In the spirit of honesty, I'm pretty glad the January Cure is over. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I participated, and I'm even glad I decided to share my progress with all of you (nothing keeps you on-track like knowing your mother is reading about your housekeeping skills). But I'm looking forward to enjoying my clean and organized house scot-free, without daily tasks to complete. Like any regime, it's satisfying to do the work, but it's better to enjoy the spoils!
Day 19: Catch Up & Take a Photo.
At the beginning of the month I vowed to attach the broken door which was supposed to hide my washer/dryer. Finally, finally it's fixed! I like to think of myself as pretty handy around the house, but on this one I had to call in the big guns (the building handyman) due to a way-more-complicated-than-it-needs-to-be latch. I'm just happy it's done!
Day 20: Hang Your Artwork.
I've always said the hardest part of living alone is hanging a straight photo; co-habitating solved that for me. Thank goodness I don't have to use the trial and error method anymore. This project went twice as fast with two sets of eyes, and I even did it right with screw anchors to secure the frames in our fragile drywall (see my results in the top photo). I'm loving my decision to decorate with my own photos. It's nice to have art that also triggers great memories.
Day 21: Speedy Spruce Up and Surface Clean.
In my life, I tend to be very all-or-nothing about many things. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that it even extends to cleaning up. If I don't have the time or motivation to do it right (which my over-achieving brain thinks is an all-day purge), I won't bother. But I managed this surface clean pretty painlessly. Putting on music helped. The time limit helped. I just buckled down, turned off my brain and got quite a lot done. Normally my quick cleaning sessions reveal more projects that need doing but, thanks to all my January Curing, those things are already done! Yay!
Day 22: Shop for the Get Together Goodies.
My get together will consist of drinks with friends, so today I did some very scientific data collecting about the cocktail I'll serve them. Concoctions were made and sampled until I finally found a winner. I hope it's just a coincidence that my favorite drink (vodka, lemon, rosemary simple syrup and soda) was picked after I'd already had a few.
Day 23: Pat Yourself on the Back, Relax and Celebrate.
Yes, please! I won't try to wrap this up with "I learned a big lesson about myself and grew as a person," since my life certainly isn't a romcom. I'm just a girl cleaning up her house. But I have gained respect for the "slow and steady wins the race" mentality. I know I wouldn't have accomplished everything I did if I'd followed my instincts to binge-clean until I burned out on the second day. Having a schedule did help me weave the cure tasks into the rest of my daily activities. And even though my progress did seem unbearably slow at times, this turtle won the race.
MORE OF JENNIFER'S JANUARY CURE:
• Week One
• Week Two
• Week Three
• Week Four
(Images: Jennifer Hunter)