Are we there yet? Just kidding, I'm having fun. I like checking tasks off a list, and knowing I'm accountable to all of you really helps me stick to the plan. Here's how my January Cure is going this week.
Day 4: Get a fresh perspective.
There aren't many seats that don't get regular use in my small space, but I discovered that since we're always on the couch, the view towards the couch is one I rarely see. Wow. We. Need. Art. From this vantage point, there's one small print on one wall. Depressing! I like the current set-up of furniture. It works well in the space, but I did notice that it feels cluttered with junk: magazines, iPads, remotes, blankets, and coasters. So clearly some system to wrangle clutter would help us keep that in check. Perhaps some cute trays or bins so everything is organized but still available. I also noticed that, in the sunlight, the dog hair that I'd convinced myself wasn't very noticeable definitely is!
Day 5: Select one project to complete this month.
See that washer/dryer? Yeah, so do I, because the door that should hide it is broken. It bugs me every single day, and yet, I still haven't taken the time to fix it. So I'm pledging to myself and all of you that, by the end of the month, I will be able to close that door and I won't have to look at the laundry first thing every morning.
Day 6: Choose a piece of artwork and get going on framing it.
Remember how I mentioned that I have a problem pacing my projects, and the Cure was helping me curtail the urge to rush to the finish line? Well, I fell off the wagon just a little. I picked out my artwork, a photo I took in France a few years ago, and I dropped it off at the photo lab to have a print made. Well, it looked so nice, and I just happened to be driving past the frame store on my way home… so I framed it. My whirlwind tendencies took over; but since I was just telling you what sad, art-less walls we have, this one felt urgent.
Day 7: Get your get-together together.
This may be cheating a little, but in a few weeks we're going to see a play with some friends, so I've decided to piggy-back onto those plans by having them over before the show for a cocktail and a little bit of clean-house bragging. Easy!
Day 8: Flowers, kitchen cleaning & make a meal.
Since I just moved in, my kitchen was in pretty decent shape already. I'm militant about organization since my meal-preparation is usually a flurry of crazy activity, and I like to have everything I need at the ready. The real problem was my stove. After a recent egg debacle, it desperately needed a deep-clean, so I buckled down and gave it a thorough scrubbing. The floor got a mopping, and I also caved and washed the exterior of my appliances (a task I always put off until they're disgusting.) Finally, I made a big pot of lentil soup for our Sunday lunch. It felt so good to be in a clean, well-appointed kitchen, making something nourishing. Just call me Julia Child. Bon appétit.
MORE OF JENNIFER'S JANUARY CURE:
• Week One
(Images: Jennifer Hunter)