Elizabeth's Cure: Better Late than Never

Elizabeth's Cure: Better Late than Never

Elizabeth Giorgi
Jan 20, 2014
(Image credit: Elizabeth Giorgi)

The calendar is rudely reminding me that I'm nearly halfway through the month, and I desperately need to get down to business with my January Cure. As I thought about my home life in 2014, I realized I was longing for one specific thing: simplicity.

The need and longing for simplicity always strikes when I know visitors are coming to stay. The last thing I need is to have an embarrassing mess when opening the closet and cupboards. Turns out, it's the mid-point of the month when I'm having a weekend guest.

So, better late than never — it's time to make a list.

Day 1: Make a list of projects.


  • Recycle or shred all old papers and files
  • Repaint the desk or get a new one
  • Clean out "junk" closet
  • Hang new art
  • Donate old tech

Guest Bedroom:

  • Dust the fan and turn the blades around
  • Clean out closet and donate clothing
  • Choose throw pillows to keep and donate the rest
  • Get new bed pillows and sheets
  • Donate old ill-fitting sheets


  • Reduce number of place settings to 16 of one matching set
  • Donate all unused tabletop decor
  • Throw out damaged silverware
  • Fix broken Keurig filters
  • Toss expired K-cups

It's amazing how one can amass so much expired and unused stuff throughout the house. The kitchen is my worst spot, so I'm tackling that first this weekend.

Are you getting a late start to your January Cure? What will motivate you to hustle and get it all done on time?

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