‘You’re better than your mess’ says Rachel Hoffman, author of the fabulous book ‘Unf*ck Your Habitat’ and leader of the unf*cking believable home organisation revolution, also known as Unf*ck Your Habitat – Check it out here!
Rachel Hoffman’s motivation is definitely contagious! Her book, Unf*ck Your Habitat is a comedic look at how we can actually make our lives sooo much better in simple, easy ways – because you’re better than your mess!
Judging by the popularity of the Unf*ck Your Habitat movement, I seem to be a little late to the party! Having only just discovered this book in all its glory, I’m proud to say that it has guided me to a completely different way of thinking about chores around the home: I now try to make it fun, or as fun as it realistically could be!
When I first got stuck into this book, I found the author’s style to be captivating in the sense that it was more conversational rather than informative.
It was a casual, chatty and fun read.
Considering the subject matter of the book, this sense of dialogue is a perfect fit: it draws the reader into a friendly discussion rather than having information and instructions blasted at you.
The style of writing was not only conversational but the author herself seemed understanding of your situation and needs; enthusiastic, welcoming and most definitely motivating!
Being completely new to the concept of ‘Unf*cking’ one’s Habitat, what I found truly interesting was the fact that it is all common sense: wash your dishes, fix your bed, clean the loo….
Well, why wouldn’t we be doing these things?!
Thinking these thoughts, I put the book down, saying to myself ‘I don’t think I need help in the cleaning department, thank you very much!” BUT… As I sat there with my Kindle on my lap, I thought about it some more and said to myself ‘Well hang on a second, do I actually do all of these things?”
NO. I don’t.
In fact, I do all the ‘no-nos’ presented in the book: I binge clean once a week after a 6 day working week, leaving me exhausted on my single day off. I open packages after buying pretty things and then I proceed to just leave the wrapping on the table for someone else, just anyone else to clean up. I do everything that Unf*ck Your Habitat tells you NOT to do.
The guilt that set in after I had this revelation, let me tell you….
When I got home that night, after finishing this lovely book off during my revelation of a lunch break at work, I am very proud to say that I went grocery shopping, cooked a meal, cleaned the prep dishes while our dinner was in the oven. I even emptied all the bins in the house and replaced the liners. I got rid of our ‘floor wardrobe’ and actually put things where they belong. I finally got those clothes out of the dryer.
Then I got really crazy and actually put away all my books that were crowding the coffee table. I still had hours left over to sit around, relax and enjoy a lovely evening in with my husband.
As advised in the book: a little bit every day certainly does go a hell of a long way!
I would definitely give this book 5 stars; it is well thought out, motivating and really did make me laugh (and clean…)!
A highly recommended read, available now from Dymocks – Click here to order your copy!
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Thank you to the author for allowing me an advanced copy of her amazing book in exchange for an honest review.