Today's assignment is bit of a breather in the Cure timeline. It is quiet, mindful and - as I'm 100% sure you'll be happy to know if you just spent time over the weekend working on your kitchen - doesn't involve any scrubbing or sorting. You won't need to spend more than 10 minutes or so on today's two assignments, but there is learning here that will definitely help you throughout the rest of the Cure - and the rest of the year.
In The Eight Step Home Cure, Maxwell explains the reason to take the time for this simple, yet vital step well. He writes: Most of us develop flow patterns within our apartments that are so strong that after some time we rarely stray from them. If not for cleaning, we might never set foot in many corners of our own home or see it from any other perspective. The lovely, fresh objectivity that you had on the day you moved in easily gets lost as furniture arrives and life moves on.
Let's gain some of that fresh perspective back.
Today's First Assignment:
Do a Mini-Meditation
Find a spot in your home that you rarely (maybe never!) sit in that gives you a view on a room or area that you feel is especially problematic. Take a seat on a chair (or the floor) and just observe for ten minutes. Turn off TV, radio, music and your phone - this is a quiet exercise and is most effective with focus and concentration.
1. Look around the room and try to imagine what it would look like empty. Recall what it was like when you moved in.
2. Once you have done that, focus on whatever part of the room that you feel is the most problematic and imagine removing the "stuff" from that area - furniture, belongings, everything. Now, start rebuilding that area, adding back in only what feels right and looks good in your minds eye.
3. Make note of what changes you envision and move forward with some additional clarity about how you truly want your home to be; what you need and what you can move forward without.
More from the book: Problems often loom large but are caused by very specific, small elements. This exercise is not intended to make your interior problems disappear, but it will allow you to begin to isolate specific changes that you want to make and steer past the anxiety of feeling a whole room needs to be changed.
Think of this as a great diagnostic tool for helping to cure any area of your home that needs attention. Repeat as needed in different rooms of your home as you move forward - no need to overdo it tonight, but consider doing this exercise again at any time throughout the Cure process when you are unsure of what to do next to help improve a room, what you might want to add to your outbox or what needs cleaning and repair.
Now that you spent a little time meditatively musing about your vision for what your home can (and will!) be, it's the perfect time for you to choose a project that you really want to cross off your list this month.
Keep in mind that the list you created earlier this week is your master roadmap to many worthwhile projects you'll do for your home in the coming year. This project choice is just the first step and completing it successfully is key to sticking with the concept of caring for your home moving forward. So, don't feel like you have to do more than one right now - choose wisely and well on which single project (small is ok!) will be good to start with and remember, you'll be plenty busy doing the basics this month, so this is just a cherry on top!
Today's Second Assignment:
Review your list and choose a project to definitely complete this month.
Choose one that fits the below criteria:
- A project that can be completed this month, in a few hours.Remember, you'll be very busy with the rest of your Cure assignments, so don't get overly ambitious in your choice - stay practical on the time commitment required.
- A project that will make a noticeable difference in either how you use your home (organizing, flow), how something works (repairs) or how things look (decluttering, decorating).
Once you've made your choice, do the following:
- Commit! Tell us exactly what single project you've decided to tackle in the comments below. It's a good idea to make a commitment to the whole group on what your goal project is - the more of us that participate fully, the more strength we all have as a group to really get the work done!
I hope you are happy with where you are at in your Cure,whether you tackled your kitchen this past weekend or are at a different point in the assignments. Either way, today's "time out" will be a good restart to this upcoming week. I can't wait to hear which (not-too-big) project you chose - be sure to add it to the comment thread!