Unfuck Your Habitat Fundamentals
  1. 20 minutes is not a long time. Marathon cleaning sessions, while satisfying, are exhausting and make you never want to clean ever again. 20 minutes at a time, once or a few times a day, is a sustainable way of keeping your habitat unfucked.
  2. PUT IT AWAY. Probably 75% of our mess is made up of things we didn’t put away. Whether it belongs in a drawer, in the closet, in the trash, or in the cabinet, make sure it finds its way home. This is critically important in two areas, especially: laundry and the dishes. Doing laundry and doing the dishes are not difficult tasks, but most of us give up before the “putting it away” step. Don’t. As soon as it’s done, everything goes back to its home.
  3. Most of the rest of our mess is because we have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. There are two solutions: less stuff, or more storage. Less stuff is, in the long run, almost always the better solution.
  4. GET STARTED. Look, housework is a pain in the ass, and it’s rarely fun. No one is disputing that, but it isn’t hard. What is hard is overcoming your own lack of motivation to just get up and do something. Anything.
  5. When your flat surfaces are clear, you feel like you’re making serious progress. Counters, tables, dressers, nightstands, etc. Try it.
  6. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO UNFUCK EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE. In fact, you shouldn’t. That’s how burnout happens. One thing at a time.
  7. TAKE BREAKS. It’s important for your state of mind. You can integrate cleaning into everything else you do. It doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing.
  8. You can only change your own habits. If you’re dealing with roommates or spouses or kids or parents who aren’t on board, the best you can do is tell them what you’re doing (trying to keep ahead of the mess), and ask them to help to not make it worse. Getting passive-aggressive or resentful because other people aren’t playing along only hurts you, and it’s not good for your brain.
  9. A little effort now saves you a lot of work in the long run. That’s why I advocate getting your stuff together at night for the next morning. That’s why I like dumping some cleaner in the toilet or tub or sink and letting it start to work while I do something else. That’s why taking the extra five seconds to wash your fork or put it in the dishwasher will always be a good idea, because it’ll stop Dish Mountain before it starts.
  10. STOP MAKING EXCUSES. Yes, yes, you have a million excuses why your mess has taken over. But I refuse to believe that you can’t spare 20 minutes, once a day, toward improving where you live. If you’re still making excuses, you don’t really want to do it. If you realize that 20 minutes is really no big deal, I can pretty much promise that things will get drastically better pretty quickly.

If you are someone dealing with physical limitations, chronic illness, chronic pain, mental illness, or any other situation that makes getting your living environment under control difficult, please know that you are not lazy, and that I know that “getting off your ass” may not be easy or even possible sometimes.

I encourage anyone who has limitations to modify challenges, suggest alternatives, and, above all, put their health first. If you can only do five or three minutes of unfucking, that’s worth celebrating. If you accomplish something that’s been modified so you can do it seated or in shorter stages, we want to hear about it.

Most importantly: do what you can. Some days, this might not be as much as you’d hoped. That’s OK. Even tiny progress is still progress, and small but consistent change is more important than overnight miracles. You can do this. And if you get overwhelmed or discouraged, we’ll do our best to help.

(Also, UfYH has an iPhone/iPad app. And an Android app.)

The 4 Branches of Astrology

All astrological technique and tradition is based in one of the 4 fundamental schools of astrology

Mundane Astrology – The most ancient type of astrology known to man that deals with large swaths of human beings and is used to examine world events and even predict weather.

Natal Astrology – The most popular type of astrology in the modern era, it is the astrology of the individual and encompasses the bulk of many different traditions and techniques

Electional Astrology – The astrology of choosing times and dates to produce the greatest benefit for endeavors, also known as Inceptional Astrology

Horary Astrology – The branch of astrology that dissects the moment a question is posed in order to forecast and examine outcome

The Four Pillars of Astrology

Signs – 30 degree sections of the Ecliptic beginning at the Vernal Equinox, they are the essential qualities of astrology

Planets – the ten heavenly bodies that correspond to various drives and energies in our lives, they are the essential vitality of astrology

Houses – the twelve sections of a chart that correspond to various spheres of activity in our lives, they are the essential planes of experience in astrology

Aspects – specific geometrical relations between two bodies in a chart, they are the essential dialogues of astrology

Shirou Fujimoto and the current Paladin, Arthur Angel, both came from the Asylum. But it was shut down sixteen years ago… because this is where the Blue Night happened.

According to the official report, Satan incarnated himself. And conceived children with Yuri Egin, a lower-class exorcist. That all happened here.

A Shia

A Shia is never scared to listen to any speaker from any religion, because a Shia knows a) there is no harm in gaining more knowledge, and b) we are not scared (threatened) to listen to anything you have to say. A school that is scared of listening to another lecturer from another school is one that believes it is a shaky school. So they don’t want to go and listen to anyone else (as to not rock their fragile foundation).

— Sayed Ammar Nakshawani.

After 9 years of playing, I basically have to relearn how to play, so I can become a better violist. It’s hard and challenging, I never had to put this much thought into my practice times, but I am starting my journey now(because I’m tired of having breakdowns over it and I really want to make myself proud) and I’m gonna document all of my practices, every week after my lessons to see how far I get. I’m going to aim to practice for at least 1-2 hrs a day. I don’t know about those people that practice for 6 hours, and maybe I’ll be that way when I start working with more intense music, but for now I feel that working smarter not harder is best. Thanks for joining me on my journey.