Assignment #5: Pick any drawer in your house to clean/organize and get to work!
I chose a drawer in my kitchen that we use for small miscellaneous items. Batteries, cookie cutters, matches, etc.
Assignment #3: Do a Pantry Purge
I didn’t realize how much I needed to purge my “pantry.” So many things were expired that I thought were still good! I decanted a lot of items – especially the tea bags. I have so much tea but since I can’t see it, I forget to drink it. Thank goodness for the January Cure.
Assignment #2: Make a List of Projects
I always have a list of projects on my mind; but especially with a new baby on the way. I actually jumped the gun this past long weekend and did a lot of small projects.
The first one was taking off the ugly shower door I hated. Let me just say, I wish I did it sooner. The bathroom feels like it can breathe now. (Don’t ask if I asked my landlord ;))
The second thing was building Declan’s new dresser to share with his sister and transitioning his Rast dresser from Ikea to be my night stand. I thought about painting it; but honestly, I was lazy. So I bought some really cute engraved copper drawer knobs at World Market and just switched them out. I’m pretty pleased with the simple change.
Last year I completed Apartment Therapy’s January Cure and was pretty happy to do so. My home has changed a lot since then, in a good way. It was somewhat bare back then; now it looks like we’ve really lived in it.
This year I’m excited to complete the challenge again; but I’m not being too hard on myself as far as the schedule. I might play catch up on the weekends. It started this past weekend and I unintentionally completed the assignment and realized it on Monday.
Assignment 1: Clean the floors and get flowers.
The flowers, the Hubby actually bought me. And the floors, I cleaned so well I even bought a new rug for the living room (thanks to Declan for vomiting on it haha – it was time for a new one anyways.) Don’t mind the napping husband.
Deep clean your living room.
This is the “big clean” of your most public room. Give it a good once over and you’ll be ready for your upcoming gathering or, at the very least, a more inviting spot to settle in to watch a movie come Sunday night.
Pick up and put away all loose belongings
Use those attachments (they work and are worth digging out!) and give your upholstered pieces a good vacuuming
Wipe down and clean all wooden or other non-upholstered furniture
Clean the baseboards
Thoroughly dust all surfaces – move things, dust, return items
Wipe down light switches, lamps and ceiling fan
Clean frames, artwork, mirrors and windows
Vacuum and/or sweep and mop the floors
Kick back, relax a bit and admire your clean room – you’ve earned it!
Create a Landing Strip and Start Using ItThe first two parts of the “healthy home filter”, the door mat and hooks (or proper, usable space in a coat closet) are self-explanatory. The landing strip, is also fairly straightforward, but very important to maintaining your “Cure” organization in the future.
Pick up your weekly flowers(or show your plants a little love!).
Everyone deserves these beautiful blooms for sticking to the Cure, even if you have some catching up to do – you’ll get there, just jump back in on this weekend’s bedroom cleaning project and then play catch up with the other stuff later. We’re more than halfway through and you can do this!
Give your bedroom a good, deep clean.This should be a very thorough job. The aim is to rid the room of as much dust and potential allergens as possible. Here is a sample guideline deep clean plan that you can use as a checklist:
Pick up and put away all clothes, books and belongings
Declutter surfaces (remove change, jewelry, etc and put in proper places) Strip the bed
Launder all bedding, including mattress and pillow covers
Flip and/or rotate the mattress
Vacuum curtains with brush attachment and/or clean blinds
Clean windows and mirrors
Dust all surfaces and wipe down light switches, fixtures and ceiling fan
Push aside the bed, side tables and dressers and vacuum/clean under them
Instead of flowers I bought a plant that I’ve been wanting to get for the top of our shelves. It was only $4 at Home Depot!
Today’s AssignmentSpend some time on the project that you selected last week and move it forward, or even complete it, if possible. Let us know what project you chose, what you’ve been doing and where you are at in the process in the comments. If you need help or have questions, be sure to ask below for feedback – you are part of a very smart, super supportive group!
My project if our master bedroom. These are some of the things I wanted to complete:
Bring home and enjoy your Weekly Flowers
Clean Your Kitchen and Declutter/Organize as You Go
Remember, this is about investing time now to create a better home for you to enjoy all year – it’s not about perfection, but improvement. Each kitchen task you complete will make the space that much more effective, attractive and simply a nicer place to spend time working and relaxing in.With some favorite music playing, the right mindset in place and the extra time the weekend provides, it should be just fine – and you’ll be wowed by how good it feels to work in a cleaner, less crowded space.
Last week I bought a new succulent for our dining table. This week I received this cup of succulents as a gift. I found a spot for it in our living room on this stool I painted/stained. It’s become somewhat of a side table since it’s tall enough to reach over to from the sofa.
Do a Mini-MeditationFind a spot in your home that you rarely (maybe never!) sit in that gives you a view on a room or area that you feel is especially problematic. Take a seat on a chair (or the floor) and just observe for ten minutes. Turn off TV, radio, music and your phone – this is a quiet exercise and is most effective with focus and concentration.
Review your list and choose a project to complete this month.Choose one that fits the below criteria:
– A project that can be completed this month, in a few hours.Remember, you’ll be very busy with the rest of your Cure assignments, so don’t get overly ambitious in your choice – stay practical on the time commitment required.
– A project that will make a noticeable difference in either how you use your home (organizing, flow), how something works (repairs) or how things look (de-cluttering, decorating).
Once you’ve made your choice, do the following:
– Commit! Tell us exactly what single project you’ve decided to tackle in the comments below. It’s a good idea to make a commitment to the whole group on what your goal project is – the more of us that participate fully, the more strength we all have as a group to really get the work done!
Funny thing, I do mini-meditations all the time in different rooms of the house. I’ve done it since our last house. I like to brainstorm and imagine how things would look in the room if added or changed.
My project commitment: MASTER BEDROOM.
I recently (finally!) go a new king size duvet (we previously had a queen size and always pulled it on our side) and a bedside light. I feel that I need to “finish” our room.
I re-purposed two wine boxes as my night stand, added a hanging plant my Dad gave me for Christmas, and also got a new throw pillow for the bed.
I would like to: