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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  • Day # 8 - refreshing your sofa

    I think this is about the sofa.... it said favourite spot, then discussed the sofa/seating area. The sofa is not my favourite anything. I hate my sofa. It's uncomfortable. It's too big for the space. It attracts clutter and dust.  Sigh. I am also unwilling to spend the money to replace it right now. Too many other priorities.  But  I think I can manage a quick vacuum and pillow fluff today. 5 minutes. Ready. Set. Go.

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  • Day # 9 - the kitchen overhaul. First buy more flowers (or fruit) to add colour and lift your spirits, then tackle the kitchen. The linked article provides two separate tracks to choose from:  one organizing, one cleaning. I'm pretty sure I skipped this task last year because it just didn't line up with my schedule at the time, and I was hip deep in a KonMari project elsewhere. This year the timing is perfectly aligned for me. I already had this weekend pegged as the time to do a thorough kitchen clean/reorg. Also planning on getting some flowers.

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      • HappyDance
      • YNABing consistently since 2014
      • HappyDance
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      I pulled every single thing out of my pantry last night. It's a converted stand-alone wardrobe that I added shelving to because apartments don't usually come with enough storage space.  I decided to do a thorough clean out. Then I was inspired to take advantage of the lighter weight to move it to a different spot in my kitchen. This created a bit of a domino effect.  Last night I moved my china cabinet, pantry, and open shelf to a different wall last night, so there was a mountain of items that had to be removed to make the shifting possible. Now, I 'm going through a little second-guessing regret, which may simply be discomfort with the new look or the realization of the amount of work I caused for myself. I will leave it all where it is -- I can change it again in the future if I really hate it  --  and start putting things away. I'm using the opportunity of this deep-dive activity to assess every item in my pantry, inventory and write a list of what's needed, and purge some stale-dated items, i.e. baking powder with a best before date of 2011.

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  • Michele - Twinsies! Well, I didn't do a full-on rearrangement of furniture, but I pulled ALL of the things out of the pantry. I wiped everything down on the inside, discarded expired items that were hiding at the back of the shelves, and put aside some things for donation that I know we probably won't eat before the expiration date. I put some storage baskets to good use and it looks a lot cleaner and tidy in there now.

    I also used the opportunity to rehome some things. ManSpice had the excellent suggestion to put the KitchenAid mixer in a hutch instead of the pantry floor (he probably hopes it will inspire me to bake more often). Our laundry hall is adjacent to our pantry, so I did a bit of a purge and reogranize over there, as well.

    So, I didn't follow the task to a tee, but I'm pretty happy with the progress that was made.

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      • HappyDance
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      MicroSpice 

      It was a much bigger job than I originally thought it would be.  But I'm so pleased to have it done. I keep wandering into the kitchen, flipping on the light, and admiring the final job and feeling deliriously happy.  I bought flowers this weekend, and that is contributing to the overall delight, I'm sure.  True, only half the kitchen is completed, but it was a massive half. I knew I wouldn't likely finish the entire kitchen. I gave myself permission to do a half job and not obsess about perfection. I will get around to the rest of it over time. I really want to KonMari all my cupboards and should really deal with the pile of discards, recycling, and donations in my 'outbox' area before I add more.

      I reckon the dollar amount on wasted food, if I were to replace what I threw out, comes to no more than $30. That is really fantastic considering I haven't done a thorough cleanout in a few years. I had some dried fruit that had begun to ferment in their packages, a couple of oils that had gone rancid, a jar of home-made jam that had broken its seal, a few packages of really stale crackers, and four very old cans of tomato paste.

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      • HappyDance
      • YNABing consistently since 2014
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      A few celebratory pics.

       

       

        

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  • Day # 10 - the social gathering at the end of it all.  I actually did this last year and can attest to it adding a sense of energy to my January. I invited people over to my apartment for the first time since moving into it in 2012. I'm a single, in a small space, and there is limited parking, so it always seems so much easier for me to go to family and friends. It was also very stressful for me because I was dealing with my perfectionism and anxieties. Nothing looked good enough.  Result: It was a resounding success.  I'm going to issue an invitation to the same little group to come over for an afternoon tea/coffee party again this year. Knowing it is coming up should also keep me motivated in my Cure tasks.

    Reminder:  Do what you can do and skip anything that doesn't fit in your reality.

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  • Day # 11 - an experiment in perspective - temporarily remove tchotchkes from your living room as a means of resetting how you see/use/enjoy the room.

    We're more than half way there.  Only 9 more daily tasks and 2 weekend tasks to go.  Are you feeling/noticing a difference in your home yet?

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  • Day # 12 - catch up on a project day.  I sense a recurring theme here on Wednesdays. I think I'm going to revisit my project list on Wednesdays to try and keep myself moving forward this year.  Small steps, right?

    For me, I am feeling hemmed in and roadblocked by a pile of discards. I am reluctant to add more to the pile, and I am using that reluctance to shy away from the next project on my declutter to-do list. Everything in the current pile leaves the apartment tonight, she declared emphatically.

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  • Day # 13 - the medicine cabinet and, if time permits, the rest of your bathroom storage.  I did this last year, and it was an archaeological project.  This year I only have to deal with a year's worth of build-up and negligence.  Should be easy-peasy.

