This week of the January Cure continues with an ever deeper level of organization and refreshing of the home. This week, I organized my papers and magazines (both items that can easily run amuck when not kept in check, for me anyway), worked on my cord situation (we all have one), and gave my medicine cabinet a complete makeover, making it the most cheerful place in my home at the moment. Then I adjusted the lighting in the living room and visited the florist for a little jolt of yellow in place of the sun, who has been holding out on New Yorkers quite a bit lately.
Last week during my January Cure I crossed a couple of big projects off my list, while this past week was spent mostly cleaning and organizing my bathroom and living room. Not as exciting, but just as rewarding.
We're a few days away from the end! Since today is a surface clean in prep for the party (and photos of me dusting my bookcases isn't super fun), I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite small transformations from the month, areas that make me smile when I see them.
Day 21: Wednesday, January 30 Assignment: Give your entryway, living room, kitchen and bathroom a quick once over so it's neat and clean for your get-together this weekend
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. Jump below for a quick clean up list and get ready to do a whirlwind once-over.
My January Cure seems to be coming back together again after I hit the wall last week. No new plants have died, and the residual dust that seems to appear the moment I finish cleaning has gotten easier to deal with. This week's assignments made me want to go shopping like crazy, but the vacuum and paper towels are managing to do enough work to make a difference on their own.
So far I've been doing the January Cure mostly solo, with some begrudging help from my boyfriend (the media blackout was where I really lost him). But I think he's finally starting to warm up to the idea (great timing, since it's almost over). Case in point, his new "display area" to showcase a few of his treasured possessions. That's right, my boyfriend has more photos of David Hasselholf than of me. Eat your heart out, girls. Here's what else we did this week:
I knew I wanted my new colorful artwork in the living room, so that not only can I enjoy it, but guests can as well. Hanging in a prime spot between the front windows, it's good for a temporary solution.
Day 20: Tuesday, January 29 Assignment: Hang the artwork you chose and had framed earlier this month
All the way back on Day 6 (we were so young and hopeful then!) your assignment was to choose a piece of artwork that you'd love to display in your home and start the process of getting it framed and ready to hang by TODAY. Well, here we are - time flies when you are on a wild month long binge of cleaning and organizing, doesn't it?
We're in the home stretch, and while there are still some projects to undertake, this unstyled photo is a vast improvement over my unstyled photo from the first week. Things are cleaner, neater, and a bit more cohesive. I still look at this photo and see a lot of work to be done, but I'm already proud of all the progress.