Unf*ck Your Habitat: Youre Better Than Your Mess By Rachel Hoffman

This little charmer is the perfect book for young adults who have no idea how to clean anything! The author also deals with people who aren't lazy about cleaning, but have real issues with it. Anyone with physical or mental disabilities will appreciate the respect this author grants them with honest and sincere suggestions. I first thought this was too light-weight to be of any help and most of the topics had been dealt with a million times. The practical advice and the humorous style will help anyone clean for twenty minutes. The tips at the end of the book are priceless. Add this one to your list!

Thank you once again, Netgalley.

I was arguing with myself whether to rate this a 3 or 4. The author's practicality and humor won me over so I'm going with 4 bright, shinny, clean stars! Rachel Hoffman Copy received through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review

Confession time: My room is a mess. It's not something I'm proud of, but it's the truth.
I needed this book in my life, and I am positively surprised by it. I loved the tone Mrs. Hoffman uses, so relaxed and warm. The tips she offers are great, and her understanding of how different groups of people look at cleaning amazed me (as a person who has mental illness, I was happy to see that the issue I have with this chore isn't abnormal).
I think that all people who have trouble cleaning and organizing need this book. It can help anyone. Rachel Hoffman A seriously great read that I will refer back to constantly. Great tools for cleaning different rooms in your house, as well as daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal checklists to use. It’s formatted really well so that you can easily skip to those areas that are the most pertinent to you. For example, I don’t live in a dorm or with roommates so I was able to skip the sections about living in small spaces and how to co-exist with roommates or parents. Must read for anyone that is looking for something different to help them get organized and get their house clean in a realistic fashion. Puts the kibosh on things like perfectionism and marathon cleaning. I felt like these sections were speaking to me directly. This is the book that all real people need. It’s not for people that think the glossy pictures in the magazines are how real people live; it’s for those of us that can’t seem to ever keep our kitchen table cleared off, furniture dusted, or the floors vacuumed. It’s for every person that has had to hastily throw stuff into a closet or a closed room when you find out guests are coming over. This book helped me feel like less of a failure, or more like every other human in the world who has more to do than just clean their house.

I’d recommend this book to absolutely everyone. Whether you rent, live in your parents basement, live with roommates, or only have your spouse to help out; this is the book for you.

I won this book on a GR giveaway and have provided a review of my own accord.
Rachel Hoffman This lady had about 3 points to make. It should have been a 5 page book. Instead it's a 225 page book that you can just read by looking for what is written in bold print. Basically this - tidy as you go. Clean for 20 mins and take a 10 min break. There - I just saved you $15 on the book. Rachel Hoffman I've been a fan of this organizational system for years; the Tumblr changed the entire way I deal with mess. I'm still not perfect - I struggle with making my bed every day. But through my depression and stress and dislike of cleaning, my house is always a few 20/10s away from being presentable. The idea of breaking things down to manageable tasks is so simple, but it works. I like that the book addresses gender issues, problems with living with other people, and disabilities. A short, but useful book, for sure. Rachel Hoffman

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Finally, a housekeeping and organizational system developed for those of us who'd describe our current living situation as a “f*cking mess” that we're desperate to fix. Unf*ck Your Habitat is for anyone who has been left behind by traditional aspirational systems: The ones that ignore single people with full-time jobs; people without kids but living with roommates; and people with mental illnesses or physical limitations, and many others. Most organizational books are aimed at traditional homemakers, DIYers, and people who seem to have unimaginable amounts of free time. They assume we all iron our sheets, have linen napkins to match our table runners, and can keep plants alive for longer than a week. Basically, they ignore most of us living here in the real world.

Interspersed with lists and challenges, this practical, no-nonsense advice relies on a 20/10 system (20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break; no marathon cleaning allowed) to help you develop lifelong habits. It motivates you to embrace a new lifestyle in manageable sections so you can actually start applying the tactics as you progress. For everyone stuck between The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Adulting, this philosophy is decidedly more realistic than aspirational, but the goal is the same: not everyone will have a showcase of a home, but whatever your habitat, you deserve one that brings you happiness, not stress. Unf*ck Your Habitat: Youre Better Than Your Mess

I received an advance copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm an American woman in the 21st century, so I've spent my time ogling the sunny spreads in Real Simple, I've tried to Kondo my closet, and I've been immersed in a society that tells me that I am the one who is better at cleaning and men are simply lovable, hapless dolts who might choke on the toilet brush if I ask them to clean something.

Let's be real, that's all garbage. And UfYH knows it and calls it out. My home isn't perfect and neither is my life, but I know that a small cleaning effort repeated over and over again can make a difference. UfYH calls out excuses vs reasons, the garbage that is gender roles in cleaning, and the simple fact that cleaning sucks. It's a circular task, it's never done. But if you do it and do it again, you'll make progress, because you're better than your mess. I don't highlight when I read on a Kindle, but I think I highlighted over 20 passages in this that stood out to me. UfYH tackles situations that aren't addressed by Kondo or Real Simple, like dealing with mental or physical illness and how it affects cleaning, or the art of dealing with roommates or dorm rooms or living in your parents' house and how power dynamics can mess with it. There's discussion of hoarding and its affects on the children of hoarders. There's swearing and acknowledgement of the emotional effect of messes on our lives. I loved this enough that I'll end up buying a hardcover copy for myself and I'll be recommending it to my patrons when it's available.

