We're finally wrapping up the January Cure and it feels really good to be done. For those of you who have been following my progress, you know that I've been working with a furnished temporary rental in the suburbs while actively searching for a more permanent place in the city.
It's been an interesting challenge to work with such a space but it's been well worth the effort. It really made the difference between feeling like I'm just crashing here and the feeling of making it a home, no matter how temporary. On a related note, we finally found a place! The official last weekend of the cure ended up being the weekend we signed a lease and got our keys.
Day 19: Catch up & take a photo.
I photographed my goal project last week, so I used the time to go back over a few of the areas that we had tackled in previous weeks and make sure I was staying on track with them.
Day 20: Hang Your Artwork
Because artwork also factored into my goal project I decided to do two different displays, a simple framed print from my Etsy shop for the kitchen and a grid of postcards over my desk. I used a Target frame and precut mat for the kitchen print and hung the postcards (Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount) on clipboards over my desk. In order to get the spacing straight on these I picked my center point, marked it off with tape and used a standard size business card to measure out the space between each print.
Day 21: Speedy Spruce up and Surface Clean.
This one was overdue. It's amazing to me how quickly the place can get dirty with two dogs and regular walks on the beach. I put on my favorite podcast and gave the place a quick once over.
Day 22: Shop for the Get Together Goodies.
While we had originally planned on having friends over for a Saturday brunch, we ended up having to reschedule so we could take a trip up to the city to sign the lease on our new apartment. Instead we had a little celebratory brunch the next day, just the two of us and relaxed at home. I picked up a coffee cake, pastries, and some fresh fruit and flowers.
Day 23: Pat Yourself on the Back, Relax and Celebrate!
It's nice to see the apartment looking its best, and I hope to carry over some of these concepts into the next apartment. It was a lot more manageable than I expected, and being the sort of person to throw myself into big projects and wear myself out, it was great to learn a bit of discipline by doing things a bit at a time on a regular schedule.
I hope you all got as much out of the experience as I did!
MORE OF KIM'S JANUARY CURE::
• Week One
• Week Two
• Week Three
• Week Four
(Images: Kim Lucian)