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
— Find a home for all unhung art
— Organize film archive
— Give a permanent home to books [new shelves!]
— New Stendig calendar
— Donate clothes
— Organize magazines
— Go through sideboard + organize
— Donate armchairs
— Donate old surround sound system
— 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
— Caulk everything!
— Hang artwork
— Organize bathroom closet
— Install a hand towel hook
— Buy new towels
— New lighting in hall
— 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
— Organize file cabinet & papers
— Plan and install closet organizer
— Purge + donate closet contents
— Hang artwork
— 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!
Donating old gnarly furniture made space for new FLOR rugs and super comfortable Eames shells for the dining room.
An organized vestibule is a happy way to come home, and a nice perch for Kitten! (He is a total camera hog.)
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.
Yay! Happy 2014! I am so glad 2013 is done with and the new year is here. Zach and I both spent the holidays down and out with good ol’ H1N1, and to celebrate being back on our feet, I’m excited to share a few plans I have for January. I’ve never done anything like this before, but the other day I saw a link to a post on Apartment Therapy encouraging people to sign up for their January Cure. I guess the site has been doing an annual get-organized program in January to kickstart the new year, and I decided I seriously need a kick in the pants. Sign me up!
The general idea of the Cure is to make a realistic project wish list, and then follow through with it every day in small, manageable chunks of work. I do this every day at work for clients – I should be able to do it at home for myself, right?! It *SOUNDS* so reasonable. They’ve even published a calendar of assignments and send a daily email to encourage you about the task of the day. No Excuses! The first day’s assignment was to create a project list, and I’m sharing mine below. I’m excited to knock out a lot of the projects this month — the hardest part is not trying to do everything all at once and getting burned out!!
There are a few themes that emerged from the list-making exercise: 1) I have a TON of stuff to donate and get out of my house. 2) I have accumulated a lot of art and it’s sad that it’s not up on the walls yet. 3) All my closets upstairs need a ton of planning and TLC. Even though we re-plastered the closets and did a lot of repair work when we did our main renovation, none of them have any interior hardware. Annual Elfa sale, here I come.
This weekend, the assignment is Flowers & Floors, and I’m excited to go check out Park Delicatessen tomorrow to pick out an arrangement. Maybe after breakfast tacos. Mmmm, breakfast tacos.
If you’re interested in joining the Cure, you can still sign up to participate here. I’d love to know if you’re doing it and what you have planned. Good luck! Can’t wait to share my progress as the month continues.