Challenge: All That Junk

That’s right, folks. It’s junk drawer time. You have one. I know you do. There are screwdrivers and take-out menus and pencils and hair elastics and ketchup packets and god knows what else. Dump it, sort it, toss it, clean it, and organize it.

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Challenge: Walls? Really?

Yes. Specifically, bathroom walls. They get gross. They get hairsprayed. They get damp and mildewy. They get, well, they’re bathroom walls. Figure it out. Take 10 minutes with a rag with cleaning solution or some cleaning wipes (and if you use the strong stuff, make sure you’re wearing gloves and are working with good ventilation), and wipe down your bathroom walls. Top to bottom. As far up as...

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Freestyle Challenge: Power Half Hours

Pick one thing to unfuck. This should, preferably, be something you’ve been ignoring or avoiding for a long time. We’re going to do 20 minutes on and 10 minutes off. So: 20 minutes actively unfucking your project, AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER (but put some music on, because it helps), and then a 10-minute break. When your break is up, 20 more minutes of active unfucking, and then another 10-minute...

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Challenge: Put Your Clothes Away Like a Damn Grownup

You have a bunch of clothes sitting around. I know you do. Whether they’re clean and piled in a basket, or dirty and on the floor, or probably a bunch of both, they aren’t where they belong. Take 20 minutes to put that shit away. Clean: in drawers, hung up, or folded and put away. Dirty: in the hamper (or even better, in the washer). I just did three full baskets in 18 minutes, so it’s possible....

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Challenge: Bills, Bills, Bills

Bills are the WORST. People always wanting money you don’t have for stuff you don’t have a choice but to pay for. Do you know what’s due soon? Do you have overdue bills? Where are your bills? This is at least 20-minute challenge. Find, organize, and, if you can, pay your bills. Now is a good time to set up automated payments or online bill pay if you haven’t already. If you’re out of stamps,...

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Challenge: What’s in the Box?

You know you have one. Or two. Or thirty. They’re boxes, maybe left from the last time you moved, maybe when you did some previous organization and stashed stuff away. And today we’re dealing with them. No matter how many you have, pick one, open it up, and deal with what’s in there. Put it away, throw it away, whatever you have to , but don’t stop until it’s empty and you can break the box down...

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Challenge: That’s Entertainment

Take a few minutes and dust your TV, TV stand/entertainment center, cable box, game console and whatever else lives in the area where you spend your “staring at the screen” time. While you’re at it, wipe down the baseboards behind your entertainment center if you have them, and give a quick wipe down or vacuum of the floor underneath.

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Challenge: Unfuck Your Closet

Oh, hello there, closet. You’re looking awfully full these days. Grab a garbage bag or box, and then spend the next 30 minutes weeding through your clothes and bagging or boxing up anything that would be more at home in someone else’s closet. Shirt you haven’t worn in six years? Bye-bye. Jeans that fit sixteen-year-old you perfectly, but that mmblfrrgh-year-old you will never be able to zip...

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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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Special Challenge: Job Search Edition

Hello to all the unemployed, funemployed, underemployed, or people who just plain hate your job! This challenge has three parts. Pick the one that’s applicable to you, or do all three if you need to. 1. How’s your resume? I bet it could use a little work. Take half an hour and really polish that thing up. 2. COVER LETTERS. I know. They’re painful sometimes.You really should have a semi-generic...

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Unfuck Your Dishwasher

•To clean the inside surface of a dishwasher, use a mild dish soap solution with hot water (not too much soap; you don’t want bubbles later on), and use a sponge and an old toothbrush to get in all the corners, and the sides and bottom of the interior. Use your toothbrush or a toothpick to clear out the drain holes and water sprayers. Wipe down your surfaces with plain water when you’re done....

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Mini-Challenge: Surfaces

Go clear off the surface of your coffee table, end table, or kitchen counter. Don’t have any of those? Go clear off your dresser top or nightstand.

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Mini-Challenge: At Work

Stuck at work and far away from your pantry, closet, and grody bathroom? Take a few minutes and unfuck your emails. Delete what needs deleting, make some logical folders, and get that horrifying “unread” number under control. Your work doesn’t involve email? Take five minutes and unfuck your immediate workspace. Put stuff back where it belongs, deal with the sea of Post-its, and (this is my...

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Mini-Challenge: Closet

Open a closet door. Spend five minutes doing something to improve that closet.

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Mini-Challenge: Microwave

Microwave a bowl of water (add some citrus or vinegar if you have it on hand) for 2-3 minutes. While the water is heating up, wipe down the outside of your microwave. Once the microwave is done, (carefully) open the door, take out the bowl of water, and wipe down the inside. The steam will have loosened up a lot of the caked-on crud.

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Mini-Challenge: Dishes

Take five minutes and collect all the dishes in your house and bring them to the sink/dishwasher. Bonus points for actually washing them. If that doesn’t take five minutes, round out the time by throwing away some obvious trash.

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Mini-Challenge: Five Things

Look up from your computer or phone. Find five things that aren’t where they belong. Put them back in their rightful homes.

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Unfuck Your Weekend: Day 2

All rested up from Day 1? Let’s go.   Unfuck Your Weekend: Challenge 9 Start by making your bed! Time to double check your flat surfaces. Any table, counter, desk, or bookshelf that you haven’t already dealt with is getting some attention. Clear them off, put or throw stuff away, and clean or dust off the surface.   Unfuck Your Weekend: Challenge 10 By this point, almost...

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Unfuck Your Weekend: Day 1

Unfuck Your Weekend: Challenge 1 Get out of your bed and pay it some attention. Throw your bedding in the washer before you start today’s adventures (and then add detergent and start the washer, smartasses). Be honest, your sheets need washing, don’t they? If not, or if you don’t have access to a washing machine right now, MAKE YOUR BED. After you start the washer or make your bed, round out...

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