(Note: I've used the UfYH website and app for years, but this is all of that condensed into an easy to read, no bullshit book.) Rachel Hoffman One can always tell when a blogger gets a book deal. They usually have just a few points to make and become long-winded to stretch their points into a book. That being said, this is cool information that will be especially helpful to people with disabilities (it had never dawned on me how difficult house cleaning might be for those who are ill or disabled, and this is a lighthearted way to address the situation), but this could have been condensed to a pamphlet, or stayed a blog. Rachel Hoffman 3 helpful but potty-mouthed stars !!!

A friend of mine asked me to read this and let me know if I thought it was suitable for her 21 year old daughter who is highly creative, highly accomplished but who keeps her home in my friend's words, like a pig sty. I should mention this young woman struggles with significant ADD and OCD.

I, myself, thrive on a clean fresh home but I do not mind a bit of clutter and in fact if the clutter is organized and aesthetically pleasing I feel most comfortable. My partner is a symmetrical minimalist and actually enjoys purging and frequent cleaning. We have decided that the bedroom, family room and basement are my domain to decorate and upkeep and his are the living room, dining room, home office and kitchen. We each have a separate bathroom. This works really well for us as initially when we moved in together there was a fair bit of conversation as I did not want to do chores daily the way he does but I prefer to do a few hours on the weekend with minimal upkeep during the week. We found something that has worked beautifully although many of my friends struggle with their spouses, partners and children due to different standards and preferences.

Back to the book: The book takes a very compassionate but firm approach to cleaning and tidying and address to a superficial degree people with chronic pain, depression and perfectionism as well as people that are on the lazy or entitled side. The strategies were logical, helpful but definitely not brand new, innovative or rocket science. I did not find that it dealt enough with people with OCD or attentional issues so I would not recommend to my friend's daughter.

There are also helpful sections on dealing with passive-aggressive housemates as well as assertive communication strategies to assist those wanting and needing help from friends and family.

My one pet peeve about this book is that the author had a potty mouth and this was a big turn off. The occasional expletive for fun, emphasis or expression of emotion is fine but swearing on every other page is a big turn off. She may keep a clean house but her mouth and keyboard need to be washed out with soap....just sayin'

Overall, I think this would be most helpful to young adults with mild to moderate challenges with cleaning, tidying and/or mild hoarding as well as a fair degree of motivation for change. For those that have more significant challenges professional help as well as implementation of cleaning services would be much more helpful !! Rachel Hoffman I requested this book for review from Pan MacMillan - thanks to Jean for sending it to me!

This is an absolutely fabulous little resource for anyone that wants to essentially get their shit together when it comes to their home. Simple, to the point, but incredibly inclusive and with a lot of practical tips, this is really what I wanted that wasn't delivered by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It's all about the realness, yo.

What I liked about this particular book was that Hoffman includes tips for everyone - parents, people with chronic illness, lazy people, those battling mental illness... everyone. I don't think I've ever seen one of these kinds of tidying manuals that actually recognises that some people have real problems/issues in their life that might prevent them from making their home into a Pinterest-perfect oasis.

Hoffman not only introduces her 20:10 rule, which I have already started implementing here and there (and love - I mean who doesn't like to take enforced breaks when cleaning?), but she also gives you practical tips on how to clean (because some of us just aren't in the know), checklists for daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal tasks you can do, and little quick tips here and there for random quick fixes. The emphasis is on not getting it perfect, and not doing everything at once in a marathon cleaning session, but just doing something. Anything really. And I love that approach.

I did feel like Hoffman went a little off topic towards the last section of the book - there was a section on being organised with your schoolwork/work-work, and that to me didn't need to be there. It's a book about cleaning, not other kinds of work. What I was hoping for in that section was suggestions on how to make time for cleaning/tidying when you have a hectic work or school schedule, but it didn't exactly pan out like that. But to be honest, it's a small gripe, and overall I thought the book was an excellent resource to return to time and time again. I know if I ever move home in the future (which I most likely will at some point), this book with its moving tips section is going to really come in handy. Rachel Hoffman I've been meaning to read this for ages, and since I bought the new Cleaning Sucks journal earlier this month, it felt like time to finally pick this up! I had read snippets on the UfYH website before (enough to know I liked Hoffman's style), but hadn't really sat down to tackle this one cover to cover, and I'm glad I did. While the online resources do offer a lot of great material (for free!), if you can swing a copy of the full text, I recommend pairing them together.

Hoffman has a way of putting things that really makes sense, all while reminding us to be kind to ourselves, to respect the difference between excuses and reasons (excuses are why you don't want to do something, reasons are why you genuinely can't), and to focus on any level of progress, not just perfectionism. I've never read a self-help book about cleaning and organization that so thoroughly considers the limitations people might have, from physical ailments to mental illnesses to childhood traumas and more. As someone who has ADHD, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain all jumbled together, I can't count how many self-help books have made me feel totally judged or overlooked, and that's not the case here.

She also caters her insights to people who live with others, whether it's a spouse or child, parents, roommates, etc. — thankfully that's not something I have to deal with since my spouse is just as interested in getting our home in order as I am, but I know a lot of people will benefit from these sections!

I think Unfuck Your Habitat is altogether a really solid read for anyone who needs a little help and motivation in getting their surroundings in order, especially if you're feeling overwhelmed or fearing the risk of failure. I highlighted so much in this book and could easily see myself rereading it whenever I need a little kick in the butt or to be reminded that I'm not alone and I can do this. Rachel Hoffman