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Last year, I decided to participate in Apartment Therapy’s month-long January Cure, which focuses on achieving a manageable level of organizational zen and trying to give your house some love. While the month of January was fairly productive for me, I definitely didn’t follow the calendar religiously. At the end of last January, I still had a bunch of things on my list that I really wanted to get done and was disappointed when I didn’t follow through. Hey, at least they’re my OWN unrealistic expectations.

When I headed back to my parents’ house in Kansas City for the holidays, I stumbled on my original January Cure list while I was on the plane. I realized there, 30,000 feet in the air, that I had actually gotten a lot of things checked off the list last year – even more than I thought! A lot of the tasks didn’t get accomplished in January (ugh, I still have framed art EVERYWHERE), but I think the conscious intention of those tasks helped me keep them in mind over the whole year. As I look forward to my second January Cure (which starts today!), I thought I’d share my list from last year as well as a few photos of the progress. Starting in on my new list this weekend — kitchen, you’re next.

If you’d like to participate, sign up here and let me know! Would love to hear about your progress.

January Cure // 2014

Living Room:
– Find a home for all unhung art
– Organize film archive
– Give a permanent home to books [new shelves!]
– New Stendig calendar
Dining Room:
– Donate clothes
– Organize magazines
– Go through sideboard + organize
– Donate armchairs
– Donate old surround sound system
Vestibule:
– Go through shoe bins and donate
– Donate coats, scarves, gloves
– Hang peace print
– Implement new mail system
– Clean windows / front door
Kitchen:
– Install door magnets / latches
– Install baskets in base cabinets
– Donate extra dishes + utensils
– Paint and hang doors on cabinets
– Finish countertop + install
– Figure out backsplash
Bathroom:
– Caulk everything!
– Hang artwork
– Organize bathroom closet
– Install a hand towel hook
– Buy new towels
– New lighting in hall
Master Bedroom:
– New duvet & sheets
– Hang poster over bed
– Figure out bed linen storage
– Buy floor-length mirror
– Install wardrobe handles
– Plan and install Elfa closet organizer
– Find a home for all posters / art
Guest Bedroom:
– Organize file cabinet & papers
– Plan and install closet organizer
– Purge + donate closet contents
– Hang artwork
Zach’s Office:
– Try not to have a panic attack every time you go in there

More Fun: Progress Photos!

Favorite part of last year’s cure: SEXXXY NEW CLOSET. Can’t wait to do this in the guest bedroom too!
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Donating old gnarly furniture made space for new FLOR rugs and super comfortable Eames shells for the dining room.
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An organized vestibule is a happy way to come home, and a nice perch for Kitten! (He is a total camera hog.)
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Is there anything you’re hoping to get done in January? Would love to hear about it!

It’s been pretty hard to get much done at home this summer because of all the airplanes. HOWEVER — I’ve been doing some planning for months now and finally got a chance over the last couple of weekends to finally get all my books and cameras under control. YAY!

I’m totally in love with these shelves from CB2 and how much storage they provide. I’m sure I’ll completely rearrange all of the shelves a bunch more times (The Art of Doing Stuff has such good tips and I hope to achieve Karen’s shelf zen one day), but am feeling so inspired at the moment.

I reorganized two closets, too! I’m going to buy myself a trophy.

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When I woke up on Saturday morning, I knew it was going to be a great day. Honestly, I’m not sure the weather could have been any better to celebrate the first day of summer and one of my favorite days of the year in Brooklyn – the Mermaid Parade! On the subway trip out to Coney Island, I think I figured out that this weekend marked the ninth consecutive year I’ve made the trip out, and I definitely have never seen better weather. It was a GORGEOUS day for mermaids!

It was super fun to meet up with Barry and Gisele pre-parade for the parade line-up festivities. I’m still in the process of developing my film, but in the meantime – check out these awesome shots from this weekend!

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Mermaid Beauties, by Joe Alfano:
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Uncle Sam, by Dr Pavloff:
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Were you there? What was your favorite float or costume?? Mine was TOTALLY the ‘I’m no enemy of no sea anemone’ pun. Total sucker for a good wordplay. Okay, and the Dick Zigun group. That was hilarious.

Yay! Brooklyn Summer Weekends!

June 20th, 2014 | Posted by Jill in coney island | events - (0 Comments)

Tomorrow marks the first day of summertime, and BOY am I ready — I’m a summer baby through and through. After a heavy travel schedule the last few weeks, I’m looking forward to playing in Brooklyn this weekend and there are some very cool things happening around town. First up, if you haven’t heard, they’re in the process of tearing down the iconic KENTILE FLOORS sign in Gowanus. Sad.

As one last hurrah, the folks from Vanderbilt Republic are hosting an after-dark light show tonight at 9th Street/2nd Avenue. My Hasselblad is already packed and I’m gonna try to hold it together tonight. Actually, they did a similar light show a little over a month ago and Barry Yanowitz was there to document it. Check out this beautiful video he made:

And then TOMORROW, the annual Mermaid Parade is back! The parade officially starts at 1pm, but the line-up (and ensuing photographer frenzy) will start at 10:30am on West 21st Street. They’ve increased the entrance fee to the staging area this year to a semi-outrageous $20 – wasn’t it just $5/camera last year?!

Anyway, I am hoping to make it out there in the morning because I love all the heart that goes into the parade. It wouldn’t be summer in Brooklyn without it! For photos from past years, check out this tag or over on the Flickr group. Hope to see you there!