Decluttering Cure

How to Truly Celebrate and Enjoy Your Cleaning and Decluttering Wins

published Oct 2, 2022
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Apartment Therapy’s Decluttering Cure is a free two-week decluttering program that’ll help you achieve a tidier home. Joining us today is Apartment Therapy founder, Cure creator, and our special guest cure-ator, Maxwell Ryan!

We’ve reached the end of our two-week journey. You did it. Whether you completed one, three, or all fourteen tasks, congratulations on getting one step closer to a tidier, more organized home. I knew you could do it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed decluttering your home — I’ve certainly enjoyed taking this journey with you! — and I look forward to seeing you again for the upcoming January Cure.

But before you go, this year’s Decluttering Cure comes to a close with a final (and very fun!) task from a very special guest cure-ator: our founder and the creator of The Cure at Apartment Therapy, Maxwell Ryan. Here’s a special message and assignment from him to you! 

Day 14: Celebrate and enjoy your wins!

Dear Team Cure,

Congratulations on reaching this final day! I’m honored to join you for this final lap of the month to share what I consider the most important part of every Cure. 

Early on in working with clients, I came to realize that we tend to focus on our homes and really get things done when we know we’re having guests over. While we all have the best of intentions, the pressure really does work. I also learned — somewhat surprisingly — from clients that the top thing they all wished they did more at home was to entertain on some scale and to share their home more. When I say I was surprised, it’s that I didn’t realize how many people long for something that they don’t think they can have. The desire to have friends over usually came after admitting that they didn’t think their home was ready for it — hence the need for a Cure. 

It was then that I realized that decorating, cleaning, and organizing a home to one’s liking has a very clear life purpose and that is the deep satisfaction we get out of sharing it with friends and family. Of course, a good home performs many great functions, but this one really stuck out to me. Then I picked up Terence Conran’s most famous book, “The House Book” from 1982, and he says it so beautifully right on the first page. 

“Having a warm home that looks good and works well and that you, your family, and friends enjoy must be one of the most worthwhile things in life…”

I couldn’t agree with him more. As a total home junkie, I get a lot of joy out of working on my home constantly and having guests over often (it’s the cleaning that I’m not fond of!). 

So, your final assignment is very simple: sit down in your refreshed home or room today and send out an invite to a friend or two to come for a drink or a meal in the next week. It doesn’t have to be a big affair. I just want you to be able to show off your work and then enjoy it with company. 

When you’ve shared your space you will have completed a very important part of the cycle because it is through sharing that we manifest ourselves fully in the world. It also recharges us for the next project. 

I wish you the best of luck and know that having come this far, you’ll crush this final assignment. Thank you, as well, for joining all of us who do this work regularly, and come back again in January to jumpstart the new year. 


More ways to participate in the Decluttering Cure:

The Cure Program is a tradition here at Apartment Therapy — it happens every January, April, and September. Click here to learn more about the year-round program and when to sign up.