Unf*ck your Habitat by Sarah Hoffman
Genres/Themes: Self-help, Nonfiction, Cleaning
*I received this book through netgalley, but all thought and ideas are my own*
Summary from Goodreads:
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 people with mental illnesses or physical limitations, and many others. Most organizational books are aimed at traditional homemakers, DIYers, and people who seem to have unimaginable amounts of free time. They assume we all iron our sheets, have linen napkins to match our table runners, and can keep plants alive for longer than a week. Basically, they ignore most of us living here in the real world.
Interspersed with lists and challenges, this practical, no-nonsense advice relies on a 20/10 system (20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break; no marathon cleaning allowed) to help you develop lifelong habits. It motivates you to embrace a new lifestyle in manageable sections so you can actually start applying the tactics as you progress. For everyone stuck between The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Adulting, this philosophy is decidedly more realistic than aspirational, but the goal is the same: not everyone will have a showcase of a home, but whatever your habitat, you deserve one that brings you happiness, not stress.
Literally that is the majority of the book. Other than that– not much seemed to appeal or speak to me. The majority of the book is set up to support the main thesis 20 minutes of work then 10 minutes of a break therefore after the introduction I was pretty bored.
There were some interesting parts and sections I thought would be helpful or reassuring to other people, so I can’t totally write it off.
One thing about the book I really am grateful for are the resources and checklists in the back of the book. That is what I will refer to frequently until I’ve cleaned enough and regularly to remember how often to clean.
I know I’ve only given it a 3 star review, but I would recommend this book to other people and maybe even friends– a good library book resource to browse understand.