Day 3: Weekend Chores - Flowers, Floors, Green Cleaners & Outbox

Apartment Therapy January Cure

Day 3: Friday, January 4...and the Weekend of January 5 & 6 Assignment: Buy Flowers, Vacuum, Mop, Gather Earth Friendly Cleaners & Use Your Outbox

Welcome to the first weekend of the January Cure. With a few days ahead of us to get things done, let's take advantage of the extra time and tackle a compact list of tasks by Sunday night. Schedule yourself however you like (and definitely fit in some relaxation and fun), but do try to complete all of your "chores" before Monday rolls around. Good luck and happy cure-ing!

This Weekend's Assignments:

- Buy Flowers. This might seem "skippable" but is a very important part of the Cure. Think of the purchase as a gift to your home. We'll be doing this weekly throughout the month. It is an enjoyable, (affordable!) luxury but it goes far beyond just that. The flowers are a visual symbol of your commitment to caring for your home. In the Eight Step Home Cure, Maxwell wrote: As simple as it sounds, the act of buying flowers for your apartment holds great significance and will heal your home on many levels. They are beautiful, they add life to the space, they help to humidify and cleanse the air. Try and find time to pick up flowers (see "Helpful Links" below for suggestions and info) on your way home on Friday if at all possible so you can enjoy them all weekend!

- Vacuum the Rugs and Mop/Dry Mop the Floors. Take your time and do this job right; move things out of the way as you go and pretend you have to pass "inspection" when you are through - really do your best. As stated in the book, When you embark on renewing your home, it is important that you break the ice and get to know it intimately. The best way to do this is to clean it.

This floor cleaning task will have you connect with each room you are curing and will help you to spot problems with flow and clutter that needs clearing in the coming weeks. Completing this task well will take a while but trust us, it will make a huge difference in how clean your home feels and actually IS. Turn on some music (see reader recommendations in the "Helpful Links" below) and get it done!

- Stock Up on Good Green Cleaners. You'll be doing plenty of good old-fashioned cleaning this month, so gathering healthy supplies now is a must. As Maxwell explains: We use cleaning products in our homes every day and many of these common products are harmful to the environment and to our own health as well. However, there are now many natural cleaning products that do these jobs extremely well. Earth-friendly products help give your home a healthier feel because they don't leave artificial lingering strong or chemical smells.

Choose your own tried and true products to stock up your cleaning kit or check out the "Helpful Links" section below for some good posts full of reader intelligence on favorites. You'll need (at least) the basics: dish soap, laundry detergent, general floor cleaner, surface powder, bathroom cleaner and a vinegar and water window cleaner (which you can make yourself - see Helpful Links again).

- Use Your Outbox as You Go. We'll be scheduling time to work on decluttering by room as we move through the Cure, but there is no reason to hold back if you come across items as you are doing your chores this weekend that you want to put in the outbox. There is no time like the present - if you are inspired to clear it out and move it to the outbox, go for it!

All of your enthusiasm for the January Cure has been fantastic - this is an amazing group! Let's use this comment thread over the weekend to help each other out with questions, answers, feedback, a place to take a break and chat and maybe even a bit of moral support (in case the mopping is getting you down!). Be sure to share your successes here as you complete your assignments - the positive energy helps pull us all through.

Helpful Links:
Frugal Flowers: How To Choose Flowers at the Supermarket
Unsung Heroes of the Supermarket Cooler
Keep It Simple: Single Flower Arrangements
Do You Clean to an Embarrassing Soundtrack?
What's Your Music While You Clean?
Reader Roundup: Add Your Picks for the BEST Natural Cleaner
How to Shop for Green Cleaners
Best Window Cleaner is a Non-Toxic DIY
10 Ways to Clean with Vinegar
How to Make Your Own Kitchen Cleaners

Liveblogging the January Cure:
Day 3: Treating My Home to Flowers & Green Cleaners

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