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  • #160255

    Ella
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    I know a lot of you have already joined Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, and I just now signed up too. So I thought it would be nice to have a parallel Chat thread for us here. (I hope this post isn’t redundant, but I couldn’t find an existing thread for January.)

    Here’s the link to join:
    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/join-us-get-organized-in-2013-the-january-cure-181703

  • #228002

    Netleigh
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Good idea Ella. I’m not sure how much I’ll do on the cure so soon after doing one before Christmas, but it will be interesting to get the mails from Apartment Therapy and discuss it with friends here.

  • #228006

    Mogden
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Signed up here too. I need an almighty kick in the pants and I adore Apartment Therapy.

  • #228011

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m waiting for the first email ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • #228012

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Thanks for setting the thread up, I’m looking forward to doing the short cure. I’ve been putting the full-length cure off because I’m moving “soon” (aka, whenever the right unit comes up, anytime between last month and March, so it’s hard to plan for.) Can’t wait to get this started and get some extra motivation!

  • #228015

    Nina
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I signed up aswell but don’t know how much I’ll do since we are planning to move this year. We are currently looking for an apartment and if we find something it might be pretty short notice to move. So cleaning or organizing a place we might not live in for long seems a bit pointless. But I am hoping there might be some things in it that may help me prepare for an eventual move.

  • #228022

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I signed up for the e-mails because I couldn’t resist. That being said, I don’t think I plan to actually do the cure – I have a lot of projects going on in January already. I’m sort of waiting to see if the daily assignments are simple enough to sneak into my evenings or not.

  • #228033

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I signed up, but I suspect I’m going to be like Sleepykitten and not do the entire thing. But I’ll read the e-mails and see how far I get.

  • #228034

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I signed up and I’ll see how far I get, but I probably won’t be able to stay completely on schedule because my parents will be visiting. I’m still working through the book too, so I’ll see how they overlap.

  • #228035

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m looking forward to the emails and I hope the tasks won’t be too time-consuming. I’ll do as much as I can, but not berate myself if I can’t do more. ๐Ÿ™‚
    So far, I’ve read the first two chapters in the book… took it along on my walk today so I could read without being constantly distracted by my own apartment! I found a quiet garden bench and managed to stay focused. I like the idea in the first chapter of taking a tour through your home and noting down the things you like or dislike. I’m going to go do that right now!

  • #228057

    Swede
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’ve signed up for the emails too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #228098

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Anyone received their email yet?

  • #228099

    whyawhelk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Nope. I’m sure it’ll get here eventually.

  • #228110

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I just got my first e-mail! ๐Ÿ™‚ “Make a list of projects”

  • #228118

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Got mine too.

    I’ve still got a notebook with a previously made long list of ‘undone’ house ‘to-do’s’, shall go through it and see what needs updating/prioritising.

  • #228121

    Nora
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Before I went through my apartment, I thought that there isn’t much to do around here. But when I took a closer look I found quite a few projects to work on. Since most of my projects are small, I’ll probably do more than one during January.

  • #228129

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Went through and made my list. So many little things that DH has to do but some for me too.
    I can knock out lots of them quickly.

  • #228133

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I got a head start yesterday by touring my apartment and making a list of likes and dislikes. I had to stop when I got overwhelmed by the 4 biggest dislikes, which all require an outlay of funds and a lot of time. I guess those will be my highlighted projects, but I’ll have to budget carefully and break things down into micro steps. I’m glad today’s task says:
    “Stay calm, just observe and make your list. We’ll have plenty of time to focus on the “doing” later and – don’t worry – the intention is not for everything on your list to be completed this month.”

  • #228134

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Made my list and even though it’s pretty short it’s depressing. Here I’ve been decluttering bit by bit, month by month, there are still areas I’ve completely forgotten about — like the study closet. And my dining table is still cluttered no matter how often I clear it off. sigh . . . .

    BUT I am going to continue doing a little at a time, and following this project as best I can!

  • #228136

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    you know, i imagine other people’s homes to be properly built for the purpose of living in, and therefore pretty much finished in the usual ways.
    so i am sort of happy to hear that your lists aren’t just all: clean the fridge, empty the cat litter, sweep the living room!
    my own home falls far short of this, as we have been painfully slowly turning it from a revolting shed into a dwelling fit for humans.
    my list of things to fix over the years has included massive expensive jobs like:
    make five acres of garden
    build a second room, so we don’t have to live where we sleep
    put in a bathroom and a kitchen
    tile!
    pay thousands for drainage around the place so we don’t flood every time it rains
    get solar panels
    remove weird internal half wall
    make windows into doorways and doorways into windows.
    plaster entire house
    paint entire house
    install wood stove. hook up wetback system.
    and on and on and on.

    however, walking around this morning, making my list…..there are still a handful of large expensive jobs (replace rusted guttering out front. line old verandah roof with white board to match the new section. plaster and paint exterior of old house to match new part of house))…but for the most part, things have calmed down and my list is more like this:
    de-cobweb
    dust the rest of the office
    sort linen
    sort out laundry area
    install hooks for umbrellas and bags at kitchen door
    install a few picture hooks
    replace broken hook on french doors
    install a hook in the under-sink cupboard door for dustpan and brush
    finish french doors post-tiling adjustment (they had to be removed, shaved down a few millimetres, then re-hung….now just require weather strips to be screwed back on at the new height)
    paint bay window area
    think about window seat/storage area/day bed in bedroom

    i am trying to breathe and stay calm.
    i am going to call my builder and get him out here for a day and that will solve many things.

  • #228138

    Mogden
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Lists a plenty here but I’m struggling. I have mess, lots of mess and lots of decorating and jobs to do. I’m trying to get it all down but I’m not gonna sleep if I get it all down on paper tonight!! I’m trying not to be blind to all that needs to be done cos it’s having repercussions elsewhere but it’s so hard.

  • #228139

    pkilmain
    Member

    January Home Cure

    LOL, we built our house and thought we knew what we wanted/needed. We have since added on a back deck and a mudroom/entrance 200 sf addition. Two big projects still remain: turn the dedicated laundry room into a half bath (toilet/sink) and a laundry room; and rearrange the bedroom, eliminating the big room width closet (mine!) and turn the alcove (which currently contains the smaller closet (DH’s), the linen closet, and DH’s office) into a walk-in closet. This will allow the room to contain a queen size bed against the wall my closet is on. Currently we have a queen-width bed, but it is only double/full bed length, which is all the width of the room will accomodate. We have a foam mattress which we sliced the end off to fit. This works fine for a couple who are 5’3″ and 5’4″ – but most people, at least in the US, want at minimum a queen-size bed. This project will only occur when we find we want to sell the house, as we’re fine with the arrangement. The downstairs bath I’m pushing for harder. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The realistic projects – on top of decluttering – for this year include:

    scrape and paint the trim on the house (DH)
    new curtains for several rooms
    repaint the kitchen cabinet doors (we did this ourselves, and didn’t put enough protective finish on – may see about having this done rather than redoing it ourselves)

  • #228141

    January Home Cure

    Mogden: the list can be pretty intimidating, but don’t let that put you off. I started our list about three years ago and it’s nowhere near done yet. Having the list helps set priorities, though, and you get a GREAT feeling of accomplishment when something is crossed off the list. Hang in there!

  • #228143

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m transferring my list of projects to index cards, color-coded by area, with one task per card. I hope that’ll make it less intimidating and easier to shift things around as priorities shift….also I hope less stressful to just pull out one card to focus on, instead of this long list I’ve got now (which is kind of freaking me out despite AT’s calming words.)

  • #228154

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    righty-o list freaker-outers…. we need to pull ourselves together!
    i have to remind myself that this place is entirely liveable RIGHT NOW.
    i can sleep, cook, wash, and relax here in safety and comfort and that is a lot more than most of the planet can say.
    perspective!
    these lists are not intended for us to WHIP and BEAT ourselves with them.
    the list is just a tool to help you focus and prioritise and identify trouble spots.
    so, let us hold hands and breathe, because my list is going to give me a panic attack if i let it.

  • #228155

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    and secret squirrel, you are a darling to say that, and just let me say that good cropping hides a multitude of problems.

  • #228158

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Well, it looks like my list is a little shorter than I expected. This is partly due to the fact that when I made the list, I considered the fact that I hope to move in the next 3 months or so, so I want what I do for the Cure to be able to transfer to the new apartment, not be specific to this one. (So things like “replace closet shelving” just isn’t going to happen.)

    So my list includes things like:
    *replacing those stupid bathroom towels that seem awesome but have been covering the room in DARK BROWN LINT for the past 3 years, and I’m sick of it. But I’ve been putting it off because I HATE shopping for towels.
    *sort through the giant shoe tree, stop hanging onto shoes I never wear
    *Clear off the desk (again) and make it stick this time
    *Print up some of my photographs to frame for the living room and bedroom
    *Pick paint colors for the new apartment. ๐Ÿ™‚ Which includes deciding between monochrome, and multi-color.

  • #228170

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    meglet, allow me to suggest woven linen towels.
    they have changed my life.
    they are absorbent and scratchy…which i love….they dry quickly, they wash like rags, they travel much more compactly than a regular towel. i feel that i am drier much quicker. o and NO LINT.
    i bought four on etsy …i use two at a time, one for hair and one for body.
    they should last for years…they are thick rough lithuanian linen.

  • #228191

    Nina
    Member

    January Home Cure

    With possibly moving in the next few weeks/months I have decided it makes little sense to follow the cure atm. I am instead going to focus on clearing out things that make no sense moving.
    Good luck to everyone else doing the cure!

  • #228202

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I didn’t have a chance to make a list (I have a feeling I will be dropping out like @Nina), but I do still have my list from when I started the book version of the cure a few months ago – there are still quite a few fix-it items that need to be addressed. Some of these are easy enough for me to do…I just never seem to prioritize them! Oops!

  • #228205

    happymonkey
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m doing a modified version of the January cure since my schedule this month won’t allow the time to do it fully, so I probably won’t be doing my list until this weekend. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit in today’s and Friday’s tasks on the weekend as well.

  • #228224

    Barbs
    Member

    January Home Cure

    My book should arrive any day now. I will probably read the book, print out the calendar from AT, and follow the progress of other people on this thread. I will keep decluttering around the house.

  • #228226

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 2: Hmmmmm . . . I’ve already got a basket in the corner of the bedroom where I toss things to take to the Salvation Army or Goodwill, and I’ve got the top of a filing cabinet in the study to put books and magazines I plan to sell to a used bookstore or give to the library.

    I’ve been good (I think) about putting items where they belong so in order to put stuff in the “outbox” I’d have to go into the closets and drawers and so on, which would take me forever.

    So I’m going to call the top of my filing cabinet my “outbox!”

    Day 2 mission accomplished!

  • #228227

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    outbox, DONE.
    phew, that is day two ticked off and it isn’t even five am yet.
    (i already have an outbox because i am an unclutterer!)

  • #228229

    Swede
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Are the emails from a book? I get confused when everyone talks about pages and chapters… :S

    Step one is almost done (I’m treating this as a list for the entire year so it’s quite extesive with every little thing I could think of on it). Step two is something I do not need. I make a desicion and it’s OUT. I do have an area in my hallway for donations until the bag is full… so I guess that means step two is done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #228230

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Swede,
    It’s probably because the emails are based on some of tasks and ideas laid out in the ‘8 step Home Cure’ book regarding cleaning and decluttering so that’s why some posters are referring to pages and chapters.

  • #228231

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 1 – Written my Project List. Didn’t even have to go round the flat to look to see what needs doing, I just know what (still) needs to be done! Have about 5 cleaning/tidying and sorting/decorating tasks for each room.

    Day 2 – Have already got a little out-box in the hall although some of the stuff that gets put in it stays longer than a week like the web-site suggests!

  • #228250

    Netleigh
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I think that I’m not going to make a difference with the January Cure as it’s so soon after doing one, but I expect I will do the flowers and read the prompts just in case I get inspired. However flower wise I am ‘planting’ paperwhite narcissi on pebbles in big glass vases at weekly intervals so I should have a supply of ones coming into flower for the next few weeks.

