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Did a “quick” 20 that was more like 25. It almost wasn’t worth the struggle to try and clean with a toddler and I almost lost it a couple of times. He had two meltdowns. My blood pressure must have rocketed 30 points at least. He loves to “help” by dumping the dustpan back on the floor, or the bed, pulling all of the clothes out of the hamper that I just put in, repeat 3 times, locking me out of the room while I run to get a rag, spraying the bed down with cleaner (vinegar), and other basic good hearted nonsense that makes me crazy when I’m trying to do something quick. A person working alone would have gotten this done in maybe 5-10 minutes. I was shattered afterwards. I really was. I felt so defeated and exhausted and guilty because I was short with him. And I felt like it wasn’t worth it.

I struggled to learn something from this. What did I learn? I do not want to have my kid grow up to hate cleaning because he watched his mom get stressed out and mad. I will no longer do a 20 minute with a timer when the kid is helping. Only 3 minutes or so. I will try and make it a game so that he has fun and I stay relaxed. Lowering my expectations… Feeling a little depressed that I will never get on top of the clutter and grime in this house. My mom was/is a hoarder so I probably put a lot of weight on the cleanliness of my house because of how neglected I felt growing up. I should probably give myself a break but its hard. 

You probably won’t see any difference but here are the before and afters if anyone is interested. I’m posting this because I need to see some progress: after the jump

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(I also had a fun game of “Name That Ikea Furniture.”)

  1. whyarealltheurlsarlreadytaken reblogged this from unsugar and added:
    I just wanted to say how proud of you I am for still making the effort! Please don’t give up on getting on top of the...
  2. holmes-winchester-doctor reblogged this from unsugar and added:
    super good clean! cleaning with kids is like brushing your teeth with oreos. my three year old begs to sweep, so i found...
  3. flaneurinthecity reblogged this from unfuckyourhabitat and added:
    Reblogging to tell you that you did a fantastic job. Looks great! And bonus pic of cute toddler toes!
  4. stuff4me2thinkabout2fix reblogged this from unfuckyourhabitat
  5. melaneko reblogged this from unfuckyourhabitat and added:
    Don’t just tell him “no”, show him what he’s SUPPOSED to do. Make it a game for him. My 3 year old loves to help me...
  6. prettyshrub reblogged this from unfuckyourhabitat and added:
    You got a bunch done! ALL of my friends with kids struggle to clean during the toddler ages. Don’t get too discouraged.
  7. unfuckyourhabitat reblogged this from unsugar and added:
    (I also had a fun game of “Name That Ikea Furniture.”)
  8. unsugar posted this