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Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess
Unf*ck Your Habitat: You're Better Than Your Mess | Rachel Hoffman
Finally, a housekeeping and organizational system developed for those of us who'd describe our current living situation as a f*cking mess that we're desperate to fix. Unf*ck Your Habitat is for anyone who has been left behind by traditional aspirational systems. The ones that ignore single people with full-time jobs; people without kids but living with roommates; and people with mental illnesses or physical limitations. Most organizational books are aimed at traditional homemakers, DIYers, and people who seem to have unimaginable amounts of free time. They assume we all iron our sheets, have linen napkins to match our table runners, and can keep plants alive for longer than a week. Basically, they ignore most of us living here in the real world.Interspersed with lists and challenges, this practical, no-nonsense advice relies on a 20/10 system (20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break; no marathon cleaning allowed) to help you develop lifelong habits. It motivates you to embrace a new lifestyle in manageable sections so you can actually start applying the tactics as you progress. For everyone stuck between The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Adulting, this philosophy is decidedly more realistic than aspirational, but the goal is the same: not everyone will have a showcase of a home, but whatever your habitat, you deserve for it to bring you happiness, not stress."
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MatchlessMarie
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Here's my #WeeklyForecast I have started all of these at some point. Hopefully this is the week I finish them! @Cinfhen #NFNov #NetGalleyNovember @rsteve388 @Clwojick

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, I like what I see in your forecast 🤩I‘ll be waiting to hear your thoughts 3w
rsteve388 1 pt 3w
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Rudis
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Pickpick

This book about cleaning takes a somewhat unconventional approach (no, not the swearing) that says “do what you can, as you can. Wash the damn dishes, and take breaks!” While reading, I found myself reconsidering how I clean, and doing a few little things around the apartment. Keeping around as a resource for sure!

#nonfiction2019 - something about survival

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LogiKitty
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Pickpick

Super great book (: I'm going to get a physical copy to remind myself of all her tips. I feel so much better being able to remind myself that my mess doesn't define me, I can always get around to cleaning it up, and that take breaks and asking for help is -fine-. My anxiety and depression when it comes to cleaning happens to a lot of people and that's okay! Take it in small chunks. Work around what gives me trouble.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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LogiKitty
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Listening to the currently tagged. I completed my monthly goal on #Bookly in just half the month 😂 so I set up another one!

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KS1805
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Mehso-so

Somewhat helpful. Fit in with my self help books with curse words fascination. #audiobook

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Jen2
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Pickpick

A good reminder to clean in small bits of time and no judgement!

wanderinglynn I clearly need to read this! I like that in the synopsis he acknowledges most systems are not devised for every situation. As a single person who works full-time, cleaning is the last thing I want to do in my limited free time. 1y
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MelissaSue81

Since Litsy isn‘t working, I suppose I‘ll clean my house for a bit and come back later. Planning on working on bedrooms (mine and the kids‘ today). They are always the most neglected

4thhouseontheleft It‘s working for me! 2y
TrishB @4thhouseontheleft seems to be weird the way it‘s working for some and not others! 2y
Bookishthoughts Boo Litsy making us clean our houses!😄😄 I'm sorry that made me laugh because I thought the same thing!💖😄 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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MelissaSue81
Pickpick

Nothing earth shattering, but I think there is some great, helpful info, and I don‘t feel judged!

RaimeyGallant Great title. 2y
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MelissaSue81
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The flags are all the things I want to do when I get home tonight/tomorrow.
I am really relating to this book. Let‘s see if I can put it into action.
And I am saying this sincerely, I think my husband could benefit from reading this too.

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KendallMorganHall
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“You just want to get your home to the point where a drop-in guest doesn‘t send you into a tailspin of panic, and where you can live your everyday life without being disgusted or depressed by your surroundings.”

RebL If only... 2y
Pamwurtzler Sound like something I could use! 2y
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Monique
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FAVOURITE NON-FICTION OF 2017 (5/5)
While I love losing myself in fictional worlds, sometimes it‘s just as fulfilling to learn more about the world I‘m in.