  • #228255

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 2: I’ve been using a corner of my landing strip as my “outbox” but it gets so messy that it’s distressing… always the first thing I see when I leave home or come back in, and it really bothers me. In fact, fixing my messy landing strip is one of my projects. So even though AT says the outbox is allowed to be messy, I’m going to try to find a more attractive solution for containing my outs. Think I’ll stop by the Container Store today and look for a nice covered basket/box to hang on the inside of the front door now that the wreath has gone to the compost bin.

  • #228256

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Oops, double post. Sorry for the clutter!

  • #228264

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I Made my list.

    My outbox is in the trunk of my car. Out of sight, out of mind works for me and I loop by Goodwill when I feel the urge. Same with returns, library books, etc. They all stay i my car.

  • #228266

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    My list is the same as the last cure, except a bit shorter now:)

    And I already have an outbox (small wicker basket on a shelf) for books, DVDs, other small outs, specifically ones to friends. For larger outs I grab a bag and leave it beside the front door. It seldom lasts there more than a day, since I can’t stand to have things lingering around with their dead energy, clogging up space.

  • #228267

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Oops. DP

  • #228277

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 2 – Outbox “done” (aka, I already have a spot I’ve been using that’s out of the way) and place an item (actually 2) in it.

    However, I just found out a 1-bedroom apartment will be available. I won’t be able to view it til Monday, but since it’s in the same building, I’m somewhat familiar with it’s layout, it’s in a good location. .. . Pretty sure I’ll be taking that. So I need to review my goals/task list for the cure to make sure it’s all transferable to the new apartment! Should be, since I’ve been expecting this.

    Edit – oh, and @bandicoot, thanks for the towel recommendation. I already have a good set of “hair” towels, I just need to replace my giant fluffy bath sheets. I think I found some today, need to go read some reviews and think about color choices (and if I want to CHANGE those color choices when I move.)

  • #228287

    Jennifer
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I haven’t made my list yet, I suspect I will be playing cure ketchup on the weekends, but that’s ok. I already have an Outbox… though I could make it look prettier I think.

  • #228292

    BZB
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I already have an outbox as well. It is the area just inside the door of the closet of doom in our guest room/study.
    I haven’t done the day 1 task of making a list yet – that will need to wait until the weekend.

  • #228312

    Joless
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I started making a list but since I’m not home yet from NY it’s not comprehensive. I keep a running ‘project’ list anyway so I am just adding to that. I don’t have an Outbox but I know where one can live. At the moment I have a series of boxes and bags around the house and I need to get them Out and just have one place for stuff to go.

  • #228317

    whyawhelk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Made my list only a day late, and I have an outbox already, so I’m back up to speed, yay! Now I’m off to move the contents of the outbox to the back of the car, I can hopefully fit in a quick dropoff this afternoon.

  • #228322

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @Ella – let us know what you come up with for a pretty Outbox – from a previous thread (forget which one), I know that several of us have visible outboxes (no hidden place to stash them).

  • #228353

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I just realized a pile of plates, containers and mail on my fridge that go to other people. I have a basket that I can put near the back door for this stuff so it’s not piled up in plain view.

    Isn’t it funny how we don’t even see the clutter sometimes?

  • #228359

    Netleigh
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I will be following this weekend’s suggestions as the house needs me to Hoover round and clean the kitchen floor. My cleaner didn’t come this week as her normal day was New Year’s Day which in my book is not a day when I do cleaning.
    I will also be getting some flowers as the paperwhites are not in bloom yet and I need to retire the Christmas poinsettias which have dropped most of their green leaves now. I don’t have the climatic conditions for them to last more than three weeks in the living room.

  • #228400

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    i have floor cleaning scheduled for later this morning anyway. check!
    green cleaners, check.
    forgot to buy flowers at yesterday’s market, HOWEVER, at tomorrow’s market there is always a guy with the most amazing anthuriums.
    outbox: under control.

    pondering a purchase of a large recycled plastic bucket.
    we have a wicker laundry basket outside, beside the washing machine and that has worked just fine for decades.
    but my husband has taken on a job involving a lot of mud, water and cow poo.
    he stands on the back verandah and strips before going in to shower, and he drops his clothes on the (soon to be tiled) floor out there, rather than infect everything in the laundry basket.
    i want that stuff corralled, particularly as he has enough work clothes for six shifts (3 days) and preferably in something scrubbable and waterproof. i like those big flexible buckets with inclusive handles.

  • #228402

    ninakk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    lucky bandicoot, stripping husband huh… <3

  • #228405

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    lol.
    we are prone to a bit of nudity around here….the climate is conducive and the neighbours cannot see.

  • #228413

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Lol!
    Cleaners are sorted–I make my own, most recently have had success with a homemade citrus enzyme cleaner. It is surprisingly effective and has no nasty smells.

    Flowers tomorrow, if I find some I like. If not, I’ll continue to enjoy the greenery still in from Christmas

    Floors just done thoroughly a couple of days ago, but will do them again

  • #228416

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 3:
    – I’ll pass on buying flowers for now. A couple weeks ago I bought a sweet little orchid that’s thriving nicely. Every morning I mist it and set it on my breakfast table where it gets good morning light, and I get the pleasure of its pretty company.
    – Green cleaners I’ve got a-plenty.
    – Now to put them to use on these grungy floors.
    – Haven’t gone outbox shopping yet, but I will this afternoon.

  • #228419

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I hate and despise mopping floors and always put it off as long as possible. I will get flowers tomorrow, and I already have an assortment of earth-friendly cleaners.

    I’ll work on convincing myself to mop and vacuum tomorrow, too. The sooner that’s done the sooner I can forget about it!

  • #228422

    Netleigh
    Member

    January Home Cure

    bandicoot, glad to hear you have ‘bears or bares’ in your garden. I had to explain this concept to our neighbours when on a hot summer night I undressed into the washing machine after being at the gym, then found some bits that I wanted to pop on the compost and decided to just nip out in the dark at exactly the time they were shutting a side window curtain. Thankfully they understand just how strange we are and I wouldn’t say they were totally conventional either!

  • #228447

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Today was the “fit in some fun and relaxation” portion of this weekend’s tasks – well, after work was, anyway.

    Luckily, I just mopped the floors last weekend, so they are done, but I desperately need to vacuum, and clean out the Roomba so I can use it bi-weekly again. Will do both this weekend, along with hopefully some more purging as I do.

    I WAS going to buy an Orchid, thinking I had finally found a cat-proof place to put it. Only I came home to find the stuff that sits there now, on the floor instead. Seems the cat decided to go exploring, where he’s never gone before. So no orchid (or other flowers) for me, yet. Maybe I’ll print up one of my favorite flower photos, instead.

  • #228459

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Swept and mopped bathroom floor, carried on and scrubbed some tiles and grouting, scrubbed the toilet, wiped down the radiator, washed the skirting boards and cleaned the sink and bath.
    Can you tell that I’m having an exciting week-end!!

  • #228467

    Swede
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Earth friendly cleaners – I already use them so no need for anything here. Fresh flowers – Not my thing at all. I will take care of my plants a bit instead. Vacuuming – Done. Mopping – Ugh… Do I have to??

  • #228473

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Yay, it’s the weekend! I so appreciate that they don’t send anything new over the weekend, I am going to need the whole time to catch up, lol. And that was only a three-day work week too…

    Day 1: Project list: I only added things to my list that impact guests, since we have friends coming over for dinner next weekend and then my parents will be visiting in a couple weeks.

    Living room:
    – Fix table lamp
    – Replace lampshade
    – Hang more stuff on walls
    – clean blue blanket

    Dining room:
    – Tighten table and all chair screws
    – Table centerpiece?

    Kitchen:
    – new grill pan
    – glass recycling location

    Guest bathroom:
    – something decorative on the counter
    – get vitamins off counter

    Study:
    – Fix loveseat pillow stuffing
    – Move stuff on small table
    – Shift bookshelf
    – hang stuff on walls

    Day 2: Outbox – done. It’s on the extra desk in my junk room (that I’m trying to empty out, but at least it’s out of sight mostly).

    Day 3: Weekend stuff…
    – Flowers no, but maybe I will do fruit again and that can be the centerpiece as well.
    – Vacuum and mop: I always do that on Sundays anyway.
    – Green cleaners: already use and am replacing slowly.
    – Use outbox: Probably going to add the book I just finished, and I think I can add some extra winter items (gloves/scarf) since I have more than needed.

  • #228474

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    All right, all right! I mopped the floors and have only two rooms to vacuum (which I detest slightly less than mopping). I got some flowers and I already have the earth-friendly cleansers.

    Done!!!

  • #228475

    whyawhelk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I was doing so well, but it’s the weekend. If they’re going to assume I have time to mop the floors at the weekend when there are four other pairs of feet running around the house, they are sadly mistaken. I will probably have to default on getting any part of the weekend tasks done, I’m afraid.

  • #228489

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    i vacuumed and mopped the whole place yesterday…..it is all so much easier with the new tiles!
    the concrete dust is slowing down so there are less white footprints being tracked around.
    the cats didn’t kill or disembowel one single critter last night AND i closed a couple of doors overnight to limit their entrances and exits overnight and AMAZINGLY i have woken up to a floor almost a clean as i left it.
    no white dust, no red muddy paw prints with teeny gravelly rocks, no rodent guts or smears of blood.
    it is like a habitation fit for humans.

  • #228502

    Mogden
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I have bought myself flowers!! And I have a charming little gerba smiling at me from a vase amongst other blooms. I have plenty of green cleaning supplies but I am running a little behind as my best friend came over this evening for a long long long overdue chat after my late work finish. I’m work free Sunday and Monday so she is coming over tomorrow to help me get stuck into things. She is lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #228513

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Green cleaning supplies – check. I only ever use Method or Swiffer (ok, I suppose Swiffer isn’t entirely green, but they’re so convenient!)

    Floors – mopped a few days ago, so just did a quick sweep and check that off. Moved the big furniture just a few weeks ago, so just did a good vacuum around them and moved the smaller stuff, and PEEP’d in the process.

    Flowers – fail. I had a plan, then the cat put a kibosh on that. Still trying to figure out if there’s somewhere I can put an Orchid plant anyway.

    Outbox – Oh yeah, major use of the outbox. There is a very large and ugly pile sitting on one side of my spare bedroom. Going to have to clean that up and load it into the car later this week.

    Cleaned Roomba – check. Brushes and bin have all been cleared out so it’s ready to run on Monday.

  • #228562

    Nora
    Member

    January Home Cure

    After making my list I realized that it would make most sense to me to work in zones, rather than follow the home cure directly. But I will make sure to have all the missions from the cure done by the end of January.
    For this week: I made a list and I installed an outbox (which is actually an ikea bag). I did not buy flowers because I had run all errands on Friday when the mail finally came in and I didn’t want to go downtown just for some flowers, will do that next week. Does anyone else find that the emails come pretty late during the day?
    This weekend I worked on the entryway. My jackets and coats are decluttered, my shoes are clean and I cleaned the entryway from top to bottom (including mopping). I still need to find a solution for my shoes as they are just sitting in a messy pile on the floor. And I really want to hang a picture up there that greets me when I come home.
    Otherwise I filled my outbox with various things and went through my cookbooks to declutter some.
    Almost forgot the earth friendly cleaners: I started to switch some time ago. I use up what I still have and then restock with earth friendly ones, so I consider that task done.

  • #228586

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Earth-friendly cleaners: I make my own
    flowers: didn’t because there still is so much clutter around as I have been regorganising a few areas and pulling stuff out to rehome. We have greenery in a vase on a high shelf and it looks great. I like flowers on the table but only will buy them when I’ve reclaimed the table.
    floor: had a big mop a few days ago, have vacuumed and swept since, so will do a short sweep and spot mop with the swiffer.

  • #228592

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Nora,
    Yes, I get my email about 4.30pm in Britain.

  • #228596

    Jennifer
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I bought some pretty red and yellow tulips to replace my finished carnations. I vacuumed, but likely won’t get mopped today. Slowly replacing with earth friendly cleaners, though I’m afraid I still use bleach in my world. Outbox officially in the closet now.

  • #228616

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    In place of flowers I have a giant bowl of clementines and limes on the table now. That takes care of the centerpiece issue too, at least for this week!

  • #228623

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    i ended up with an edible display as well.
    piles of lemons and eggplants from the garden.
    it is time to make ratatouille.

