2018 January Cure (Apartment Therapy)

Apartment Therapy 2018 January Cure

This annual cure/challenge is a popular tradition for many YNABers on the old forum. It starts with an inaugural e-mail on January 2.  You can sign up to get e-mails sent to you or just drop by the site daily for the task of the day.  By the end of the month, you will have beat the January blahs and spruced up your home. Win-win.

Apartment Therapy is a fun site for creative and frugal tips on numerous topics.

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  • Nifty!  This could be a cool thing to participate in!

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  • That's hilarious -- I just signed up about an hour ago!

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  • I love this and really enjoyed it last year. I even added a budget item for fresh flowers! They really do make my apartment happy! 

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  • Sounds like fun, thanks for pointing this out, HappyDance ! :)

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  • I feel a little bit dumb asking this question but how do I sign up for this.  I can't see a link but maybe that is just me. 

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      • HappyDance
      • YNABing consistently since 2014
      • HappyDance
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      Opportunity Knocks 

      Go to the link.... Apartment Therapy 2018 January Cure .....and look for the sign-up bar.  It's beneath the feature pic at the top of the Article and looks like this... 

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  • I signed up. I was looking actually to get better about cleaning my home in 2018. I looked into apps to help me do this. The one I saw that looks awesome (in my opinion), just raised the price to $4.99. 😫 Here is a link to the app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cleaning-checklist-kondo/id1294971863?mt=8

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      • HappyDance
      • YNABing consistently since 2014
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      amp97 

      Excellent!  Nothing like having a group of people all dutifully cleaning out their junk drawers or polishing their mirrors together in unison to make January zip by quickly. 

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  • I'm in! I enjoyed doing this one last year.

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  • I completed the first mission! I chose to clean out my drawer with all my makeup and hair stuff. It was nasty. And when I was about to begin, I actually thought about switching to an "easier" drawer but figured I might as well get it over with. Now, the drawer is practically empty but it is clean! I love it!

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  • I'm in, though I managed to get a lot done in December, during my recovery from surgery! Got my first email already.

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  • Day # 1  task completed. I chose my cosmetic drawer in the bathroom. It barely took 10 minutes.

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  • Day # 1  task completed. I had already taken a pass through the bathroom drawers when my brother was here during my surgery and recuperation... so I decided to go through the top drawer of my dresser, which had become a sort of catch-all for old belts, pocketknives, unused watches, old glasses, sunglasses, keychains, old wallets, boxes of sentimentalia from my grandparents and parents... it took about 20 minutes. I didn't get rid of that much, but it is a lot more organized and clean inside the drawer... feels a lot less like Fibber McGee's closet... 😎

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      • HappyDance
      • YNABing consistently since 2014
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      rolltide 

      You deserve extra cure points for the Fibber McGee reference.  My local radio station still plays a variety of the old radio shows every night after 11:00. Fibber and Molly are a recurring favourite of mine and, of course, the crash-bang of their closet!

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      • rolltide
      • Vita, epulum! Famescenti tamen plurimi miseri!
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      Michele I imagined the crash bang every time I opened and shut that drawer :)

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  • Thanks for cluing us in to this, Michele ! I had never heard of it before.

    For Day One, I chose the drawer of a wine hutch we have in our kitchen. And thankfully, it only has one drawer, because it collects all kinds of randoms. It took me about 15 minutes, and I put in some little leftover gift boxes (jewelry size) from Christmas to hold little doodads and keep them from rolling around and getting unruly.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand Day Two challenge is almost done. I should be working, but I could write a mile-long list of all the little pestering tasks that linger in our house. Luckily, a good number of them are low-cost or free, and just require a bit of elbow grease.

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  • I joined as well and cleaned out one of the kitchen draws. I recently went through a lot of the rest of the house as part of minimising, so really only the kitchen left to do in that regard. I live the otherside of the planet so the timing of the emails is a bit weird for me, but I'll just do each task as soon as I can after the email arrives.

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  • Day # 2 task completed. This year's list is even longer than last year's list. I am rather deflated to see so many duplicate items from last year. 🙄

    Then I actually read the instructions: select no more than 3 to 5 items per room to complete over the course of the entire year! Aahhhhh!  I'm going to rewrite my list in my bullet journal so that I can refer to it more frequently. I think doing that will provide me with more opportunities to make slight improvements more frequently in the upcoming months, as opposed to what I have been doing, the all-out blitz in January approach.

