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Ask UfYH: How to Take a Break

Q: When you do 20/10s, what do you do during your ten minute breaks? When my timer goes off I often find myself looking around for different things to clean before realizing I’m supposed to be on a break. Tips for making the most of those ten minutes?

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Ask UfYH: Building Daily Habits

Q: How do you make keeping tidy a daily habit? Every few weeks I have major cleanups, but I never can keep it clean or develop a habit of doing doing a little each day. A: There’s no one way that’s going to work for everyone, so you may have to try a few things […]

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Ask UfYH: Emergency Cleaning

So, your landlord/parent/home inspector/favorite movie star is dropping by, and your place is a disaster. You don’t have much time to clean it up. You’re in emergency mode. Let’s get started.

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Ask UfYH: How the Hell Do I Get Started?

Q: I never used to be a messy person until I got married and married a messy person. Now, ten years later, the house is cluttered, messy and I can’t tackle it alone, although I usually do. So now it is well more than overwhelming and it depresses me and I say screw it and […]

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Ask UfYH: A Clean Break

Q: I am a student and I’m using 45/15 for studying now, but is it a bad idea to use the 15 minutes for some unfucking? Should I make sure that my breaks are purely doing something that’s not homework, work, or unfucking?

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Ask UfYH: Grody Kettles, Staying Ahead of the Mess, and Musty Funk

Q: How do I clean an electric water kettle? Mine was in storage for a few months and it’s got some grime on the inside, maybe from not being fully dry when it was boxed up? It’s not moldy but it doesn’t looks very enticing. Should I avoid soap? Do the water + vinegar bit […]

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Unf*%& Your Habitat: What the Hell is “Spring Cleaning,” Anyway?

Here in New England, we’ve had sunshine and temperatures above 40 degrees for two consecutive days, which can mean only one thing: spring is here! (Well, until the next unexpected snowstorm, I suppose.) And with spring comes the ubiquitous expectation of “spring cleaning.”