Claire's January Cure: My First Week

January Cure Diaries

A new puppy joined my home in November, and between training him and having houseguests over the holidays my home feels like it is about to explode. I can no longer wait until the spring to begin my Spring-cleaning routine, so the January Cure was the perfect excuse to get started.

Day 1: Make a list of projects.

My List:
• Weed out coat rack
• Change light bulb in kitchen
• Organize bar cart for new wine glasses
• Clear out old magazines in storage box
• Organize desk and new file cabinet
• Clean Bathroom cabinet
• Work on plants for the balcony

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Day 2: Set up an outbox.
My outbox started the day after Christmas, when bringing in some lovely new gifts meant getting rid of some of the old and tired things around the house. One of the things to go are the mismatched set of dishes that my husband has had since college and moved around the U.S. and abroad. I also think that by having a nice bag as the outbox, it makes my items feel a bit less depressed while in the purgatory of the outbox.

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Day 3: Buy flowers, clean floors and buy green cleaners.
Flowers on the weekend help get the house ready for the week, and are a nice thing to come home to after a long day at work. I try and get to the Columbia Road Flower Market every Sunday morning as a nice way to shop local and feel immersed in London.

My floors have needed lots of cleaning over the last few months from Christmas tree needles and a potty training puppy, so cleaning the floors is a twice a week task anyway. For this weekend, I decided to go into a deeper floor clean by moving the sofa and getting under the bed where lots of dust has collected.

To be continued next week!

(Images: Claire Bock)

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Claire is a California native living in London who loves discovering the city with her husband and French bulldog Watson. With a background in photography and interior design, her current creative obsessions include sewing, printmaking, and anything neon.

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