Lauren's January Cure: My First Week

January Cure Diary

I just finished my first week of the January Cure and it feels great! Here's a breakdown of what I did this week:

Day 1: This list wasn't difficult to make, as I always get the itch in January to freshen up our home and tie up loose ends. These list items had been floating around in my head for about a week now, playing over and over again in my brain like a broken record as I'd try to fall asleep at night. After I made my list I slept so much easier — it's a bit cathartic just to get it down on paper, isn't it?Day 2: Another item that came naturally was creating the outbox. I'd been wondering what to do with several random items around our house but just hadn't taken any action. It felt good to round everything up and put it in my outbox. Even though I didn't have to make any tough decisions yet, it felt like the start of something.

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Day 3: The weekend chores were a little more difficult to motivate myself on. Luckily, I had a little help from my family on this one. The mister brought me home some pretty pink carnations from the grocery store and I clipped a few things from the garden to make an inexpensive bouquet. I later tackled the floors while my parents watched our two-year-old (thanks Nonny and Poppy!) It takes a village, right?

Luckily my hardwood floor cleaner (Bona) is already a green product — it's both non-toxic and biodegradable, so no big changes there. As far as my kitchen floors, I'd been using a generic laminate floor cleaner from the grocery store and decided to switch back to the basics: vinegar, baking soda, and lemon. I hate those floors with a passion — they're white laminate and never quite seem to look clean. Turns out a little elbow grease and baking soda really helped get some of the stains out.

So happy I'm following along with The Cure this year — the first week felt great, and I am ready and raring to go on this week's assignments! How did your first week go? I'd love to hear about it!

(Images: Lauren Hufnagl)

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Lauren is a writer, DIYer, and Etsy addict living with her family in her tiny work-in-progress home in Pennsylvania. When not blogging, she can usually be found chasing around one very spirited little three-year-old and snuggling her new baby girl.

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