(This is another new experiment in which we get to chart someone's progress as they give their home The Cure. Jennifer and Drew live in Brooklyn and began the process of curing their home two weeks ago.)
This is a nice detail of one of the new clean areas
At the end of week 2, it's safe to say we are warm people, perhaps to the point of sweltering. I started panicking a bit, because it seemed like there wasn't enough progress or newfound decor fabulousness to show you yet. However, we made one small change that has already worked wonders on our everyday lives.
As you can see from the photos we have a pretty large livingroom, about 12 by 20 square feet. Other than the tv area with the couch and armoire, there are a lot of dead zones.
After the big change
The deadest of them all was the corner closest to the dining room, housing my childhood piano and an heirloom secretary. The secretary was piled high with papers and junk. The piano bench had one broken leg, the piano was dusty, and no one was playing it.
We had the two pieces switch places, so the secretary is diagonal in the corner and the piano has it's own space. I filed all the papers, put all the writing equipment in the little cubbies, glued the bench leg, dusted and cleaned everything.
This seemingly tiny change has been enormous. Friends who have come to visit have commented on how much better the whole apartment flows. We know where our stamps are. I've been playing the piano while my son plinks on the top keys. I feel less drained and depressed when I'm in the room, and we're one step closer to Drew's stated goal of this project – to spend our lives living and not looking for stuff.
See you next week.