AT January Cure #1: Flowers & Floors

Let’s Get Started

1. Buy Flowers

I know, this sounds a bit fluffy but it is actually a very real part of the Cure. Think of the purchase as a gift to your home. It is an enjoyable, (affordable!) little luxury but it goes beyond just that. The flowers are a visual symbol of the commitment you are making to care for your home.

Note: During previous Cures, some participants opted for a house plant or a bowl of fresh fruit to enjoy during the week instead – whatever works for you in the spirit of giving this type of a small, healthy gift to your home is 100% fine.

You know, I have never bought cut flowers for myself? And I’m pretty sure Mr. T has only ever gotten me roses. Whoa, sudden memory: I’m pretty sure The Emo (first boyfriend) bought me flowers for our…month anniversary?…which happened to be in October, because the plastic around them was Halloween-themed. I’m pretty sure I have a pressed flower saved in an old journal somewhere. So flowers would be nice.

At the same time, we don’t have a single live plant in our house. So maybe a potted plant would be better. Hey now – don’t judge me. I used to have all SORTS of plants. And I have a cute little succulent on my desk at work! Khat is just a hardcore plant eater, so I gave up at some point in college, after she killed this adorable little bonsai that I had GROWN FROM A SEED. It for real had just sprouted some leaves, and then she ate them all down and I wept… Haven’t had another plant since. Decisions, decisions…


AT January Cure #1: Flowers & Floors | The Wilson BuzzI got a potted plant. His name is Angus. All the women folk love him.

He should maybe have been hung a bit lower but don’t tell Mr. T that or he’ll get all sweary again and I kind of fear for Angus’ life at this point… I’ll have him fix it when we do our kitchen reno in 10 years. (Like Angus will last that long.) (Of COURSE Angus will last that long!)

2. Vacuum/Clean ALL the Floors

This is a big(-ish) one, I realize, so block out enough time so you can really do this job right. Pretend you have to pass “inspection” when you are through and really do your best.

From one end of your home to the other, it’s time to sweep, mop and vacuum. Move things out of the way as you go so you can do a thorough job. This will take a while but trust me, it will make a huge difference in how clean your home feels and actually IS. Turn on some music, set your mind to it and see how quickly you can get it done!

We took our tree down on January 1 and I redecorated the living room. There were so many little plastic pine needles to vacuum up! But at least it gave me a head start on the Cure! :) We rarely use the upstairs, and did a fairly thorough job on getting those carpets clean before Thanxmas, so I’m not going to worry about that… The kitchen desperately needed a good mopping, though. With all this rain the dogs have tracked in a bit of mud. I’ve been putting it off because – you know – it’s still rainy and gross. But having clean floors is most satisfying. Thank you, Apartment Therapy!

I really want to do a video home tour every January, but first I need to get our bedroom in better shape. Yes, my failed Style Cure from November…out bedroom is in worse shape now than when it started. WHOOPS. You know what? I’m just gonna do it. YUP. Tomorrow I’ll clean as much as I can, and then I’m just. going. to. do. it. No matter what shape our house is in! I’m gonna give you straight realness. TOMORROW NIGHT. Should I wait until after this Cure? NO. No going back!

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