    I'm making my current simplification project (the decutter I accidentally began last week) my first priority and because I have some vacation time to use up in January, I will be able to do a complete follow-thru until done: drop off at a donation centre, dispose at the eco-centre, make multiple trips out to the garbage and recycling dumpsters in my alley.

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  • Day # 3  is all about setting up a figurative outbox, or a penalty box for hockey fans, which is actually a better conceptual reference for me. I understand the concept of setting a person or thing aside for a timeout.

    Today's assignment is perfect timing.  I'm establishing a footprint in the corner of my living room nearest to the door for ease of removal next week. Since I have a 6-foot bookcase in my outbox and a plant stand, it's taking up quite a large footprint.  I'm going to have to think about where I might keep a permanent clutter/penalty box after the January Cure is over. My apartment is not a big one, but I think that incorporating the outbox or penalty box would encourage me to keep things moving out.

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  • I did Day 2's task today. I realize my list is mostly all organizing/purging cabinets/drawers. 

    Day 3's task - I kind of already had this spot set up. My hallway upstairs has built-in cabinets. The lower half is where I put all the stuff that needs to be donated.

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  • Same here, amp97 . I ALWAYS have a box that has at least one thing in it stored behind a side table in our office. ManSpice even knows to keep a good box or two in the garage just for that purpose.

    I put a LOT of stuff into the outbox last night that was strewn about the office. Some Christmas decor we no longer care for, Spicelet's outgrown clothes and insane number of cold weather hats. I mean, a kid doesn't need 15 beanies, does she? Also some random knick-knacks and pillows.

    I'm really weirdly excited for Day #4. I have been meaning to tackle our floors for months, so now it might actually get done. If you've read my journal, you'll know that they're hideously ugly anyway, but they do need to be cleaned.

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  • Day # 4  is one I've been looking forward to, floors and flowers (or fruit), and we have all weekend to get it done.  Feel free to post pics of your fruit bowls or flowers or shiny floors!  I'm considering borrowing a rug shampooer and going the extra mile in my living room.

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      • amp97
      • amp97
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      Michele Did you get the shampooer?

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  • Reminder: This is about Progress and not perfection, People.

    Is anyone still with me? Jump back in or join late and keep moving forward. Skip anything that is overwhelming or just not gonna happen for you.

    Day # 5 is a meditative exercise that I call falling in love with my apartment again. The good news: you don't have to clean or move a thing!

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      • amp97
      • amp97
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      Michele I'm still here. I didn't get to do this weekend's yet, but my daughter did bring home some flowers from a dinner we went to, so there's that part of it. :)

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      • HappyDance
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      amp97 

      Cool. Instead of flowers, I picked up a 5-lb bag of lemons. They're sunny and bright, and seeing them reminds me to drink more water.

      The rug shampooer idea was waaay over-the-top ambitious. Maybe if I had pre-arranged to borrow it from my Sis #2 and had it ready to go, I might have been able to get the living room three-quarters done. Then again, maybe not.  Meh! Lots of  better times for carpet cleaning in my future. 😉

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      • HappyDance
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      The Day 5 exercise of seeing my home from different perspectives and vistas made me realize that I had built up a substandard plant display at my living room window and it was blocking light as well as being an eyesore.  They were old leggy tired bits of greenery that dropped a lot of leaves but which had lost their oomph.  Plants gone!  I kept three for the time being. My amaryllis bulb is just sprouting again, and it's a showstopper when it blooms. My dieffenbachia is about to bloom, something I didn't know could happen, something I wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't cleaned out the jungle.  And I have a bigger pot with a dead/dying umbrella tree in it, which is going out the next time I feel like a workout. When it gets a little warmer and there is a more daylight, I plan to go plant shopping (emphasis on single plant) for something attractive to add greenery to my life that I will enjoy seeing.

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  • I am also following along.

    On day 1, I cleaned out my two main junk drawers and that felt great. 

    On day 2, I made my list and highlighted my areas to work on this year, as well as making a list of the items I need to buy to make those things happen. 

    On day 3, I created an outbox by putting a large plastic bin in my front door closet, and I put a few things into it immediately, but I've forgotten about it since then, so I need to look around for more stuff.

    Day 4, we got a bouquet of flowers, but I didn't get a chance to do my floors because my mom was visiting all weekend and I didn't want to take time away from her. I hope to make that up soon, or maybe at the end.

