Unf*ck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman

“Invisible corners can exist anywhere, large or small, hidden or exposed. You may have them in your refrigerator, in a closet, in the middle of the living room, in your front entryway, at the foot of your bed, anywhere.”

Unf*ck Your Habitat is a foul-mouthed, funny, and yet caring guide to cleaning, organizing, and getting your life together.  I’ve been a fan of Unfuck Your Habitat since it started as a Tumblr blog, and I have their phone app.  The main gist of their technique is to break cleaning/organizing down into 20/10 minute segments to keep you from getting overwhelmed.  You tackle your crowded and messy living room for 20 minutes, and then you take a 10 minute break.  I find that this works really well for me, and I’m always surprised at how much I can get done in 20 minutes.  A lot of the time, I look at what needs to be done and feel like I’ll never have enough time to finish.  But when I break it down into smaller chunks, I’m no longer so overwhelmed and I can finish without freaking out.

The light-hearted tone helps you from stressing out over the idea of cleaning, and Hoffman understands that sometimes people lack the spoons to clean.  The acceptance and mention of mental illness, depression, etc. make this a more openhearted book.  So many cleaning and organizing books give off the vibe that you too can have this picture perfect life, if only you got off your ass and put some effort into it! This book breaks things down into simple, easy to attempt chunks that give you validation and make you feel proud to have finished.  If you like the book, and would like to see more evidence of how this technique can work, their Tumblr page has tons of before and after pictures.  Give Unfuck Your Habitat a shot- even if it doesn’t work for you, you’ll laugh and enjoy.



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