Alison's January Cure: My First Week

January Cure Diaries

On Day 2 of the Cure I had this vague recollection we already had an outbox, and sure enough we did - in the bottom of our coat closet. Only problem was, it looked like this. I feel like there is just so, so much to be done around the house, this awful pile in the coat closet is just the beginning. How do I manage it all? And when I am also running after two toddlers?

I like to hit the ground running at the start of a new year, but sometimes I can run a little too fast and exhaust myself, and fall off the treadmill by week two. But I really want to make it through this whole month of the January Cure, not quit or fizzle out after a great start. I decided I needed to do this year's Cure smarter.

After Day 1 I was left with a list of long and complicated, and frankly overwhelming, tasks to complete around the house. I decided that to make this month's Cure work, the first key would be to go easy on the work load. I only let myself select either one or no "hard" jobs per room. No, I won't repaint the play kitchen, but I will clear out the walk in closet (a "hard" job that really needs to be done). No I won't go rug hunting for the study, but I will at least tidy up my desk.

Besides giving myself some easy jobs, I also decided this year I would go easy on myself. If, for whatever reason, it doesn't get done today, my rule is simple: no beating myself up, just catch up tomorrow! So far I have been pretty good about staying on top of each day's task, but being a Mom is unpredictable and I never know what crazy thing might come up in the next day or next week.

Thirdly, I am asking for help where I can. My husband installed the retractable clothesline above our shower/bath that I have been meaning to hang for three months. This means I can start working on hand washing and drying those tiny knitted baby sweaters that are sitting in a pile in my closet, helping me achieve my own "big" goal of cleaning the closet out.

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Last of all, just like I would if my New Year's resolution was to lose weight, I am keeping track of my success. The biggest success from last week for me was the outbox. That poor outbox hadn't had anything go out of it in about 3 months! I bagged up all of my old clothes, baby clothes, toys, etc into bags marked with their destination - friends, charity, trash. Done! And I added more things from around the house. The outbox is working again at last!

How are you doing so far? Outboxing like mad or feeling overwhelmed? How are you going to make sure to finish the Cure strong?

(Images: Alison Gerber)