I’ve been thinking about writing you a bit a note for a little while. You see, while my home is not quite so clean that it warrants no before/afters, you have helped me to bewitch my friends into believing that I am a tidy person. Not only that, but you have caused my mother to believe that I have suddenly realized how I’ve wanted to live this whole time, as though I’d previously been unaware that I don’t enjoy living in chaos.
Best of all, I think they might be right that I am a bit of a tidy person now and that my homekeeping habits have changed.
Above are several photos from around my apartment, and I’d like to make some notes about them.
The kitchen has more or less been in maintenance mode for 8 months. When I get sick the dishes pile up, but once I start feeling better I remember that it won’t take that long to fix, and I unfuck it reasonably quickly. There are some things which need to be gotten rid of/given better solutions next to the window, but my kitchen is mostly under control.
I never made a post about unfucking my bedroom, mostly because it’s undergone a million subtle changes, but it’s been in maintenance for at least a few months. Whenever I had a little extra time at the end of the cleaning portion of a 20/10 or 45/15, I would spend it on unfucking the bedroom. I did dedicate one 20/10 specifically to the nightstand, but I foolishly didn’t think about taking photos. The biggest thing with my bedroom has been laundry, as I used to have a terrible habit of putting it off. Being winter, I haven’t been doing quite as much as I ought to, but I have been doing enough. It’s also been a lot easier to keep up with (and catch up on, when necessary) since adopting UfYH mentality - it’s okay that I got behind because I was sick/unhappy/whatever, it just needs to get done now.
The bathroom was the first thing I unfucked. I don’t know how long that’s been in maintenance mode either, but it is the quickest and easiest to deal with of all the rooms (which makes sense, given how small it is).
The studio has undergone several unfuckings. I’ve had entirely too much nonsense in it from the beginning (assorted items which had nothing to do with making things, sewing supplies, other crafting supplies that aren’t work-related…), so it’s been a long process. I unfucked the two halves of the studio closet last May, then a hidden corner in early July, and then much of the rest at the end of July. At the end of 2013 I went through a got rid of/moved a lot more stuff. I admit, I still have more in my studio that I would like, but it feels much more open and airy. Every time my mother walks into it she comments on how nice it feels, and she is the tidiest/most-organized/cleanest person I know.
Finally, the living room. It is the most frequently fucked room and periodically goes through states of fuckedness and slightly unfuckedness. This makes sense to me - for anything to leave my apartment, it must first at least briefly stop in the living room before being taken outside. I also don’t much care to be in the room - the light is terrible. Still, there are some obvious things which need immediate care: the pile of boxes by the window (full of things to sell/donate/recycle/toss), the pile of plastic bins in the not-particularly-hidden-but-still-hidden corner (which contain assorted things from childhood, mostly), and the sewing area (which houses more projects than I can hope to complete given how infrequently I sew - I need to whittle that down either by sewing or admitting to myself that certain things won’t get done).
So, this isn’t exactly the befores and afters you asked for in a post earlier today, but I wanted to check in and share with you that maintenance mode has been working out really well for me in the areas that have been unfucked. I do need to get to unfucking the areas mentioned above, and I will try to post pictures when that happens (I might be moving soon, and if I do then clearly I can’t post afters from here). I don’t know how to thank you adequately (other than passing the word along to my friends and letting them know about the app), because this has made such a difference for my work and mental health. Thank you.
In keeping with UfYH tradition, I will end this with a gif: