Welcome to the Fall 2009 Green Cure! We're happy to have you. Hopefully by now you've signed up through our Cure Main Page, bought or borrowed the book, and read through pg. 51. The first week of the Cure is all about discovering what inspires you and using that as the basis for creating a home that works for you. But bringing in the new means taking out the old, so this week we'll also ask you to get comfortable with removing the unimportant, unhealthy, and/or uninspiring things in your home that are weighing it down...Set Your Intention:
Like the food you eat, your home environment has a huge impact upon you, and a beautiful, healthy home provides a powerful support system that can really make a huge difference in helping you to reach your personal and professional goals. The goal of this Home Cure is therefore to literally "heal" your home, transforming it into a place that is beautiful, enlivening and healthy, which you will be proud to share.
You're just getting your feet wet this week, and perhaps your commitment hasn't been firmly established yet. As an idealist, I've been known to start out a project with the biggest of intentions and the grandest of plans, only to fizzle out half-way through or, even worse, never really get off the ground in the first place.
So, what might seem like a simple task — removing one item from my apartment that I don't need or use but which still has value — can actually be one of the hardest things to do because it sets my intention and establishes my commitment to this Cure. And anytime we commit to change, it's a scary thing and it's never easy. But we're not asking you to clear out the store! Just one item. It's the first step towards changing your habits and letting go of the extra stuff that you really don't need (although you think you do), and it'll put you one step closer towards achieving the vision you have for a beautiful, healthier home.
Need some ideas on how to get rid of your stuff responsibly? See these posts:
• 10 Things You Can Recycle You Didn't Know You Could
• Good To Know: Electronics Recycling Websites
• Recycling Old Appliances
• How To: Recycle Your Shoes
• Roundup: Online Book Swapping Services
• Recycling Help: Ecohaul
• Hot Tip: How To Recycle Anything
Create a Vision for your Home:
The other important aspect of this first week is to create a vision for your home. If you haven't already done so, take the questionnaire on pg. 42. As Maxwell writes, "Giving yourself the space to step back, asking yourself key questions, and dreaming about what you really want out of your home is the best way to start this kind of project."
This first week is meant as a time for you to collect ideas and inspiration for how you'd like your home to look and function. Look for images and words that speak to your vision. Share your thoughts with friends. Write them down. Put them in a tray or on a bulletin board. It might seem trivial, but taking the time to create a stockpile of inspirational images will help pull you through the final weeks, when your motivation might be waning and your spirit is low.
I've always loved the warmth of this living room.
This bedroom looks like the perfect place to retire to at the end of a long day. The colors are cool, calm, and restful.
In my post later this week, I'll get into green cleaning and making the switch to more environmentally-friendly cleaning products. I'll also post updates on my own Cure project! I'm doing this with all of you.
TODAY'S COMMENT QUESTION
What are you going to remove from your home to set your intention?
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