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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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

January Cure 2016 – Assignment 14

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Bathroom / Medicine Cabinet Clean Out

  1. Take everything out of the cabinet and keep like things together.
  2. Use a good all purpose cleaner to quickly wipe down the interior and shelves.
  3. Dispose of everything that:
    • You haven’t used in 12 months
    • Is past the expiration date
    • Is empty or nearly empty
    • You don’t need any longer
  4. Replace the items you are keeping, taking care to give the items you use most often the most visible and/or easily accessible spots.
  5. Add anything that needs replacing to your shopping list.

I’m fudging this one a bit, too. Sure, I could probably find a few things in our bathroom cabinets that I could toss. But it’s really not in terrible shape. We don’t keep a lot of extra junk around in there, and I cleaned it out in the Cure last year. It looks pretty much exactly like that now. Now, a cabinet that does need some attention would be the one under our sink!! Don’t believe me?

January Cure 2016 - Assignment 14 | The Wilson BuzzI TOLD YOU.

I found some stuff to toss, some stuff, like floor and bathroom cleaner, to move elsewhere (I just bought more of it because I didn’t realize I had any!), and really just reorganizing what was left made a world of difference.
January Cure 2016 - Assignment 14 | The Wilson BuzzSorry for the glare. Snow and all that, don’t you know. We’ve had so much snow. I really should post some pictures!

January Cure 2016 – Assignment 13

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Lighten Up the Living Room

The idea here is to lose the extraneous things that might have started to clutter up the surfaces in the room that you perhaps just aren’t noticing anymore. Please note that I’m not just talking about actual clutter (although certainly that is part of this too!). This exercise is also about cycling out some perfectly good decorative things, temporarily. Pretend you are putting your home on the market for sale and have been asked to strip out anything super personal or “lived in” looking. Depending on your level of natural maximalism, I’d say to aim for removing 3-15 things from the space. Move them to a temporary storage spot from which you can easily retrieve them later, after giving them a bit of a break. Now, you are going to just live with it for a bit, as is. Let yourself really “see” the space for awhile in this simplified version of itself. Before the end of the Cure, we’ll revisit this, but for now, your job is just to be tough and pull the stuff.

Heh. So back when we did the floors, we cleared our living room out. That was what…two months ago? We still haven’t brought everything back in. We’ve been in living room limbo, because I wanted to buy a sectional from IKEA and build out a bunch of shelves along one wall. There’s no point in pulling everything back out when all of that will theoretically be happening in the next few months. We did rearrange the living room a smidge Monday night, though! We kind of pulled everything in to cozy up the “living room” area, which also opened up a pretty good work space for me to bring in my desk that’s been sitting in the garage for 3+ years. I can finally finish sanding/refinishing it and use it again!! I’m going to turn it into my mini crafting area in the bedroom. Most importantly, it will hold my sewing machine that I have to learn how to use, so I can start making stuff for the nursery!!!

By Tuesday we’d kind of admitted that the IKEA sectional is a bit of a dream that may not come true before LBW arrives, so we should probably look into cheaper alternatives. And then I bought a couple of covers from Zulily. Which may be outrageously bright and gaudy. We’ll have to wait and see. Considering how long it takes Zulily to ship…LBW may be here by then. ;) Oh, and I bought this adorable desk:

January Cure 2016 - Assignment 13 | The Wilson BuzzSo now I have two desks that need to be sanded and refinished! Woo! Good thing we rearranged the living room, eh?

Anyway, it wasn’t until Wednesday evening that I’d gotten the room clean enough to want to photograph it. So here we are.

January Cure 2016 - Assignment 13 | The Wilson BuzzGood enough.

January Cure – Assignment 12

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Tune Out Tonight

This evening (or whenever your main block of “home time” is) take a break from television, computer, tablet and cell or smart phone. It’s an assignment that’s simple in concept but can be surprisingly tough in the execution. But, stick with it. Like the scrubbed floors and clean closets, it’ll be worth it and feels really good to complete.

