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eqbonum:

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:

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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:

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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….

doublesevens:

“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.

Before:

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After:

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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.

sealegs:

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

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Living room after: everything has been dusted and the meter now is a real lamp!

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Kitchen before: again, there is grime that doesn’t show. The tablecloth was FILTHY omg.

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Kitchen after:

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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.

Evidence:

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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 :)

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BONUS PICTURE

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!

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HABITAT: UNFUCKED

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doublesevens:

More before/afters.

I AM A TIDYING MACHINE. UNFUCKING THIS ROOM AREA BY AREA; A LOGICAL DESTRUCTION OF MESS.


I also tidied the bedside table and the shelf I keep all my makeup on, but no befores, so no afters because it’s boring if I can’t flip between the two pictures and imagine it’s a cleaning fairy and a messy fairy each waving their wands as I switch.

The desk/dresser tops probably took the least amount of time of anything so far, but it makes the biggest difference to the general look of the room.

Also, so excited about being able to put things down without having to worry about pivot points/fulcrums/what will fall if I put a thing here/oh god balance balance balance. YAY FOR THAT.

adjustedlatitude:

I get so many feels when I do a closet purge. 
First, there’s accomplishment, since I’ve just streamlined my wardrobe and pruned those things I no longer use regularly, and I’m holding to the principle of responsible reuse by donating them to Goodwill (or the winter clothes drive running at my office this week). 
Then, there’s embarrassment, because I have so many things that even when I give away a whole box of them (see above), I still have a full, functioning wardrobe. 
There’s also that neat feeling when I rediscover something that had slipped my mind and it’s something I’ll be able to put to good use (why, hello there, scarves that got tucked away into forgotten corners! I’m so happy to see you!).
And finally, there’s a part of me that feels like I ought to pare my wardrobe down to a few pairs of pants that fit really well and a week’s worth of black t-shirts, and just be done with it. Get things tailored, keep the jackets, accessories, and shoes, and NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT I’LL WEAR IN THE MORNING.
One of these days I might even do that.
Mostly, I’m glad I’ll be able to relieve myself of things I don’t really wear. I think we all have the best intentions when purchasing a garment, but sometimes those intentions just don’t turn into action or use. I find frequent smallish purges to be helpful in keeping things organized and functional; tonight it was shirts, gloves/scarves, and socks/tights/undergarments. A few months ago I did a pretty serious shoe purge. One of these days I need to delve into sweaters and jackets. It’s helpful to me never to let any one section of my closet go unpurged for too long.
But, whatever: wardrobe = mostly unfucked. At least until it’s time to do the next purge. 

adjustedlatitude:

I get so many feels when I do a closet purge. 

First, there’s accomplishment, since I’ve just streamlined my wardrobe and pruned those things I no longer use regularly, and I’m holding to the principle of responsible reuse by donating them to Goodwill (or the winter clothes drive running at my office this week). 

Then, there’s embarrassment, because I have so many things that even when I give away a whole box of them (see above), I still have a full, functioning wardrobe. 

There’s also that neat feeling when I rediscover something that had slipped my mind and it’s something I’ll be able to put to good use (why, hello there, scarves that got tucked away into forgotten corners! I’m so happy to see you!).

And finally, there’s a part of me that feels like I ought to pare my wardrobe down to a few pairs of pants that fit really well and a week’s worth of black t-shirts, and just be done with it. Get things tailored, keep the jackets, accessories, and shoes, and NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT I’LL WEAR IN THE MORNING.

One of these days I might even do that.

Mostly, I’m glad I’ll be able to relieve myself of things I don’t really wear. I think we all have the best intentions when purchasing a garment, but sometimes those intentions just don’t turn into action or use. I find frequent smallish purges to be helpful in keeping things organized and functional; tonight it was shirts, gloves/scarves, and socks/tights/undergarments. A few months ago I did a pretty serious shoe purge. One of these days I need to delve into sweaters and jackets. It’s helpful to me never to let any one section of my closet go unpurged for too long.

But, whatever: wardrobe = mostly unfucked. At least until it’s time to do the next purge. 

amethyst246:

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!

happilyclueless:

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:

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And after, this:

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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!

(via happilyclueless-deactivated2013)

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20/10 number 2: legs attached (and appropriately hacked, which I’ll explain momentarily), roll-out bed/storage drawer assembled & installed, birchwood spring-support thingies installed. All that’s left is putting covers on the cushions and moving it to where I want it in the living room. Fab! 

In some of the reviews I’d read of the Karlstad, it was mentioned that the slipcover is “built into” the sofa, so you have to disassemble the sofa to remove the slipcover for laundry or replacement. I wasn’t thrilled with this, but the Karlstad is the sofa I wanted so I figured I’d deal with it. I didn’t have a clear idea of *how* the cover was “built into” the sofa until I started building mine. When I figured it out, I also immediately figured out a hack that completely eliminates the problem. 

As you can see in the second photo above, IKEA wants you to install the legs and torque them down on top of the slipcover corners. This is the only place where the slipcover is “built in.” Solution: just don’t do that. BINGO PROBLEM SOLVED. In the future when I decide to wash this sucker or if I decide I’d like a different color (I very nearly bought this lovely dark apple green color, but ultimately decided I’d be happier with gray for right now), I don’t have to fuck around with turning this monster upside down and unbolting the legs. 

Seriously, IKEA? That was a dumb idea. Good thing it wasn’t too tough to work around! 

Oh, IKEA. You are the cause of so so many rage fits at my house.

adjustedlatitude:

I worked through two of my least favorite unfuckings today: vacuuming and cleaning the shower/bathtub. Both are tasks I have a long history of ignoring until they’ve reached critical mass and require EPIC UNFUCKING instead of just semi-regular maintenance unfucking. 

I’m not saying I’m suddenly a pro at vacuuming or cleaning the tub. Far from it; I still let them go far longer than I should. But with the magic of 20/10 (and vinegar and Magic Erasers, in the case of the tub), I got it done today. Furthermore, using loads of laundry to time my cleaning & breaks is hella easy and makes me feel productive even while resting with a newly downloaded book. It also results in a clean, fresh-smelling shower curtain & liner, as shown above.

So. There’s that. 

h-snitch:

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!

stuft:

Hi, fellow Unfuckers. you might remember me from this post.

well I’m here to show you that I did another 20 and am on my 10-15, and this is the picture to prove it.

I could post the first 2 pictures but if you are interested enough you’ll click the link to the other post, if not, you can just see that my floor no longer has 12 billionty shoes all over it, the chair doesn’t have piles of clothing all over it, and I even put away a bunch of the sweatjackets that were piled on the bench at the end of the bed as well as the extra towels. I also emptied the basket that was hidden under piles o’crap behind the piles o’shoes.

And my bedroom is one of the rooms that is less fucked than others.  This was not as bad as it used to be,but worse than I like it to be.  I still have to do the dresser and the top of the book case next to my bed, as well as put away the duvet (which is what the empty laundry basket is perched atop) and some crap in the far corner.  But this is livable.

I can’t believe I did this much on a Monday.

Now it’s time to get ready for bed and read. Bleah, I thought I’d have more time to read. it always ends up being 10 dozey minutes.

I’m taking Friday off (or most of it) and I intend to get MOAR STUFFS done.

unfuckingthedream:

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!

Before:

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.