The Fall Cure: Retail Therapy

The Fall Cure: Retail Therapy

Maxwell Ryan
Nov 3, 2009

Wirebrushing our bathroom hooks with my new drill on Sunday

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My apologies! I'm sliding in late to homebase today, but it's not because of my Cure. My weekend was super productive, and I finished fixing all of the items in our home that were on my list. The problem was work. We've been working for over a year on a concept called Marketplace that allows readers to search our database of stores quickly and easily, and it's actually perfect for this week, which is all about Retail Therapy. It just launched this hour. You can see it here: Marketplace.

But first a bit of housekeeping. Despite all the action in our discussion boards (nice) and in comments and submissions, you all signaled last week that you were having a bit of trouble getting going. Let's give you a push with an opportunity to shop this week.

For myself, I find the prospect of cleaning-out-allowing-me-to-shop for a few new things that are either useful or beautiful (or both) really invigorating. New items really DO carry new energy, but most of it has to do with the place you give them in your home and your genuine excitement about acquiring them.

Last week I did some major shopping, purchasing a cordless drill and some key tools that have continued to excite me every time I've used them. This week I'm going to look into buying a new stool for our kitchen, a small rug for Ursula's room and the felt I want to start putting together our new headboard. I can't wait. After a lot of fixing and decluttering, I've earned it.


This week I went around the house and reattached all the hardware that was falling out of the walls because my anchors were not good enough when I installed it all two years ago.

THIS IS WHAT MY HOOKS LOOKED LIKE BEFORE THEY STARTED FALLING OUT OF THE WALL (I needed better wall anchors). Here's my post of how I did it then: Maxwell's Project: DIY Eco Bathroom Hooks - Final.

Over the past few weeks, I took them all down, boiled them, stripped them and then wire brushed them down with my new drill in the backyard of our old apartment next door.


What would you most like to buy for your home that would really improve it?


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