2017 January Cure: Assignment 8

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Media Fast

Give a media fast a try. It’s simple in concept but can be tough in the execution. This evening (or whenever your main block of “home time” is) take a break from television, computer, tablet and cell or smart phone.

Part of the takeaway of doing the Cure is having the experience of spending time in our homes in different ways, which helps us to find new ways to enjoy it. This media fast will shake up the routine a bit and give you a rare break from the energy of the outside world finding its way into your private space.

Ever since LBW came along, I kind of do this, anyway. I don’t want him to be glued to the TV at an early age – there will be plenty of time for that as he gets older! ;) I do play Pandora on our Chromecast, though, and still did that. I started a Vitamin String Quartet station and I love it. It’s mostly instrumental covers of pop songs, but a few hymns have crept in somehow and EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER has done a cover of “Hallelujah” and “Canon in D“.

So, yeah – the only thing I really had to change was to not watch Netflix or Hulu – or play LEGO Harry Potter – after he went to bed. I left the music on, and I scrubbed out our shower, then read a book. I’ve got to be honest with you, though…I still got on my phone. >.< But not until like 9:30 when I probably should’ve gone to bed anyway and I say “go big or go home” on making bad life choices.


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2017 January Cure: Assignment 7

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30 Minute Cleaning Countdown

I want you to choose one closet in your home that could use a little attention. Grab a vacuum, a trash bag and an outbox/bag and put them by the closet. This is a timed Cure exercise, so also grab your phone or a kitchen timer and set it for 30 minutes… Once you have gathered your supplies, start your timer and JUST JUMP IN!¬†At the end of 30 minutes, when your alarm rings, shut off the vacuum and wrap things up. Take a moment to assess what else needs to happen, if anything, for the closest to be in really good shape and estimate how much time it will take you to complete that on another day. Then, put back anything you may have taken out temporarily to make room to clean and put what you decided to get rid of into your outbox or rag bin and CLOSE THE DOOR. You are done for today!

We’re supposed to be cleaning out a closet, but since my entire January goal is my closet (and the master bathroom), and this is the week I’m supposed to be doing my “quick and dirty” sort, I decided to dedicated 30 min of post-LBW bedtime to doing the sort. Look at me, tweaking the rules so I can mark two things off my list in one activity! I’m so sneaky. Plus, it’s Tuesday and I haven’t even started to sort…so I really needed to do that. I was planning on cleaning out our hall closet for this challenge, but I’ll just get to that in September, when I’m scheduled to organize the hallway, half-bath, and laundry room. Hooray, procrastination!

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Not too shabby if I do say so myself… DO YOU WANT A PICTURE BREAKDOWN?! I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT, SO HERE WE GO:

2017 January Cure: Assignment 7 | The Wilson BuzzI’m keeping most of my shoes because I don’t have many shoes and they’re all crap. I did set aside one pair to donate. I have two sandals that don’t match, but are missing their mates. I love those shoes, and I’m not getting rid of them until I’m done purging the entire house and have confirmed the other ones are lost forever. Or I buy new sandals in the Spring. Either way. And I have two pair of shoes that I’ve really never worn but can’t get rid of…so I’m keeping them for one more year and if I don’t wear them in the next year I’m donating them then. Darnit.

2017 January Cure: Assignment 7 | The Wilson BuzzThis is my donate pile. Not the sound machine. Those things are worth their weight in gold. But, yeah – I thought the donate pile would be bigger. I’m not done yet, of course. Still some stuff to sort, and then I have to actually try on everything I want to keep. Bleh.

2017 January Cure: Assignment 7 | The Wilson BuzzThat big pile to the left of the lamp is my keep pile, and the smaller pile in front of it is my maybe pile. I probably have half-a-dozen maternity shirts still floating around, but my maternity box for the attic is full – I can’t put anything else in it. Plus they’re some of my most comfy shirts. Lots of stretch. lolol

2017 January Cure: Assignment 7 | The Wilson BuzzI have a lot of t-shirts going all the way back to high school from things like church camp and I can’t get rid of them even though I haven’t worn them in a friggen decade. WHATEVER. I also found several of Wade’s things. Why they were in my closet? idk.

2017 January Cure: Assignment 7 | The Wilson BuzzThis is the pile of things that were hanging that I still need to go through. This is where a lot of donate things are going to come from, I think, because the stuff that I actually wear I wasn’t bothering to hang up because I knew this was coming up. lol

A couple of fun things I found…this bomb dot com giraffe hat that Mr. T got me a few years ago. Once the temperature drops again imma be wearing this bad boy to work every day! What are they gonna do, fire me?!?!?! I’m hilarious.

2017 January Cure: Assignment 7 | The Wilson BuzzAnd this is one of the sweetest things Mr. T’s ever gotten me. It was when we were first married and he was going to be gone for a while. He didn’t want me to miss him, so he thought he’d get me a gift to keep me company. It was supposed to feel like he was sleeping beside me in the bed. He just…he got the scale off a little bit.

