Kate's January Cure: My Fourth Week

January Cure Diaries

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.

Day 14: Get paper and files in order.
Looking back on the week, I realized I skipped this day. I do all of my banking electronically, my bills are set up on auto pay, and not too much makes it past my landing strip. That said, I do have a drawer in my kitchen where any paperwork I deem important goes, but there is no real organization to it. After reading about Abby's home journal on Monday, I am going to revisit this challenge some rainy afternoon and create a journal of my own.

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Day 15: Exercise a little cord control.
I sourced this project out. Same friends who helped me install new under cabinet lights a couple weeks ago returned to securely tuck those pesky cords away. This week I was reminded that cords are frustrating and that I have good friends.

Day 16: Give your bathroom and medicine cabinets a cleanout.
I found this challenge to be incredibly satisfying. After reading the purge guidelines, it was hard to justify keeping expired medicine or makeup I literally have not used in over 5 years. One trash bag later, my bathroom is feeling lighter and more organized.

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Day 17: Take a look at your living room lighting.
The living room is the room I spend the most time in, and I am mostly satisfied with my lighting. For ambient light, I rely on both the pendant light above the bar cart and the string lights that are wrapped around the steam pipe; they are in opposite corners of the room and each cast a nice, warm glow. If I am reading or need a task light, I add the floor lamp next to my couch. When I sat down last Thursday, I realized my floor lamp could use a dimmer switch and a new lamp shade (the current one is pretty dingy), and I was reminded that all 3 fixtures could use a good cleaning. I added the dimmer and the shade to my shopping list, and a light fixture clean to my to-do list.

Day 18: Weekend chores, flowers, living room, empty the outbox.
Living room and light fixtures are officially clean. My outbox, not so much. Unfortunately I am still having some trouble (and guilt) with about half of my outbox. I added it to the top of my list for this week and will report back. Wish me luck!

MORE OF KATE'S JANUARY CURE:
Week One
Week Two
Week Three

(Images: Kate Legere)

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