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Ask UfYH: You Can’t Make Someone Care

Q: How do you get someone to care about cleaning? My SO helps me clean because I ask them to, but they literally do not get the point of cleaning. What are the magic words to illustrate what will happen if I don’t clean up?

A: You can’t, and there aren’t any. (more…)

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Ask UfYH: Habit Building for Kids, UfYH-Style

Q: Any ideas on how to help teach children good UfYH habits when you never learned them yourself? My 7-year-old has picked up all my bad habits and is impervious to the good ones I’m trying to teach myself and her. (more…)

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Ask UfYH: Married to the Slob

Q: Any advice on how I can train my husband to be less of a slob? (more…)

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In which we discuss using our words, accepting varied priorities, and realizing that passive-aggressive behavior never ever works.

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Ask UfYH: You Can Go Home Again, But Not to Clean It

Q: My parents’ house is a horrible mess. There are piles of crap everywhere, some of which hasn’t been touched in 20 years, and going home actively causes me anxiety. Every time I go home for a holiday, I end up doing nothing but 45/15s — and they THANK…

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Ask UfYH: How the Hell Do I Get Started?

Q: I never used to be a messy person until I got married and married a messy person. Now, ten years…

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Ask UfYH: Return to Sender

Q: Mail, both junk and bills, seems to pile up quickly. How do I stay on top of it and keep it…

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This week’s Ask UfYH, because dealing with mail sucks.

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Ask UfYH: “I Have Had it With This Motherf#&*ing Mouse in My Motherf#&*ing House!”

Q: Help! I have mice! (more…)

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Ask UfYH: Cleaning While Broke

Q: I really need to do a deep clean of my house, but I have no money. Are there any budget tips you…

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Ask UfYH: Depression and Husbands and Kids, Oh My

Q: I need your help. My family and I live in a two bed, one bath (guess where the bathroom is) 800…

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Ask UfYH: How Do I Help My Friend With Her Messy House?

Q: My friend’s house is a total wreck. She wants to clean it up, but it’s very daunting and no one…

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Ask UfYH: Don’t Give Me This Whole “Men Don’t See the Mess” Bullshit

Q: My boyfriend and I just moved in together, and although we agreed on splitting the chores, I’m…

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Ask UfYH: It’s Laundry Day!

Q: How do you do laundry?

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Ask UfYH: Holiday Hosting Edition

Q: I’m going to be hosting a bunch of people for Christmas for the first time, and I’m kind of…

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Having people over, no matter the occasion? Don’t panic! We can help with tips in this week’s Ask UfYH.

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Ask UfYH: Get That Stuff OUT of Your House!

Q: I find that a lot of times I stall out on tasks that require me to actually leave the house…

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This fear of being forgotten and abandoned, of disappearing amongst the sea of humanity, is at the core of my hoarding and attendant anxiety. Hoarding is an anxiety disorder. It is not a behavior existing in a vacuum. It is a response to specific anxieties that manifest in an unnatural attachment to things. I keep things because my fear of abandonment gets projected onto things. No, the yogurt cup does not have feelings and therefore will not feel sad and alone if I throw it away. But part of me, part of my energy, is on that yogurt cup, and how could I throw part of myself away? Same with the mail. It has my name on it; I can’t throw it away.