I can’t show you the normal Before and After photos you usually get when someone writes a post about Unfuck Your Habitat because I found the app and Tumblr just after we moved house, and the difference, really, is between how our old house was run and the state it ended up in, which was absolute chaos, and the way our house looks now, and how we organise it.
First, I do three 20/10s each day, and this keeps the house CLEAN, TIDY AND ORGANISED. I can do the kitchen, bathroom every other day, sweep and mop every other day, dust once a week, make the bed, iron everything that needs ironing, do a load of washing and put it out and put our clothes away in ONE HOUR EACH DAY. I am astounded by that very simple fact. Nothing takes as long as you think it does, and if you do things more often, it takes far less time. I can do my bathroom in seven minutes, because I cleaned it when we moved it in, and there is no way you can make more than seven minutes of mess in a bathroom every other day. Same with every other room in the house.
Secondly, my husband is loving this. He particularly loves the idea of doing one thing every time you go into a room to improve it, and even though that’s his only participation in this, with two of us doing the “improve the room when you leave it” deal, we never have to “organise” a surface or room, because envelopes get put away, dishes get collected, rubbish goes in the bin, towels go in the wash, clothes go in the laundry, everything goes where it belongs, just when we’re moving around the house. If we’re going to the kitchen from the lounge room, two handfuls of things that live in the kitchen go with us. It’s such a small thing that makes a MASSIVE difference. And because the house is clean, tidy and organised, my husbands jobs get done, because if they didn’t, they’d stick out like a sore thumb.
Thirdly, I have chronic conditions like an impinged Rotator cuff in my shoulder and rapid cycling bi-polar that mean I go through hours where I cannot move either my arm or my brain. This way, I know all I have to do is one 20/10 in the morning, one at lunch time and one in the afternoon and I NEVER have to worry about losing control of our house again, EVER. And I can choose when to do them, which means no guilt. Also? Twenty minutes is the exact amount of time an injured limb can take of Unfucking, and my rest period? That’s when I ice my injury. So I’ve found my mental illness easier to manage because I feel like I’ve accomplished something EVERY DAY, which does wonders for your confidence, and my physio loves it because I ice my shoulder for thirty minutes every single day.
Oh and I’ve managed to get High Distinctions in both of my subjects this semester by doing 45/15’s, and strictly enforcing that by moving my laptop to another room to study, and leaving my laptop cord behind, so when the battery starts running out, IT IS BREAK TIME NO EXCEPTIONS. I cannot advocate that more strongly.
Unfuck you Habitat, you have turned a disorganised, terrible housekeeper into a Housekeeping Ninja. Kudos!