Quote of the weekend: Our Girl Dean
"i am so back-and-forth about my living room and so many things have to be purchased and changed, i have decided to focus on the kitchen. if i can get that done in two weeks, i'll be totally happy."
You have come to the end of Week Five (almost). The quote above really sums up what a lot of this Cure business is all about: setting manageable goals and attaining them! We're not doing all this to have enough weekend projects to last until next spring. It's about making progress towards having homes we love to live in! And we get there one goal, one bit, at a time.
Some of you may be feeling worse instead of better after getting rid of clutter. This is totally normal and a part of change. Even positive change brings with it a sort of grief for how things were. Know that it will pass and keep setting daily goals. You're getting through the hardest part!
• Check out how much we've accomplished! Impressive.
• Whoah look at the Dahlias--are you still buying fresh flowers?
• Lots, and lots, and lots of inspiration from Smitten
• Check out this dining room in Chicago
• Even this before is pretty nice
• It's nice to see pictures even if things aren't done yet!
• Has anyone else painted their tub? Black?
Last Spring Maxwell wrote the following as part of Week 5's Spring Cure and we thought it deserved another read:
When you move things in your home that have sat for awhile you stir up all the old energy that has sat there as well. For me, photographs are the worst.
While the whole point is to stir up and clean out the old energy, it is disruptive and often stressful to feel it all come up. You may find yourself reminded of old feelings and thoughts that have not been present for awhile and which - by and large - can be slightly depressing. Karen Kingston speaks very eloquently on this in her book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui.
If you need to take a break and get out of the house, go for it, but return and finish whatever portion of the job you are on afterwards. If you are working on sections of your home, it is good to chunk your daily projects into small enough projects so that you can start and finish them within the time you have alloted. Leaving a messy project open over a number of days can be very challenging emotionally.
The important thing to remember is that if you are experiencing this, you are doing a GREAT JOB and it's all the more important that you do it. When you are done, you will not only have put your home in order, but you will also have cleared out a great deal of old, dead, depressing energy and given yourself a fresh batch to carry on with. Also, if you experience this, you may want to think about undergoing a Cure yearly or twice a year in order to really clear your home out and keep it clear. Energy is exactly like air or water, when it sits for too long, it stagnates, but when it is allowed to flow, it transfers life and joy.
Have a great weekend!
This Week's Assignment:
In the Deep Treatment, among other things you are diving into the home office and tackling all the computer and electrical tangles that you may have. You are also considering a Media Fast, which is a rather radical part of our household cleaning binge.
In the One Room Workout you will be getting into real color, painting color that is. We had a great time writing this part of the book and remembering all that we had learned over the years about painting. In particular, we were happy to be able to lay out some healthier paint alternatives, though we've found it hard to integrate these choices into NYC life. We'd be interested to hear any tips on this subject.
Info:The Cure posts will go up twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays (or sometimes Friday or Saturday), allowing for plenty of comment space. We will be pulling comments and pics to the front page post each week and everyone is urged to take pics and post them to this great Flickr pool or simply tag them with "apartmenttherapycurela." See our old pics here too.