Ask UfYH: There’s No Right Way to Clean

Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of ineffective ways to clean, but most of them involve whatever you’re cleaning ending up dirtier than when you started. For almost everything, though, there’s no one correct way to clean something, and thinking that there is just leads to a whole lot of nothing getting done. Read More Ask UfYH: There’s No Right Way to Clean

Things You Can Do with Your Friends*

*According to my roommate

Tired of those ladymags with their crazy suggestions about how to dress or what’s trendy or what’s cool? Well just in time for summer, this ladymag has some suggestions for fun things you can do with your friends, as my roommate has attempted all of these activities with me. Read More Things You Can Do with Your Friends*

Ask UfYH: Roommates, Redux

Q: I live with a woman who, to put it nicely, is the roommate from hell. Her stuff is all over the place, she hogs the laundry machines, her dishes stay in the sink for weeks, and she never does her half of the regular chores (taking out the trash, vacuuming, etc.). I’ve left her a million notes asking her to do things, and she just ignores them, and then decides to do things on her own time and gets mad at me for not helping! What do I do?

A: Stop leaving notes. Read More Ask UfYH: Roommates, Redux

Ask UfYH: Roommate Resolution

Q: I’m in college and have lived with the same roommates for two years. I’ve always been pretty bad at doing chores because of a combination of: 1. depression that makes it hard to do things, 2. never learning how to do chores, and 3. bad time management. Though I am getting better at doing the dishes and other chores, I’m afraid my roommates won’t want to live with me next year. Is there any way I can fix this, or should I live alone next year? Read More Ask UfYH: Roommate Resolution

Ask UfYH: There’s No Right Way to Clean

Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of ineffective ways to clean, but most of them involve whatever you’re cleaning ending up dirtier than when you started. For almost everything, though, there’s no one correct way to clean something, and thinking that there is just leads to a whole lot of nothing getting done. Read More Ask UfYH: There’s No Right Way to Clean

Ask UfYH: Keeping Your Dorm Room Unf*&%ed

That’s right, kids. Back-to-school is almost upon us, and for many of you, that means it’s time to pack up and move your life into half of a 12’x19′ dorm room. You already know the conventional advice (check what your roommate is bringing, shower caddies!, etc.), but living your life in such a tiny shared space is a little more complicated than that. Let’s talk about how to unfuck your dorm room before it has the chance to get fucked up in the first place. Read More Ask UfYH: Keeping Your Dorm Room Unf*&%ed

Ask UfYH: Roommate Negotiations

Q: So, I’m moving in with my significant other in about six months. I haven’t had a roommate since college (a couple decades ago) and this is a very new type of experiment for us both. We are lucky to have almost identical levels of slobbiness, but I’m wondering if there is a FAQ on how-to-unfuck-your-new-roommate-situation somewhere. I expect we will hash out how we divide chores and such, but I’m hoping for advice on any issues that others have had. Is there a new-roommate checklist so I can avoid potential problems? Read More Ask UfYH: Roommate Negotiations

Ask the Editors: So There’s This Racist…

Q: Recently, a childhood friend (who I hadn’t seen much in the last several years) fell down on their luck and I offered them a free room for a month while they got back on their feet, with the intention that they’d find a job and become a rent-paying roommate. That’s all fine and good. My concern is that I think they might be racist. Read More Ask the Editors: So There’s This Racist…