  • #228634

    pkilmain
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m still nursing my poinsettia along. It still looks pretty good, so I put off flowers for another week. ๐Ÿ™‚ DH is in charge of mopping, and did the whole house about a week ago when I was gone for a day.

  • #228640

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Not strictly part of the Home Cure but tried to boost the cleaning process by doing 15 mins tidying in each room, even the front entrance. Really wanting to get this place straight after the holiday period!

    As to the fresh flowers, thought I might dig out the hyacinth bulbs from the cupboard and try growing those instead of buying a bunch of flowers. Thought it would be nice to watch them as they grow.

    Will have to mop kitchen and do the thorough hoovering tomorrow.

  • #228657

    BZB
    Member

    January Home Cure

    for flowers, I brought in paperwhites I had started last month, cleaned up the pots and put spanish moss on the dirt to make them look prettier. They are starting to bloom now.

    green cleaners: I make my own all-purpose spray and have plenty of green cleaners for other purposes. I do want to try a shower soap scum remover recipe I saw somewhere on this forum.

    Have not finished making my checklist, but here’s what I have so far:
    Upstairs bathroom:
    rearrange pictures on wall (one got broken)
    wash mini blind
    clean smudges off walls and door
    run kid bathtoys through dishwasher to de-soapscum

    Living Room:
    find a little basket for phone earpiece, I’m sure I have one
    reduce toy encroachment
    reduce stuff stored in foyer table

    Kitchen/Dining area
    wash kitchen mini blind
    reduce stuff stored on front of frisge, top of fridge, and top of cabinets
    reduce plastic containers in cabinet to more manageable number
    get rid of chipped plates

    oh, and I will save mopping the floors for later in the week when I will normally do it anyway.

  • #228666

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    prof clutter, your party sounds lovely.

    bzb, i am envious of your paperwhites….and i have heard others mentioning them here too.
    they simply don’t happen this close to the equator.
    i am consoling myself with frangipani, which are just beginning to blossom now.

  • #228670

    Netleigh
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Prof Clutter, I like the idea of a 12th night party, after the rush before Christmas it could be nice to mark the end of the 12 days.
    Managed to clean floors downstairs and steam mop the kitchen floor yesterday in addition to completing my mending tasks. I’ll whisk round the upstairs floors tonight. I bought a bunch of flowers, bunged the whole bunch unceremoniously into a jug of water and tonight I will distribute them into smaller groups to spread around the house since the decorations came down on saturday night and I still have to dust around.

    Jealous..frangipani!

  • #228696

    Barbs
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @BZB – Here you go:

    In a 24 oz bottle combine:

    1/2 C Hydrogen Peroxide
    1/2 C Isopropyl Alcohol
    6 drops liquid dish detergent
    2 T dishwasher rinse aid (I use wavejet it is organic coconut oil mostly)
    fill with water add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance if desired.
    shake and mist shower/tub area after every use.

    It works great and it is cheap and easy to make.

  • #228723

    BZB
    Member

    January Home Cure

    thanks for the recipe, Barbs! that’s the one I was thinking of!

  • #228729

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Sat for 10 mins in dh’s hobby chair in the Living Room.
    What a mess, that’s all I can say. Made a list of quick changes that could be done to improve the surroundings.

  • #228731

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m having a hard time with the sitting somewhere bit. Maybe I will do it tomorrow.

  • #228736

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m having a hard time with this one, too. I live in a tiny house and I’ve already looked everywhere from every angle — one mess after another.

  • #228746

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    i am going to sit in my office, but not at the desk.
    it isn’t a large room. it has a LOT of doorway and window in it.
    and yet it contains the office, the clothes, the linen, a substantial filing cabinet, a bar fridge, a stack of framed art (some of those are going), the remaining cds and dvds, seven years of paperwork as requured by the tax office, my work library.

    i am going to do something RIGHT NOW.
    the work library can now live with the other books….there is room!
    that frees up three shelves that i will need for my new business-related printing.

  • #228749

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    done.
    a twenty five minute job that i have been meaning to do for months.
    bonus: a bit more concrete dust has gone for ever.

  • #228757

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    DH and I share an office so I sat in his chair for a different perspective. My side looks good compared to his.

    My items I have on ebay, which have no bids, are going to Goodwill if they don’t sell. That will get a set of china and 2 pairs of shoes out of there. We need to paint and get the work-out thing out of there. Also, organize the card tangle.

  • #228771

    BZB
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I will do a different version of the 10 min sitting in a room that needs change. I will take a photo from different angles and hopefully can get a more objective idea of what I should change. Otherwise I get too overwhelmed in that room (guest room/study)

  • #228794

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    ok, i did the sit-and-look in the office, as planned.
    it spurred me to action, just as the thought of the impending three day MIL visit spurred me to action.
    i made vast strides in there today and now i reckon i can finish the rest off tomorrow morning.
    a veritable frenzy of laundering and wiping and dusting.

  • #228819

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    first of two BEFORE; my living room coffee table and one of the bird cage stands; side view

  • #228820

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    second of two BEFORE; my living room coffee table and one of the bird cage stands; front view

    what a mess . . . . sigh . . . .

  • #228831

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    First of two AFTER of the coffee table and cage stand; I do a lot of work and watch TV and play with the birds at this table, so it’s a continuing effort to keep things clear. Not much to be done with the cage stand; birdie supplies are all arranged for my convenience — but at least I got a lot of feathers and dust vacuumed up.

  • #228833

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Second of two AFTER of the coffee table and cage stand; I do a lot of work and watch TV and play with the birds at this table, so it’s a continuing effort to keep things clear. Not much to be done with the cage stand; birdie supplies are all arranged for my convenience — but at least I got a lot of feathers and dust vacuumed up.

    My project for the day is DONE! Yea!

  • #228834

    liag
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Bravo, mdfloyd!

  • #228848

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    mdfloyd, that is terrific!

  • #228857

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Thank you, thank you! (bowing deeply)

    Now I’ll let my green parrot out to destroy her toys and make a mess!!!

  • #228873

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Good job, mdfloyd!

    Has anyone done Day 5’s (today’s) cure assignment yet… that is, have you chosen your project for the month and taken before photos? My January project will be my hallway, which continues to be a huge problem of clutter and clogged-up flow no matter how many times I’ve tried to fix it. It will take all month, I’m sure, to overhaul the landing strip, overhaul the coat rack, buy and situate a useful outbox, cover up the hideous flooring with nice runners, tone down the glaring ceiling lights, and a myriad of other little things that irritate me endlessly.

    I’ve been using the hallway as a catch-all space for parking stuff out of the way from the main room, but it frequently verges on impassable. I’m not sure if this comes from bad habit, bad organizing, or bad housekeeping. Some of each, I suspect. Now I’ll go take my before photos and hope for some insights.

  • #228879

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Um, I just did today’s Cure, complete with pictures — a project that didn’t take a few hours but did make a noticeable difference.

  • #228880

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I guess I misunderstood the assignment for today? I thought we were supposed to select a big project to work on in bits over the course of the month? Well, in any case, that’s what I’ll do with my hallway. Congratz again on your good work, mdfloyd!

  • #228887

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    i am going to pass on day five.
    the biggest things to do around here require a builder and a tiler and they are both booked, but flexi-timing me….ie out of my control.
    nothing here needs bit by bit fixing over the course of a month….it is all pretty much either already wrestled into shape OR is waiting on tradesmen.

    the absolute worst area right now is the laundry, which is outside.
    it will take less than an hour to completely clean, tidy and organise it, and it isn’t worth photographing.

  • #228897

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    My months project might be a mix of 3 areas for a bit of quick impact;

    Living Room-
    When I sat in dh’s chair for 10 mins yesterday, it looked a right tip in that corner so I made a list of small tasks that I could do to improve the area such as clearing surfaces etc.

    DS’s Room-
    Put up new curtains that I’ve bought.
    Could really do with painting again but that’ll be for another time I think.

    Bathroom-
    Glue that dratted wallpaper in the corner AGAIN for the umpteenth time. Dh had threatened to tile that piece of wall but I don’t think that is going to happen any time soon.
    Buy some Anti-Damp paint and re-paint the ceiling AGAIN for the umpteenth time.
    Bit of a pattern (deja vu) happening here.

    Anyway, these should help to make a bit of a more pleasant environment this month.

  • #228918

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I made some good progress on the hallway project today:
    – Took the before photos
    – Washed and folded and put away laundry, thus reducing the piles by half so far
    – Finally got an outbox! A basket to conceal my ugly outs and tote them away. I found exactly the multi-tasker I wanted at L’Occitane: a roomy French market basket. Also got a big faux chrome Command hook to hang it on the inside of the front door. That solves another hallway problem: the basket covers up the peephole which, at night, lets in a laser-sharp beam of light from the outer hall and pierces me right in the eye whenever I get up in the dark. Not any more!

  • #228919

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    that basket has already paid for itself!

  • #228940

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Excellent work and solutions, Ella!

  • #228943

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Ha! I’ve got two pictures that need to be hung, so that’s easily taken care of!

  • #228950

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I have not done the sitting yet, but does anyone else think that it might have been good to have that step before the projects list step?

    The project I chose is my living room stuff, collectively since they’re all quite small.

    Artwork… it just occurred to me that I do have something that needs framing and definitely lots of things to be hung! Will have to look into that when I get home tonight.

  • #228953

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Prof: I assume all these are not on one wall, right?

    If they were my objects I’d get rid of a bunch, but they’re not my objects.

    I’d make a list of the ones, in order, that you really look at whenever you’re in that room. Get rid of the ones that are so old (to you) that you don’t really see them anymore. For example, do you still pause a millisecond and read the quotes? Do the quotes still give you the inspiration you need, or are they old hat now?

    Are the diplomas in your office/study? If not, I’d either put them in your office or study, or file them.

    What does the map mean to you? What about that thingie over the door?

    If they do NOT serve your higher best self, you don’t need ’em anymore.

    I’d also take pictures of your old greeting cards and toss them.

    But that’s just me.

    For myself, my hallway has a bunch of photographs and occasionally I’ll stop at study them to be sure they still “speak” to me. I think there’s at least one, maybe two or three, I’ve internalized and no longer need to keep.

  • #228954

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Wow, @Prof. Clutter – it is hard to say! Because it really depends on which items are most meaningful/useful to you. I would look at each item and say, “would I purchase that today and hang it on my wall today if I were to redecorate my home?” In fact, ideally, you would remove EVERYTHING and then start from scratch deciding what to hang and where to hang it (except that removing everything might involve too much hassle/drilling/etc. to be feasible – hard to say).

    If you are asking about specific items, I would definitely keep the front door pegs to hang coats and sweaters – those are almost always useful. I think I might also keep the Madonna tapestry, simply because based on your description it sounds like it is a statement piece that you have incorporated into your life (you decorated it for Christmas, etc.). Sounds like the metal scroll that holds cards and the ribbon that holds cards serve more-or-less the same purpose? So maybe those can be combined somehow. Good luck!

  • #228957

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @Prof – lately I’ve been a big fan of the “nuclear” option – take them ALL down, put your very favorites back up in the best places, then see what remains and what of those fits in the remaining spaces. But then, I’ve been on a pretty serious purging kick, so that may be more work than you want to do.

    Running a little behind here.

    Day 4 – I sat at my little dining table, which I rarely use, for 10 minutes for breakfast the other day. From that view, I realized I’m really happy with the current living room layout, I just need to do a little more curating on some shelves. Also realized I’m not very happy with the dining table, it’s an awkward height. But it was a housewarming gift, one of the few things that has “keeper guilt” attached to it.

    Day 5 – Select a project. I looked at my list, and most of them are better to wait til after I move (hopefully to the apartment I’m viewing today. . . ) so I decided the jewelry cabinet was a good idea. Currently my jewelry is stuffed in boxes in the closet, under the sink, in the medicine cabinet. . . . and it’s a mix of keepsakes I’d never wear, costume stuff I’d never wear, and things I’d wear if I remembered I had them. Since my apartment has built-in medicine cabinets that I barely use, I’ve decided that with some magnetic hooks added one of them would make a very nice jewelry cabinet. So over the next month, I need to sort through my jewelry, store what’s truly worth keeping for “keepsakes” (mostly from my Grandma,) donate what I don’t like, and organize what’s left. The visual impact will be in either me wearing jewelry again, or realizing I don’t wear jewelry and getting rid of most of it. Either way, I won’t have that particular elephant in the closet anymore.

