So this speech I’m having to write is sitting on my computer mocking me, and I’ll be all disciplined and sit at the computer and surf tags on tumblr and play on Facebook think really hard about it. And hours go by. Got disgusted with myself the other night, and figured, if I was going to procrastinate, something was going to come from it.
Hello invisible corner that popped up by the stairs:
Meet various combination of stuff that has to be put away upstairs. Only I have to find a place to put it away upstairs, so it is sitting there until I do. Guh, storage! I need to toss stuff out, but I keep using that as the excuse of other stuff piling up.
Nope, not anymore. Set that app timer for 20 minutes and I was off. Into the eaves, moving stuff around (hey, I can toss this!), into the closet (::shuffle shuffle 5 minute organize::) and with 7 minutes to spare, everything where it is supposed to be, 1 box of stuff no longer needed in the trash, we have:
Nothing in the invisible corner except random cat toys. Which are allowed to be there. (they, too, are on an exercise program for the new year because we all need to lose weight around here.)
Procrastination feels better when something is getting done….
“Just put one thing away” turned into one 20/10 and now the room is back to how it ought to be; all the laundry is folded (!) and put away, and the worn stuff is in the hamper, where it belongs. Also gave my closet a quick tidy-up because I was being kind of lazy about putting things in the right places. I even had enough time at the end to tidy off my desk and my nightstand. Good times.
Put Supernatural into the laptop while I worked, because having a distraction is the only way I can convince myself to put away laundry.
Feels good to finally maintain a clean space for the first time in probably my whole life.
This weekend I unfucked my house!
Yesterday over the course of two 20/10s I did 2 loads of laundry, swept my kitchen floor, did dishes, tidied up my living room, and turned my kitchen and living room into neat and clean spaces! My boyfriend even hung up some art on our kitchen wall (which sucks because they are plaster and require drilling and screw anchors) and finally finishing his parking-meter-lamp project. :D
Living room before: worse than it looks, as there are dishes hiding out of sight and LOTS of dust. Notice the parking meter on the table to the right… unfinished lamp of sadness
Living room after: everything has been dusted and the meter now is a real lamp!
Kitchen before: again, there is grime that doesn’t show. The tablecloth was FILTHY omg.
Then today, I folded my laundry and ACTUALLY PUT IT AWAY, which prompted me to tackle my hidden corner— the couch in the bedroom I share with my boyfriend. Instead of being a couch, it is 99.9999% of the time a massive pile of clothes that I am too lazy to hang up in the closet. Oops, my bad.
It took me close to 30 minutes to do this one, but I feel so much better about walking into the bedroom now!
After: the bag and jacket belong to my boyfriend :)
I don’t have a before pic, but our dressers were both covered in a horrific amount of dust and clutter. My boyfriend did a 20/10 of his own and cleaned them off. Voila!
These are the before and afters of my bookcase. Moving takes time and patience (I’m rediscovering), and I’m slowly whittling down the boxes and piles around the house. This was two 20/10s, and I didn’t work too much on the top part, but I did manage to empty out and breakdown a few boxes and a pile of mess. Hurray!
Unf**kYourHabitat is truly awesome. I am a very organized person myself, and I need to keep common areas spotless, but I do need some extra motivation to keep my own bedroom tidy. I thank Team UfYH for that.
For example, today I cleaned the whole kitchen and the bathroom floor, and on top of that I cleaned up my bedroom’s coffee table, too, which is pretty amazing. It took me three 20/10 to do all this.
So, before it was this:
And after, this:
The make up went into the beauty basked, the mittens in the kitchen, the trash in the trash cans, the book and papers on their own shelves, the stationary in the pencil case and the pencil case on the desk. Everything where it belongs!
I’ve let shit build up in my lounge room to icky levels. So I decided to see what I could do in a 20/10.
here it is!:
So there’s still a fair bit to do, around the edges, but look at all that floor! I even fit vacuuming into the 20mins!
For the last few days I’ve been in maintenance mode. I was getting very little time at home and ended up not doing much cleaning during it.
Today, though, I got home from work and threw a few songs into a 20 minute playlist, and did myself a 20/10! Huzzah!
That there kleenex box was empty. Nothing in it. And that disposable camera has been sitting there for nearly two years, waiting for me to deal with it. I measured the depth. Over 6 inches.
Let’s just say I was terrified of my nightstand and move on.
24 minutes later:
(I didn’t start immediately after I took the picture.)
I had a nightstand again! With a small stack of the books I’m currently reading. Everything else got tossed, drawered, found its home, or returned to the bookshelf from whence it came.
I got to the end of my 20 minute playlist and had a couple of things that needed to disperse, so I put in another song and finished up, since another 20 would have been more time than I needed.
Then I ate dinner and left again for another evening away from home. 20/10s are awesome when you’re not home for very long in an evening.