Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Project: January Cure -- Day 1

Now I know I just said in my 2012 in Review post that I'm not really a resolutions type person. Well, I wouldn't call this a resolution exactly. I happened upon Apartment Therapy's January Cure via Twitter and immediately signed up for the daily assignments via e-mail. If you are already intrigued then I definitely recommend clicking on that January Cure link to check out the details.

Today just so happens to be the first day so I'm not even behind! I'm going to track my progress here and although I have every intention of completing each day of the project, if I don't, our house will still be better off if I hadn't tried at all. Right? I will do my best with no guilt attached.

Back to today's assignment -- it is to make a list of projects. Wait... What?!? Make a list? I LOVE lists. I could make lists all day. This assignment is no problem.

I walked through our house and using the Paperless app on our iPad, made a list of our rooms and noted ALL of the things that could use a good cleaning, de-cluttering, and/or re-organization. Then I went through and prioritized 3-5 things in each room. Below is my streamlined list but it is not exhaustive -- just the prioritized projects. The expectation is NOT to complete all of these projects in January. That would be silly. And unnecessarily stressful. This is simply a way to focus and start on some of the projects that have been waiting patiently to be completed.

From the archive. | First day in our house. | June 2011

Day 1: Wednesday, January 2
Assignment: Make a list of projects

Deep clean floors
Clean out/reorganize hall closet

Living Room/Dining Room
Deep clean floors (these are the same ones as the entry)
Put away holiday decorations
Reorganize china/booze cabinets
Hang mirror


Deep clean floors (see above)
Hang platter above stove
Hang paper towel holder
Purchase/hang light(s) above sink
Hang photo canvases

Family Room
Clean out/re-organize DVDs/Blu-rays
Paint shelves

Hang diplomas
Hang guitars
Fix closet doors
Reorganize desk/shelves

Guest Room

Hang Bosnia photos
Clean out/reorganize closet
Hang mirror


Reorganize dresser
Print, frame, and hang photos
Clothes and shoe repairs


Deep clean shower/tub
Purchase/hang new towel rack(s)
Purchase/hang wall cabinet

So Day 1: Make a List of Projects. That's it! Make a list. Done.


  1. Thank you for the reminder that I am needing to rearrange my booze cabinet! It's overflowed long enough onto the kitchen corner nook!

    1. You're welcome! I am really enjoying the January Cure. :)

  2. Emily,
    I thought you did something like this last year?

    1. I haven't done a full 20/20 challenge (similar to the January Cure and also via Apartment Therapy) but have done "30 Bags in 30 Days" (and similar) projects. Those are focused primarily on decluttering while this one is more project based. It is a nice balance and I think I like this a lot more.