    Day 6 – I inadvertently started this last night, actually. I’ve been playing with a few of my favorite photos for printing, last night I sent one off to the Costco photo lab to do a 20×30 posterboard print of it. It should be ready for pick-up tomorrow, and if I picked the right option it should be ready to hang.

  • #228974

    Swede
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 4 – Sit in a new place: I live in a studio apt. There is nowhere “new” to sit. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Day 5 – Select a project: I will be ambitious and aim for all of them! They are all smallish to medium/small projects and since I am unemployed (prob haven’t mentioned that my job moved to Cardiff without me last month) I do have time to tackle … well, everything. I’m pretty sure I won’t get all of them done but aiming for all means I do a few every day and I’m not gonna beat myself up if I don’t actually do *all* of them.

    Day 6 – All my artwork is framed already! I have ordered a new print from one of my fav artists (Audrey Kawasaki) that was shipped from the US today so I will make sure to get a nice frame for it once it arrives. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #228977

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    prof clutter…i’d only keep the hooks. but i do like lots of clear space ๐Ÿ™‚
    when it comes to wall art, my policy is go big or go home.
    i like a single statement piece OR a bunch of small pieces arranged coherently together. i have never done the latter myself, but i think it looks fabulous.
    as others have suggested, perhaps it is time to remove everything, clean the pieces, clean the walls if needed, then think about what really delights you, and yes, put the favourites back in the premium spots.
    or perhaps see if a bunch of things can be arranged to make a large feature?

    during the cleaning of concrete dust last week, i came across a veritable stack of framed art.
    some needs a new home and. will have to smuggle it out past my husband.
    but there is one adorable large old sepia print of “cupid asleep” in a divine old diamond-shaped wooden frame.
    i cleaned and polished the frame, but cupid has mould beneath the glass (not on the picture, thank goodness) and is suffering from an old homemade mat made of timber.
    i will drop the whole thing off to the framer today, and i have a spot to hang it…overlooking the bathtub in the bedroom.

  • #228980

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Doh! I just accepted the apartment I viewed today, and I don’t think it had the same cabinet I planned to use. So I guess I’ll be updating my goal – either do something else with the jewelry, or pick a different project. “Move” would probably be an acceptable project. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • #228982

    January Home Cure

    Prof. Clutter: I have a lot of framed stuff on my walls and, if DH had his way, there would be even more. I think the key (as Bandicoot suggested) is to have it coordinated — ie, framed in a similar way. I just counted the stuff in our hallway, which is 17 feet long x 3 1/2 feet wide. There are 17 framed prints, two crosses (gifts) a plaster decorative thing over one door, a little ceramic plaque over my office door giving the address a 221b, a wall sconce and the doorbell box. It sounds like too much, but I think it looks great. These are vintage etchings I have collected over the years of places I have lived and visited — they are all framed in brown wood, matted in off white, and are all together in once place. We added the chair rail and painted the lower part Khaki about 12 years ago — I think this also helps tie it together and makes things look less “floaty.” Here’s a photo:

    As to your situation, a couple of suggestions:
    (1) When you have a permanent office, hanging diplomas is probably a sensible idea. Unless you get some joy from looking at them, I wouldn’t bother hanging them in the apartment. You know you have the degrees.
    (2) Would it work for you to rotate your favorite authors? Maybe if you made a ritual of swapping out the picture on the first of every month you would appreciate each one more.
    (3) I’m personally not a fan of photo montages — I find them too chaotic. Would it make sense to disassemble the montage and put the photos in an album? Or scan them and make them into a screen saver?

  • #228984

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    susan, where is the like button for your hallway?
    LIKE LIKE LIKE!!

  • #228988

    Barbs
    Member

    January Home Cure

    yes Sherlock I like it too!

  • #228989

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    LIKE!! Beautiful hallway Susan, everything about it! I love the colors, the wainscoting, the warm tile floor, the carpet runner, and all bathed in soft lovely light.

    I’ll have to pass on framing some artwork for Day 6. I’ve got scads of framed pieces in storage, and a sufficient number already hanging on my limited wall space. Among my stored pieces are several framed awards from my book designing career. I think I’d like to ditch the frames and put the awards into an album, another project to add to my list.

    For today, though, I’ll work on my hallway some more, accompanied by pangs of envy over Susan’s.

  • #228990

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Meglet: I’d say “Move” definitely trumps all other Home Cure projects. Congratulations!

  • #228993

    happymonkey
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’ve seen Susan’s hallway and it is even lovelier in person!

    Prof. Clutter, I’ve been in your situation and I had to take everything off the walls in order to get some perspective. It really does make you re-think things when you’re looking at the bare walls and imagining how you want them to look.

    Meglet, glad you got the apartment! I think packing just moved up to #1 on your list!

  • #228999

    Nora
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Today I painted a shelf in the kitchen white to match the rest, and got myself a nice lamp for the kitchen (there wasn’t one before, I had just the ceiling light from my studio apartment and that isn’t very bright). Just those two things alone make a tremendous difference in how my kitchen looks. I then started to declutter, rearrange and deep clean the kitchen. Still quite some work ahead, but I got started and I’m sure I will be able to finish it this week.
    For today’s project: I got myself a frame (since I was at ikea anyways) and I want to get some nice gift wrap that I want to put in there, since I need to brighten up my entryway (looks so sad). Maybe I’ll cut the letters for “home” out of some scrapbooking paper and put them on the gift paper – depends on what I find.

    @Meglet: “move” is an awesome project!
    @Susan: I really like your entryway. You had lots of good ideas for it.

  • #229006

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Susan — great hall!

    Meglet — congratulations on the apartment!!!

  • #229007

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @Susan, that is a beautiful hallway! I love the way you’ve spaced and hung the items, that’s always the hardest part for me.

    Thanks all for the encouragement! I’m still waffling between “YAY!” and “OMG WHAT AM I THINKING???”

    Checked with the office, there should be a metal cabinet in the bathroom I just wasn’t paying attention.

    However, based on the date they want me to move (transferring apartments within the same building) “move” is definitely now my new project – officially termed “Pack and Purge.” They want me to move in 4 weeks, and the bedroom & closet of the new apartment is a LOT smaller than I was hoping, which means less storage space than I was hoping for.

    After starting my moving calendar this afternoon, working backwards from the move date, I decided to save myself some stress and booked my favorite movers for the morning of the Saturday the apartment people suggested. Feels kind of silly, as I’m just going one flight down and 4 doors over, but I cant’ exactly move a fridge by myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #229008

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Meglet: Don’t forget to book yourself a massage that Saturday after the move is done. You’ll need it!

    The fates are conspiring against me and the hallway runner/rug idea. Twice now I’ve found runners I love for a great price, then gone back to purchase but everything was already sold out. Happened again today at Crate&Barrel, drat! So I must face the inevitable: clean up the hallway *before* bringing in any new stuff to decorate it.

  • #229009

    January Home Cure

    Meglet: this is exciting! You are taking a very organized approach to this and it will pay off.
    Thanks for the hallway compliments ๐Ÿ™‚

    Although I’m not really participating in the January home cure I am getting good ideas from it — I have a print I need to have framed and I’ve added to my project list to paint the doors to the master bedroom, hall bath and foyer closet. They are builder grade” luaun hollow core doors and would look better painted.

  • #229013

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Susan, very nice!

  • #229035

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    clearly i am responding well to some gentle direction.
    i did what i was told today.
    i took my photograph and frame over to the next town, conferred with the framer and left it all with him.
    when i collect it, i plan to drop off another four for a frame update and that will be all the art taken care of.
    it feels ridiculously good to have crossed such a simple thing off the list. and it was’t an expensive fix….i only needed the mat.

  • #229079

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    For Day 7’s assignment I’ll plan a little tea-for-two party. Can’t fit more than one guest into this tiny space. But I’m not going to spend my time fooling around with designing an e-invitation, I think a handwritten note is nicer anyway.

    Instead I’ll spend that time today working on the hallway project, by clearing out more laundry. Whenever the Cure has an assignment that doesn’t fit my situation, I’ll just keep chipping away at the hallway. Yesterday instead framing artwork, I took a big heavy bag of 17 books and audiobooks back to the library, thus clearing out that space by the door.

  • #229092

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    day seven: plan a get-together in early february and send out invitations.

    i see a mid-week morning tea coming up…provided the tilers haven’t returned.
    i have a wonderful scone recipe and a lot of very fresh walnuts….karithopita!

  • #229116

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I forgot to hang up my pictures yesterday and I probably won’t invite folks over — some of the folks I would invite over know about the January Cure and may or may not be trying it out themselves (we haven’t checked in yet).

    BUT I’ve spent several hours sorting and organizing my beads and tools — I’m still not finished but I’ve gotten so much done I go right to whatever color, style, and design I want without searching and sorting and wading through big bags and little bags and strings of beads and tiny individual beads and half of a clasp and so on. I just happened to stumble across the CraftMates lock-tite organizers, which are turning out to be the answer to every beader’s prayer (no, I don’t work for ’em).

    I also threw out a bunch of broken pieces and kinked wire and so forth, so I’m in great shape beading-wise.

    Back to the Cure tomorrow!!!

  • #229117

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Well, I have friends coming over on Saturday and my parents staying for several days in 2 weeks, so they will be my guests. Not quite what they were aiming for but oh well!

    I do have to do a couple things to make it presentable by Sat. night, so I’d better get on that. Fortunately I’ve been keeping up with everything pretty well lately so it’s not a huge task.

  • #229173

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    The weekends chores are heavy duty. I just did my fridge and cabinets but need to clean out the toaster and clean the oven. The one job I dread the most. It is self cleaning but the fumes and heat scare me so I think I will scrub it myself.

    Any tips on cleaning an electric oven?

  • #229175

    pkilmain
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Ah, DH just cleaned our oven before Christmas. But my toaster is need of a good cleaning as well.

    Sky – our oven is self-cleaning as well, and when I do use that feature (which works best if you use it more often so the oven isn’t too dirty) I always stay nearby to be sure nothing dangerous is happening. Of course, since ours is gas, I would have to run outside and turn off the gas…. Fortunately most of what I bake doesn’t spill over.

  • #229176

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’ve been rethinking the invitation thing.

    Today I cleaned out all the kitchen drawers; not that many, but still . . . .

    It’s amazing — I had no idea I had 14 cookie cutters or three packs of ancient fancy paper napkins or a half-filled box of birthday candles most of which were broken, or . . . .

  • #229179

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    our kitchen is the most-used room, and it is in good shape already….particularly after the post-tiling clean up.
    the fridge is already stacked full of freshly made food, so i won’t be cooking anything new this weekend…we have ratatouille, grilled peppers, soup, mayonnaise, roasted stonefruits, vegetable juice galore.

    however, the entire place needs to be vacuumed and mopped again.

  • #229200

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    reading everybody’s accounts and writing up my own seems to be very helpful.
    admittedly, i had already done a lot of unscheduled deep-cleaning in late december, but there are still Pockets of Insanity.
    between peter walsh and the home cure, i feel confident that all will be sorted by the end of january without much pushing from me….so i have let a lot of pressure and stress go.

  • #229210

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @Ella, yes I’ll definitely be booking a massage – actually for the day after the movers. My movers are SO AWESOME that I expect they’ll be done by noon or 1pm, giving me the rest of the day to beat the new place into shape a little bit so it’s peaceful enough to come home from a massage and be relaxing. I hope.

    Kitchen chores, let’s see – fridge is cleaned out, counters got an unexpected deep scrubbing last weekend (good enough to last til the move, anyway) and I’m not going to re-line these shelves since I’ll be moving in 4 weeks! I’ll do some sorting as I cook and pack the next few days, too.

    As for the cooking – I’m still debating between trying a new parmesan chicken recipe I found, or making the beef stroganoff I’ve been meaning to make for 2 weeks now – need to do that before the sour cream expires!

    Looks like I’m close enough to be comfortable calling this weekends task taken care of, which is good since I’ll be out of town most of the weekend anyway.