My absolute fav non-fiction book of 2017 says a lot about me as a person. This book was huge in helping me overcome my anxiety about mess. And in improving my home environment, that also helped my anxiety. It‘s got simple, practical solutions I continue to use. I love it!
#favouritebooks2017

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azulaco
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AMEN, SISTER. I will be buying a paper copy of this book and assigning it to my husband to read! I just bought it on Nook with price-fixing settlement money. 😊💰

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LauraJ
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Pickpick

I find the UFYH app useful when I need a little motivation. The audiobook offers practical advice for just about every living situation. Borrow the book and if you like it, buy the app. You‘ll only need the book once, but the app can kickstart your cleaning for years.

Cinfhen Good to know! 2y
Louise I visit the app every now and then for new tips and follow Ufyh on Facebook too! 2y
Wife Didn‘t know that there is an app. I think my UFYH book is buried under a pile of clean laundry on the couch though 😐 2y
AlaMich OMG I need this app!!! 2y
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Monique
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Pickpick

One of the most helpful books on cleaning and organizing I've ever read (and I've read quite a few). What I love about Hoffman is that she has filled the book with practical tips and techniques that pretty much anyone can use. She purposefully wrote the book with people in mind who deal with physical limitations, mental illness, or chronic pain. As someone who suffers depression and anxiety, this really won me over.

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Monique
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My flight has been delayed so time to catch up on some reading. Today I learned about a thing called a floordrobe and that I have one of my own at home. Defeat the floordrobe! Hahaha #booksmakemyday

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Monique
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I started a few of the little mini challenges last night when I got home from work. It was late and I hated how messy my house was but I was also so fricken tired! But I liked the 20/10 method and the 'just pick up 5 things and that's it' method. It made tidying seem pretty simple. I ended up getting a lot done. Which is freakin awesome for my mental health 😋

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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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I have become far too accustomed to living in squalor, and even my poor bookshelves have fallen victim to my laziness. So spent yesterday afternoon tidying them up and now I can't stop staring at them 👀📚👀

Redjewel_7734 😍Looks wonderful 😍 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks great! Good job! 2y
LauraBrook 👏🏼😍👏🏼 2y
Lmstraubie Well done 👍 2y
SilversReviews Looks great. Good job. 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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Some Sunday Motivation. #openinglines

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MatchlessMarie
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That blurb tho ?
Possibly the only question that weighs heavier in the grey matter during Summer Break other than "where is my floor" is #whereismymind? #90sinjuly

Cinfhen Ha! It's memorable 2y
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readordierachel
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I organize some things on #goodreads shelves so I can find them more easily later, but I don't always keep up with shelving cuz I'm laaazy. I wish I was more organized!

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/627770-rachel

@dariazeoli

readordierachel Feel free to add me on goodreads if you're so inclined 😊 2y
Gezemice You had me at "I love you Margaret" ??? 2y
readordierachel @Gezemice She's the best 😃 2y
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BookishMouse
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This book is changing our house. Library find ever! I was a bit skeptical at first because it seems kind of obvious but it has some great tips about storage and cleaning and that sort of thing. It's a really relaxing read full of challenges!

RaimeyGallant Great title. 2y
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bates_barb
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Instead of doing any of the cleaning my place desperately needs, I'm lazing around with #littenkitten the elder and my coffee, reading about it. It is Sunday morning, after all.

#catsoflitsy

WordWaller Me too! 3y
LauraBrook Me three! 3y
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whatthelog
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My boyfriend is going to be so pleased that I bought this book before moving in with him 😂😂

Seriously though this book is designed for people with chronic or mental illnesses which I really appreciate - practical things like this can be really difficult some days.

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amckiereads
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Pickpick

This was really great. I'm pretty perfectionist / OCD and keep my place fairly clean, but also when I get depressed it kind of piles up. I really liked how the author talks about mental and physician illness and disability and how they place limitations, as well as how anti-shame she is. Not much new for me, but still a great read.

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sebrittainclark
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Pickpick

I enjoy self help books and organization books, but I've always avoided the ones with a crass title since it always seemed gimmicky to me. I'm very glad I didn't pass on this one because it has some of the best cleaning and organizational tips I've ever heard. I would recommend this to anyone who struggles to keep their home under control.