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  • Day #1:  I just found this thread so will catch up.  I cleaned out a drawer of electronic chargers and cords.  Coiled them up, labeled all the cords that only fit one device, and sorted everything for easy access.  And found a needed thumb drive in the process!

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      • HappyDance
      • YNABing consistently since 2014
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      DolphinKick 

      Don't burn yourself out trying to do a month's worth of assignments in a marathon session. 😉

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    • Michele , no risk there. LOL  Day #2 will take me a week to list out all the changes and improvements we want to make.  We remodeled most of our home 20 years ago and so many things now need updating and reworking.  

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  • Day # 14 - the bedroom makeover weekend. I already did a deep dive in my bedroom in late December, when I was housebound from really frigid weather and off work. That's when I noticed just how much dust there was everywhere. I'm convinced I sleep (and breathe) better as a result.  This weekend I'll do a maintenance pass-thru with vacuum, duster, and launder the fleece sheets, but I'll be focusing my determined attention to the other half of my kitchen clean/declutter.

    By the way, Canadians get a pass on washing/cleaning windows in January. 😉

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  • Day # 15 - the linen closet.  I did this task last year and have maintained a lovely linen closet ever since. You know you've done it right when you smile every time you open your linen cupboard. If anything, I was a little restrained on the discards, and I think I'd like to go through and pull out a few of the  "too good to discard" items that I have not used in the year since.  I have a thing for bed sheets -- always in search of the perfect feel/wear/look -- and never quite getting it. 

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  • I am happy to say that I am fairly confident I can skip Day 15 re: the linen closet. I am a pretty ruthless purger year-round, and did a go-through last summer. I also have a very particular way of folding my towels because I used to work in the linens department of a high-end home goods store when I was in undergrad, and they taught us how to fold towels to look fluffy and luxurious on the shelves. Admittedly, we are in need of new towels, but they still look fluffy in the cabinet!

    Alas, Spicelet had an ear infection last week and then I got sick and only made it into work on Friday last week. So I didn't get any type of work done last week, at home or the office. I'll be playing a bit of catch up, but I'm happy that I managed to stay on top of the laundry and the dishes. :-)

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  • Day # 16 - give yourself a break, catch-up, go back and finish.... pick your own project today.

    I'm planning on doing a little light housework (15 minutes (max) of dusting, vacuuming, and running the wet Swiffer across my linoleum floors) and possibly a load of laundry tonight when I get home from work. If I have any extra energy (a dubious notion), I will revisit the linen closet task. I was derailed by attending a function last night and didn't get home until late evening.

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  • Yay for Day 16. I am going to use this opportunity to take pics of the house (as was recommended for Day 7). I'm not a great photographer, but I'll give it a shot so I can get a new perspective on my casa and its potential. It does have so much potential. :-)

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  • Day # 17 - the landing pad - this can be a physical set up and/or a deliberate  series of actions you go through as you enter your home with the detritus of the world in hand.  I already go through a repetitive series of tangled steps, a bit of an elaborate tango, when I enter my home.  I just need to add in a couple more steps to effectively deal with my paperwork, and I'm all set.

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  • Day # 18 - Thirty minutes to a cleaner/tidier closet.  I think this task is more about using a timer than cleaning a closet. Like slowly learning to budget and that every dollar counts, learning just how much time 10, 15, 20, 30 minutes really is and just how much you can accomplish with short bursts of focused activity can be eye-opening. I'm picking my front closet, I store a few coats, a few boots, my recycling, some emergency bottles of water, and a mish-mash of all sorts of things there. It could use a thorough cleaning.

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  • Day # 19 - the final weekend project, the deep clean of the bathroom. You can do it!  The end of the cure is in sight, and hopefully all your homes are cleaner, more organized, and just generally corners of true comfort on the planet.

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  • Day # 20 - the 3-minute surface sweep.  Uh..yeah...I have to try and remember to keep doing this past the month of February.  Maybe this year it will sink in.

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  • Day # 21 - time to deal with any accumulation in your outbox -- recycling, eco-centres, recycling, resale, donations -- and reconsider returning some of your banished living room tchotchkes, but don't be afraid to be discriminating with your collection. It doesn't all have to be in the living room at the same time.

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  • Day # 22 - tips for keeping this up all year. Today's task is more of a naval-gazing exercise - what worked, how quickly it was done - and a challenge to be more deliberate in your to-do thinking.

    There's also an e-mail  sign up (at the bottom of today's linked articled) for weekly e-mails challenging subscribers to a series of weekend projects for the rest of this year.  If that interests you, sign up.  Those links will not be posted here.

    Thus ends the month-long January Cure for 2018.  I hope you all found it beneficial and helpful.  

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  • Thanks for being our unofficial leader, Michele ! I kind of fell off the wagon toward the end, BUT, I am keeping the emails for days I did not complete and am aiming to get them all accomplished by the end of March. Then, I'll be ready for spring cleaning. 😣

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      • HappyDance
      • YNABing consistently since 2014
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      MicroSpice 

      My advice? Delete the e-mails. If you do want to revisit the challenge tasks in March, come back to this thread and use the links.  That way there won't be any guilt-inducing e-mails cluttering up your inbox.

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  • One Last Post to summarize it all - the 10 commandments to a cleaner and clutter-free life. 

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