We've finally reached the end of the January Cure, and quite the experiment it was, for me. At the beginning I approached it more like a Makeover Challenge, and to be honest with you, got a bit stressed about what I could show you that really had "the wow factor". Given the fact that I rent, and most of the furniture and belongings in the common areas aren't even mine, I felt a little stuck as to how far I could really go with this.
Strangely, what the Cure eventually did for me is make my home feel more mine than it ever has done. Sure, a little of that has to do with the fact that my flatmate has been packing up her things in preparation of moving abroad, and I've slowly been replacing them with items of my own, but it goes further than that. The very acts of cleaning, purging, organizing and getting to know my flat have made me appreciate it more than ever.
This week, I was suffering from a killer January cold and spent a couple days at home, recuperating on the sofa with Leslie Knope and numerous cups of tea (as you do). It struck me, between all the Netflix and kettle-boiling, how pleasant my flat had become.
Don't get me wrong, I always liked this place, but post-Cure, it feels even more welcoming. Not once did I get annoyed by overcrowded bookshelves or feel like I should spend my sick day being productive by organizing some cupboard or another (as we all know, this never ends well). I could simply relax, rest, and feel right at home.
This weekend, I'm having a few friends over for Sunday dinner. I'll be making something warming and low-fuss (big pot of chili, perhaps?) so that I can spend my time catching up and enjoying the company. And while I don't think my friends will notice my newly-scrubbed cupboards or extra-tidy linen closet (let's face it, it would be weird if they did), I hope they'll appreciate the atmosphere.
How are you feeling at the end of the Cure? Did you get everything on your list sorted, and more importantly — does your home feel any different to you now?
MORE OF ELEANOR'S JANUARY CURE:
Eleanor's Cure: Big Changes Afoot (Day 1)
Eleanor's Cure Project: The Little Thing That Makes a Big Difference (Day 5)
Eleanor's Cure: Kitchen Cleanup (Day 7)
Eleanor's Cure: A Crash Landing, Averted (Day 9)
Eleanor's Cure: Thoughts on Media Fasting (Day 10)
Eleanor's Cure: Out with the Old... (Day 18)
Eleanor's Cure: Catching Up (Day 27)
(Image credits: Eleanor Busing)