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Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  4,533 ratings  ·  622 reviews
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 peo ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Ember If you can't find it from your local library, I would definitely say yes, it is worth the money! I cried reading Hoffman's words about how most books …moreIf you can't find it from your local library, I would definitely say yes, it is worth the money! I cried reading Hoffman's words about how most books of this nature don't take people with disabilities into account, and felt so relieved that she did. And while I haven't read the whole book yet, I can say that the practical tips are easy to follow and have already helped me see a marked improvement in my space. (less)
Moniqa I listened to the audiobook too. I think you should get whichever version is best going to suit your needs. Is a print version likelier to collect dus…moreI listened to the audiobook too. I think you should get whichever version is best going to suit your needs. Is a print version likelier to collect dust? I have a daily commute for work, so audiobooks are great.(less)

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Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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. M
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 t
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 h
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
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 putt
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
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 somet ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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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).
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
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. ...more
Thikrayat Al-aradi
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wasn't expecting it to be this good, usually books like this tend to have only 1 idea that's repeated over the whole book with filler paragraphs like anecdotes and people's experience with it, and a lot of repetitive exercises which are very boring.. this book was different, it's very informative, and it did motivate me to clean up my room (or as mom calls it: pigsty 🌚) it did change my approach to cleaning, and it had lots of helpful tips.
Also the way it's written is really enjoyable, it was fu
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2017
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 usefu ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
while tending toward repetitiveness in some areas, this book was overall a practical and affirmative beginner's guide to keeping whatever space you inhabit workably clean and tidy. none of it is especially novel (the 20/10s are very reminiscent of study habits like the pomodoro method) except for the author's heartfelt acknowledgment that most common advice for housekeeping is biased heavily toward neurotypical, middle class, able-bodied people. not everyone has the income, time, or ability to c ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Rachel Hoffman comes across quite peppy throughout the book, the writing and overall ‘atmosphere’ is relaxed in her writing. There is loads of great cleaning advice and how to go about getting help or devise a strategy when it comes to tackling the task for different groups of people.

There is also a lot of reassurance that, no, your home doesn’t have to look like something we come across in magazines and not to feel guilty when you just can’t/don’t want to clean. We’re all human, after all! Ther
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, read-2016
Review originally posted on my blog:

I simply had to request this book when I saw the title as this is exactly what I needed to know in that moment – how to unf*ck my habitat! I am a fan of decluttering books – I can’t resist them (which I do realise is some kind of irony that I’m collecting books about how to stop cluttering up my house)!

My mum wasn’t a hoarder but she did find it difficult to part with things that had any kind of sentimental value and as
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
If you are looking for motivation to get up and get cleaning and organizing your environment, then this book might provide you with the encouragement that you are looking for. While, there are some great suggestions and a good foundation with the 20/10 system that Rachel Hoffman has developed, this book seems to spend more time talking than actual doing. I was hoping that there would be more concrete ideas and actual time saving techniques to improve upon my own housekeeping endeavours and I jus ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've never been much of a cleaner. As a kid I had my chores, which I grudgingly did, but my room was usually on the messy side. In college it was a little better, mainly because I didn't want my roommates to hate me, but it was pretty much the bare minimum. One of my friends (not a roommate) gave me an unsolicited, color-coded, hand-drawn cleaning schedule freshman year because she saw some dustbunnies under my bed. I thought she was nuts, god love her. Now I kinda wish I'd gotten in the cleanin ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is by far the best of the self-help clean-your-house books I’ve read. I cried, y’all.

While the author’s solution to keeping house it primarily to break things down into manageable tasks (20 minutes cleaning, 10 minutes resting), it is the mental resets that I value so much from this book.

She says: DON’T MARATHON CLEAN!! While it produces results, you feel like shit while you do it and that’s bad. It makes you feel negatively about something that’s already not fun. Also, it doesn’t fix the w
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
"Start cleaning, a little bit at a time, and don't worry about it so much"

There - I just saved y'all 3 hours.
Lauren (My Expanding Bookshelf)
Unf*ck Your Habitat is a self-help book for cleaning - it's probably primarily aimed at young adults and those leaving home for the first time. Surprisingly, for a book about cleaning, I actually quite enjoyed reading Unf*ck Your Habitat and couldn't put it down!

