The Fall Cure: Week Five - Weekend

Quote of the week:

"So many awesome apartments! Much respect to everyone for working so hard."

Olya
(BTW, I love your bedroom pic on your personal page. Can you send in a bigger one?)

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You are coming to the end of Week Five. Only three more weeks to go.

It's right about this time that we experience a little drop-off as people get unexpectedly busy, distracted or simply a bit defeated. Don't give up the ship. And as you keep on, don't become radio silent, as the whole group thrives on hearing that you're still out there working away. At the very least, use comments as a place to record the checklist of things done this week...

It will mark the occasion and inspire others. I have also included a bit of writing from the last Cure down below and look forward to seeing any of you who can make it this Sunday for a Cure Masterclass at the Domino Bazaar. We may be the only folks talking about living lightly.

Q: Why do you sometimes feel worse, instead of better, when you deep clean and declutter?...

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.

It is helpful to know that this is going to happen in advance so that you are not ambushed, and when it happens it is best to witness the feelings, but not to let them stop your progress. 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.

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A mug in Ramonah's family house. They have a long tradition of mugs, and this one is much loved.

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.

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Very nice living room corner by Curdsnwhey. Check out the great IKEA pendant - the "it" light of the year.

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.

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Hooray for Krisalis903: "After participating in The Spring Cure 07 earlier this year, I've been inspired to make my life more holistic and incorporate real life plants in my decor. This is actually a huge step for me because I've always been a "brown thumb.""

As for wireless technology, this simply offers a tremendous design advantage that eliminates wires and clutter for those who work at home on laptops, which is also now easy and inexpensive to set up. Our Home Tech site was started specifically to aid in this area.

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 "apartmenttherapycure." See our old pics here too.

The Fall Cure is live in all four of our Home city sites:

Chicago & their Flickr group
San Francisco & their Flickr group
Los Angeles & their Flickr Group
New York & our Flickr group
Green Home & their Flickr Group

Please choose the site nearest your home to join, but feel free to browse on all!

Other Info:

The Cure posts will go up twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, 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 "apartmenttherapycure." See our old pics here too.

(The last post is here - all Worksheets are here - The Book Blog is here)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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