Oh law. I used this assignment as an opportunity to play catch-up on some of the previous assignments, and to work on my cross stitch for LBW’s nursery! That doesn’t mean I enjoyed it. I have this thing called an addiction, you understand. I need technology in my life. I need to check Facebook. I need to binge-watch things on Netflix. I did listen to music, at least. But I used a full-on ray-day-oh (radio) that we got for Christmas!

January Cure assignments I caught up on:

  • Assignment 8, cleaning out a closet for 30 min
  • Assignment 9, working on our project from Assignment 6 (Mr. T did this one, to be fair)
  • Assignment 11, bedroom deep clean (that I totally didn’t do at all, not even a little)

And my cross stitch progress for the night:

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Mr. T kind of worked with me on the “no technology” thing. We listened to music while I cross stitched and he painted. It was downright homey.

January Cure - Assignment 12 | The Wilson BuzzWhen it was time to eat dinner, though, he wanted to watch Netflix. So he chose something I “would have no interest in”: World War II in Colour. He was right. I had no interest. It was worse than actually trying to make conversation. 8P

My night was very exciting, though. One highlight was watching Chairman drink from the sink:

January Cure - Assignment 12 | The Wilson BuzzHours of entertainment…

I did finally start something that I’ve been wanting to do for several weeks now – reading to LBW. 8}

January Cure - Assignment 12 | The Wilson BuzzAnd Splinter…and Vigo…

Now never make me do this again, Apartment Therapy.

January Cure 2016 – Assignment 11

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The Bedroom

Pick up your weekly flowers.

Give your bedroom a good, deep clean.

This should be a very thorough job. The aim is to rid the room of as much dust and potential allergens as possible. Here is a sample guideline deep clean plan that you can use as a checklist:

  • Pick up and put away all clothes, books and belongings
  • Declutter surfaces (remove change, jewelry, etc and put in proper places) Strip the bed
  • Launder all bedding, including mattress and pillow covers
  • Flip and/or rotate the mattress
  • Vacuum curtains with brush attachment and/or clean blinds
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Dust all surfaces and wipe down light switches, fixtures and ceiling fan
  • Push aside the bed, side tables and dressers and vacuum/clean under them
  • Remake the bed
  • Enjoy a sound sleep in your freshly cleaned room!

*brown chicken, brown cow*

Sorry, the full title for this assignment was “Definitely Not the Sexiest Time You’ll Spend in the Bedroom This Year” so I thought I would lead with some sexy music. Then I realized I didn’t actually use the original title, because it is so long (that’s what she said) so my opening line would make no sense. Instead of deleting that line and pretending like none of this ever happened, I just keep typing, and typing, and typing…

Basically, I ain’t doing this. Sorry/not sorry. I did just flip my mattress last week, at least! Or rotate it, as we have a pillow top, so it can’t be “flipped” in the truest sense of the word. We’ve just got too much going on in the rest of the house for me to concern myself with the bedroom right now. At some point before LBW gets here we need to clean it up, but right now I want to focus on…pretty much every other room.

I did feel kind of bad for totally blowing this one off, though, so I decided to clean off our dresser. BOOM. And you’ll notice I bought a “flower”! We only have one window in our bedroom, so there is very little natural light that makes its way in. Plus Chairman is the self-proclaimed Destructor of All Plant Life and will gnaw on any leaves within his reach. So I got a fake plant from Hobby Lobby that was 50% off. As soon as I pulled it out of the bag he ran up to sniff it. NOT TODAY, KILLER OF PLANTS. Not today.

I also put this super cool lamp we’ve had for ages up there. It will eventually be on my desk…that may one day actually be finished and put in the bedroom… My friend Lauren bought me the adorable giraffe thingy. It may or may not end up in the nursery…we shall see. Oh, and I threw the humidifier that I bought last year over on the other side. We might use it again. I’m not sure that I noticed any improvement last year, but it didn’t hurt anything, either.

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