Why UFYH

So I was not blessed with the cleaning genes (I don’t know if that is the right words). I was not taught by example growing up, my parents for all that was good about them home keeping was not on their radar. I grew up moved out on my own and managed okay when it was just me, barely keeping my head above water. Then I moved in with Casey and I started drowning. At that time we had 3 roommates and one bathroom. Hey man it was for the last 6 months Casey was in college. Then we got our first place of our own, and I didn’t magical become Martha Stewart. I wanted a picture perfect home. We didn’t have kids it shouldn’t be this hard, why was it so hard. Then we had kids and I was not only drowning but sitting on the bottom not coming up for air at all, and with my own mental health struggles. I couldn’t get ahead.

In June of 2017 don’t remember how I heard about UFYH. Maybe Twitter, Maybe Facebook. I ended up in the group. And after seeing a few post about 20/10’s more about those in a minute and the fact that everyone was welcome no matter their gender/ religious background. I was like I need the book. I had done research into other systems; Fly Lady (aka Zone Cleaning), and a bunch of other systems. All were made for just women, and a lot were religiously based. While if those work for you, that wasn’t what I was looking for. They also didn’t account for people who couldn’t clean for long periods of time. UFYH on the other is against marathon cleaning cause that causes burn out and in the end makes you not want to clean, the UFYH system encourages frequent breaks. It is inclusive of all everyone and does not bring up religion. On their website there are little challenges to help you and more about the system. Though my favorite is just a plain old 20/10, 20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10 minute break; rinse and repeat. I typically do about 90 minutes total of 20/10’s. So much can get done.

So I don’t hate Zone Cleaning but it just doesn’t work for me. First off I can’t work on a firm schedule like that. Also the fact that Fly Lady is so heavily religious makes me oddly uncomfortable. It is cleaning, like shouldn’t it be available to everyone not just women and Christians. Men and children clean, everyone in my house cleans.

On another note also reading Dana K White’s How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets, with UFYH was literally the magic combo that has changed my mindset. I will be honest, I still still stumble. My house gets dirty; dishes in the sink, floors that need to be done, laundry that needs to be folded. Though my head is above water and nothing a few 20/10’s can’t fix.

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I will admit  I am not the neatest person, I am trying to get better at this. So I decided to Read Unfuck Your Habitat by Rachel Hoffman after seeing an official Facebook group titled this. I just learned by Google that is is also a blog, boy am I behind or what. I just started it last night and I am not very far into it but I am hoping to learn something from it. Not a dig at anyone, but growing up cleaning house was not something that was thought to be a priority in life and boy do I wish it was.  I will admit since we moved in I haven’t been able to maintain a maintenance level of clean. Lots of things will add into this but for the last few weeks I have maintained the first floor. By cleaning when River goes outside till she comes back in. She normally goes out every hour for around 15 minutes. I can normally get the whole first floor swept while she is out and then mopping broken up into two different trips. She tries to eat the mop and broom. No My second floor is still a mess other then the boys bathroom which C and I tackled last weekend. I plan on tackling all the bathrooms today after I go get another toilet brush, our last one bit the dust. How to get my upstairs unfucked? Also I have a few cleaning questions.

Do you have a toliet brush in each bathroom?

How often do you vacuum your carpeted stairs?

How often do you mop your floors?

Seriously Dusting is the worst, How Often?

 

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I miss my schedule

This summer I got a pretty good schedule down, I was getting up a bit before Ian getting ready. Then had a cleaning a routine which surprisingly worked great. I want to get back there but I feel overwhelmed in the process of getting back to the maintainable level the routine brings.

We are still unpacking some of our things a month later, I hate unpacking. I can’t avoid what is left though cause some important things are still missing. I remember what it took me to get there in our apartment and in reality it wasn’t more then a couple of days of hard work. I don’t know why I am so afraid to try again. Maybe it is the added stress of unpacking.

I hope that by putting this out there, someone will have some advice.


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Clean Home Movement- Kitchen

I posted the other day about my Clean Home Movement. Well I decided to tackle one of the more chaotic rooms first, the kitchen. The room that can go from clean to cluttered in 60 seconds. I think my biggest problem is my cabinets not be used to the best purpose. I am about to show you pictures of my kitchen in all its cluttered glory right after cooking dinner. So remember I am keeping it real and want help advice not attacks please.
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My biggest trouble area seems to be my cabinets, there is always chaos no matter what I try to do with it, I can’t find a thing. I am thinking that maybe buying cabinet shelves might help. What other ideas do you think might help either with or with out cabinet shelves?

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Spice/Snack Cabinet

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Ian’s Snacks, Serving Ware, Fancy Glasses

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Cups/Medicine

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Beneath counter top storage

As you can see from the above photos, I am lost on how to get this disaster organized. Please give me ideas, I can’t live with this anymore, I hate having to dig to find a Tupperware container, a certain small kitchen appliance I might need, the prefect spice when cooking a meal, and most important the perfect snack when a craving hits.

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Attached to the kitchen is the sunroom that we use as our dining room. It also is home to our back door so I have placed a chair and shelf. The shelf is home to my reusable shopping bags, my purse, and a basket on the bottom shelf for shoes. My Basket for shoes is not really working as well as I would like. The top of the shelf is home to some of my pretties.

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Lightbulb Moment to a Clean Home Movement

Remember back in June when I posted my cleaning schedule I did well unitl Casey went back to work and then I failed (no excuses, I am the only one to blame). Well I am getting my groove back and getting caught up everywhere, man it was so easy to slip back into bad habits. This time I came to a realization that part of the reason that my home seems to be always cluttered is we aren’t utilizing storage space properly and with some talking with my husband he agreed to let me revamp and improve. So with some thinking, I thought I would keep it real on here and post pictures of my problems my ideas for fixing and then ask you for your ideas too. Cause I know that you guys/gals are a wealth of information. Then I will take those ideas and make them happen as long as they don’t cost a fortune. Please keep in mind that we rent so no structural changes can be made. I will be starting out with my kitchen, I will be including pictures of the before and I will be keeping real, no precleaning before the pictures. I am bound and determine to make keeping my home easier by making the most of the storage areas I have. I hope this is making sense to you all, as it is making to me.
All the areas that will be featured are Kitchen/Sunroom, Living Room/Office Nook, Bathrooms, Ian’s room, Hall Closets, Laundry/Guest Room, Casey’s bathroom, Main Bathroom, The Big Closet, My Closet, and The Master bedroom. Yes I need help everywhere, I am a mess. So please be ready with your tips tricks and advice.
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