This is from a few weeks ago:
Very often there are big bags of garbage and recycling in the hallway (which is actually my kitchen). This is despite the fact that the door right there leads out to the mud room where there are proper bins for it.
If there are no bags, this might start to happen, as it did this week:
Luckily I nipped this pile in the bud last night.
And this shit here happens every single week:
Just this second I realized how hilarious this photo is. See the inukshuk in the wee painting? I’ve built my own goddamn inukshuk out of the recycling. Ha!
And that’s the mud room, just beyond the window. Why doesn’t any of this crap make it out there??
Because the mud room usually looks something like this:
The recycling bin is forever overflowing. Look, another inukshuk! You’d think I was hunting caribou or something…
So, work was needed.
Yeah, not too different, and the moldy stuff on the wall is really bugging me…but that’s kind of my landlord’s problem.
One of my issues is that here in Toronto we have limits on how much garbage and recycling we can put out at a time. You can pay extra for bags of garbage (which I did this past week in order to clear things out), but not for recycling. It may be another few weeks before all of my recycling is out of here, especially considering how much shredding is out already. But this is real progress. The cart is in the furnace room where it should be, and I swept up a good amount of dead leaves from the floor. And a few spiders.
Best of all, my kitchen-cum-hallway no longer looks like the city dump!
And today I celebrate 12 weeks of DISHES! ALWAYS DONE! AND PUT AWAY!
So, out of my six surfaces, I got the kitchen counters done. I was unfucking after cooking dinner (and lunches for work), and I just kept going! Before:
Before (the stovetop and counters were FILTHY):
This is the desk when I started. I’ve been trying to keep it neater than the last craft area by having my computer on the same desk. So, if I want access to my computer, I have to keep the crafting in check.
But I still have a ton of finished/half-finished/random craft supplies, plus dishes, paper work, and other fun things.
This is after the 5 20/10’s it took to get everything cleared off. I even dusted. I’m trying to remember to reset everyday, but since this is my most used space, it is super hard for me.
Bonus surface: The little craft storage cart.
I didn’t think to take a before shot, as I was not planning on cleaning it, but I ended up using it as a staging area for the desk, so it got cleaned off too.
I enjoy cleaning, I really do. Unfortunately, when I get busy (as I often am), cleaning falls to the bottom of my list of priorities. Now that it’s summer and I have free time again, it was time to face my disgustingly neglected bathroom.
Just a little over an hour of scrubbing, and my apartment finally feels live-able again! I unfucked my bedroom yesterday too, but I forgot to take photos of that.
BEHOLD THE UNFUCKERY.
I started with the sink…
The toilet was the worst part. Ugh.
The bathtub took some major scrubbing. My back is sore!
My oh-so-mature friends recently had a drunken blast writing all over my mirror whenever they used my bathroom. Cute, but I decided it was time for a change.
And finally, I swept, mopped, and scrubbed the floor…
As always, gotta give a shout-out to team unfuck your habitat for motivating me to get off my ass and do something! I feel better now.
For some perspective, my boyfriend and I are in the military which is pretty much a full time job and then some, so by the time both of us get home (I work 9 hour shifts on my feet all day he works 12’s straining his eyes in front of a computer screen) we are all but exhausted and unmotivated to do anything, which makes our apartment turn into this…
All of those fast food soft drinks are there because we can’t be bothered to cook half the time because he has no idea what he’s doing in the kitchen and cooking is literally my job yeah you get the idea…
when I do manage to get the energy to cook and finish eating its nearly bed time so I put the rest of my energy into getting ready for bed…
more kitchen joy!
the bathroom always seems to be a hot mess because the only time I find myself in there is when I’m getting ready for work at 4 am or when I’m showering or taking a dump…
Obviously it was a complete disaster and something needed to be done. The tipping point was when we realized there was a leak in the hallway and it wasn’t from the ceiling so we had to call in maintenance. It turned out to be boyfriend who snapped and dragged me out of bed to fix our problem before they came. Here are the results of 5 hours of teamwork! (with the occasional stop at a fast food joint for subsistence)
Its like a whole new apartment!
The kitchen, sparkling! (that big ol’ mechanized thing in the background is drying our carpet from the leak they fixed)
We have a coffee maker!?!?
Lovely, I want to brush my teeth in here!
And there you have it! Despite our achey joints and overall tiredness we tackled the growing problem and blasted it to smithereens! There’s still work to be done as far as laundry and organizing the bedroom, but its not nearly as bad as the rest of the place was just a few hours ago. Nothing like having a leak in a place you don’t own to give you incentive to spiff it up so it can actually be fixed! Now to keep it up and make sure it never gets that bad ever again.