Alison's January Cure: My Fourth Week

Alison's January Cure: My Fourth Week

Alison Gerber
Feb 1, 2013

The January Cure has made some big changes in our apartment, and in yours too I'm sure. But for me, this week wasn't about big things. For me, week 4 was about giving attention to those little things that sometimes get left behind.

My first little thing was to sort through hidden collections of paper. Since I had already cleaned my study space as part of my big project, I looked around the apartment for other areas where papers congregate and cleared those out. They were: our bulletin board by the front door, my handbag, our bookshelves, and the refrigerator. It's amazing the sense of satisfaction that just cleaning out a small pile of paper can bring you.

My second little job — I tidied the cords behind the television. They are visible from the side as you enter our bedroom. All I did here was tuck the power board into the top dresser drawer. The dresser already had a hole cut in the back for this purpose. I have been meaning to do this for so long. Look at the difference it makes!

My third little thing was the bathroom cabinet. Honestly, I thought this would be a big job, but it took less than 30 minutes. Seriously folks, if you skipped over cleaning the bathroom cabinet because you thought it would take too long, just go do it now. Yours can't be any worse than mine, and it feels so good to have it done. When I have people over next week, at least one of them is going to snoop in here and good luck to them because they will only find well organized, non-expired products behind my cabinet doors.

The last little thing for this week was to head to the store and buy light bulbs. Three of my lamps had no light bulbs in them. How does this happen? I suppose have too many lamps. I am attracted to them like some super-powered lamp magnet. So, to curb my desire for new/more lamps, I went to the store and bought light bulbs. Like a nicotine patch to a lamp smoker: done. The lamps look great. The apartment looks great. Thanks, January Cure.

What little things have you done lately?

Week One
Week Two
Week Three

(Images: Alison Gerber)

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