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Also I did a thing and finally cleared off my dining room table the other day.  It didn’t take long, but made a big difference!  Yay for climbing that steep, steep hill out of a massive depressive episode and dealing with chronic sleep issues.  :\


I finally Unfucked my laundry room! And it barely took 15 minutes! Woulda done this sooner if I knew how quick it would be


So, a little backstory. I’m bipolar with way more down days than up, and I’m a veterinary assistant with a 45 minute commute each way. My work days can end up being anywhere from 12 to 18 hours a day. Add that to the fact that I have multiple pets of my own and also help rehabilitate wildlife for work, my time is a little tied up. When I get home at night, I just want to take care of my babies and go to bed. So this, coupled with a vacation over the fourth of July weekend, led to my “animal room/study” becoming just a tad bit of a mess more than usual. 

While the rest of my house isn’t in any better shape to speak of, I figured this was the most logical room to spend my day off working on. It’d make my babies feel better having a cleaner space with more room to run around (they have the whole house when I’m home) and it made me feel a hell of a lot better when it was all said and done.

I moved the ferret and rabbit kennels out, swept up all the hay with a rubber broom before vacuuming and spot cleaning the carpet. Also, I learned that drain volcanoes are also a perfectly acceptable way to clean window tracks! Took care of those as well as cleaning the rest of the window and sill, along with dusting and washing the walls and vacuuming out the upper corners. Emptied out the desk and dresser and reorganized them as well as my food and litter stash closet, and went through all of the meds and treats on top of the dresser. Cleaned out the kennels and moved everyone back in! All in all, about four hours total with breaks.

It’s so much easier to get things done when you don’t feel guilty for taking breaks, and before and after picture goals are pretty good motivators! Thanks to unfuck your habitat for the movitation!


I did two 20/10s today with the goal of making a really obvious difference so I stay motivated.


After two 20/10s:


30 seconds after:

I found these (they are from November 2012):

And I need to figure out where to move all of these comics to:

…so I can replace them with my med school notes (this is about a third of them, not including text books):


Before and After: Nightstand
I wanted to unfuck at least one thing this week. Even though the only one who really sees this is me, I knew it was a good place to start.

I had a come-to-Jesus about my to-read pile.

I also had a realization that empty space is a lot like silence: it does not have to be filled with trivial items.


Things that vinegar will clean: all the hard water stains on your glasses.

I got distracted while practicing the “use waiting time” challenge because all of my glassware had gotten hella grody from my bad dishwasher and from my tendency to reuse water glasses over and over again. Example before and after glass is posed unnaturally on a black blanket to show the difference.

Vinegar is magic.


Tracking this week’s Unfuck Your Habitat challenge - get rid of 10 things each day!

I had a busy day yesterday (out late seeing Snowpiercer), and didn’t get to get rid of 10 things. But since I did 15 the day before, I decided to do 15 today as well and it evens out. 

Inflatable sleeping pad that has leaked for at least 3 years, I can’t find the leak, and I’m pretty confident I never will, two little junk things from the craft room, rosemary wreath that I used up for cooking, two pieces of cardboard recycling, a computer mouse I don’t need, plastic pineapple drinking glass (sentimental, but I have other things for that event), three work shirts that are a little too gross to even be work shirts, a decorated pot that held party favors, our old mattress and frame! yaaaaay… and… ok. The really really gross paper bag.

So if it wasn’t for this challenge, I wouldn’t have found this lurking in the back hallway closet. For some reason I thought it would be a good place to store it, cool and dry. Also completely out of sight and mind. It was a bag of onions and garlic from the farm, at least 8 months old. DDDDD:


I did a little tidying before I took this photo:
This is after one 20/10:
This is a couple days later after another 20/10:

I’m slowly, but surely, turning my table back into a surface that can be used. My biggest problem is that I don’t know where to put all of my med school notes, so they’ve just been cluttering up the table. I’ve been patiently putting them into binders by subject and will need to find a place to store those binders, but it’s left the table in a much happier state. Maybe I’ll be able to do schoolwork at it soon! Or even eat a meal at it!

And until then, this sign will be put on my computer every night before bed. No internetting until I do at least one 20/10!


The kitchen is done!

It only took me all day and a bloody knuckle, but it is clean. It looks like it was a lot easier than it really was, since I had to mop and scrub the floor, too, which was super disgusting.

Does anyone have any suggestions for cleaning the crevices between stoves and counters? I’m too afraid to move the stove and my hand doesn’t even fit in the space, it was hard enough getting the broom in there.


Did a miniature unfucking of my bedroom today. I was so depressed that I didn’t feel like cleaning and my room was getting so dirty that it made me even more depressed. I feel much better now.


I moved into this apartment about two months ago and I was surprised how much I managed to mess up the closet in that time.  But it looks better now.


I’ve spent a lot of time the past couple of weeks unfucking things around the house. I got back not too long ago from studying abroad, and have decided to move back in at home. Unfortunately, three years of not living somewhere and “just dropping this off really fast” add up pretty quickly…

I spent the first set of 20/10s cleaning the upstairs bedroom until my family decided to move the furniture when I was gone, essentially undoing all my work. It was frustrating, but I eventually worked past it and finished with the final product seen above! 

Now on to the basement….


This was a gigantic undertaking. It took two days and a myriad of panic attacks over spiders to go through every single drawer, the closet, all my clothes, and organize them. Everything has a place. This is the cleanest it’s been in a LONG time. ITS AWESOME!


So my room has been as messy and cluttered as pictured since probably august of last year before I left for school. Whenever I was home I didn’t have the time or energy to really dig in and get it clean. Countless times I’d get about 60% of it done before losing motivation and letting it build back up again. I’ve been following unfuckyourhabitat for a couple months now hoping the success stories would inspire me to do what needed to be done. Today I had a full day off for the first time since I came home this summer and woke up knowing I couldn’t live like this anymore. My attempt turned into a full blown annihilation of any mess that displeased me and I couldn’t be more happy. I swept, folded and hung up my clothes, got rid of my clunky headboard, and even put up some new wall art! I wasn’t intending to write such a big paragraph but I am honestly just super proud of myself. Thanks ufyh for encouraging me to do so!


Office Unfucking Again, Part Two! the desk areas….

Five 20/10s over two days. A lot of the time was spent actually finding places for the things on the desk to go, instead of being shuffled into another pile.

I made earrings during my breaks!