  • #229233

    BZB
    Member

    January Home Cure

    ooof! The weekend kitchen cleaning project is too much for me – I’ll see what I can get done. We are in the midst of potty training the kiddo this weekend so most of my attention will be on that project instead….

  • #229237

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I will be cleaning my kitchen a little more in preparation for cooking and guests tonight, but other than that I’m in good shape. I made a place for glass recycling under the sink, which was one of my projects. I need to organize the pantry but I’m really not ready to buy anything for that, so I’ll probably put it off for a while. It’s not in a terrible state anyway.

  • #229277

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I broke down and turned on the self cleaning oven cycle. Boy, it stinks but I know it will be super clean. The rest of my kitchen is clean and the pantry was just done so I think I’m good to go on this one.

  • #229294

    Nora
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Argh, I decided to pull the bookshelf which is my pantry off the wall in order to see if there is any dust behind it just to discover that I apparently have a mold problem.
    So, I’ll put off cleaning the pantry since the backside of it is completely moldy and I guess there is no other solution than getting rid of it and buying a new one (and treating the wall behind it). I didn’t budget and plan for that one. But I’m glad I discovered it now when I can do something about it rather than in a year when it would’ve been REALLY bad (and maybe even affected my health).
    My big project for January therefore changed to “treat moldy wall and find a replacement for pantry”. In the meanwhile I will use up as much food as possible from my pantry, so that I might get a smaller bookshelf.
    I will finish cleaning what I can in the kitchen. My fridge and freezer will have to wait until later in the month when both are emptier. So basically all that is left is my tiny counter and the cupboard under the sink.
    The improvements I had done earlier this week in the kitchen are really paying off. Just two little things (painting a shelf white and adding a light) did so much for my tiny kitchen, I can’t believe i haven’t done that earlier.

  • #229301

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Sounds like a good plan, Nora. I too am seeing great payoffs with what little I’ve done so far. It’s such a nice feeling to sit on my couch and see my coffee table clear (mostly) and to open my kitchen drawers and see them clean and organized, with no errant bits of dust or crumbs or clutter.

  • #229305

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    catching up on the cure!

    day 6 is artwork–don’t have any to put up, and have so little wall space I don’t want any more than what we’ve got.

    day 7 is the invitation. I don’t plan to do this.

    day 8: kitchen: cleaned the counters, table, and backsplash. Gave the butcherblock counter and wooden table a rub with spoon butter. I make my own enzyme cleaner so I washed the floor and wiped surfaces with that. Small appliances got a wipe-down. The oven is clean, so I don’t need to do that.

    The fridge does need a thorough clean inside but I need hours to defrost the freezer. I give it regular quick wipes so it’s not terrible.

    we already have fresh flowers so I didn’t buy more

    we cook at home most evenings so I ignore that too.

    an FYI–
    a couple of months ago I scrubbed off the sticky yellow grime from underneath the cupboard above the hotplate. Since there is no exhaust fans here simply wiping with a cleaner doesn’t work at all. Scrubby sponges don’t even begin to take it off. It was a big job. Then, I had the inspiration to wipe the underside with a slick of mineral oil. I have to say, it is genius. Everything just wipes right off and the grime can’t stick. Now I wipe it with a clean dishcloth, buff it dry, and today again I gave it another light coating of mineral oil. It works beautifully.

  • #229319

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    One of my small projects was cleaning out the wall rack beside my washer and dryer. Why, oh why was I keeping empty boses? Did I think the laundry fairy was going to come along and restock everything?

    At any rate, that’s done. I also hung up a wind chime that’s been in a basket for over a year.

    Now I’m going to reward myself and make some earrings and maybe eat some ice cream and, as always, play with my parrots!

  • #229331

    Swede
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 7 – Invitation. Will not be doing this. Had a friend over today though, so I can pretend that was it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Day 8 – Kitchen. Will have to do the rest tomorrow. Only vacuum + mop the floor and clean the stove top left though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #229374

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 8 – Weekend Kitchen cleaning tasks
    Did a quick clean today, didn’t manage to do anything over the week-end as I ended up sorting the cupboard in the hall instead!, plus the kids had a party to go to and then dd decided to do some baking yesterday. (Yes, spent a while this morning clearing it up!)
    I still have to mop the darned kitchen floor!

    Today’s task is to create a Landing Strip, I’ve pretty much got that covered but shall have another look at the instructions to see if it can be improved.

  • #229377

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Game night on Saturday was a success – we had fun, they liked the food we cooked, and they were very complimentary about what we’d done with the place. Not so much the Cure stuff as just generally getting it set up (she had been over briefly just after we moved in when there were still boxes everywhere).

    Landing strip, I’m not sure what I can do. My system right now is mostly to just remain vigilant about putting everything away as soon as possible. The issue is that our front door opens right into the living room on one side and the dining room on the other. We do have a coat rack and a couple bowls on a side table that’s just inside the door, but there’s no room beyond that. I will have to think it over some more.

  • #229378

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Landing strip already in order: coat & shoe racks by the front door, keys for DH and me on command strips on the inside of the door, small bench for our bags

  • #229380

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    landing strip assignment:
    we have hooks for our keys and a basket for an umbrella and shopping bags and things to be returned.
    mail sorting happens at the desk and sometimes in the car on the way back from the post office.
    i am ticking this one off the list.

    jlw, we don’t have a hallway or entrance portico either.
    and we both tend to enter and exit the house by different doors. just to complicate things. i like the kitchen door, DH prefers the bedroom door or the living room doors which actually open onto the back verandah.

  • #229383

    Nora
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I got two smaller projects done today – framed a piece of fabric and hung it up in the entryway, and I got a nice (discounted) scarf to hold back the curtain leading to my sleeping corner, and I re-hung the curtain.

    Landing strip: Since everything that comes into my apartment has its place I see no need for creating a landing strip. I have a place to hang my coat, my key goes right into the lock and my backpack has a hook on the side of my bookshelf. I have no system yet to deal with my mail, but at least it has a place.

    Guess I will spend the remaining evening finding locations to drop off my decluttered items.

  • #229385

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Prof. Clutter, I can identify with the feeble morning brain!
    I usually put everything for the day jammed willynilly into my work bag the night before, and put the bag of kitchen garbage directly in front of the door so I have to pick it up to open the door.
    Thank God for coffee.

  • #229399

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    We don’t really have a landing strip. We enter our house from the garage, the laundry room is left and the kitchen is right. We have a hall tree inside the door where we hang our coats we wear everyday, dog leashes and I keep my walking shoes and yard shoes there. DH leaves his shoes in the garage on a shoe rack he made. I keep my handbag on a hook behind my bedroom door and DH puts the stuff from his pockets in the chest of drawers. All my returns and charity donations stay in my car.

    I cleaned my oven this weekend. My most dreaded job but it looks like new!

  • #229408

    pkilmain
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Our landing strip is the top of the freezer! We enter our use diretly into a room we added on about 5 years ago. It could be called a den (there’s a couch an a table with a lamp) or an entry (there’s a good sized coat closet with place for shoes, hats, etc.) and then there’s the chest freezer and and 2 sets of stairs, one to main living area, and on the other end of the room, one to the daylight basement (office, sewing room, laundry, utility room, and shop).

    Anyway the freezer provides a place to drop the mail. I pick it up, then sort it as soon as I get in the house, weed out the trash and recycling and put them in their respective places, leave DH’s mail for him and take my own to my desk. Works a treat, as anything left on the freezer is likely to fall behind it if left there.

    I can hang up my coat and keys, leave my boots, and stash my backpack.

  • #229414

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’ve been slacking off the last couple of days. Fortunately, the kitchen is in good shape, all meals are home-cooked, and my orchid is bursting with cheerful yellow blossoms so no need for cut flowers at this time. But the landing strip is a whole nother matter, part of my hallway major overhaul project. This may take a while spread out over a few days, it’s quite a mess.

  • #229416

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @jlw – my front door also opens directly into the living area – in my case a combo living/dining room. What I ended up doing was putting a small floor shelf in the “dead” space behind the door for shoes, with a 4-hook rack above it for hanging coats and bags. Then on the normal wall to the other side of the door, I put a small Expedit shelf for Ikea, the bins are useful for storing and the surface is big enough for a key bowl and to have somewhere to set down my bag and groceries and boxes.

    So, day 8: Landing Strip – I’m ahead of the game in that it’s already done and I use it. But I also need to work on the fact that it tends to expand onto my small dining room table when I bring too much stuff home!

  • #229424

    Swede
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 9: Landing strip: Check! I hang stuff that needs to get to friends/charity from hangers on my coat rack (if I can’t see it it doesn’t exist so this is the only way I actually remember to bring them with me) and I have a tiny shelf where I put my keys and other small things that need to leave the apt with me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Right now it holds my keys, my brothers keys (as he is on holidays and I will take care of his plants) and some jewellery that I’m leaving at my brothers place for his gf. I also empty my pockets there of receipts and stuff that should stay in the apt, but I clear it almost daily so all good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #229425

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    i collected my re-mounted de-moulded picture from the framer today and it is just beautiful.
    and i am inspired to get some other things re-framed and cleaned up.

  • #229435

    liag
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Isn’t it amazing how inspiring it is ONCE YOU GET STARTED?

  • #229466

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    ooh, do tell, Secret Squirrel!

    I think one of my projects was to paint the bathroom ceiling yet again to cover the mildew/mould showing through. Bought some anti-damp paint and cleaned the worst of the marks off yesterday. (Not very exciting!)

  • #229489

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @Secret Squirrel – LOL, now that you mention it, yes!

    Project “Pack and Purge” for today’s assigment- finally finished clearing off the 3 bookcases to get rid of, moved the donation pile near the door to load up tomorrow (and added some more things to it,) then moved a bunch of stuff around in the spare room to roll up the area rug so it’s ready for moving day. Moved all the stuff around again so it’s stacked in a semi-tolerable order, and cleared out the corner where I plan to stack all the packed boxes. Then packed a box (of picture frames) so I can finally feel like I’ve “started packing.” Will start packing in earnest on Sunday, after I pick up my moving boxes from my dad’s on Saturday.

  • #229494

    irishbell
    Member

    January Home Cure

    ss- lol : )
    Surely we are not so high-brow as to not appreciate a double entendre!

  • #229566

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    media fast, hmmm.
    i read stuff on flipboard and only turn on the tv to watch specific shows or a dvd.
    i don’t listen to the radio and i don’t get a newspaper….on the weekends i might share the australian. but not every weekend.
    i think my media intake is quite restrained already.

  • #229570

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I admire your restraint, Bandicoot! I’m so bad I’ll probably have to schedule a media fast day, beginning with turning off my alarm clock radio. Maybe Sunday.

  • #229571

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day 11: Media Fast

    This one’s easy for me:
    “Today’s Assignment: It’s simple in concept but can be tough in the execution.
    This evening (or whenever your main block of “home time” is) take a break from television, computer, tablet and cell or smart phone.”

    I have no problem taking time off from all electronic screens for this one evening.
    In fact, I have a pile of new magazines to catch up with while I run a load of laundry. Looking forward to it.

  • #229572

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I thought it was an entire day! I often do a full morning or evening media fast.

  • #229573

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Hmm… there’s nothing in today’s assignment that says a whole day, but just “this evening.” I imagine there are an awful lot of people who can’t unplug at all ever.
    So this one-evening challenge might be utterly impossible for them… or else a revelation!

  • #229584

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Media fast – well, I was planning to put the phone on silent and the computer to sleep and read a book or something instead of watching TV. Then work paged me and I spent the better part of the evening fixing servers, which required computer use. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Tomorrow I have plans that will either result in a media fast (except for music) or result in me spending hours at the PC working on my photography, not sure yet. Friday is TV night, but Saturday might be crash night since I’ll be spending all day driving. Otherwise, might have to do this fast on “catch up day” later in the month.

  • #229593

    Swede
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Media fast – My intake is quite restrained as well so I think I’m good. Don’t have a TV, not glued to my phone, not glued to my computer… Will however go for a nice walk in the snow today (and cheat with some streamed music in my ears) and when I get home I will read my book for a while (no cheats). ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #229604

    Joless
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Urge, I don’t think I could manage ๐Ÿ™‚ I was thinking just the other day how next Christmas it would be lovely to rent a tiny remote cottage with a fire and hide out there, but I realised I would require broadband! I am definitely addicted. My GF and I have to remind each other to actually watch tv rather than fiddling with other stuff at the same time.

