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Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess Hardcover – January 3, 2017
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“Unfuck Your Habitat is the perfect housekeeping guide for somebody who is overwhelmed with their mess and can’t figure out how to start―or somebody who is always starting marathon cleaning projects only to watch everything go to hell again.” –Lifehacker
“Hoffman’s approach to tidying up is blunt, utilitarian, and […] the epitome of of a moderation diet: Do what you can, when you can, and stop beating yourself up about it.” –Elle
“If squalor has become the default state of your living space, author Rachel Hoffman is going to help you snap out of it.” –Crave Online
“With Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess, Rachel Hoffman bursts into the genre like a cursing, #realtalk-spewing big sister determined to help us get our acts together. UfYH is a rehab manual for anyone taught to feel like our clutter defines us. It’s for anyone who breaks out in a cold sweat at the thought of a surprise houseguest.” –L.A. Review of Books
“[An] accessible guide on how to clean for normal people ― people too broke to hire a maid, college students, perfectionists and more.” –Livestrong
“No sweat if you’ve got the stamina for a marathon pick-up, but for the rest of us, there’s Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess, a refreshingly realistic guide to spring (or anytime) cleaning that’s simple, flexible, and adaptable to pretty much any lifestyle.” –Well + Good
“The great thing about Hoffman’s writing is that she doesn’t try to pretend that cleaning is something fun, or that it’s anything other than a massive pain in the arse. She fully recognises that the majority of organisational books are aimed solely at people who are homeowners or who have the money for magic compartmentalised wardrobes.” –The Pool
“Hoffman is a compassionate realist. She admits that cleaning is not fun and… she expects you might backslide into messy ways, because forming the new habits needed to keep your home in decent shape is hard.” –Unclutterer
“Rachel Hoffman’s Unf*ck Your Habitat is as much about self-empowerment as it is about taking care of your home.” –Business Insider
“I’ve read countless books and websites over the years to help me get more organized, declutter, tidy up, whatever . . . But it’s Rachel Hoffman’s Unf*ck Your Habitat approach that speaks to me most, and not just because she likes swearing as much as I do.” –Ravishly
“This is the only system that has ever worked for me because it feels doable and practical, and like she is appealing to me right where I am. It actually changed my life and my home; I’m serious.” –Book Riot
“Who else has scoffed at cleaning books and thought, ‘Yeah, OK’? They just seem unrealistic, and nobody has time for that, anyway. But before you accept that your home will forever be a pigsty, there’s a book out there that speaks to people like you and me. Rachel Hoffman’s Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess is the cleaning guide that you’ve always needed. It sets totally doable goals while keeping in mind that you have a life.” –POPSUGAR
“Unfuck Your Habitat is a practical guide on forming habits by taking small steps, incrementally addressing messiness and personal weaknesses. As you reach your goals every day, and you become a neater and more disciplined person while allowing for natural laziness.” –Quartz
“Hoffman’s lessons and tips stay with me. I’m trying to put things back. I’m using a lot of vinegar… I’ll start applying all the other lessons laid out in her book, too, just as soon as I find it, under all this stuff.” –The Times (UK)
“A must-read for people who are terrified by Marie Kondo but intrigued at being able to see their floors again.” –Cory Doctorow
“I will forever sing the praises of Rachel Hoffman’s unfussy, no bullsh*t advice?most of it is as applicable to How You Think as How You Clean.” -Kelly Sue DeConnick
“Unf*ck Your Habitat has the potential to change your life and to improve your mental outlook in truly beautiful ways. So don’t let the hilarious and sometimes obscene advice fool you – this book is important and it is a good, good thing to have in the world.” -Sara Benincasa
About the Author
- ASIN : 1250102952
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (January 3, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781250102959
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250102959
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.76 x 0.73 x 8.33 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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UFYH is one I am particularly fond of, as it addresses the idea that we do not all have the husband, 2.3 kids, picket fence and a dog.
I especially like Hoffman's no-nonsense approach that is tinged with compassion for people who experience challenges.
This is very much a "Beginner's Housekeeping" book, however, and for people who are very much overwhelmed. If your house is pretty much okay without piles of junk, you're not going to see a dramatic difference in your home, as you're already up to a good, basic standard. You might still find many of the concepts useful (I did!) and it's an enjoyable read. Hoffman's writing voice is wonderfully warm and readable.
This book is specifically for the many, many people who struggle with keeping up home and chore organization. And for that, it is excellent.
My husband is a pack rat as well, and I need to tie him to a chair and force him to read this book. Get it-it will help you get your mind uncluttered.
**Seriously, you can save yourself the time and money by just adopting this approach, because this comprises about 90% of the advice. There are a few other good tips as well, but mostly common sense.
There's a lot of pep-talk about motivating yourself to clean, which I suppose some people need and appreciate, but I didn't need all the self-help talk and advice on how to handle interpersonal relationships (roommates, significant others).
My last gripe is the four letter words. I have nothing against them, but I've noticed this is a new trendy thing to do in order to cover over lack of substance. If you drop a bunch of s-bombs and f-bombs, that makes the content 'edgy' 'real talk'. I just don't buy into that. Bring good ideas to the table - I don't need all that to feel like I'm getting advice from a 'real person'. Others probably find this cool or appealing, and that's fine. To each their own.
Top reviews from other countries
First thing I did was buy another copy, it's just that good of a reference book.
It's perfect for those with accessibility issues and spoony folks who find energy management to be pretty rough, since it helps to accommodate that and teach new skills and habits! Overall 10/10 would buy twice again.