Northwest Fall Cure: Purge, Baby, Purge!

Northwest Fall Cure: Purge, Baby, Purge!

Aquarabbit's kitchen artwork area is bright, functional and inspiring.

• Cure Clock: 5 Weeks Remaining
• Assignment: Read pp. 129-153, clean living room, purge books and media
• Flickr Pool: Northwest Fall Cure Pool

This week we focus on going through and getting rid of books, magazines, CDs and DVDs that we no longer read, watch or need. Since most of us store these things in our living rooms, and since living rooms are often the center (at least the "public" center) of our homes, decluttering media has the potential to effect one of the most significant positive changes of the Cure process. Paper in particular generates dust as it degrades over time, marring the crisp, clean look and feel many of us are going for.

So don't hesitate — dig in, give away, and unsubscribe!

>>Northwest Fall Cure Flickr pool

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    Fjorlief is working out some ideas for their living room.

    Weekly Assignment (Deep Treatment):

  • Clean up living room and related closets.
  • Repairs are being taken care of this week.
  • Declutter books and all media.
  • Cancel 75 percent of the catalogs you receive.
  • Empty Outbox this week.
  • Confirm what you need to increase or decrease color in each room.
  • Identify what you need to increase or decrease softness in each room.
  • Cook three meals at home this week.
  • Send out your invitations.

    Mr_Yuko created this spacious and functional landing strip by replacing the small chest of drawers that used to be here with a larger one from another room.

    Weekly Assignment (One-Room Workout):

  • Begin Shopping List and enter all prices into a spreadsheet.
  • Decide on the total scope of work to be done.
  • Consider hiring a professional organizer.
  • Visit a paint store this week to find samples.

    Aquarabbit recently moved and has staged her books on the floor, but out of the boxes. She's similarly leaned her artwork against the pile of books, both for viewing and to motivate her to hang it.

    Discussions & Useful Links:

  • Ethologizedsphinx is looking for tips on getting furniture custom made.
  • AT on...The Art of Decluttering
  • AT on...Keeping Books — this post also has great links to other book-related posts.
  • AT: Chicago introduces us to Catalog Choice, for canceling catalog subscriptions all at once, online.

    Neeecole's before shot of her second living room / "man" room / guest room displays her bookshelf and a vintage popcorn machine.

    >>Northwest Fall Cure Flickr pool

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    ethologizedsphinx wants Atlas Industries (or similar) shelving in here.

    Previous Northwest Fall Cure 08 Posts:

  • It's That Time Again!

  • Week Zero — Sign Up and Get Oriented (the sign-up form is in this post, so be sure to click through and sign up if you haven't done it yet!)

  • Week Zero — Getting Oriented

  • Week One — Creating Your Vision

  • Week One: Weekend — Creating Your Vision
  • Week Two — Clearing the Path
  • Week Two: Weekend — Clearing the Path
  • Week Three — The Landing Strip
  • Week Three: Weekend — The Landing Strip

    The Fall Cure on the other AT sites:

  • San Francisco & our Flickr group (Hosted by Danielle and covering the northwest)

  • New York & their Flickr group (Hosted by Maxwell and covering the east)

  • Los Angeles & their Flickr group (Hosted by Abby and Laure and covering the southwest)

  • Chicago & their Flickr group (Hosted by Sarahrae and covering the midwest)

    General Info:

  • Buy the book from our store, Amazon, Powell's or Barnes & Noble
  • Read an excerpt from the first chapter

  • Revisit the last Cure (Spring)

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