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slategreyskies
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I am really trying to get through this book, but the author seems to go on and on over simple things, like she thinks she needs to say more words in order to get her point across. If she keeps it up, I'm not sure I'll be able to finish this.

minkyb Sounds annoying. 3y
slategreyskies @minkyb It really is! I want to like this book. I really do. It's just dragging on and on. So far, it seems like this book could have been an awesome pamphlet, but there's not enough fresh material for a book length manuscript. 3y
Smangela I have that problem with a lot of personal development books 😑 it's like if the books had half the pages cut I'd love it 3y
slategreyskies @Smangela exactly! They need to offer abridged versions! 😂 3y
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Elisa
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I need this.

BookNerdBritt So do I! 😬 3y
Elisa @BookNerdBritt did you read the review on @bookriot? It sounds better than a lot of other books trying to turn us messies into FlyLadies and stuff, doesn't it 😁 (edited) 3y
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Carleneishere
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Pickpick

Did a marathon cleaning before the realtor came over to take pictures. Spect the weekend purging linens, wall hangings, holidays decorations and dishes/serving utensils. This book is helping me put my life in perspective. Reading it aloud in bed makes sexy pillow talk.

ScarletQuill Oh man I need this in my life so bad. 3y
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Basement_Bookcase
Pickpick

I really loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone. What I love most about this book is it takes into mental and physical disabilities and provides encouragement for people, such as myself, who may not and cannot have the energy for marathon cleaning.

There will be sections of this book that may not apply to you but the information contained in this book is wide and what might not apply to you today may in the future. Buy it and keep it.

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Basement_Bookcase

So far I'm very much enjoying this book. I'm not a clean freak and my depression makes it very hard to motivate myself to clean but I followed one of the ideas discussed in the first couple chapters (20/10) and my bedroom is almost completely clean! Better than it's been in a long time. If your looking for a book to help motivate you to clean I highly recommend this one and I'm not even half way through!

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overlyattachedreader
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Pickpick

The UFYH method says if you spend a few minutes a day on chores, you'll save time, reduce anxiety, and build lifelong habits. Little things done consistently can make a big difference and add up to a better quality of life. UFYH will be most useful for people who are complete beginners at cleaning, but there are helpful tips for everyone. If you need a supportive, no-nonsense voice to encourage you to get started, this is the book for you.

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balletbookworm
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Pickpick

A good, solid "kick in the pants to stop procrastinating and take care of your mess" book. It isn't over-prescriptive or unrealistic (you are not expected to hold each object to see if it brings you happiness). There's a lot of acknowledgement that real people are busy, or have messy cats, roommates, or family members, or trouble with mobility or pain, or mental illness that wreaks havoc on ones ability to even get out of bed much less make it.

balletbookworm And I was very naughty and had a marathon shred/sort session tonight to be rid of the mess that had taken over my desk the point of being unusable - it was taking up far too much mental real estate/frustration. So I might as well have done with it. (It's not done, but all the paper is dealt with and that was the goal.) 3y
theshrinkette Yeah I need this book. 3y
syasutake This sounds like it would work far better for me than the one that makes you decide how you feel about each item and give away your books. 3y
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specklife
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Pickpick

Loved!!

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balletbookworm
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As a kid I never got into the habit of making my bed, no matter how much my mom complained. Do you want to know why I finally converted to the "make your bed in the morning camp"? I got cats. And while I can deal with them leaving their fur all over the furniture and carpets I was not cool with them leaving fur inside my sheets. Yuck. And now it is part of being awake - if the bed is made, I'm not tempted to get back into it. ?

