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review 2017-09-05 01:15
Move aside, Marie Kondo!
Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess - Rachel Hoffman

There's a different approach to cleaning and de-cluttering and author Hoffman is here to put things a lot more bluntly. As another entry in the housekeeping/how to clean up your mess entry, Hoffman writes how the reader can tackle cleaning and how to better use their time so it does not become such a big overwhelming task.

 

Perhaps as you can guess from the title, it's definitely as a "genteel" as Kondo's approach of tidying up. There's profanity, there's acknowledgement that some people are just plain lazy, there's also text addressing how someone with physical limitation and/or mental illness can approach on how to clean. Hoffman also has tips for how to clean/declutter for a move, for when you have unexpected guests or when you live with someone who might not be as diligent about cleaning. 

 

That's about it. As other reviews say, is there anything that's particularly revolutionary or trendy? Other than the language, probably not. I was pleasantly surprised to see she did have information on how someone who might not be able to clean for whatever reason (physical/emotional/mental, etc.) can manage. I also liked that she talked a bit about how everyone cleans (or should clean) regardless of gender. It was also nice to get some validation for my personal experiences of how I tend to tackle cleaning: marathon sessions that leave me exhausted and only last for a short time anyway, which isn't particularly effective.

 

So while this isn't an approach for everyone and it may be repetitive, I liked it a lot. I hate cleaning and tend to leave clutter or only clean the more serious messes like dishes with food or when something is going actively smell, etc. I've never really understood friends who would obsessively clean (to be fair to my friends there were likely personal issues involved) and just can't be bothered. Will this change me overnight? No, but as someone who's never read a housekeeping magazine and just doesn't care for these things this book was a good fit for me, even if not everything she talked about applied directly.

 

It's not for everyone so you may want to skim through at the bookstore and/or library or check out her blog (which I had not been aware of prior to reading the book) before to see if it's a good fit for you or someone else. I'm sure some people will faint at the very title of this so you may have to gauge your audience before deciding to purchase.

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text 2017-02-04 15:32
Takes no prisoners
Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess - Rachel Hoffman

This is quite a good read, full of sweary stuff but well done and interesting and made me want to get more organised and start adulting a bit more.

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review 2017-01-05 05:53
Review: Unf*ck Your Habitat: by Rachel Hoffman
Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess - Rachel Hoffman

http://witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/01/review-unfck-your-habitat-by-rachel.html

 

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started Unf*ck Your Habitat. I’m someone who adores Marie Kondō’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up but finds it highly impractical for real life. The blurb (and, of course, title) for Unf*ck Your Habitat caught my eye, so I had to give it a try.

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 Unf*ck Your Habitat 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 Unf*ck Your Habitat to be an interesting, motivational, and – most importantly – practical book for a wide range of people interested in, well, unf*cking their home.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2017/01/review-unfck-your-habitat-by-rachel.html
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review 2016-11-15 06:53
Review: Knitter in His Natural Habitat (Granby Knitting #3)
Knitter in His Natural Habitat - Amy Lane

Another cute addition to this wonderful series. Not my favorite one so far, but still very nice.

The reason I liked this a bit less than the other two was mainly Stanley. Stanley was a bit too crude at times for my taste, a bit too bitchy. But the romance was very sweet. Very insta-lovey, but somehow Amy Lane knows how to make that work.

The exciting mob stuff near the end almost killed me (in a good way), and I can’t wait to read the 4th book, since it’s about Jeremy and Aiden again.

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review 2016-10-25 16:59
Science-fiction story about a space station in distress
Habitat - Roy D. Simon,Roy D. Simon

 

 

Cho, recruited to serve as a warrior in a cannibalistic society on a space station, discovers a “forbidden weapon” and ends up on the run, joining the Engineers. Society has broken down when the space station was abandoned by Earth.

 

Unfortunately the illustrations do not always make the events clear so I cannot say that I understood all that was taking place. Therefore this does not really work for me.

 

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