  • #229606

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    we sometimes have to have an ipad handy while watching movies, because i looove recognising obscure actors, then trying to guess what bit part we saw them in last.
    and often resort to google and imdb!

  • #229609

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m one of those people who has a hard time unplugging. I do like to read a good book, and when it is warmer outside, I love long walks. Or combining the two – long walk plus good book.

    But I also:

    a) tend to catch up on work projects, all of which require a computer, from home – and this is usually non-negotiable. i.e., get the work done or else
    b) enjoy browsing the internet
    c) like to have radio (NPR) or TV on in the background when I am cleaning or paying bills or whatever else

    I do yoga, but I actually like watching a DVD class to help guide my yoga practice and remind me of form, so even that has a screen involved!

  • #229613

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I skipped the media fast. I understand the point but I don’t feel it’s a problem for me. I will keep it in mind in the future though. (And I really don’t think reading a book is at all in the same category!)

    Day 12 is declutter books and media – which we are well underway on already. I will look at our DVDs again since I know there are a couple we had considered selling. Books are in progress; we have 2 shelves of the linen closet (yes, I know that’s weird) full of books we’ll be selling after reading again. However, I might poke through there and decide on some that I don’t feel like reading again after all – sometimes I change my mind. Considering the number of books we started with and the ones we’ve gotten rid of so far, I feel just fine about taking it slow with the rest.

    I will also choose several recipes from a cookbook I’m unsure about so we can try those soon. If the dishes turn out to be excellent, I’ll keep the book, otherwise it can go too.

    My parents are arriving next Wed. night so I am on the clock to get everything ready for them! Fortunately I’ve been keeping up on most things so there’s no major disasters that need cleaning up. Except maybe the pile of dirty dishes.

  • #229617

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Oh, also, I have been asking my husband if he will look through his huge box of old comic books and decide what to do about them. He’s started looking but hasn’t made any decisions yet. If he wants to keep them, we will at least need to get some smaller boxes to replace the one awkwardly shaped and starting to fall apart one. At least we have room on the bookshelves now to hold those.

  • #229623

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Hmmm. Not sure I’m going to do a media fast. We almost never turn on the mini tv (DH watches one show on Sunday night and that is it), I never listen to the radio, I’m seldom on the computer except for work, with the exception of Sunday evenings when DH watches his show. However,I am alllllllways on my iPhone, writing lists, googling, planning my week and to-dos, I check Pinterest, fb, and Unclutterer:)
    I use my commute for fb mostly. I love having insta-reference for any thing I need. Basically, I don’t wanna give it up:)

    Not to mention, I had planned the spend the evening streaming the last few episodes of Dexter.

  • #229625

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Re: books
    I have made a few big culls but mine are pretty much pared down and DH is getting on the bandwagon too. Will do a quick check tonight of the bookshelves

  • #229629

    s
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Bandicoot, we call that use of iPad ‘research’ so it’s Not wasted time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #229634

    s
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Djk, you do all that on your iPhone!?!? No iPad? Wow. Too much resizing for me.

  • #229637

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    All on the phone!
    I don’t find the size a problem, probably just used to it I guess! And my รผber-cool new reading glasses help:)

    DH says I’m an iPhone “power-user” and it’s true. It does everything for me short of plucking my eyebrows.

  • #229638

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    my books/dvds/cds are as culled as i want them at the moment.
    i have had several big purges over the last couple of years and i am content with the levels.
    but i’ll run an eye over them, in the spirit of the cure.
    you never know what you might find.

  • #229644

    pkilmain
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Wow, I only read on my iPhone if I’m forced into waiting somewhere I hadn’t anticipated. If I know I’ll be waiting, I take my iPad. This morning I had to wait on the therapist at PT, but fortunately I was able to have a nice text conversation with my sister. She’s between jobs so availabale more often. Plus new job is only part-time so we should be able to keep in touch better. We’re 4 hours apart in time (3,000 in miles!) so phoning takes coordination, while texting does not.

    Anyway, I had a media fast last night asd I was at a meeting! lol I spend a fair amount of time on the computer and iPad (use it for kindle reading), not so much TV, though I turn it on for the weather in the evening news.

  • #229646

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Maybe it’s the Monk in me, but the messy bookshelves in today’s Apartment Therapy photo are making my skin crawl. I think Maxwell’s 10% empty rule is silly if they can’t keep the other 90% tidy. I’d rather have 100% in order.

  • #229651

    Katt
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Not only are the bookshelves messy, they look overloaded and insubtantial to me. If you bumped into them, it looks like the whole shebang would come crashing down.

    I’m about to do a major cull of my books. My goal is to keep only what I’ve reread and truly love. I have already given parts of my collection away, I just need to keep my end goal in sight and get going. I’ve worked in a major independent bookstore for the last seventeen years, so yeah, I have a crazy amount of books to purge/make decisions about. I’ll start with the low hanging fruit. I do know friends who have sold off their entire collection in one fell swoop, but I think that’s too much for me right now, especially considering there’s a fair amount of change afoot.

  • #229661

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I just finished a MASSIVE book purge in October or so, but I was surprised to find I actually had another box-worth to go out today.

    I cleaned out magazines a few days ago, and today I put the stacks of “maybe” CDs & DVDs into the Outbox.

    Then I sat, and I stared at my bookcases for a while – I’m down to 2 big Ikea Billy bookcases, and I realized if I could get just one more shelf of paperbacks out, I could replace a big Billy with a little Billy, which would work much better in my new apartment in a few weeks. So I looked at the collection of Sci-Fi/Fantasy stuff, and realized it’s ALL available on Kindle, and I haven’t read much if any of it in years. I put all the books I want to keep track of on my “replace with Kindle version” wishlist, then put them all in a box to take to the used bookstore next week.

    And wow, I can NOT believe that my book collection is down to 1 large, and 1 small bookcase, from needing it’s own room full of bookcases a few years ago.

    Now having a mental debate between doing yesterday’s media fast, and watching the 3 TV episodes I’ve been looking forward to all week long.

  • #229663

    Katt
    Member

    January Home Cure

    It’s odd, because I subscribe to Spotify and would have no problem doing a massivve cull of my CD collection. My music listening is mostly all digital, with some live shows mixed in. I don’t listen to them much in the car anymore either.

    But the books are gonna take some time. For one thing, Spotify is $10 a month for a premium subscription. There’s a ton of ebooks around, but what it would cost to replace the dearly best beloved parts of my collection is more than I can afford.

    Meglet, I did think of you as I contemplated this whole process ๐Ÿ™‚ You survived a massive book purge just fine, I’m sure I will too. My nature is to moan and groan a bit, then get to packing.

  • #229665

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    LOL, Katt, the CD collection is the last frontier – I’ve managed to rid myself of a whopping 10 CDs out of 900 or so. But I’m very picky about my music, and don’t do any listening services, and darn it *SOMETHING* must be sacred through this whole process. ๐Ÿ˜€

    As to the book purge, well, I hate to tell you but I still can’t look at photos of people’s beautiful personal libraries. Makes me sad. Which is kind of silly since I’ve done all my reading on Kindle for years now. As for replacements – I had gradually replaced a bunch over the last few years anyway, the rest I just added to a list and as I feel like reading them I’ll buy them. If I never feel like reading them, then I won’t buy them. Cuts down the replacement cost quite a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #229669

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    My bookcase is in good shape. We own 5 movies and our CD’s are in a zip up case in the car.
    Feeling good about this one!

  • #229671

    Swede
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Magazines – Only have one, and when I’ve read it out it goes. Oh, and keeping three others as they have articles and pictures of my brother and my dad.
    Music – Already culled my CD’s, have about 25 left which are my absolute favorites. Digital music… ugh… I’m glad that wasn’t on the list. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Movies – I own 5 DVD’s. One is a DVD box set left behind by my tenant: “How to ignite your masculine sexual fire”!! Lol. Too funny to give away.
    Games – Have four game apps on my phone. They can stay. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Books – I have somewhere between 250-300 books now which is more than I thought I had. Two moving boxes full. But the majority are books I haven’t read yet, so I am doing this bit by bit. I’m trying to read books I know I won’t want to keep and have gotten rid of about 25% in 2012. Will keep at it during 2013, aiming for one book a week.

  • #229672

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Moving ahead with my hallway project… I bought a very nice, very sturdy over-door coat rack with enough hooks for guest coats. Looks good!

    The landing strip got a major overhaul two days ago, and the new arrangement seems to be working well. However, I’ve said that every time I’ve overhauled the landing strip (five times by now, I think), so we shall see…

  • #229700

    s
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Ella, I love those over door racks with hooks. Soooo useful.

  • #229727

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Here’s the new coat rack in the entry hallway, on the outside of the bathroom door:

  • #229728

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    And here’s a broader view of the newly rearranged landing strip. I used to have a huge wooden bowl there, heaped with all kinds of stuff in a messy jumble. Now it’s simply an antique toy wagon holding only sunglasses, card case, and filofax. Keys and alternate glasses are in the hanging wall basket/hook. Two top drawers of the cabinet hold maps, coupons, makeup bag, tissues, mints, and other stuff I can easily grab and drop in my purse or pocket. The painting on the left covers up the ugly electrical switch box.

  • #229730

    pkilmain
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Very nice Ella!

  • #229731

    luxcat
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I have not been participating in this challenge but have been happily lurking looking at others’ progress. Nice work Ella!

  • #229738

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    ella…nice rack!
    (couldn’t resist).
    no seriously, the hallway is looking amazingly organised and clutter-free.

  • #229741

    vjb
    Member

    January Home Cure

    bandicoot โ€“ LOL!

    ella – your hall looks beautiful!

    For my landing strip, I need to pull down my temporary 3M hooks, haul out the stud-finder and drill and put up the beautiful new ‘trook hooks’ I bought… I find drilling holes in walls so daunting though.

    I’m going to try to focus on how great it’ll be when the new hooks are up: my hat won’t fall off all the time!

  • #229757

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I haven’t kept up with the cure at all (didn’t really expect to – but I couldn’t resist signing up for the e-mails), but after several trips out of town this month, my house is back to being a messy wreck (DH was around, but he has been busy as well, and he also just isn’t as bothered by that sort of thing as I am).

    So I think today is another major “deep clean” day, and I think I will use the Cure as guidance along the way!

  • #229762

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Day ’13’ Week-end Task

    Bedroom Clean

    Basically, Put all stuff away that should be put away,
    Clean mirrors and windows,
    Declutter and dust all surfaces,
    Give the room a good vacuuming,
    Vacuum out the closet,
    Launder the bed linens, covers etc, flip mattress.

    Think it’ll take me more than a week-end to do this one, I’m glad there’s a catch-up day built into this month’s cure, just hope Peter Walsh does one as well!!

  • #229784

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    i will be polishing timber furniture, shaking a rug out, and re-hanging clothes, later.
    this morning i vacuumed and mopped; yesterday was bed linen.

  • #229821

    BZB
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I got partially caught up on the home cure yesterday. Did a deep clean of kitchen counters, cleared magnets and kid art off fridge and scrubbed it inside and outside, cleaned inside of oven (not perfect but good enough for now), mopped kitchen floor. For bedroom, did a thorough vacuum including the corners and edges, dusted baseboards, cleaned under nightstands and dresser and bed, flipped mattress, and made up the bed with different bedspread and pillow shams for a new look. DH made me a jewelry organizer for Christmas, need to hang it up.
    The paperwhites are still holding up, so did not buy fresh flowers.

  • #229822

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m skipping this weekend’s assignment because I’ve gotten so much done in other areas this week. Plus I’ve got a lot of writing to catch up on; cleaning and decluttering and taking showers are great incubators but sooner or later ya gotta hit the keyboard.

  • #229863

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Sigh. I’m falling down on the Cure again. In my defense, I spent all day on Saturday driving forth and back to get my moving boxes. Sunday morning I declared “relax and do nothing” and then Sunday afternoon I finally started packing.

