The Fall Cure: The Landing Strip

The Fall Cure: The Landing Strip

Abby Stone
Oct 30, 2009

This landing strip might be more elaborate than what you were considering, but she who has rabbits has been inspired by Morgan's shelving.

• Cure Clock: 4.5 weeks to go
• Assignment: Read Week 3: The Landing Strip
• Members: 1717!

When I joined Apartment Therapy my brother became a reader. "They're always talking about a landing strip. What the hell is a landing strip and do I need one?" I thought about the piles of mail that littered his dining room table, the sweatshirts, back packs and odd toys his children left hanging around, that there was never any place to put my handbag when I walked in so I ended up toting it around his house til I found someplace that felt right. "Well," I said, trying to be diplomatic, "not having so much stuff lying around might make your house seem calmer when you walk in after a long hectic day, what do you think?"

großstadtnomadin has a simple entry filled with fresh thistle for an inviting welcome home

I've always felt that a big reason for me to do the Cure was that I wanted my home to be an oasis of calm, a port in the storm, where I could hole up against the cold cruel world, do whatever I wanted and regroup. (In fact, I named my Cure shopping list "From Home to Haven.") In medieval times there were moats and dragons or dense forests to protect a house against intrusions; in Victorian times, there were butlers. On Apartment Therapy, we have the landing strip.

cowgirlinwellies out of the uk has a new landing strip that accommodates the adults as well as the children, with tall hooks and short hooks, big boxes and little.

It doesn't have to be elaborate. This, one of my favorites, a great chair and a cool hook, pretty much covers it. You've got a place to sit to put on and take off your shoes; a place to hang a coat, a handbag or an umbrella; a place to put the mail or a bagged lunch. As Trish1980 puts it:

Now, I've got a three-shelf half-round entry table. My purse resides on the bottom shelf. Library books to be returned and outgoing mail are on the middle shelf. On the top shelf are a decorative red bamboo bowl for my keys and cell phone, and there's flat space for incoming mail. My commuting shoes fit under the bottom shelf out of sight. And everything I need for the next morning's commute is ready to go when I head out the door. Fabulous.

If you use this tool, your evening landing strip will also become your morning launch pad and because you're not running around looking for stuff, you're calmer. As you head out the door you discover that you don't have to leave for another 20 minutes. Hmmm....

slipcoveryourlife did some scavenging and came up with a headboard and a chair that they added vibrant color to, it wasn't expensive and it makes a huge impact!

Besides a landing strip, the other important items this week are:

  • Think about colour: specifically the 80/20 rule (80% neutral, 20% strong colour) and whether a room is warm or cool. Schedule in a half hour at the local paint store to look at paint colours. Allow yourself to play. When I was deciding what colour to paint my living room I couldn't decide between yellow, lavender and sky blue. I got three sample pots and painted the colours onto pieces of foam core (available in art supply stores). Still I was confused. So, how did I make my decision? Two things helped me: moving in a large piece of art that would be the focal point of the space (that eliminated the lavender), and deciding that my living room was warm (that eliminated the sky blue). Similarly, let what you love and must have in a room help you make colour choices.
  • Call in the professionals to take care of the work you won't be able to do yourself: We have an upholsterer, an electrician, a plumber, a handyman, and a framer, among others. Here are some tips on developing your own entourage. If you want to retain your sanity, you can't and shouldn't do it alone.

3piph is adding a punch of color with weekly marigolds and is also planning some banana nut bread with those bananas in the foreground; 2 birds with one stone.

Learning to manage your time is a big part of what this week is about. Delegating tasks, eliminating junk mail, organizing your entry way to make things more efficient and eliminate demands on your time are all part of that. Hmmm, you're curing your home and starting to have time for your life. Nice!

What am I going to do with my extra time?

Here are some suggestions: catch a few extra Z's, eat breakfast, sit in the garden, read a few pages in a book, order a pillow for your home, have a conversation with your significant other, call your mother, check out that new restaurant and make a reservation, write in your journal, start your novel, organize your photos, make your bed, prep dinner, cull your old magazines, watch cartoons, play a few rounds on your XBox, learn a language, plan a trip, volunteer.

A corkboard is an excellent way to keep track of small papers or bills that could just become clutter, or worse, get lost. whoopsadaisy ana added one to the inside of a kitchen cupboard, but you could add this to a landing strip.

Opening cupboards that are clean and organized is a huge source of solace for us (they're currently close to overflowing.) All about eve made it happen this week. Nice work!


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