The Spring Cure: Week Five

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Week 5 is perfect for Tax Season, and it may afford you a bit of break if you don't have much of a home office at home.

The two elements of this week that have grown in importance to me are (ironically) the Media Fast and wireless technology. In last Fall's Week 5 Cure Post, I went on about the concept of "fasting" or reducing "calories" and linked to this great article on Monkey life expectancy in the NYTimes. Between the remarkable media stimulation that we are subject to and the amount of stuff that we often think we need, filtering our intake on many levels has never been more important. I urge you to check it out if you haven't already.

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.

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 "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.