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Are you ready to start the January Cure? Hopefully you have some friends and family participating, too, but I'm going to be doing the daily actions with you and sharing my messes and successes right here on Apartment Therapy. Before all of our homes are cleaner and more organized, we must take the first step: make a list of goals.

I've lived in my current apartment in Boston for over 6 years, and while roommates have come and gone, there hasn't been a major refresh for a long time. My younger brother recently moved in with me (cue the awws), and I'm keeping the smaller third bedroom roommate-free so that we can have a guest room/office/additional storage.

While having a whole new room to play around with is exciting, it's been a little daunting. Keeping a running to-do list in my head was unconsciously stressing me out. When I set out to make a list of my goals, I realized how much better I felt once everything on paper. It's not as long as I thought it would be (only 2 pages!), and everything is completely doable in time.

Since we're only picking 3-5 things from each room to focus on, the task made me focus on what was most important to me. In The 8-Step Home Cure, Maxwell talks about the home version of the Hierarchy of Needs, and tending to the bones of your place (cleaning, fixing things that are broken, etc) should be done before the cosmetic stuff. I have a mix of broken bone-setting to do, mixed with some more fun projects to tackle.

Here is my final goals list:

• Fix light
• Paint mail sorter
• Touch up trim paint

• Paint
• Fix towel bar
• Refinish medicine cabinet shelves
• Fix doorknob
• Replace shower curtain & bath mat

Living Room:
• Paint
• Reorganize/style bookshelf
• Sell tea cart
• Replace blinds & curtains

• Fix smoke alarms & lights

Office/Guest Room:
• Paint (sensing a theme?)
• Move desk from bedroom to office
• Better utilize closet space
• Drop off clothes to Goodwill

• Hang pegboard
• Fix disposal
• Replace cabinet pulls

• Fix scarf storage
• Find new home for laundry basket
• Restyle bed
• Find space for reading nook

What does your list look like? Are you excited to tackle it?

• Day 1: Make a List of Goals

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(Image: Tara Bellucci)