Midwest Fall Cure: Week Five And All That Jive

Midwest Fall Cure: Week Five And All That Jive

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Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 10, 2008

lilithslair has moved a small stand under her desk to act as a landing strip.

This week we are taking on the media that sometimes seems to consume us. Maybe the wire tangles behind your TV are on your list, or perhaps the revolving door of blank media in your home office? Either way this week we are taking charge, clearing the clutter and then taking a step back from it with a day of media fasting.
We are just over the half way point and some of us might be feeling a bit of a drag, but that's no worry because without a little growing pain, progress isn't made. So check out the great links to fabulous food and several ways to keep your home office in check after the jump....

This Week's Assignment (Deep Treatment): This week, we're getting rid of old paperwork, decluttering files, and dealing with the crazy mess that is the pile of cords behind our desks. We're also prepping the room for wall color and trying out paint samples. If you are afraid to pick a color, paint a few swatches and post them up for us to see in the Flickr Pool! We're always willing to lend a helping hand!

thefarmersdaughter is the proud owner of a spic and span pantry.

This Week's Assignment (One-Room Workout): In the One-Room Workout, we're shopping! Take care not to bring filler pieces or impulse purchases into your home. Although something might seem too cheap to pass up, it will cost you later when it becomes clutter and you have to figure out what to do with it. We're also prepping the room for wall color and trying out paint samples.

gridpaper. is cooking up a simple storm; hopefully we are all invited to dinner!

We are still cooking at home and as the seasons change it can be truly inspiring to work with seasonal foods. Check out some of our favorite ideas over at The Kitchn.

  • Brown Rice With Winter Squash and Cashews
  • What To Cook With Cheap Cuts of Meat
  • Caramel Apple Crumb Pie
  • Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini
  • Cheddar Olives Appetizers
  • Chunky Cheesy Lasagna

    sarahrae2 is packing up old electronics to be donated. Keyboards, mice, speakers, anything that can't be used is out the door!

    Great Unplggd Links For Helping Out In The Home Office:

  • Clamp Concepts That Serve All Your Domestic Needs
  • Look Ma! No Wires!
  • Good Questions: Thin HDMI Cables?
  • Closeup: Basement - Lounge Makeover
  • Tech Tour: Andy & Heather's Geek Chic Living Room

    seshat_ is busting out the sewing machine and making curtains that might have otherwise been out of budget.

    Ongoing Cure Discussions:

  • seshat is needing advice on some flamingo decor in the bathroom.
  • lilithslair is looking for fresh flowers grown locally (in MN).
  • Honest confessions of week four participants.
  • Help with feeling overwhelmed with The Cure.

    Thanks to all of you for updating us on your progress in the comments! Continue to post pictures of your progress to our Midwest Flickr Pool so your fellow Curers can help you out, offer advice on problem areas, and see all that you've crossed off your list already.

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