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An ironic fact about me:  As much as I love cleaning and organizing and storage and even all those stupid youtube channels dedicated to it, my room has looked like this for years.  I said whatever and finally unfucked the everloving fuck out of my room.  It took me like 5 days but truthfully its because I was being a lazy piece of shit.  I’ve always had a mad filthy room and I’ve probably cleaned it under 15 times my whole life.

Don’t make fun of my lopsided dresser pulls, it was a hand me down ;(


I kid you not this table is the bane of my existence….but it only tpok me 10 minutes to clean off! Now maybe we can eat at it like real grownups!


I am a disabled veteran, was diagnosed with depression at age 5, and am currently PMSy, which makes my chronic hip and back pain worse. I can generally stand up, but not for very long.

For a couple of weeks, I’ve been really down and very behind on housework.

Here is how I do things that need to be done, with depression and chronic pain.

Step 1:  Decide, “Today, I WILL do a thing.” and choose a thing to do.


Ew. I hate doing dishes and tend to put them off. Especially pots and pans.

Step 2:  Ask myself, “CAN I do this right now?”. Yeah, I feel ok. My hips are a little sore, but my back isn’t bothering me at the moment. I think I can stand up long enough to get this done. There isn’t much there, and the dish drainer isn’t full, so I don’t need to empty it before I get started.

Step 3:  Get started.
Since I’m doing dishes, I gather every, single dirty dish from around the house and bring it to the sink. I also empty and clean the large side of the sink. I keep a trash can nearby so I can easily throw out paper towels, tea bags, straws, etc. that get put in there.


Step 3.1: Still getting started.

A lot of people like to put all of the dirty dishes into the sink and fill it with water. I don’t. I put a little bit of soapy water, maybe one or two inches deep.


And I wash one dish at a time, rinsing it back into the soapy water.


This saves water and fills the sink a little at a time. I never use more water than I actually need to. I also do this so that, when I am working, I’m not staring down at a daunting pile of filthy dishes. I see one dish, which I can totally do.

I also do not like to use a dish cloth. When it gets greasy or gets lumps of food, it’s disgusting. I prefer a baby bottle brush, because I only have to touch the handle. I am eliminating triggers and excuses.

I use paper towels on the teflon pans. I know they’re wasteful, but they work better for me than a rag that then gets thrown into a basket to be cleaned, maybe two or three weeks from now?

Step 4: Try not to focus on the pile. It’s shrinking, trust me.


At this point, my hips started to ache. It had been maybe 7 or 8 minutes, I really can’t stay on my feet very long. But I can’t take breaks, either. Once I sit down, I generally don’t have the energy to get up again other than to use the restroom. So!

Step5:  Soak the big, nasty stuff last.


This non-stick skillet was really crusty and gross. It needed a little soak to break up the dry food. By now, there is plenty of water in the sink, too. This is a really good place to take a break, but set a timer so you don’t forget or give up.

Since I can’t take a break, I took this time to clean and scrub the countertop where the dirty dishes have been piling up, and to scrub the grime and gross from around and behind the sink.

My mother has a nasty habit of taking the dirty dishcloth and wiping it all over the countertops. It drives me nuts. Don’t do that at my house.

Now, at around the 12 minute mark, my hips are sending warning signals. Almost done, but…

Step 6: Not yet.

After the last dish is cleaned and laid out to dry, I clean the sink. The whole thing. Both sides, the faucet, the splash guard. Don’t let any food bits stay in the sink.


Ok! Now I’m done. That steel water bottle needs washed, too, but I am DONE. I can’t stand up anymore, hell, I can barely sit up straight after that.

So, why didn’t I just empty the dishwasher and refill it? That would be faster, yes. It would also require a lot of bending over, and reaching up to put the dishes away. My body isn’t that cooperative, so I leave it for Husband to do when he gets home. This is also why I don’t dry the dishes. He won’t be home to put them away for another 6 hours or so, why hurt myself more than I need to?

This is so great. Work within your limits, listen to your body, do what you can, and don’t beat yourself up over things like not using the dishwasher. Excellent job.


Top 3 = before Bottom 3 = after 90 minutes work

My room was in chaos and I’m leaving for uni in 4 days. Didn’t want to leave it in a horrible state so I absolutely blitzed it as fast as I could. Tidied, folded all clothes, organised wardrobe, dusted and hoovered, in under 2 hours. A little work and I now have a beautiful unfucked bedroom. :)


Unfucked my coffee table.


Girlfriend broke up with me last weekend and it hit me pretty hard.  Combine that with the fact that I almost exclusively lived at her place for the last couple months before she ended it, and depression takes over and you can’t even bother with the mess.

Today I said fuck it all and cleaned up.  Put on a few episodes of Rifftrax Shorts and straightened everything up, caught up on the paperwork and bills, and sprayed the apartment in Febreeze (my mom was here this weekend and she smokes like a chimney).

Gotta vacuum the carpet yet but I’ll do that tomorrow during the day so I don’t interrupt anybody (it’s late now)


What a mess this was! I don’t even remember the last time I went through it all. I threw another whole trash bag of stuff away, cleaned up the mess, dusted my dresser (including the pictures and boxes on it) and the fan and put all of my bras (that were on top of my hamper) in one of the drawers. Took me just two 20/10s.


Moving house before and after. I moved all the boxes in to the spare room and unpacked them into the other rooms. I took me about 8 20/10s spread out over a week and a half. It really helped to concentrate the house moving chaos in one room and to have pleasant other rooms to live in whilst I was doing it.


My craft room needed some serious attention, so I decided to unfuck it. It was an assortment of garbage, craft supplies, finished projects, and other items that made it into the room but have a home in my apartment elsewhere (derby stuff like awards, gifts, jerseys, etc). Yay, so happy about my results!


Unfucked my habitat a little bit!


Results of a few 20/10’s yesterday. Shelves will go far toward helping with this…


Result of a few 20/10’s yesterday. Not done yet.


There is no cleaning product in the world i can recommend as highly as bar keeper’s friend, seriously. This is probably about 8 months of coffee, diet Pepsi, tea, crystal light, and various sauce stains along with scratches from pots and pans eliminated in about 2 minutes. I usually just sprinkle it on a wet sink and then wipe it off with a sponge. Also you can put it on your faucets and they’ll g l e a m

BKF is pretty great. Plus, super cheap. (Get the powder, not the cream stuff.)


late-night stress reduction


Honestly, the folks over at unfuckyourhabitat are so inspiring. These are embarrassing, but hopefully they’ll inspire someone else too.

My Bearded Angel just started a new job with overnight shifts, making cleaning difficult because he’s either up and I miss him so I want to spend time with him, or sleeping (which is far more often than the former in my waking hours) and so I can’t clean the kitchen since our bedroom is directly above our kitchen and vacuuming and doing dishes can be noisy. I figured I’ll be out all afternoon and evening so he can catch up on whatever sleep I disturbed this morning then.

Its been a difficult time all around this summer with this new job and people in my family being sick and so its been messy too. Not to mention the state of mid-reno which makes it seem messy even when its not. Can’t wait to get some paint on these walls, and a proper floor that I can actually mop.

I’d love to hear Any advice anyone has to offer about how to deal with conflicting sleep schedules and keeping a house in shape please :)