Soubhiville Cats converted me too, but more because tiny pieces of litter were getting into the sheets, my cats are hairless. 3y
balletbookworm @Soubhiville yeah, there was that, too 😜 3y
cariashley @Soubhiville same ugghhhhh. Reminds me of when my husband and I were buying out the rest of our registry and he surprised with the gift note "I will poop on these shams. Love Percy." ? (Percy is a cat not my husband) 3y
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Soubhiville @cariashley lol, eeewwww! Hahaha! 3y
Susannah This! I will let the cats lie on top of the blanket covering my quilt but not in the bed.... Also, making my bed makes me feel a teensy bit more organized, which is always helpful. 👍 3y
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balletbookworm

Picked this up bc Valerie was really liking it. And I admit it is useful already. I finished part 1 (p53), got my butt out of my chair, moved the shredder out of my office to out by the recycling tote, shredded the junk mail pile accumulated on my desk chair, then made myself STOP like the book said to rather than keep right on trucking (bc I'd totally turn it into a marathon given the chance).

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Good for you! (I need a shredder!) 3y
balletbookworm @BookishMarginalia it is unbelievably satisfying to shred junk credit card or loan offers unopened *bzzzzzzzz* 3y
8little_paws There is an ufyh app too, I believe it was like $2. I like it though. 3y
beagle.mama Looks around sheepishly *would totes hug my shredder if it were socially acceptable * 3y
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balletbookworm
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Drat, she's got my number. (I guess this is motivation to move the shredder out of my office to closer to the entryway/dining table so I don't have the excuse of not wanting to walk into my office and look under the desk for why I have piles of junk mail to shred...)

BookishMarginalia Makes a lot of sense. 3y
LauraBrook I've finally figured out that if I open and shred my junk mail once a week it works for me. Daily seems too chore-y and annoying, and anything longer than that and it is Ridiculous! It's been over 5 yrs since I went through filing cabinets, so I'll be bagging sgr dinner and taking it to a paper recycling center by my house. $20 for up to 100 pounds! Maybe there would be something like that near you for one big shred? Just a thought. ❤ my shredder! 3y
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balletbookworm
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Dropping truth bombs everywhere, not just page 18.

BookishMarginalia Amen to that! 3y
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myexpandingbookshelf
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I rarely read non-fiction, but this caught my eye. Hopefully I'll pick up a few tips!

#currently #reading #currentlyreading #selfhelp #nonfiction

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readordierachel
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First book of the year and my #LetterU for #LitsyAtoZ!

If you're already a reasonably clean/neat person, this book isn't gonna tell you anything new. If you're like me and easily find yourself getting anxious and overwhelmed and self-flagellating about the state of your living space---and I suppose if you like the word fuck---this is a useful tool and has lots of practical advice. (Longer review over on Goodreads.)

Jenshootsweddings Oooooh!! 3y
Robothugs I read this title to my mom and she said, "I like that... I think I want to get it." ? She actually loves these sort of books, but loved the title. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 1).I'm a clutter-slob and I hate it 2). I say fuck all the time. This book is for me. 3y
readordierachel @Robothugs Haha. Your mom sounds great :) 3y
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literaticat
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New Years resolution time! I'm in the process of decluttering and kinda trying to REIN IN MY MESSY WORLD; this is good, low-stress advice for people who maybe are not ready for Marie Kondo-ing, busy people who get stressed out by chaos but also get overwhelmed by tackling it. You know, like a lot of us! Simple and straightforward. I like the mini-challenges, too. Yes, cleaning sucks, but it's kinda cool to make a game of it. ;-)

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readordierachel
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"Why should I make my bed? I‘m just going to mess it up later anyway." Well, smartasses, you wash your dishes even though you‘re going to use them later. You hang your clothes up even though you‘re going to wear them later. You throw your trash away even though you‘re going to make more later...continued use of an item doesn‘t mean you never have to clean or maintain it. Just make your damn bed."
Guess I've been told!
(Photo cred: Joseph Gerhard)