    I didn't do the Day 5 quiet hour thing. I need to make that one up, too.

    This morning I gathered all the piles of paper from around the house and sorted them as prescribed. It motivated me to keep going in my closet (one pile was in there because the filing cabinet is in my closet). Now my closet is clutter free! 

    Today, since I have the day off and nothing to do, I'm going to go through all my clothes and attempt to do the 333 thing. I know we have a closet day on the Cure calendar, but I don't think I can do it that day. 

    OK, happy paper sorting to you all!

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  • I'm still here, just swamped!

    I have to make up Days 4-5, and I am looking forward to Day 6, which I will tackle this evening.

    On the bright side, I filled up the outbox I created and took it to donation on Saturday. A new outbox is in its place and already has a pair of pants that Spicelet has outgrown.

    On the paper front, I feel like I have a *pretty* good system in place already (thanks to Dave Crenshaw's Time Management Fundamentals on lynda.com - seriously life-changing), but I am open to try new things.

    And the floors HAVE to get mopped this weekend. Ugh.

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      • amp97
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      MicroSpice We are dog-sitting this week so I feel the same about my floors right now. Plus it is raining and muddy outside. Ugh indeed!

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  • FYI everyone... the app that I mentioned in my first response is FREE today!!! Here is what I originally said:

    I looked into apps to help me do this. The one I saw that looks awesome (in my opinion), just raised the price to $4.99. 😫 Here is a link to the app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cleaning-checklist-kondo/id1294971863?mt=8

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      • Raynuuu
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      amp97 Is this associated with Marie Kondo from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or did they just use her name for the app? 

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  • Day # 6 - paper clutter.  I've already done a thorough sort, recycle, and shred at the end of December. I think I'm going to meditate today on an organizational process I can implement to keep me on top of the paper so I don't have to keep doing this 2 to 3 times a year.

     

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      • MicroSpice
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      • Microspice
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      Michele TIME MANAGEMENT FUNDAMENTALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a Lynda video by Dave Crenshaw. My public library offers free access to Lynda (my employer used to, but they ended it at the end of 2017 because "nobody used it." Uh, hello?! Am I nobody?!)

      If those aren't options, Lynda also offers a free trial and if you watch absolutely nothing else on Lynda, that course alone is worth its weight in gold. I cannot say enough good things about it.

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      • HappyDance
      • YNABing consistently since 2014
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      MicroSpice 

      Thanks. I'll check it out.  I used to be super organized in a seamless fashion on the paper front. Then I moved. And I didn't bring all my furniture with me because I was moving long distance and to a smaller apartment with a different layout. Result: I don't have a den/office/desk area, and I seem to leave paper everywhere.

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  • Day # 7 - tells us to use cell phones to take pictures then use the photos to identify a top priority project from the list of things we want to complete in our homes (Day # 2 list).

    I don't have a smart phone, as I'm still using my frugal flip phone, so I just chose a project that will immediately add to my quality of life. It covers the gamut of cleaning, decluttering, and decorating.  My dining table is covered with my latest declutter items and a selection of food items I have to put into my pantry. The floor in that part of the kitchen is the section of floor I didn't finish in the floors task, and the wall behind it is bare. I have a piece of art I want to hang there, but it needs hardware, wire, hooks.  I'd like to have this done by the end of this weekend.

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  • Ugh, I am really behind on The Cure. BUT, I'm not giving up. I'm just accepting that I am unlikely to complete all of the tasks as outlined. And that's okay.

    Good news is, I did finally declutter our fridge last night. There may or may not have been fudge left over from pre-Christmas in there. :-\ In any case, food is now easy to see and find, so putting dinner together this evening should be relatively painless.

    I like the idea of tackling the couch for Day 8. I want to make that happen (all my cushions are attached, so it's actually quite easy), but we shall see. ManSpice built a new console table to go behind it two weekends ago, so we actually already swept and cleaned out the underside of the sofa. I think I can just bust out the hand vac and get it done.

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      • HappyDance
      • YNABing consistently since 2014
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      MicroSpice 

      There is no 'behind' in this. This is a guilt-free challenge.  Do what you can, or what you want to do, and skip what you don't have time to do. I leap-frogged my way through the last two January Cures. So far, I'm keeping up. I kind of feel obligated to post the daily link to keep this thread active, but I may not complete every task along the way.

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