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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Home Tour 2016

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It’s home tour time, beeches!!
Actually, it’s way past home tour time. But I got to it when I got to it, okay? I’ve kept cleaning, then getting messy, then cleaning, then getting messy. And the entire house has never been totally clean all at the same time since the moment right before we walked in with our boxes. We’ve also had roommates, so it’s been difficult to find time when I’m home alone, not to mention I’m not gonna film rooms that someone else is living in. I didn’t bother watching last year’s video before I start rolling. And I didn’t watch the video before I started uploading it to YouTube. God knows what all I said. I’m actually watching last year’s video as I wait for this one to upload, and keep thinking “Oh, right…I should’ve said something about that.” My bad. Oh, sweet past Sarah had so many plans. It’s crazy to see how much has changed in the past year! And how much hasn’t… I’m pretty amused by how much I apologized for the messy house, compared to what things look like now and I’m just like “whatevs” – God knows what it will look like NEXT year, when I’ve got a child!!

Anywho, here’s the video:

January Cure 2016 – Assignment 19

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Do a Surface Sweep

Choose one room in your home where the surfaces could use some attention. Set the timer on your phone (or stove, for you nostalgia lovers) for 3 minutes and GO. Dive in and straighten as if your life depends on it, flat out FAST for the duration of the timer. Scoop stuff up, gather it together and put it where it goes. Start doing a 3 minute “surface sweep” once a day for the next few weeks – I think that once you see the returns on your (very small!) time investment, you’ll be hooked.

Note: Everyone’s household is so different – you may want a slightly longer regular daily “sweep” time, but no matter what, definitely keep it to under 10 minutes. This is a quick daily habit to slip into your life to make it easier, not another dreaded task for the already too long to-do list.

See, told you I’d done this before. I am working from home today, though, and this kitchen table is jacked. Starting the timer now!

Oh, this is what the table looked like:

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Told you it was horrible.

And here is what it looked like 3 min later:

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Let’s play “spot the difference”!

And here is what it looked like 10 min after that:

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So. Much. Better.

January Cure 2016 – Assignment 18

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Create a Landing Strip and Start Using It

You’ll want a door mat and hooks or proper, usable space in a coat closet to hang your outerwear and bags. Set up a spot or hook for your keys, a bowl or container for change and your wallet on a surface (like a small side table) to sort the mail and other items (newspapers, books, magazines, purchases) as they come in. Two other super helpful and nice components to add to your landing strip area are a small wastebasket/recycling bin to hold your discarded incoming mail and a mirror.

I had actually just pulled all our “landing strip” equipment out of my closet for Mr. T to hang back up! We took it all down when we were painting the walls. Yeah, that was a…few…months ago. What? The good news I was already working on this one!! I did switch it up some from what it looked like last year. We’ve got a contractor coming out next Friday to take a look at the stairwell, so we can get a quote on getting that painted. Then I want to put some cubby shelves over there, and hang hooks on the wall. Anyway, the point is I was totally doing this before you told me to, Apartment Therapy. ;)

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January Cure 2016 – Assignment 17

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Just Do What You’ve Gotta Do!

Did you take a pass on the closet cleanup or purging the linens? Need some more time for your personal Cure project? Or, maybe you were just too busy battling the snow this past weekend to finish up blasting the bathroom. No matter what it is that will make you feel more caught up with your Cure is what you should do today. You’ve earned some well-deserved time to catch up on ANYTHING you need to, even if it’s getting a little extra sleep!

I’m gonna say that the way I interpreted this assignment was to take a couple weeks off from the Cure. ;) YOU LOVE ME.

January Cure 2016 – Assignment 16

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Big, Bad Bathroom Clean Up


It’s time to choose a little bunch of blooms to celebrate your ever-improving home.

Deep Clean the Bathroom

  • Grab the towels that are out on hooks or bars, along with the shower curtain (if you have one) and throw them in the washing machine.
  • Clear the counter, put everything in a box and transfer out of the bathroom temporarily.
  • Put your cleaner in the toilet and let it sit.
  • Clean the sink, scrub the tub and give the drains a good flush with vinegar followed by hot water.
  • Clean the toilet.
  • Do a good overall clean of the counter, tiled walls and floor.
  • Shine up the mirror and replace the towels and counter-top goodies.

Holy crap, I disappeared for awhile. So sorry! Anyway, I pretty much did this way back at the end of December. We’ve done a pretty bang-up job of maintaining for the past month or so. So I’m gonna call this one done. If you want to see pictures, go to the December post. 8P