The UfYH Guide to Moving

So, you’re moving. Fun! No, wait. The opposite of that. Moving sucks, but there are things you can do to make it suck maybe a little less. If you can, start early. Don’t think, “Oh, my move is ages away. There’s nothing I can do this soon.” That is not good thinking. That is the kind of thinking that leaves you crying in the middle of your half-packed kitchen an...

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A Few Words on Perfectionism

Perfectionism is pretty much the enemy of unfucking your habitat. Perfectionism gives you a ready excuse to not do things. Perfectionism expects 100%, and will not accept anything less. Here’s the thing. 15%, while not 100%, is still better than 0%. Doing something is better than doing nothing. It’s easy to say, “Well, if I can’t do everything, and do it completely and perfectly, I just won’t do...

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Why is “Marathoning” Bad?

Marathoning is bad for a few reasons: •It’s all or nothing. So, “all” is great, but the vast majority of the time, it’s “nothing.” •It’s not sustainable. The good thing about cleaning in short, manageable chunks of time is that you can do it every day without it cutting into your life. You can’t do that with marathons. •A lot of members of Team UfYH have physical or mental limitations that make...

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The Value of Before and After Pictures

Taking pictures of your spaces is a valuable tool for unfucking. When you’re in the same space every day, your eyes don’t always register everything that’s going on within that area. When you take a “before” picture, you remove yourself one step from the environment and can turn a more critical eye to it. You can see things that are out of place or problem areas that you didn’t notice before....

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Why “Company Ready” is Good, But “You Ready” is Better

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: for whatever reason, someone is coming to your house. And you’re in a complete panic, frantically cleaning whatever you can get to as quickly as you can, just so the house will be “company ready” for your guests. Here’s a serious question, though: why do your guests deserve to have your house look nice more than you do? They’re only there for a small...

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It’s Clean, Now What? The Importance of the Reset

So you cleared off your dining room table! Or possibly your bedroom floor, or that kitchen counter that seems to breed random crap. It’s nice, right? Gives you a sense of accomplishment to look at? And then, even though you try to stop it, that obnoxious little voice tells you to enjoy this moment, because it’s just going to be covered in crap again in a day or two. I know you know that voice....

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Fruit Flies

OK, so every damn thing you find on the Internet will have you building some kind of contraption involving several of the following: wine, dish detergent, vinegar, plastic wrap, sugar, water, and a bowl or glass of some kind. None of these have ever worked for me. They may trap a few flies, but if there’s one thing that fruit flies are, it’s prolific. There are more of those fuckers than a...

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Random Laundry Tips

Facing the Big Rock Laundry Mountain? Do loads of like items. One load of all socks and underwear, and you’ll find that putting it away is a snap. One load of stuff that gets hung up. One load of stuff that goes in the middle dresser drawer. Save time in the crucial “put it away” step. Accidentally leave a load in the washer overnight? Put it through a rinse/spin cycle with a half-cup of...

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Laundry and Dishes Have Three Steps

1. Wash 2. Dry 3. PUT IT AWAY, GODDAMMIT

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Let’s Talk About Habits For a Minute

SO MANY PEOPLE have done serious major unfucking lately, and IT’S AWESOME. I couldn’t be prouder. But once that initial high wears off, you need to focus on maintenance, or you’re going to end up right back where you started. I have a short list of things that, if you can make them habits, will prevent about 75% of the unfuckery that got you to the bad place to begin with. Bonus: most of these...

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Unfuck Tomorrow Morning

Wash the dishes in your sink Get your outfit for tomorrow together, including accessories Set up coffee/tea/breakfast Make your lunch Put your keys somewhere obvious Wash your face and brush your teeth Charge your electronics Pour a little cleaner in the toilet bowl (if you don’t have pets or children or sleepwalking adults) Set your alarm Go to bed at a reasonable hour...

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A Few Words About Dishes

Doing the dishes is generally not difficult. It’s often tedious, and sometimes overwhelming, but it’s not hard. Suck it up and do them. If you’re facing a mountain of dishes, deal with it the UfYH way: 20 minutes at a time. Wash for 20 minutes, then take a 10-minute break to let things dry a little, come back, start your 20 minutes again by drying and putting away the clean dishes, and keep...

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Why Make My Bed?

At least once a day, someone asks: “Why should I make my bed? Isn’t it kind of pointless?” Well, there are a few reasons, as far as I’m concerned: It’s a habit that’s relatively easy to form, and helps to make way to form other habits that are beneficial. If you spend 30 seconds making your bed every morning, 20 minutes doing housework in the evening isn’t such a difficult thing to conquer. A...

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Emergency Cleaning

So, your landlord/parent/home inspector/favorite movie star is dropping by, and your place is a disaster. You don’t have much time to clean it up. You’re in emergency mode. Let’s get started. Don’t panic. Panic leads to fear, fear leads to procrastination, procrastination leads to the dark side. You can do this, but you have to stay calm. Unlike maintenance cleaning, we’re not looking to...

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