Spring Cleaning 2017 – Days 1 & 2

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Apartment Therapy (there is a reason they have the biggest font in my tags over in the right column…I’m constantly trying to use them for motivation)

Anyway, AT has come out with a “Spring Cleaning” thing where you get a 20min or less project every day – EVERY DAY. I’m already a day behind because I’ve put off opening their email, knowing that I would commit myself to something that I’ll most likely fail at…but today I finally opened it! And the project started yesterday. Oh, well. Day 1 is just wiping down the trash/recycling bins in your kitchen. And since we still haven’t bought a recycling bin, all that junk just kind of piles up everywhere there’s nothing to wipe down! And don’t worry, I’m not going to post pictures of my trash can on here. Not that I think it’s over-sharing, just that I think it’s boring and not worth the effort.

Day 2, however, is cleaning out your fridge and *shakes fist at sky* Curse you, Apartment Therapy!!!! – I hate cleaning out my fridge. I’ll do it, though. Mainly because my parents are coming up on Friday and I need to hide the beer I should probably tidy up somewhat. Again, I don’t really see the need to take pictures. There isn’t much in our fridge, so it won’t be a dramatic change. Although, we probably should keep more food stocked.

2017 January Cure: Assignment 11

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Invite a Friend (or Ten) In

Invite a friend or two (or ten) to your home on the weekend of February 3 – 5 (or whatever date is best for your schedule near the end of January or start of February). Decide on a guest list and get out the invite(s) now – a call, a text, an email, paper or electronic is fine, just make sure you do the inviting TODAY.

Psh, I have people over all the time, even if my house is rekt. We have people coming over tonight and I have a pile of – CLEAN! – laundry on our ottoman! Maybe Mr. T will do something with that at some point today… Anyway, point is – if you’re my friend you know what to expect when you come to my house. But! I did use this as motivation to do something that I’ve attempted off and on for…years.

2017 January Cure: Assignment 11 | The Wilson BuzzSo far I’ve had two people respond that they wanted to come…one lives in Oregon and one lives in Texas. I have entirely too many online friends. lolol

Oh, well. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I still have friends coming over weekly to hang out regardless of the shape of my home. <3

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2017 January Cure: Assignment 10

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Pick up some fresh flowers. / Clean your kitchen!

If you who feel that the exterior surfaces of your kitchen are already in pretty good shape, choose the “inside” track which will focus more on organization.

For those who feel that their kitchen could use some attention on the “outside” at this point, choose that track and focus more on cleaning.

Um, oops? The cold hit me hard this weekend, y’all. And not temperature cold – it was like 60-70 degrees all weekend, which is stupid for January. But a head cold. I could be dying. Anyway, I didn’t even think about AT or The Cure all weekend. My main focus was on making sure I kept breathing, since I haven’t been able to use my nose at all.

I have been trying to keep our kitchen more under control the past couple weeks – mainly keeping on top of the dirty dishes. I’ve done a decent job, imo. Not perfect, but decent. My daily checklist has stuff on it like “wipe down appliance surfaces” and “clean out microwave” so I’ve been kind of maintaining on that end as well. I’m gonna call it a “good enough” for this. And besides, a full kitchen overhaul is in my “organization” master plan way out in November. I’m sure great things will happen then. Great, great things. ;)

Oh! I did buy a plant, though!

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2017 January Cure: Assignment 9

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Take time today to go through your linens.

Pare them down as needed by sorting into three piles:

  • good ones that you actually use
  • ones in decent shape that you have not used in a year or more
  • ones that are worn out

Naughty AT, trying to get in my linens. Buy me dinner first, you minx!

But really, we don’t have many linens. And our “linen closet” has turned into a “baby storage closet” slowly over the past year or so. I ran up there to snap a picture, and – yeah…it’s in worse shape than I remembered. >.< My bad. Going through my linens is on my “February & March” list, though, when I organize the bedroom. So since I’ve fallen behind a bit, I’m just gonna ignore this for now.

2017 January Cure: Assignment 9 | The Wilson Buzz(I just read over that, actually, and that’s not on my list… Oops!)

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  • Umm… I swear I remember doing this in the past, but there is no evidence on this blog. *shrug

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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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 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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