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Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess Hardcover – January 3, 2017
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"Unf*ck 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
“[An] accessible guide on how to clean for normal people―people too broke to hire a maid, college students, perfectionists and more.” -Livestrong
"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
“Unf*ck 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, you become a neater and more disciplined person while allowing for natural laziness.” –Quartz
"A must-read for people who are terrified by Marie Kondo but intrigued at being able to see their floors again." -Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother
“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, author of Bitch Planet
"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, comedian and author of Real Artists Have Day Jobs
About the Author
RACHEL HOFFMAN launched Unf*ck Your Habitat in 2011 to motivate regular people to get up, start cleaning, and get their lives in order. Her advice has appeared in publications including Persephone Magazine, xoJane, and Glamour. Rachel lives in New England with her husband and three Chihuahuas.
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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.
Rachel Hoffman has a friendly, no-nonsense writing style that makes her relatable from the start and is sure to set any reader at ease. What sets UfYH apart is that Ms. Hoffman recognizes that a large majority of people who are cleaning and organizing their space aren’t traditional homemakers. This book addresses a wide range of people, highlighting issues that arise for single people with full-time jobs, those with roommates, students in dorm rooms, people with mental illness or physical limitations, and so forth. I was impressed by the inclusiveness of this book first and foremost. Ms. Hoffman provides helpful tips for multiple situations and gives ideas on how to talk people should you require assistance. I have never before seen a cleaning/organizational book that addresses such a wide range of people who don’t live in the traditional homemaker model, and I really appreciated it.
Glossy magazine articles and idealized Pinterest home organization pins give the idea of a home that is just not attainable for most people. Ms. Hoffman’s 20/10 system (twenty minutes of cleaning and then a ten minute break) is modifiable for those who need it. Furthermore, her method of cleaning and organizing is one most people can adapt to their needs. In this book, there’s no shame in being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. Ms. Hoffman’s tips and tricks keep you on-task and prevent you from getting worn out and giving up. All in all, I found UfYH to be an interesting, motivational, and – most importantly – practical book for a wide range of people interested in making their home a more liveable space.