Time lapse video: this guy cleaning up his extremely messy house is just so gratifying

That’s just reverse footage of him making a mess. I can tell from the pixels.


God, if that is “extremely messy”, than how would someone describe my place? Years of depression can really help destroy a place.


For me, it is depression that helps keep my place in such bad shape.


I moved to my new apt about 2-3 weeks ago and haven’t fully unpacked or sorted what needs to be thrown out or donated. Place isn’t a mess but its not organized either, hoping to set up my bookshelves today as well as pick what books and items from them i can filter out. Then i gotta move to my bedroom and go through my clothes to get the stuff i never wear, which is a lot.

I really hope i can get to it this week, been dealing with a ton of anxiety lately so its been hard getting the motivation. But me and my roommate have had small victories, we’ve been managing a roach infestation and nearly have it wiped out… we’ve been holding off on organizing the kitchen and putting things away because of it. We also repotted some plants over the weekend and cleaned the laminate floor in the kitchen.


fair point


Same, i don’t deal with intense depression or anxiety. It’s much more in the background but its enough to sap my willingness to be productive, and while my personal and emotional situation is improved compared to 5-10 years ago i still have a hard time managing my space.


always better with music

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Nothing like being quarantined for a couple of weeks in a mess to inspire one to finally clean it up. I hope making the video helps him maintain things (10-15 minutes a day is all it will take).


What’s the white thing that’s installed on his tap in the kitchen?

That is not even close to ‘extremely.’


I’ve looked into those before, its a water filter that’s installed at the tap. They’re pretty neat but the space they take up over the sink seems like it would annoy me when hand washing things so i’ve never gotten around to buying one.



Was that a drill with attachment he used to clean his baking trays?


Yes - it looked like a buffing attachment? Genius - I fear that my non-stick baking trays are beyond rescue, but will store that for future reference.


Yeah. Depression, anxiety, ADHD, chronic fatigue… there are many reasons why people let things slide into this kind of a mess, and almost always it’s because they lack the spoons to do anything about it. And the longer it goes on, the harder it is to even start doing anything about it, because the task seems so huge and unbeatable.


I would like to learn his story as to what prompted him to go on a cleaning rampage.

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I would like to know how much time it actually took him to clean up.

Did you notice he sharpened his knives? That’s beyond “cleaning up”, if you ask me! Good job!


He posted on Reddit saying his house got messy during a bout of depression.


I feel your pain. My effort to downsize (sorting, donating, and discarding inherited items) turned into a process that lasted almost 2 years. My house took longer to sell than expected, and lots of things went into storage for staging, painting, and patching. Unfortunately, the final items slated to be donated in March had to be dumped, because all local charities shut down due to coronavirus concerns.

Due to injury, packing was done badly to say the least. On moving day (4 weeks ago), I discovered that the storage unit supposed to be part of the deal was non-existent. As a result, there’s a lot more stuff than I’d planned to have in every room. So, unpacking is going to take a while. I try to focus on functional items (over decorative ones) and avoiding re-injuring myself.

One day, I hope to look back on the moving day pictures I took of “peak chaos” and laugh. In the meantime, I have the real estate listing “before” images of empty rooms to use as a goal (and requests to “see” my new place). Thank goodness for fake videoconferencing backgrounds! :relieved:


We were able to slowly move things into the apt a week before we had to move out of the old place and also had an extra week after the big move to continue moving things, it really made things less stressful and easier on my back (we did hire movers for the big and heavy stuff). I’m really not looking forward to whatever future move i have to do :sob:

I hope your back recovers sooner than later!


Needs a soundtrack: Wendy Carlos’s rendition of the William Tell Overture.