CocoReads For years my hub worked nights and I worked days so there was always someone in bed. As a result we rarely made the bed. To this day, the closest we come is half heartedly pulling the covers up on our respective sides when we get up. 3y
Jenshootsweddings I make my bed every single morning and it feels amazing! I never used to in my previous life/marriage, and now an unmade bed = mental chaos and gives me anxiety. 3y
Suet624 @Jenshootsweddings I'm exactly the same. Never used to, now can't not do it. 3y
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tricours Well, you are supposed to let it air for an hour or so before you make it, but that makes it difficult for people who don't work at home... Having just spent $160 on a bedspread I now feel I MUST make it through 😅 3y
readordierachel @CocoReads We're in a similar situation! He's in bed when I leave and I'm in bed when he gets home. Makes it hard to keep it looking pristine. 3y
readordierachel @Jenshootsweddings @Suet624 I totally get the anxiety thing, and it's so avoidable. I'm gonna try and jump on that bed-making train! 3y
readordierachel @tricours Haha. Good idea. Maybe I need to buy a fancy bedspread to get properly motivated :) 3y
CocoReads @ReadOrDieRachel now that we're both on days it is better although he's up and gone 2 hours before me and goes to bed way earlier than I do but I do try to be better about making it when I get up. 3y
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readordierachel
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I'm in the middle of three of these, so I'll definitely finish those. As always, I reserve the right to change my mind on any of the rest, but here are some tentative TBR goals for December.

#wanttoreadindecember
#seasonsreadings2016
@RealLifeReading

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thebookmagpie
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Littens! I've been Spring (okay Winter) cleaning my book organising spreadsheets and having the best time doing it. I also use LibraryThing because I can scan stuff with my phone. How do you organise your books?

LauraBrook Wow, that's awesome! It's so pleasurable and satisfying to organize your books, right? Was just moving some books around myself - so fun! I mostly use LibraryThing too, for organizing, and chatting. 3y
Amandajoy I have some really crazy excel spreadsheets. 🤓 3y
ReadingOver50 I joined Goodreads so I could keep track of my books 😄 3y
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Suzze Send to use a spreadsheet in Excel, but switched to Goodreads years ago. You can scan books there too. 3y
CareBear I use Goodreads to manage my read and TBR lists and the app Libib for books I own. 3y
Jessicav Libib for my physical collection, Goodreads for the quick track, spreadsheet for in-depth tracking, and I bullet journal my weekly and monthly goals. Yes, I'm that person. 3y
ultrabookgeek I love LibraryThing! I just have to remember to use it lol 3y
HardcoverHearts @Jessicav You are my kind of people!! 3y
Coleen I use both LibraryThing and Goodreads. 3y
thebookmagpie @LauraBrook I have so much fun with spreadsheets that it's ridiculous! I need to socialise more on LT. 3y
thebookmagpie @Amandajoy spreadsheets are just the best 😍 3y
thebookmagpie @ReadingOver50 @Suzze I use Goodreads mostly for the challenge - I feel like LibraryThing works better for my cataloging needs. Plus I really don't like the new Goodreads home page :( it's still really useful though, I've never found anywhere as good for the reading challenge stuff 3y
thebookmagpie @CareBear @Jessicav I need to check out Libib! 3y
thebookmagpie @ultrabookgeek same, I get so behind sometimes! 3y
thebookmagpie @HardcoverHearts it's good to be among friends 😍 3y
SarahSaysRead I use a Google Docs spreadsheet to track my reading & purchasing. I love that I can update it wherever I am. And I started using Goodreads to catalog what books I own, but the app did some update & now I can't find the bulk-scanning option again 😣 3y
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violentecstasy
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No readathon here, unfortunately. Lots of book detritus, though. #cleaning

moranadatter I'm doing the same thing. Cleaning and wiring today. Painting tomorrow. 3y
violentecstasy @kmdartist Wiring! Impressive. 3y
moranadatter @violentecstasy We're running speaker wire through the walls. It will be a lot of staring at a hole in the wall and answering questions. "Do you see it yet?" "How about now?" 3y
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violentecstasy @kmdartist I am familiar with that part of the process, yes. So exciting when done! 3y
moranadatter @violentecstasy Yes! I'm looking forward to the done part. 3y
violentecstasy @kmdartist It's the best part, for sure. 3y
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kimberlyhirsh
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I love the Unfuck Your Habitat website and Tumblr, but needed something more linear to help me really implement this stuff. So I requested an ARC on NetGalley. The book has mini-challenges to get you started taking action. This is the before-and-after for my first challenge.

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