Day 17: Friday, January 24....and the weekend of January 25 & 26
Assignments: Bring home some Friday flowers, empty your outbox, clean your living room and take a look at your lighting
Yes! Here we go: the last full (and yes, busy!) weekend of the January Cure. This time next week, we'll be done. This final stretch is when things should start coming together, as you spruce up your living room for your gathering and start the big emptying of the outbox. The time to let go has officially arrived!
This Weekend's Assignments:
Pick up your weekly flowers and enjoy.
Clean your living room. This is the "big clean" of your most public room. Give it a good once over and you'll be ready for your gathering next week (And, don't worry, we've built in time in the schedule next week for a quick spruce up to refresh all of your the hard work you do today.)
• Declutter surfaces
• Use those attachments and give your upholstered pieces a good vacuuming
• Wipe down and clean all wooden or other non-upholstered furniture
• Clean the baseboards
• Thoroughly dust all surfaces - move things, dust, return items
• Wipe down light switches, lamps and ceiling fan
• Clean frames, artwork, mirrors and windows
• Vacuum or dry mop the floors
Take a look at your living room lighting.
• Do you rely only on an overhead fixture? If so, a small investment in a table or floor lamp or two, will make a huge difference to your room (possibly the biggest one of the whole Cure - no kidding!). Affordable options abound, both new and used (I've found some favorites at thrift stores). Aside from how much better your space will look when more evenly lit, lighting is a fun addition to the room in other ways, adding color, texture and a bit of individuality to your decor.
Finally, last but definitely not least....drumroll, please...
Empty your outbox(es)!
I know plenty of you have been emptying as you go (and that is fantastic) but for those of you who've been filling up (and up, and up) since DAY 2, now is the time to let it all go. Take a few hours this weekend to deliver (or make arrangements for) donations, hit the recycling center, put things out on the curb with a "free sign", list 'em on Craigslist, eBay or Freecycle or package goodies up to pass on to a friend.
To help with the out box emptying, I asked a pro organizer, Amelia Meena of Appleshine, to share her list of great donation centers:
Clear Out & Help Out: A Big List of the Best Donation Centers
And, we have Amelia's one-minute video on the topic, too, below.
Whatever you need to do to clear it out, go for it - you'll feel great when you are done! (Please announce your outbox plans and celebrate your successful outbox goodbyes in the comments below...)
Liveblogging the January Cure:
- Eleanor's Cure: Out With the Old
- Carolyn's Cure: Out With the Outbox
- Kim's Cure: Emptying the Outbox
- Tara's Cure: Off to Goodwill
- Rebecca's Cure: Letting Go Is Easier Than You Think
- Dabney's Cure: Basement Purge, Interrupted
- Elizabeth's Cure: Goodbye, Outbox!
- Regina's Cure: One Man's Junk
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