It's the home stretch of the January Cure, and I am looking forward to seeing how everything comes together at the end. This week was all about paying attention to the oft-overlooked details that can make all the difference in making a space look great and function properly.
From organizing documents to wrangling cords, this week had me minding the little tasks that usually never make it all the way to the top of my to-do list. Once I invested a bit of time, I found that the payoff was well worth amount of energy it took to actually tackle them.
Day 14: Get papers and files in order.
Running a business requires that I already stay pretty on top of paperwork. It also means I have quite a bit of it. I keep file boxes with dividers for type, such as receipts to itemize, and store each away at the end of the tax year. One thing I am not usually so on top of is dealing with my incoming mail. I have the tendency to put off the not so urgent mail until it becomes urgent, so I loved the idea of setting aside a time to go through and deal with it all once a week. I chose Tuesdays because, frankly, I'm not so fond of Mondays but still want to start out my week on top of things.
Day 15: Exercise a little cord control.
I waited for my boyfriend to get home and help me tackle this one because every time I attempt it myself a. the Internet stops working and b. I get rid of an unattached cable and find out we really did need it. Oops. Considering I won't be in this place long term, I decided against stapling anything to the underside of desks or to the wall (although I think it's a brilliant idea). Instead, I removed up all the cords not in use and stowed them away in the TV cabinet, then untangled and bundled the ones that were left. Goodbye "cord octopus".
Day 16: Give your bathroom and medicine cabinets a cleanout.
This one was long overdue. I have to admit I'm a bit of a product junkie, and my boyfriend tends to pick up mini toiletries whenever he travels. I sorted the full-sized products from the minis, and then bundled these up in a ready-to-go toiletries bag and stashed it conveniently with the suitcases. I then tossed all of the nearly empty bottles I end up hanging onto, meaning to extract the last little bit, and organized the remainder. Much better, and I no longer live in fear of an avalanche when I open the cabinet door.
Day 17: Take a look at your living room lighting.
While I saw some room for improvement when completing this exercise, surprisingly the existing lighting did have all three main points. There is overhead lighting running along the main beam, a floor lamp nested near a chair, and a task light on my desk. The one suggestion that I loved was the cord dimmers recommended by Maxwell, I had no idea it could be so simple and inexpensive to integrate dimmers.
Day 18: Weekend chores, flowers, living room, empty the outbox.
The flowers were, as always, my favorite part. I picked up a big cluster of blue hydrangeas and spread them throughout the apartment. For the living room clean I got to haul out the monstrosity of a vacuum again, and tidied up my workspace as well as the main living area. It's much easier to relax in the evening when my work for the day is cleared off the desk and out of sight. The only item to take care of in my outbox was the shipping crates for the dogs, so I put together a Craigslist listing for them.
How was your week four?
MORE OF KIM'S JANUARY CURE::
• Week One
• Week Two
• Week Three
(Images: Kim Lucian)