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2017 – January, Week 1

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Check out the full month here.

So for Week 1 all (ha! “all”) I had to do was totally clean out my closet (then clean it) and scrub the toilet in the master bathroom. Mr. T’s project was to fix the toilet. It had started leaking – again – where the water line connects to the tank. It actually started doing this not long after we moved in and he fixed it back then with some plumber’s tape. He was actually doing the same thing this time, but he’s so MANLY AND STRONG that he tightened it too much and broke the PVC connector and had to replace it. >.< Anyway, after he replaced it, it seems the leak is fixed – again – at least for now.

If you follow me on Instagram (you totally should), you’ve already seen these pictures. But here are the Before/After photos of the closet from Day 1 of “the emptying”:

2017 - January, Week 1 | The Wilson Buzz2017 - January, Week 1 | The Wilson Buzz I’m not entirely sure how many trips I took up the stairs with all my clothes. And for the record, this isn’t even all my clothes. These are just the ones in my closet. I’m sure there are plenty mixed in with Mr. T’s clothes in our disaster of a bedroom, and I just don’t want to deal with that right now. ALSO, since I knew I was going to be doing this, I’ve gotten a bit lazy about hanging up my clothes after washing them (which is part of the reason my “before” pictures are so horrific)…but that means all the clothes I wear pretty regularly were the first ones I carried upstairs. So they’re at the bottom of the pile. Finding clothes to wear to work was fun. >.<

I don’t have any pictures of the results from the cleaning and reorganization, though. Actually, I did take some, but then I planned on doing a couple more things so I decided to delete those pictures and take new ones…I did do the stuff I planned on doing, but I didn’t take more pictures! I’m not 100% sold on the new layout, anyway. We’ll just have to see how it works as I start bringing in clothes. I may have screwed myself out of a lot of hanging space with how I placed the furniture.

Oh, and I’m not going to show you a picture of our toilet. Even I have my limits with oversharing, okay? You may not believe it, but it’s true! Plus, if you saw it now, you’d go “it’s just a toilet, though” and I’d be like “but you should have seen it BEFORE!!” And now you’re probably imagining something way more horrific than it really was. Anyway, no pictures.

Outside of the main closet/master bath projects I had, I also have some daily and one-off tasks planned out in my daily planner. I think I did a pretty good job of maintaining that as well. Way to be responsible, Sarah! *pats self on back* I didn’t always get it done the day I scheduled, but I still got most everything done! Except the exercise. Screw exercise…

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2017 January Cure: Assignment 6

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Mini-Meditation / Choose a Project

Find a spot in your home that you rarely sit in that gives you a view on a room or area that you feel is especially problematic.

  1. Look around the room and try to imagine what it would look like empty.
  2. Focus on whatever part of the room that you feel is the most problematic and imagine removing the “stuff” from that area. Start rebuilding that area, adding back in only what feels right and looks good in your minds eye.
  3. Make note of what changes you envision and move forward with some additional clarity about how you truly want your home to be.

Now that you spent a little time meditatively musing about your vision for what your home can (and will!) be, it’s the perfect time for you to choose a project that you really want to get done this month.

I’m totally cheating. Since I already have my main year-long goal of “organization” I’m just going to use my projects for January – my closet and the master bathroom. :)

Easiest Cure assignment this year!


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2017 January Cure: Assignment 5

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Buy Flowers. / Vacuum the Rugs and Clean ALL the Floors.

(Most importantly, though, I want you to hear this: right now, commit to staying with your Cure, no matter what you get done this weekend.)

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!

You know…I have no idea where our mop is. Mr. T and I have discussed it a few times in the past couple weeks, because I’ve really been wanting to mop the kitchen. And I’m not entirely sure I’ve mopped the living room pretty much since ever. But we have no idea what happened to our Swiffer. I should probably just buy a new one. God knows where the old one ended up or if I’ll ever be able to find it. I just vacuumed the stairs and landing yesterday, so I’m going to call them clean enough. The guest bedroom is full of my clothes, so it ain’t getting swept… Mr. T is in charge of the bonus room, I’m not touching it. And the bedroom is a straight disaster. That ain’t happening. So all I have to worry about is the kitchen, living room & hallway, and the nursery. I CAN DO THIS. Right after I take down all the Christmas decorations… lol! I’ll report back in later!

(time passes)

So I took down the Christmas decorations! And I rearranged the kitchen somewhat. No, I didn’t take any pictures. I did sweep and mop the kitchen, and I at least swept the living room and hallway. Didn’t get anything done in the nursery. We had to go to a going-away party 1.5 hours away and that took up a huge chunk of Saturday. Apparently LBW has decided to go ahead and cut ALL THE TEETH IN HIS HEAD AT ONCE. On top of getting a cold. So that took up most of Sunday. I was able to sweep/mop the kitchen while he napped, though. So I’m gonna pat myself on the back.

