Let’s Get Started: A Weekend of Flowers & Floors

updated Feb 24, 2019
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Happy New Year! During the month of January, one assignment at a time, you are going to get your home in great shape. The effort put in over the next few weeks will pay you back with interest over the course of the year ahead. Each assignment you complete will absolutely add to the momentum of positive change that lasts long after the Cure wraps up.

Now, you got that little pep talk because it’s the first weekend of the Cure, time to hit the gas and speed forward. You’ll need to embrace a gung ho, LET’S DO THIS energy because the first assignment is a bit of a a biggie, but I know you can get it done before Monday rolls around. And, with that, we’re off!

It’s Not Too Late to Join The January Cure:

This Weekend’s Assignments:

Buy Flowers.

I know, this sounds a bit fluffy but it is actually a very real part of the Cure. Think of the purchase as a gift to your home. It is an enjoyable, (affordable!) little luxury but it goes beyond just that. The flowers are a visual symbol of the commitment you are making to care for your home.

In the Eight Step Home Cure, Maxwell wrote: As simple as it sounds, the act of buying flowers for your apartment holds great significance and will heal your home on many levels. They are a reminder of what you are doing by working through the Cure, they are beautiful, they add life to the space and help to humidify the air. Try and find time to pick up flowers (see “Helpful Links” below for suggestions and info) asap so you can enjoy them all week long.

(Note: During previous Cures, some participants opted for a house plant or a bowl of fresh fruit to enjoy during the week instead – whatever works for you in the spirit of giving this type of a small, healthy gift to your home is 100% fine.)

Vacuum the Rugs and Clean ALL the Floors.

This is a big(-ish) one, I realize, so block out enough time so you can really do this job right. Pretend you have to pass “inspection” when you are through and really do your best.

As Maxwell states in the book, When you embark on renewing your home, it is important that you break the ice and get to know it intimately. The best way to do this is to clean it. This floor cleaning task will have you connect with each room you are curing and will help you to spot problems with disrepair, cleanliness and clutter that needs clearing (you’ll be making a list of these issues next week, so pay attention to any “trouble spots” you notice).

From one end of your home to the other, it’s time to sweep, mop and vacuum. Move things out of the way as you go so you can do a thorough job. This will take a while but trust me, it will make a huge difference in how clean your home feels and actually IS. Turn on some music, set your mind to it and see how quickly you can get it done!

Please use this post’s comment thread over the weekend to help each other out. Check in and let us all know when you complete your assignment(s) – the positive energy helps pull us all through. Think of it as a place to take a break, ask questions, chat and maybe even seek (or share!) a bit of moral support.

Helpful Links:

Frugal Flowers: How To Choose Flowers at the Supermarket
• Unsung Heroes of the Supermarket Cooler
• Keep It Simple: Single Flower Arrangements
• Do You Clean to an Embarrassing Soundtrack?
• What’s Your Music While You Clean?

The January Cure Calendar:

Download our PDF to see the full upcoming schedule (and print it out if having a hard copy is helpful to you)

For all the assignments (so far) click over to the → January Cure Main Page

Hashtag for Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc (please show us what you are up to!): #thejanuarycure

It’s Not Too Late to Join The January Cure: