The Spring Cure: Clearing the Path

Week 2 - Introduction

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The original chapter drawing by Emily Payne

"Week one.The office has become a dumping ground. First thing. File all of the paperwork that is piling on the floor! It's insurance statements, bank statements, kids' photos, etc. Weeding through that mess took me three evenings. I can actually see the floor now!" ~ Jen64 (see photos on flickr)

• Cure Clock: 7 weeks remaining
• Assignment: Chapter 2
   • Kitchen deep cleaning & cooking a meal (roast chicken, anyone?)
   • Working on your floorplan and establishing your style

• Curees: 715 and counting.....

>> New Flickr Group: AT Home Cure (Thanks, Nudik!)

Wow, we're really growing this time. I couldn't be happier. Hopefully our new page and the emails (first one went out on Saturday) are helping, and we've also got one Flickr account that we can all use, started up by Nudik which we can now all assemble ourselves (see above). Remember, that if you want us to post your pics, you still need to send them to us, but it's great that we can all share pics in one place this time around...


Alrighty, with this, my fourth Cure, I am trying to finish up an entryway remodel. I'm looking for a wall-mounted coat rack and need to paint a concrete landing to 'match' the newly polished terrazzo stairs.

And as it is bathroom month, I also want to share a few photos of my fall cure 2008 project which finally wrapped up last week. AT and its community really helped us with making some of our bath purchase and design decisions. Thanks, AT! ~ Wig3000

This week is all about two things really. It's about falling back in love with your kitchen if you're going room by room and planning a room rearrangement if you're doing the one-room workout.

This kitchen week is one of the most satisfying cures, because the reward of cooking at the end is so gratifying. Particularly if your one of those people who DOESN'T cook much, this is such a great opportunity to start and to stock up on some nice ingredients in the process. Buying food is fun, and it's one of the most affordable luxuries I know of. Cooking good food is also essential for "seasoning" the home. Literally, the smells of good cooking sink into your home, acting like pheromones and making it a cozier, more comforting place to come home to every day. No cooking, no seasoning, and bad food (or too much grease) leads to too much.

If you're working on reorganizing and floor planning, you really want to work with the idea of "flow" lines and not try to make one room do too much. It may do it, but you'll water down each space in the process.

Flying over the country in a plane, you see the "flow lines" very clearly. As you leave the grid of the cities and see your first big river snaking through the landscape, twisting and turning, you see first hand, how nature wants us to move. The same is true in the home. As human beings we want to constantly move and flow around forms. As you move furniture around, experiment with opening up as many passages as possible so that you can enter and exit the room differently each time. Don't "organize" your space. Organizing is what we do to our shoes, magazines and books. What people want is nice space to flow through.

My final thought for this week is - as always - to be careful and don't bite off too much. If you feel you might be, this is your week to recalibrate and "back away from the car." I want you to be successful, not open up a can of worms that you can't close up and which leaves you stressed out in week 8. We do this twice a year, so make sure you've got a fun, doable project on your hand and then let 'er rip.

With that in mind, don't forget that this is your week to really think ahead and plan for your little (or big) house warming party around Memorial Day. When you've locked in that date and you've got your vision, you'll find the Cure Gravity pull you right through to the end.

Best, Maxwell

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This is from Hannah, who looks to be working on her living room this time around.

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This is my second Cure and I am concentrating on the living room, entryway and hallway. Painters are hired colors are picked can't wait to start.....Posting the before pics can't wait to post the after. Besides painting I need to purge purge purge way to much "stuff". ~ KMG

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I bought the book late summer 2008 and followed the steps. I purged stuff at 2 flea markets, rearranged the bedroom, and got rid of ugly black speakers in LR. However, I am still feeling a bit un-creative. I would say I am half way cured!I did Bedroom, Kitchen and Living Room. Posted are the before pics. ~ Live2Ski

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- POST INDEX SPRING 2009

Week 1.5 - Show & Tell
Week 1 - Tips & Tricks
Week 1.5 - Intro

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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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