted at getting you to clean things more regularly instead of saving tasks up for the end of the week (when you’re tired and pissed that you have to deal with them on your day off). I’ve never been the world’s worst housekeeper, but I do have the nasty habitat of performing Organization Theatre — tossing odd items into boxes and intending to sort them out after company has gone. As a result, the main room will look like this:
And I’ll feel very proud of myself for having such a tidy home.
Remember before the Internet, when you could make an innocent mistake and no one would go out of their way to snarkily point it out to you, because sometimes human beings make simple mistakes? No? No one remembers that?
I’m using some of my precious 10 minutes to post here about a product I just found. I mean, I’ve always known about the sorcery that is Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (holy shitballs, that stuff is amazing), but when I went to pick up some Soft Scrub today I saw that it came in spray form. With bleach. SPRAY FORM! WITH BLEACH! EEEEE!
So I tried it out on a persistent stain in my shower. (Hair dye and porous surfaces do not mix well.) After a couple of years of just thinking Stainey (as I nicknamed it) and I were to be life-long shower buddies, I have to say I eradicated his ass. My shower floor is now back to the off-white colour it should be.
(Also, I may be a bit loopy from cleaning fumes. Don’t mind me.)
Soft Scrub is pretty awesome. I’ve never used it in spray form, but the regular liquid/gel stuff kicks ass.
Hello the Tumblr! I hope you are well, I know we have not talked in long time, because I suffered from Severe Tumblr Burnout Syndrome. And many other burnout syndromes including things like Keeping the Apartment Clean and Getting Out of Bed for Non-Work Reasons and the like.
So, now that I am feeling better, and have discovered the Unfuck Your Habitat tumblr, I am embarking on the Great Unfuckening of 2012, complete with before and after pictures. It is taking me a while because right now I can’t do 20 minutes of cleaning followed by ten minutes of break. It’s more like 20 minutes of cleaning, forty minutes of break.
In any case, today I did the bathroom in one fell swoop because I was on the phone with my mum and I can clean forever as long as I am talking to someone. It’s the first room I’ve managed to finish, and I’ve got before and after pictures! After the break! Because for real I have been living in squalor and it is fucking gross. Like I have not taken a shower in three weeks because I did not want to be in the bathroom for any longer than necessary.
(For the record, I showered today for like an hour and I feelso cleannow omg.)
So, after the break, squalor! And also cleanliness!
Hey UfYH, love your blog! It's helped me so much. Question: I don't have drawers and won't be able to get any anytime soon. I hang up most of my clothes in my tiny closet but it always morphs into a floordrobe without fail. Do you have any dresser-substitutes or amazingly ingenious ideas to help me? (Oh yeah, I should mention that I've unfucked my wardrobe and donated the clothes I didn't need/want anymore, etc. so it's not an issue of too much stuff.) Thanks!
I’m a huge fan of hanging storage like this, which creates “shelves” (and drawers, if you use the inserts) with only hanging space. Don’t neglect your inside-of-the-closet-door space either; there are over-the-door hangers for everything. Utilize your underbed space for less-used items, and you should be able to banish the floordrobe.
I'd like to recommend a product: Pledge Multi Surface. It is safe for use on wood, glass, mirrors, stainless steel, granite, marble, chrome, but best of all ELECTRONICS. Seriously, I use it on the MacBook (I don't spray it directly on, but spray it on a cloth first). It really is a good way to clean a bunch of different kinds of surfaces all at once. And no, I do not work for SC Johnson Wax or anything. If I did, though, I'd be asking for employee discounts on Pledge Multi Surface.
I’ve never tried it, but it sounds like a good multi-purpose!