UFYH, I love you. I didn’t even notice the weekly challenge and it’s kind of what I’ve been doing
as I’ve been putting off doing portfolio work and job applications every day.
For a bit of background, I’m an American girl studying product design while living on my own in a cute little apartment in Tokyo. I’m not a tidy person - my nickname back home is “Hurricane Wendy” - and in a small space like this, things pile up FAST.
Things get particularly bad when I am stressed. After a week of presentations and deadlines, I took the first three photos. Hot dang, I turned 26 last week, things should be better than this! The photos are taken from opposite ends of my apartment, plus the middle kitchen area. I made a 45-minute initial effort which cleared out a bunch of trash, laundry, cardboard, and plastic bottles, but it was later than I thought so I had to put it aside and go to bed.
Over the course of the past few days I’ve been picking things up here and there, wiping things down, doing load after load of laundry…paid my bills, shipped a bunch of packages friends were waiting on, and got my desk back for the first time in months!
And, of course, I washed my sheets and made my bed, even though you can only see the corner. No more cuddling with dirty laundry and school papers for me!
(The kitchen actually looks even better than when I took that photo a few hours ago…that bag in the aluminum bowl is ground beef I was defrosting, and it turned into a delicious pasta sauce! I also reorganized the storage containers while waiting for the water to boil.)
So, take it from someone who lives in a small space: every little bit of picking up counts! It’s not 100% perfect, but it’s so much better than it was. Maybe by posting it for the whole internet to see I can be
shamed encouraged into actually keeping the room this way for more than three days.
Thank you again, UFYH, for reminding me that I can live in a nice clean room with minimal effort!