It's the first Monday morning of 2016. For many of us, it's the first official work day of the New Year. And, you just started this crazy Cure and may have cleaned all the floors in your home over the weekend. So, let's not be too hard on ourselves today. Now is not the time to overextend and burn out, this is a month-long journey. Today's task is all about taking some time out to think and plan and the actual work will come later. Sound ok? Great. Here we go!
It's Not Too Late! Join The January Cure:
Make a list of projects
Grab something to make notes on. Set aside an hour or so to do a walkthrough of your home and write down any trouble spots as you move through each room. It's easiest to organize your list by room - you'll want sections for all the important areas of your own home, i.e. the entryway, living room, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. Start at the front door and do a thorough "inspection", noting each area or item that needs a good cleaning, a de-cluttering or a re-organization.
IMPORTANT: Resist the temptation to jump in and start cleaning or moving things around - stay on task to just observe and make note of any problems you see that you would like to improve. Today's task is about observation, contemplation and vision. The action will come later.
A few examples of things you may note:
Wiggly knob on the bathroom door.
Stack of loose watched dvds and played games by the tv.
Mismatched, worn out sheets on the bed.
Overcrowded and dusty bookshelves in the living room.
Blown out bulb in entryway.
When your tour is complete, grab a highlighter and select a few (3 - 5 is ideal) key areas from each room that you plan to focus on - the spots that will make the biggest impact on the look and use of the room as a whole when they are improved.
Now, write up your projects list, room by room, featuring the highlighted sections (remember, just 3 -5 per room, maximum) from your observation notes as the main bullet points.
Examples of solutions:
Get out the tools and tighten up door knob.
Put all media back in cases and organize in storage cabinet, shelf or drawer.
Search the January white sales for a good deal on fresh new sheets.
Sort through books, donate or share the ones you won't read again. Dust shelves well and replace the rest.
Replace lightbulb in overhead fixture.
Also important: Don't get discouraged. Stay calm, just observe and make your list. Don't exclude things because they are too small OR too big. We'll have plenty of time to focus on the "doing" later. And, don't worry - the intention is not for everything on your list to be completed this month. You are simply assessing your home in full right now, creating a master plan of goals, both short and long term, to work on over the coming year, throughout 2016.
The big picture behind this assignment is that locating trouble spots and setting goals is half the battle and you'll have this major step completed and under your belt before you go to bed tonight, which is fantastic.
Good luck, and once again, let us all know your thoughts about the assignment in the comment thread. (You guys are amazing - that is an epic conversation on the first assignment!) Share any questions, how it's going for you and when you finish up - let's make today count!
Oh, and as promised, here is the Cure 2016 calendar PDF. Check it out and if you like, download and print.
If you are thinking about joining us today, WELCOME. Just jump in and go back to the first assignment when you find time - no pressure to do it right now! Today is an excellent starting point, too.
It's Not Too Late to Join The January Cure:
(Image credits: Catherine & Michael Frawley)