Oh, and my plant!

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I didn’t think to take a picture of its little instruction card that said what kind of plant this is…I just picked one from the grocery store that didn’t require a lot of sunlight, and I think it can be planted! So hopefully in the spring we’ll put it in the front or maybe back yard. If it survives that long…it’s really quite pretty. I haven’t had a ton of luck with Cure plants… I’m not sure how many I’ve bought over the years, but only two are still alive. The hanging basket, which I think is the first one I ever bought, and the peace lily, which is basically impossible to kill. I thought about getting another one of those, but variety is the spice of life.

If this one dies, I’m sticking to peace lilies, though.


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2017 January Cure: Assignment 4

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Set Up an Outbox

  1. Anything can go in the Outbox
  2. The Outbox is allowed to get messy
  3. Everything must stay in the Outbox for at least one week
  4. After that time you have several choices
    • Take anything back out
    • Leave anything you are undecided about for one more week
    • Dispose of the rest by moving to the recycling bin or giveaway pile

Once you get used to separating first and disposing of later, you’ll find that clearing clutter gets easier and easier.

In the past I’ve used our downstairs hall closet as the Outbox, but Mr. T also uses it as the “Place to Shove Everything When I Clean” area, so it’s rekt. Since I’m doing organization for the entire year, and am planning on dragging junk up and down the stairs to sort it in the guest bedroom and bonus room, I figure the best place will be the upstairs landing. It’s usually full of junk, anyway, so it’s nbd for it to be full of junk right now.

I actually had just cleaned the landing, too. One of my personal chores yesterday was to vacuum the stairs and landing – they were in desperate need! This is the only space in our house that still has carpet, so it takes even more motivation than usual to pull out the vacuum. Stairs were always my least favorite part – and now they’re my only part!!

I thought I’d take a picture last night so I waited to post this, but I definitely didn’t do that. I had a couple of friends come over for dinner, and by the time they left I just passed out on the couch. I didn’t do ANY of my chores that I scheduled for last night. Oops!


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2017 January Cure: Assignment 3

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Purge Your Pantry

  • Move your trash can or a garbage bag to where you’ll be working. A bag or box for potential food donations is excellent to have on hand here as well. A notepad and pencil are handy for noting down things you toss that need replacing.
  • Take everything out, one shelf/section at a time. Sort the items as you go, getting rid of anything expired or that you’ve opened but know you are not going to eat. Transfer things that are unopened and still good, but that you don’t think you’ll actually eat, to the donation bag or box.
  • Replace the items on the clean shelf, giving them a quick pass with a clean, slightly damp cloth if they are dusty as you go. Put like things together so you can find them more easily and know at any time just how many cans of garbanzos you have around and when you need to stock up.
  • Repeat the process for each shelf/section and take a moment to celebrate your efforts when you are done – this is a great job to get under your belt the first week of the new year.

I had planned to clean out one shelf a week for the next few weeks – I already did one this weekend!

2017 January Cure: Assignment 3 | The Wilson BuzzIt was exceptionally satisfying. But getting to go through my planner and check off chores I had scheduled for the next few weeks…that was exceptionally satisfying as well. :)

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2017 January Cure: Assignment 3 | The Wilson BuzzThere really is a pretty significant difference between the two, even if it’s a bit hard to see from the pictures. It feels really good to be working towards a cleaner, more organized house. I’ve got high hopes on finishing The Cure this year!!


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2017 January Cure: Assignment 2

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Make a list of projects.

To get started, set aside an hour or so to do a walkthrough of your home and make notes on any trouble spots as you move through each room. I find it easiest to organize your list by room – you’ll want sections for all the important areas of your own home, i.e. the entryway, living room, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. Start at the front door and do a thorough “inspection”, noting each area or item that needs a good cleaning, a decluttering or a reorganization.

I’m going go to ahead and say I’ve already done this. Since my theme for the year is “ORGANIZATION” and I’m going through rooms month-by-month, I don’t really see the point in repeating. Feel free to check out my main Organization page and follow along on my journey. ;)


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2017 January Cure: Assignment 1

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Choose a drawer, any drawer!

Open it up and go to work – toss what you should (you’ll know it when you see it), move stuff you can pass on or donate to a separate shopping bag for now (we’ll deal with this bag later in the week, no worries!) and move whatever doesn’t really belong in this drawer to where it does belong. Then, do a quick clean of the bottom of the drawer with a damp cloth, replace the keepers and pat yourself on the back. Done!

I’m pretty sure I’ve cleaned out the same stupid drawer every year. lololol

I read some sort of home organization tip from a professional…organizer?…and she was all “Don’t have a junk drawer! Everything in your house needs a place!” Well…that’s never going to happen. I really should get little containers or dividers or something for this drawer, though. It doesn’t stand a chance. At least I tidy it up once a year?? >.<

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