This is the living room, which we've completely rearranged by putting the sofa against the windows (it's never been there before. It usually always faces the fireplace.)
So Saturday was a "no computer" day (until late tonight), and we did a fairly complete gutting of the first floor. Full disclosure: for those that don't know it, although we still have a small apartment in NYC, we have a country house in Springs, NY, that we have been working on for about ten years. We've always rented it out during the four month summer season to pay the mortgage, but this year we're taking it ourselves and going to experience the summer here for the first time. So we've been cleaning it out and paring down. While we always cleaned and primped for renters (often friends), we're finding a desire to go far minimal ourselves. This is our real "Lab" and it's where we really get our ya-yas out...
Friday Night: SKGR says I can't be on the computer this weekend because I'm on too much and we have too much to do on the house (weekend house) this weekend. We have always rented it out during the summer season, but this year we're going to try and NOT do that and live in it ourselves because living in a tent with a toddler just seems a bit challenging at this point. That said, renters or no, we've always got a lot to do to get this house in shape, and taking carloads of good stuff to the recycling center is an annual ritual. Where does it all come from? So, here's to all of you. I'll be working all weekend (I'm typing on Friday night, late) and will have pics for you next week...
This Week's Assignment: In the Deep Treatment we tackle the Living Room. For some of you this may be a big deal, for others it may not be as much trouble. Either way, this is probably the time to tackle your BOOKS. These are a very pesky element that can be very hard to edit. Your are also cooking at home 3x this week. If you would like encouragement or recipes, head over to The Kitchn, where daily support and inspiration is provided...
The One Room Workout gets to tackling shopping and considering Carb and Protein furniture if you haven't already. I urge you to buy quality when you shop. In addition, if you are entering prices into a shopping list/spreadsheet, don't forget that we have these available here for you to use.
Top Tips for week 4:
1. Be practical - Have you bitten off too much? Then scale back and move on.
2. Get brutal - Are you being too careful when you should be getting mean with your stuff? This is your chance to make a difference. Don't lollygag and perseverate over cleaning and editing. As Nike says, Just do it.
3. Get inspired - Everyone else is working hard and having struggles as well. Share yours and see what others are doing to make their change. Also, if you'd like an inspirational story, check out this one about the founding of Patagonia. Rock climbing is a good metaphor for what we are all doing.
___________________This Spring NY Cure's Posts
>> Week Four - Living Room
>> Week Three - Weekend
>> Week Three - Entryway
>> Week Two - Weekend
>> Week 2 - The Kitchen
>> Week One - Weekend
>> Week 1 & Getting Going
>> The Class is Filling Up! - 3.6.08
>> Getting Oriented & Week Zero - 3.4.08
>> Join Us Next Week! - 2.29.08
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