At the end of 2012 I signed up for Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. I signed up and forgot about it. And then the assignment emails began showing up in my inbox January 2nd. I had a LOT of work to do. I was a little skeptical about my ability to get through all of the assignments, but I was determined to try.
By month’s end, my apartment was truly transformed … in my eyes. I suspect most people walking into my house would notice that I have some artwork on the walls now. The truly observant would note the disappearance of the painfully hideous particle-board shelves in my bedroom. Everything else was so internal as to be invisible. But all of it so amazing as to make my home more live-able than it’s been in all the time I’ve lived here.
So what did I do?
- cleaned and organized my clothes closet
- cleaned and organized my fridge
- cleaned and organized my pantry
- cleaned and organized (noticing a pattern?) my kitchen cabinets and hutch
- cleaned and organized my medicine cabinet and bathroom storage
- cleaned and organized my front hall, including setting up a “landing strip” to make leaving in the morning and settling in at the end of the day easier
- cleaned and organized my bedroom shelves
- rotated my mattress
- washed my windows
- framed several pictures and hung most of them
- made a giant list of tasks for the rest of the year
- started buying myself flowers every week
- threw out a TON of stuff
- donated another ton of stuff
- donated books to school
- donated books to Books Through Bars
- learned the proper way to clean my hardwood floors
- threw a party!
There’s still a lot of work to do around here (2 more closets to clean and organize, to say nothing of my craft stash in the basement!), but I continue to marvel at everything I accomplished. On my way home tonight, I was feeling a little sorry for myself because I have to clean house to prep for writers’ group tomorrow … only to get home and remember: there really isn’t all that much to do. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Apartment Therapy!
You can find the rest of the day’s slices at Two Writing Teachers!