    Fortunately, my bedroom is already neat, and relatively clean. I did shake the bedding out and fluff up the pillows, I’ll have to give the bedding a deep clean in a few days. I’ll also dust and vacuum visible floor space (yay Roomba and Swiffer!) but I’m not going to deep clean a room I’m moving out of in 3 weeks.

    I will say, I LOVE having a nice clean room – even when not dusted or vacuumed in a few days, the amount of de-cluttering, PEEPing, and curating that has taken place over the last few months has created a wonderfully relaxing space that actually STAYS that way.

  • #229884

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @Meglet – sounds like you are doing great (WAY better than me) so don’t sweat it!

    @ProfClutter – Sooner or later, it all comes down to paper, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have any problem with “regular” bills, but I do end up with a lot of work-related or task-related paper as well.

  • #229889

    Nora
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Get Papers & Files in Order…. oh my – I’d need the home cure to last at least another 4 weeks to get that task done. But I’ll work at it for 2 hours tonight and then continue with it when the cure is over.

    My bedroom is completely deep cleaned. I gave it a major overhaul last summer, so it wasn’t too hard. I decluttered a couple of smaller items that I kept back then “just in case” and now decided that “justin case” will never come to visit.
    I also got the courage to finally throw out a candle that produced way too much soot (I wiped off a lot of it already during the home cure and don’t feel like doing it anytime again).

    So far I got 10 of my little projects done, and I have 15 left. With all the deep-cleaning and other tasks going on I’d say that I’m doing pretty good.
    Alright, off to work on my papers now.

  • #229899

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    files and paper….check that off.
    yesterday i used a scanner on my own for the very first time (the new printer scans), so i scanned incoming car insurance and registration.
    my goal is to get rid of or downsize the three drawer filing cabinet.

  • #229938

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m getting more than behind on this January Cure thing! But I have managed to get some backdated tasks done the last week –

    Kitchen – Washed the floor at last (on my hands and knees no less to get into all those corners that the mop never quite fits into. Well, Maxwell did say to get intimately aquainted with your surroundings by giving them a good clean!)

    Bedroom – Finally managed to PEEP the full-up laundry basket of bits and pieces that I’d gathered from around the flat from weeks ago, what a relief!

    Outbox – Have taken 2 lots of unwanted items to the charity shops last week and the Salvation Army collected a binliner worth of clothes on Tues.

  • #229950

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I am ALLLLLLL over the place on this cure. In some parts I am really ahead (I started paperwork 2 days early! and the filing cabinet has extra space in it!) and then there is the pantry and the fact that I cannot actually find the piece of art I intended to frame. It’s here somewhere, I just am not sure where…

    Anyway, my parents are coming tomorrow night, so I’ll probably tune out till they leave and then catch up.

  • #229974

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m hopelessly behind on the schedule of these assignments. I need to tear the bed area completely apart for a deep cleaning, including cord wrangling. And the paper clutter monster has been growing ominously ever since I fell off that particular 15-minute wagon. Paper is a month-long project all on its own.

    For now I’ll just keep chipping away at my hallway project, so I can have at least that one thing to declare done by the end of January.

  • #229993

    Nora
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @Prof. Clutter: I experienced the same thing a couple of days ago. I was looking for something and I was not able to find it – and there were no piles or anything where it could’ve been hidden. And I know where I placed it before I lost it – haven’t found it to this day.

    @Ella and @Prof. Clutter: I guess that makes three of us to take on a 4-week-paper-cure. Maybe we should set that as a goal for either February or March.
    Seeing how much I’m accomplishing with the home cure, I can only imagine how much of a difference I can make working for 4 weeks on my papers.

    Today was an easy day for me – I have only 2 visible cords. One is white on a white background and doesn’t annoy me at all because you can barely see it. The other one is black, but mostly hidden. That made a nice day off and gave me back energy to continue tomorrow.

  • #230002

    mdfloyd
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m all over the place with this January House Cure, too. Piles of paper on the table, but they’re organized and won’t be too difficult to put away. Laundry done, but cords are still a mess. Some projects on the list are done; others not even thought about.

    Well, it was fun while it lasted, though I’m not giving up just yet!

  • #230009

    pkilmain
    Member

    January Home Cure

    OMG, paper! I swear I’ll never be through with it. I have decided to leave my home paper until I get back in mid-Feb. I have enough at the church that I’ve pulled out for year-end stuff. At least I know where all that goes, and when I’m done it will all be pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #230015

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Papers & Files yesterday – I finally got a filing system in place a year or so ago for the few things I don’t receive electronically, so I’m in pretty good shape there. Except for one small, scary, leftover “to be filed” box, which I think is mostly paystubs from 4+ years ago. If I ignore it long enough, I’ll be able to just dump most of it straight into the shredder! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cord clutter – I’m actually in pretty good shape here, too, since I can’t stand tangled cords. Except for behind the TV/Stereo system (yikes!!!) which I’m just ignoring until I move, as hopefully I’ll take the time to re-wire it all properly. And the other bad place was my nightstand – I’ve basically banned electronics from my bedroom except for an alarm clock (really an iPhone dock, since it’s my alarm) and a Kindle for bedtime reading. But somehow between 2 cables for the clock, the Kindle charger, and the lamp, there was a scary mess of cords just dangling away, and noticeable from all the way down the hall. So I dug out one of those plastic cord wraps (which I’ve meant for years to use on the stereo) and wrangled all the nightstand cords into it, then tucked most of it behind the mirror. There’s still a bit more visible than I’d like, but at least now it’s neat and I can live with it. (Til, yes, you guessed it, I move. Because I’ll probably have a different nightstand and cord arrangement.)

  • #230020

    Swede
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Bedroom – Deep cleaned everything and flipped the mattress etc just a few weeks ago so I did a “normal” cleaning now. Check!

    Papers – Check! Working though the last of the sentimental crap, will be done in a few weeks (from 4 stuffed binders to only 121 pages left!!).

    Cords – Under control! It helps that I don’t have a lot of electric stuff: laptop, microwave, toaster, modem/router, mobile phone charger, stereo and a few lamps. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #230030

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    cords, o god.
    the computer cords are beautifully under control and practically invisible, thanks to wireless everything.

    the tv is a disaster. there are many components.
    it is all clean, at least, but i need to actually chop speaker cords down by 75% rather than attempt to roll them up or corral them.
    and i don’t have time to fiddle with that today. that is a major project for another day, but at least it is on my new and improved project list.

    as for the big list of projects, i have a builder’s quotein and he is booked to come and install skirting boards and new guttering and hooks and hooks and hooks.
    BUT i am back to the drawing board on storage for vacuum cleaner and bedding….the quote for the big cupboard in the (outside) laundry was $1750 + 10% tax and i thought hmmm, how many BASKETS can i buy for that sort of dough?

  • #230044

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @bandicoot – that’s a lot of baskets! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cords are one of my other downfalls – we have cords like you wouldn’t believe, as well as an old house where only some of the outlets are appropriately grounded or GFCI’d for 3-prong plugs. It’s a mess! Seems like the best answer for us would be to give up some of our electronics – but that would necessitate a pretty major “life change” – we watch a lot of Netflix, use a lot of internet, etc.

    I would love to do this January cure in February when I think I will have more time to DO things and not just READ about things. Maybe I will…

  • #230047

    Mimi
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Hi everybody, I nearly fell of the wagon concerning the home cure. I โ€œketchuppedโ€ within the last few days and here are the result:
    -I made my list of projects. Interesting how many projects there are in such a small studio.
    -I defined a shopping bag as my new outbox. Luckily I donยดt have a lot to unclutter so I need it especially for bottles that need to be recycled
    -Flowers! Could not decide for fresh cut flowers (uaaah, freshly killed flowersโ€ฆ) and bought plastic instead. My bathroom doesnยดt have a window so every living flower would die soon. Artificial grass plus a searose made from fabric now do the trick. Spa feeling for students. ๐Ÿ™‚ I cleaned the whole flat and I enjoyed so much that this studio is small.
    -The fresh perspective task didnยดt work.
    -The project that I completedโ€ฆ noโ€ฆ that I started was to furnish the kitchen. It took two days and is not ready yet but this is what we have done: buy cupboards from ikea, install them, install water plumbing thingies for washing machine and dishwasher, cover the ugly tiles with wood, paint the wood. There are some more tasks to do but even though I define the first part as a success.
    -A piece of art is on the wall, the โ€œholstee manifestoโ€, printed and not framed but glued on wood.
    -The get-together happened on the day that I got the Email from apartment-therapy. A friend came over and we had a nice time drinking tea.
    -Flowers again, bought some daffodils in a pot, they can be planted in the garden in spring.
    -Kitchen organizing was fun as I donยดt have anything to toss. I just cooked and cleaned afterwards as usual.
    -The landing strip was tricky. The entry hall is so small that I donยดt want to add anything to avoid claustrophobia. I just used two nails as hooks to create a place for the keys.
    -One more goal project: I created a nice “something” to cover the ugly fuse box. Looks cool now.
    -The media fast, errrr, I overslept it on Sunday morning until early afternoon, thanks to two cocktails on the evening before.
    -No books/media to unclutter, cancelled this step, but I keep in mind that I could unclutter digitally. Next timeโ€ฆ
    -Flowers again, skipped this step this week as the daffodils are still nice.
    -Bedroom cleaning, well, I donยดt have a real bedroom and so I just cleaned and decided to order a second set of bed linen to avoid stress. No tumbler, so washing/ drying is a bit of a hassle.
    -Yesterday I worked on my papers. It was really annoying but what a relief to get it done.
    -Cord control skipped, Iยดll do that today as I know that my bathroom cabinets are in order, as I have organized them last week.
    โ€ฆwhewโ€ฆ

  • #230066

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    wow mimi…a LOT of ketchup!

  • #230090

    luxcat
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @sleepykitten those outlets are simple to upgrade if you wanted to. or just buy a handful of ground lifter plugs!

  • #230096

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Bathroom & Medicine cabinets today!

    I took the last few random bits out of the 2nd bathroom (I’d had a full kit of miniature sized stuff & samples in there for guests) and used it to start the piles to clean out the cabinets in my master bath (downsizing to 1 bathroom in the new apartment.)

    Emptied everything onto the counter, sorted all the likes together, dumped the stuff that was expired, that I don’t use, or that was nearly empty. Put the full or nearly full stuff I don’t use into a stack for a friend who can use it. Put just enough “extra” stuff (razor blades, conditioner, TP, etc) back into one cabinet to get me through to the move, then PACKED everything that’s not a daily-use thing (so, the bin of spare lotions, cotton balls, hot water bottle, steamer, you get the picture) and labeled the box for moving day.

    Moved and dusted everything that’s left out, and on moving day it should all fit into the 2 cloth storage bins I use in the bathroom – those 12″ cubicals ones – so that will be easy to deal with.

    Still having a mental debate on replacing my makeup trays – they’re ceramic, but they’re kind of re-purposed, and there’s some desk organizers (there I go re-purposing again) that would fit & match perfectly, and take up less counter space.

  • #230137

    Sasjanep
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I have been following this as well as Peter Walsh so, feeling very smug that my very small medicine tin is done.

    The bathroom cabinets are a little full as I got a few toiletries for Christmas, but they will be used up. I had a quick tidy and threw out an empty box toothpaste came in (why was that still there?) and changed the head on my sonic toothbrush.

    Looks better now!

  • #230150

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Living Room lighting – another “easy” one, as I currently LOVE the way my living room is lit.

    I’ve killed off the single over-head ugly fixture that’s over the “dining” half of the room, plugged some nice up-directed mini flood lights into the switch on the “living” half of the room, and scattered lamps in all the important spots. In fact, I have 6 lamps in here right now, with a lovely mix of direct task lighting, soft relaxing lighting, and mid-range what I consider “living” lighting.

