I’ve raced around the house doing a last minute tidy up, the wood burner is fired up, the prosecco is chilling and and I am all ready for my lunch guests. Is my house completely cured after the January Cure 2014? No, not even close. But I have crossed 19 items off my original project list and I feel pretty darned proud of myself.
Okay, so some of those jobs were as simple as ‘wipe down the catflap’ or ‘buy log basket’, but we also tackled some long overdue DIY tasks like patching up and repainting the walls in the hallway. It only took an afternoon and it has made an enormous difference. I no longer cringe with embarrassment every time a visitor enters the house. Even the brown 1970s doors, I hated so much, don’t look too bad now that the walls are bright and clean.
That has been the most surprising and encouraging thing about the Cure for me. Sometimes putting right one relatively small problem - clearing the clutter off a shelf or getting rid of a musty piece of furniture - is enough to transform a room. I still have lots to do – ripping up the carpet on the stairs, making a slip cover for the sofa, getting those grease spots out of the wood floor – but I also know that each and every change will be worth making.
But for now it’s time to relax and enjoy my clean and tidy(ish) house with my girlfriends. Cheers!
Rebecca's January Cure:
(Image credits: Rebecca Bond)