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Unfuck Your Habitat before and after.


The fall semester starts the day after Labor Day, and my wonderful fiance assisted me in unfucking and reorganizing the Den of Creativity (DOC) so that I have study space.

Gone is my little corner desk, replaced by his 6-foot DJ gig table. I now have room for my laptop, desktop, tablet, and piles of books, binders, and notebooks. He was so sweet to give up his gig table for me, and I’m determined to make good use of it. 

The cat litter box is now hidden away under a table, which I can use as a staging area when getting ready in the morning. The kitties seem to like the little extra privacy.

My pink file cabinet is no longer 4 junk drawers, but is tidied and organized and ready to receive my school stuff.

Since my closet is also in the DOC, I wrangled that mess as well. Even the rat’s nest of jewelry has been dealt with and sorted.

My fiance also set his DJ equipment up again, in a nice ergonomic way. He replaced all the old speaker wire and ran new, and all the blacklights (except for one) have been plugged in.

I love the way this room looks now. I’m tempted to rename the room the Den of Productivity!



And can I have some props for the jewelry organizer? :)


Last thing - can someone please tell me how to insert multiple pictures in Tumblr posts, side-by-side? I originally had this post with multiple large pictures one after the other, and hated how it looked so I created photo collages. I see people that have before and after pics side-by-side, and I don’t know how to do that!

For the side-by-side pictures, make it a photo post instead of a text one, and then you can drag and drop them in the right order. I think there’s a limit (ten, if I remember right) to how many pictures you can put in a photo post, though.


One thing I’m really really proud of that I accomplished before leaving for France was this epic unfucking. Took me about three days straight, but god it was worth it. I also managed to get rid of about fifteen boxes worth of stuff that I never use. Hooray!


Just came back from a 3 day road trip and back to unfucking my habitat! I actually unpacked (usually this takes about a month) and put my luggage away and got started on the absolute worst area of our house: our coffee table and sitting area. Sad, because it’s where we spend the most time. 1 trashbag, 1 giveaway bag, some Pledge and 3 - 20/10s later it looks pretty good. Still need to vacuum the carpet but there is a broken band on our vacuum. I swept the carpet as best I could so at least there is a little improvement with the floor.


My best friend is coming to stay with me for a few days, so time for a few 20-10s on the highly used areas. Honey and I use different blankets, so the bed looks a little lop sided. Octopus the Asparagus (yes, that is correct) is my laundry guardian. 


Before and after, kitchen edition. The space on the end of the counter and freezer build up really fast so we got a few folders and a storage box. The knitting is only there to keep it out of the way of the pet ferrets and the laundry is gone. Because of sifting out the pile of paperwork concealed in the before photo and shredding sensitive bits, it took 3 x 20 min sessions for an hour in total.


So, this is my laundry room/office/husband’s closet. It is the catchall room for the entire house. I put the desk in here last year to have a place to study and have hardly used it because this room always looks like shit. I refuse to keep doing this!!! If I can get the rest of my house under control, then damn it, I can get this room under control too! This still needs work, but after five 20/10s it looks remarkably better.


Since I finished the living room challenge a bit early, over the last couple of days I’ve been just talking other projects that have been lurking at me.  Feels so good to get things done!  My current challenge is going to be getting the things I want to get rid of, actually out of the house!

Okay, so here’s a few pictures (on a bunch of stuff that I did today, I don’t have before pics):

Holy catfish, I just realized that I didn’t take pictures of the stuff I did on Thursday! Oh well - let’s just say that I tackled a major trouble spot on my kitchen counter that’s been growing and growing, and whipped it into shape.  Mostly tossed stuff or put it away.  There’s still a few things there, I’m not sure what to do with them, and when we hit the actual kitchen challenge, I’d like to get them all off the counter.

Okay, here’s yesterday and today.

Before (obviously): image

And after: image

Before: imageAfter: image

The vitamin/OTC meds cabinet before: imageAnd after: image

Food storage and water bottles after: image


This cabinet had a random assortment of crap in it.  How it has cookie cutters on the top shelf (only the ones we use and like, will donate the rest), baking stuff and birthday candles on the next shelf, and the bottom two shelves are baking ingredients: image

Here are some stuff drawers all cleaned out: image (I really should give up the sushi makers, we have them for a couple of years and not yet made sushi.  We used to all the time, but we lived in the city and had access to the fixings.  Now, not so much.) image This has held together amazingly well over the past year

And then I did the candle/crap drawer. It went from this: image to this: image

I’ve got all sorts of stuff to donate and rehome.  I’m looking forward to it!!  Can’t wait to see what’s on next week’s challenge list!!!  :-D


Before and after :-)


Before and afters of yesterday’s cleaning debacle. I used the UFYH app (which I was leery about because an app’s not going to magically fix things- but the timer was awesome!) and through a series of 20/10’s kicked serious ass!

I’m definitely a marathon-cleaner kind of person (with my attention span/focus, it’s literally all or nothing with giant tasks), but breaking up the day really, really helped me. I still have a lot of work to do, but now that I’m over most of it I can take it piece by piece.

Off to tackle that mountain of dishes now!


(PS: sorry there’s only 1 before picture to 3 after’s- just use your imagination and fill in what I couldn’t bare to show with disgusting, kitty litter-y mess)


I know it can’t last, of course, but for this moment, it feels pretty darn awesome!

So today’s challenge for myself was to get all the piles of stuff up and dealt with.  Not just moved somewhere else, but actually dealt with.  Here’s some before pics:

Pile O’Crap #1: imageNote to self: I need A Place for my bag, sometimes I hang it on the bannister, but that does look messy, and often I just leave it on the floor. 

Laundry Baskets O’Crap:imageThis is all the upstairs stuff that’s been migrating downstairs.  All too often, I fill a basket and it sits for weeks. Like these have. 

General Crap on the Furniture: image


The Horror By the Powder Room: imageThis has all been sitting for far too long - all stuff to go upstairs, plus a backpack to be hung up, and my son’s rain poncho.

The Invisible Bin O’Crap: imageI say invisible because it’s been sitting there for months.  I hate it but just Could Not Deal.  UNTIL TODAY!! 

And now!  

The view towards the front door: image

And the whole living room (with furniture rearrange AGAIN): image

The cup chairs: image

And last, but not least: imageOooooo yeah, baby!!  The HORROR IS GONE!

I also swept, mopped, vacuumed the rug and all the furniture, shook all the crumbs out of the cup chair cushions, etc.  I found a veritable treasure trove of lego guys in the Big Green Chair, my son was so happy! 

And so tomorrow…I begin on the piles in the kitchen and on that bookshelf by the dining room!  But for tonight, I’m going out for dinner with some friends and having a large glass of wine!!


I recently(ish) moved and while big things are unpacked so much stuff is just sitting around. Today I finally got around to tackling two major dumping grounds. Since my bathroom is way smaller I made my dresser into a makeup place! I actually put stuff away instead of somewhere else. The second is the kitchen nook or whatever and only took like 10 minutes to put stuff in the cupboards instead of dumping it.


Tidied up my room and threw a load of towels in the wash.


I can think of SOME PEOPLE who would probably be appalled at the state of my flat right now, but I had a really positive day today and I actually got some cleaning done! This is three days of abject misery, cleared away in about 30 minutes. Phew.