    Dodged the bathroom accessory replacement bullet temporarily by becoming indecisive – so now I’m casually surfing clear glass apothecary-style containers, instead of the office supply ones I was thinking of. The clear glass ones would be more neutral for my frequent decor changes anyway. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • #230160

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    the living room lighting is perfectly fine.
    opposite corners are lit by lamps, and the bay window has a lamp in the ceiling, which is nook-like.
    the other half of the house is bedroom/office/bathroom and the lighting is varied and specific etc there too.
    no changes or purchases required.

    backtracking a bit.
    i went to the city today and made several purchases towards various projects:
    1. a retractable hose on a reel, just for the verandah plants. bye bye miles of crushed hose that jams and tangles.
    2. three enormous wicker chests (in 3 sizes) for bedding storage….HOORAY!!….the largest one is doing double duty as a shared end table between daybeds…..perfect for remote controls, phones, cups of tea. this is a massive win, believe me.
    3. a thingummy that you hook to the wall and then hang your brooms/mops/rakes/cleaning cloths from.
    4. various hooks
    5. madly strong brass magnetic door stoppers. currently we have cheap and nasty hooks, that visitors never think to use, so doors slam in the breeze. i have enough to fasten every door back AND two for the kitchen door, which is a “stable” door.
    6. a retractable power cord with four outlets, for the market. it is compact and beautiful.
    7. two things that you wind extra long extension cords onto for safe tangle-free stowage. i know how to wrap cords up, but my husband doesn’t or won’t. these things should help.
    8. finally found two soap pump things in light and dark charcoal. decanted shampoo and conditioner into them and they look smashing in the bathroom. even though both of us mostly just wash our hair with our own handmade soap these days.
    9. bought a stainless steel cup to hold toothbrushes in the shower cubicle. this replaces a recycled glass tumbler i have been carrying around for 23 years. i love the look of glass in the shower, but increasingly doubtful about glass and soapy hands.
    the glass can be a handy small vase instead.

    some things were installed as soon as we got home, and some are waiting for the day the builder comes.
    these things would have dragged on for another year without the impetus provided by the home cure and this discussion right here. so, thank you all!

  • #230169

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    This weekend I’m going to try to do a Mimi-style catch-up. (WOW, Mimi!)

  • #230177

    BZB
    Member

    January Home Cure

    a little bit of ketchup:
    I said I would take photos of my problem room instead of doing the 10-minutes sitting from a different perspective. I had not done it, but I did it last night. This room will be a big project, but maybe looking at these pictures will give me some ideas.

  • #230242

    January Home Cure

    prof. Clutter: wow! Sounds like a lot of work that has really paid off.

  • #230252

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @ProfClutter – you are inspiring me to tackle my own cord problems! Did you purchase anything to complete the project (I know there are various “cord container” products out there), or did you use basic stuff tape/staples/etc.?

  • #230265

    Sasjanep
    Member

    January Home Cure

    That is pretty impressive @Prof!

    I dropped my outbox off at Oxfam today, and dont need to do anything with the living room light, and will do the rest of the cleaning tomorrow.

    Then I will try to tackle the cords around the TV and DVD player.

  • #230315

    djk
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Pretty much on top of The Cure, except still stuff to do in the kitchen (fridge defrosting hasn’t happened yet, haven’t bought jars yet for food storage, because I now found some others that will, after all, function more as canisters. They are square jars in a variety of sizes, wide mouth, with screw lids with a good seal. We’ll see.

    Cords are beyond ugly to me, so they are always out of sight and bundled

    Paper systems are under control, although I have one binder file for finances which I’m not over the moon about. It works for now, but I will have to rethink it at some point

    Bedroom–just got a new bed a couple of weeks ago, so did a thorough clean/purge underneath at the time
    Still have to clean the mirrors and pull out the ladder to clean the high shelves
    Won’t clean the windows; I’ll wait until the weather cooperates a bit more first
    Went through my desk drawer and PEEP’d some things which had ended up there

  • #230425

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Weekend chores – Flowers, Living Room, and Outbox. Hmm.

    Flowers – still no flowers, thanks to the cat. I keep meaning to bring some cat-safe plants home from the office but never quite get them here.

    Living Room – I didn’t deep clean it, but I did pack up a whole bunch of it. I’ll call that progress.

    Outbox – got most of it loaded in the car today, plan to drop it off on the way too or from work tomorrow. Added a bunch more to the “out” pile as I packed this weekend, too. 2 more boxes are still here, they’re going to a different place and I just don’t have enough space in the car right now to differentiate them properly.

  • #230441

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    due to extreme weather, we lost all phone and internet and tv for almost two days.
    let me tell you, with two days and zero electronic diversions, we got a TREMENDOUS amount done here.
    window cleaning!
    complete laundry area overhaul!
    bathroom deep clean!
    living room deep clean!
    verandah deep clean!
    several things that were hanging about homeless have been permanently PEEPED at last and in fact, that now means that every single thing in this house is now PEEPED……four years, people. it has taken four years and a lot of renovation, but it is done.

    additionally, i removed 3/4 of my clothes from my wardrobe and put them in a deep drawer.
    not quite project 333 but well on the way there.

    after all the mad cleaning and PEEPing, i cooked like a crazy person, and we had a vegan champagne-y dinner party with good friends last night, which was a wonderful reward.

    all i need right now is a bunch of flowers.

  • #230445

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Prof and bandicoot: If only I were in your vicinity, I would come and shower you both with flowers. Such glorious success!

  • #230448

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    *makes a bow and preens and basks a little*
    thank you very much ella!

  • #230461

    Nora
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Wow, bandicoot and Prof. – congratulations on your accomplishments!

    Last week I didn’t get much done regarding the home cure. I didn’t feel well and decided that it wouldn’t matter if I finished the home cure a week later. So this week I will continue with the regular tasks and next week I’ll do the tasks of last week.
    And today’s catch up day comes in really handy to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #230462

    January Home Cure

    Bandicoot: Amazing! Done! You make me think it it possible — to wake u one morning and it is DONE. I kiss the ground you walk on.

    Prof: What an amazing transformation.

  • #230468

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Wow, Bandicoot, that sounds fantastic! You definitely got on a roll there. And a lovely reward afterwards!

  • #230571

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    AMAZING, @ProfClutter and @bandicoot!

    You make me want to go home right now and clean/unclutter. I need this forum for the inspiration – cleaning and PEEP-ing and clutter maintenance can all seem SO DAUNTING sometimes. But it is possible.

  • #230576

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    ProfClutter,
    Congrats on finishing the Cure, that must certainly feel good!

  • #230618

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    WOW, bandicoot, completely clean and peeped. VERY impressive.

  • #230620

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    profclutter…i probably only spend five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night, tidying. if that. and that is the whole house. we don’t have much stuff and now that everything has a home, it is very easy to keep it tidy pretty much all the time. (i never thought i’d say that, but there it is).
    cleaning however….i like it fairly clean, so i possibly spend more time than someone else might. plus, i have a lot of food projects as a hobby, so i spend more time in the kitchen than a normal person might ๐Ÿ™‚
    and kitchens require cleaning. maybe 90 to 120 mins a day including cooking and dishes?
    maybe i should time it. i have very unstructured and flexible time, so if i am absorbed in a task, i can just truck on with it for as long as i like.

    so, today’s thing is to hang the framed picture from day six.
    my picture is here, i have bought hooks, and i have the builder booked.
    that is as far as i can move on that right now.

  • #230672

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    today we have to spruce and tidy up:

    “Today is where your hard work over the past weeks really starts paying off. You did some good deep cleaning and decluttering. room by room, so now you can do an overall “spruce up” to get things in shape without a huge outlay of time. The idea here is to keep moving, resist getting distracted or off track and just focus on speedily getting your surfaces clean and uncluttered.”

    i read this in bed, and figured *immediately* was a good time to do this….it is getting so very hot, so early!
    i took fifteen minutes and everything is very tidy and quite a lot of it is very clean too.
    the floors need a vacuum, but don’t they always? that can wait until this evening.

  • #230680

    paisley
    Member

    January Home Cure

    That sound you hear is me clapping for all the accomplishments, ProfClutter, bandicoot, and everyone else who did the cure. I really can’t quite imagine everything in my house PEEPed. It sounds terrific. Congratulations all around.

    *Wanders off, shakes head, muttering, “everything PEEPed!”*

  • #230682

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @ProfClutter – OMG, a February Paper Cure would be great! I could really use some ongoing support dealing with paper. I guess we could give each other challenges….

    @paisley – you made me laugh with your last line there! I also cannot quite imagine everything in my house PEEPed. I used to think it was because I still had clutter, but I think I am actually just bad at PEEPing. Maybe someday….

  • #230719

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Today’s task – Thurs 31st

    ‘Shop for your get-together.’

    Think I shall have to carry on in February to do my unfinished tasks and then have a get-together then!

  • #230752

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Cure complete! (Well, except I still have some more packing to do this weekend.)

    Did the PEEP and surface clean yesterday, skipped the shopping today cause I’m not scheduling any get-togethers til after I move next weekend. Wow, next weekend.

    Got keys to the new apartment today, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #230755

    Ella
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Fabulous, Meglet! We’ll all be showing up there for a housewarming… sur-PRISE!!

  • #230790

    sleepykitten
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @Meglet – congrats on the new apartment! I’m so excited for you (and, yes, I want a housewarming invite).

  • #230842

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    congratz meglet!
    a raging success!
    and a breather today for the curists, a time to enjoy the cured spaces.
    and i totally am.

  • #230866

    Meglet
    Member

    January Home Cure

    Thanks all! I went into the new place with a tape measure and a camera last night, even though the new living room measures larger, it LOOKS smaller than my current place, plus the bedroom is about 2ft smaller. So today I’m having a minor panic attack about the loss of space. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I imagine there will be LOTS more stuff (including furniture!) showing up in the ATAD thread from me soon.

  • #230980

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    well done everyone.
    it sounds like everyone got plenty done on the cure, even if days were skipped here and there for various reasons.
    at least we have lists and ideas of what to get around to doing.
    cable clutter behind the tv is my post-tiling project. but i am really happy with all that gone done in january, and i know that without the cure prompts, i would have simply wittered about.

  • #230997

    clutterbug22
    Member

    January Home Cure

    My potted hyacinths that I bought for the Cure’s ‘fresh flowers’ are starting to flower, they smell bootiful!!

  • #231057

    jlw
    Member

    January Home Cure

    I’m back! My parents left today after a very nice visit. I was really happy to show them our “new” apartment (we moved in Sept., but they hadn’t seen it before). So, I have not been doing a bunch of the Cure things due to, well, visitors!

    Here are the projects/small tasks I did accomplish:
    – Hang more stuff on living room walls
    – Tighten dining room table and chair screws
    – Table centerpiece (but the oranges are almost gone now)
    – replaced grill pan
    – made a place for glass bottle recycling
    – organized guest bathroom drawer and got vitamins off the counter

    And here are the projects I definitely need to revisit:
    – frame and hang some art (necessary first step: find the art I mean to frame…)
    – Organize pantry (was listed under the kitchen project)
    – landing strip
    – cord management
    – paperwork (see Feb. Paper Cure!)

    I’ve realized how important it is to spend time repairing things. I have a huge list of small items to sew or hand wash or glue or otherwise fix up and I didn’t even see how much they were bothering me. But if I care enough about the item to keep it, I should care enough to fix it (even if I hate sewing).

  • #231147

    Mimi
    Member

    January Home Cure

    congratulations, everybody! it seems that the january cure was a great success!
    i skipped some more steps but i am confident with the results. it is amazing that sometimes a nail solves a problem that annoyed me twice a day. (i this special case, my keys didnยดt have a place, now that a nail is their home i donยดt need to look for them twice a day).

    is anybody interested in repeating the cure, maybe in march? there are some more tasks on my list that could be done ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #231149

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    looks like i will be doing a small re-curing in a week or so.
    the upheaval in office and laundry is total, while the tilers are here again.
    stuff is festooned across the verandah and in pretty much every part of the house.
    it is in no way as chaotic as the first phase, but it has demolished my january cure.
    on the surface only….i know that everything will go back into place quickly and that there is nothing lurking in layers behind the messy facade.
    no dust this time, and i am truly grateful for that!

  • #231179

    Sky
    Member

    January Home Cure

    bandicoot, we really need to see pictures of your new tile ๐Ÿ™‚

  • #231193

    bandicoot
    Member

    January Home Cure

    @prof, yes, this is the end of the tiling and the absolute end of any major renovations!
    we are installing skirting boards in the entire house in next week or so, but they will be a simple job, merely requiring a handful of bits of furniture to be slid out from walls.
    piece of cake.

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