Can I just say how awesome 20/10 (or similar) are? I used to get my motivation together and CLEAN ALL THE THINGS and then be exhausted/in pain/ugh so couldn't do any maintenance cleaning so my place would get fucked again, rinse, repeat. At the moment I'm unfucking n small chunks and trying to work out a maintenance routine so I can keep up. Today hoovered the entire flat in 20/10, then later I cooked dinner and washed dishes as I went along! Can I get a fuck, yeah?
I have a house mate who's room looks similar to some of the people's places on your blog. she clearly needs help. how do i help her to clean her room and keep it clean and stop hoarding all the dishes in her room, like she's the only one who uses them? she doesnt even have to do the dishes, we have a dishwasher!!! why do you think someone would do this?
Well, I think someone would do this for any number of reasons. She may have grown up in a house where she was never taught how to maintain a clean living environment. She may be depressed or have another health issue. She might be preoccupied with other things and not realize she has all the dishes. It could be any number of things.
With roommates (as with spouses, children, significant others, and anyone else you share your living space with), my #1 rule is: USE YOUR WORDS. Ask for help. Ask her to bring the dishes into the kitchen so the dishwasher can get run. If it’s a serious issue, sit down and have an honest conversation. Try to keep the judgment out of it. Ask if she needs help getting her room clean, or some tips on how to keep it that way. Tell her about 20/10s, and have her do a few with you.
Above all else, avoid being passive-aggressive. This accomplishes nothing, except further annoying you, and possibly setting off a spite reaction in which she does less than she’s doing now. Have a conversation. Hell, show her this site. But don’t let it stew any longer. Just talk to her.
I may still have a sink full of dirty dishes, but I did ten of them today, which is a pretty ridiculous achievement for me these days. Ten today, maybe I'll get more done tomorrow! Still, I started, and even one dish at a time is better than no dishes, right?
So mama vrrr had a problem with her kitchen sink deciding to clog up with Really Foul Gorp. (Also known as the stuff that backs up into my bathtub if I am not careful with MY kitchen sink.) Ah, thinks she, I will fix this with nasty drain chemicals! Except then papa vrrr whips out logic on her and convinces her not to, because it’ll back up into the garbage disposal and that is no bueno.
This is where I step in and tell mama vrrr she CLEARLY needs a drain volcano.
Mama vrrr agrees, brings out the baking soda and the gallon jug of vinegar, and I haul skinny ass down there to watch, because drain volcanoes are awesome.
Result: we were both extremely entertained for the amount of time it took it to quit fizzling and just go down into the pipes already. Oh, and I think it worked, too. I was too busy watching it bubble and hiss, shup.
Hi - I've been a reader of UFYH for a while now, and it's fucking awesome. There is a matter on which I could use some advice. I have some mild allergies (probably to dust and cat dander, but nothing definitive), and as a medical student not a lot of time to clean. What would you consider the highest priority, do-this-if-nothing-else cleaning tasks for someone in my situation? How often should they be done? Thanks in advance!
Dishes. Every day.
Vacuum once a week. Make sure you’re keeping up with your bag/canister so it’s actually getting rid of the dust and dander and not just spitting it back out.
Wash your sheets weekly, especially if your cat(s) ever go up on the bed. Hand towels, dish towels, and bath towels should be changed out every few days.
Do one little thing to clean up the bathroom every time you go in. Wipe the counter, dry Swiffer the floor (this is really easy if you keep your Swiffer in reach of the toilet. Ahem), spray the shower walls, etc. This way, it won’t have a chance to get gross.
Other than that, aim for 20 minutes in each room at least once a week, twice if you can. That should keep you on top of the mess.
Even if it isn’t you can always sideload it. The Amazon store kinda sucks butts so UFYH godlady please submit it to Amazon too :*
I have an Amazon app store developer account, so if I upload the app (when it’s done, obviously) I think that should take care of the Kindle Fire thing? I’m still learning as I go on the non-Apple side of things, but I’m doing my best.
I bought this app for the iPhone. A few weeks later I bought a Samsung. Will I need to buy the app again or will there be a way to show that I’ve already paid for it when the Android version is released?
The App Store and Google Play are two totally separate entities, so nothing transfers from one to the other. They handle all the money stuff, so I have no control over that, unfortunately.
Android folks: it’s soon now. Patience, my friends.
As always, if you have the app and like it, consider rating and/or reviewing it. It makes a big difference for small developers like me. If you have it and don’t like it, drop me a line here and we’ll chat.
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.