Personally, I think Unf*ck Your Habitat is the perfect book for those learning to keep a house. It's full of so many tips to help clean and I particularly liked the 20:10 idea, as well as the tips for moving house. I also thought the che
Lauren Kayes
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have always seen myself as a messy person. I have a lot of shame tangled up in that, thanks to living most of my adult life in small spaces (dorm rooms, single room in someone else's home, etc) with depression and a physical disability that went undiagnosed for years. There are days when I can barely get out of bed, let alone do a full sink of dishes, and I have spent a lot of time internalizing the feeling that I am lazy or doing things wrong. Shame is a paralyzing creature when it comes to o ...more
If you're familiar with Hoffman's blog and other writing, there won't be anything terribly new here, but it's very handy to have it all in one place. Hoffman is pretty much the only writer on cleaning/decluttering who I can stand to read, and the only one whose techniques have been even halfway effective for me. There were times when I wished this book was a little longer; it would be great to have something about how to apply UFYH principles to something like cleaning out a spare room that's be ...more
I'm a bit disappointed with this; I wasn't really expecting any new ideas, but it all feels a bit simplified and dumbed-down and cheerleader-y. Probably a good read for those who are living away from their parents' home for the first time, or those who are just clueless about sorting/tidying/organisation, but I was hoping...well, I'm not sure what I was hoping for - maybe a magic wand! - but I didn't find it. So 2* for me, with an extra star because I can see how it would be useful for those who ...more
Nadine Jones
Jul 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: self-help-crap
surewhynot - maybe a book can help solve my mess problems
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I figured that this would be similar to other organizational books that I seem to read every couple months. I maintain this somewhat regular diet of such books in the hopes that 1) I get some new ideas, 2) I get some reminders of what I already know, and 3) I get some motivation to clean and organize and reduce my clutter. This was different in that instead of focusing on organizing clutter, it was more focused on relationships and the impact of others on where and how one lives. There are also ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short to the point and useful. It's refreshing to reading a book of this nature that acknowledges and calls out gendered expectations associated with household work/cleaning. It's also accounts for how various disabilities factor into what we can and can't do physical or mentally when it comes to dealing with our space.

The 20-10 method fits what I'm kind of already doing, but it was nice to have something more structured to try and to get validation that doing things in short bursts still equal
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I pre-ordered this book back in July when I first heard about it and had been eagerly looking forward to reading it. I dove into it as soon as it arrived and could not have picked a better way to start the new year. After a busy holiday season all of a sudden it's back to reality and a house full of new stuff. It can be overwhelming trying to deal with everything while trying to get back to routine and meet those New Year's resolutions. Rachel Hoffman's lively writing style will motivate you to ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ok, so aside from the concept of a cleaning(or working) Tabata (20/10 work rest ratio - repeat as necessary) what I was looking for is in the back of the book: checklists, how to clean particular things and how often and other resources. The rest of the book is great if things like sexist gender cleaning roles are getting you down or you have particular limitations to when and how much you can do things. (This felt very much like some of the better fitness books I've read actually)

Do as much as
John Bainbridge
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really helpful guide to keeping your home clean and organised with least effort. Rachel Hoffman's approach is much more realistic than most. She has some great ideas that are easy, practical and achievable. Her guide is for ordinary people without spare cash for expensive storage. She suggests how you can learn new helpful habits but doesn't preach those rigid rules like folding your clothes in a certain way. I like the author's kind and friendly writing style. She understands that many people ...more
Jackie Bennett
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should probably be ashamed to admit how much I needed this book, but it was the perfect book to read. Unf*ck Your Habitat is a much more practical approach to the organizing self-help genre. I did love reading the Life changing Magic of Tidying Up, but that book was in the end not very useful outside of my closet or my books. (A for instance, no, my alarm clock does not bring me joy, but that doesn't mean I should chuck it.) Unf*ck however has a much more level headed, cut the bullsh*t take no ...more
▫️Ron S
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Rachel Hoffman seems to know, throughout this book, that she neither has new information or advice to add to the existing army of clean-up advice books nor enough material (or interest) to fill her own book. The motives are therefore plainly to meet a market demand generated by her to-do list app/blog with a twist. The twist being the use of humorously frank language.

I'm a sometime reader on the subject, though, and a reader of habit-formation material as well. With a field of works to compare i
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