January Cure

This month, more as a distraction to keep my mind off other things than as a New Year resolution, we decided to participate in Apartment Therapy's January Cure. The Cure is pretty simple. You sign up and every day they email you a task to accomplish for that day, all with the mind of making your home a better place to live. This could mean cleaning your pantry, or buying flowers (actually that one is every week :) ), or deep cleaning all your floors. They're really good about keeping large tasks to the weekend and assigning smaller tasks on work nights.

Last night's task was to walk through the house and make a list of all the things you'd like to improve/clean/work on. We went room by room and the final list was over 2 pages single spaced! Yikes. Per the instructions though, we pared the list down to just a couple things per room, and this is what I've decided to try to accomplish this month.

Kitchen (seriously needs a remodel but this is what can actually be accomplished this month hah)
Replace grate covers on wood floor
Tie-backs for curtains by sliding door
Rug that does not slip by sliding door (the Roomba keeps stealing it!)
Decoration by window

Better shower curtain rod in guest bath (it likes to fall at 3am)
Toothbrush holders
Storage in guest bath - shelf above toilet?
Plant in master bath

Decoration above bed
Clean dresser tops
Table/small dresser between closet & bathroom doors
Buy better pant hangers (any suggestions? I'd like to do this right ONCE and be done with it for the rest of my life)

Living Room
Need a small bookshelf
Make/find a key hook to hang by garage door
Rug by garage door

Guest/sewing Rooms
Clean closets
Finish hemming pants

Redo childhood picture albums into smaller ones that aren't water damaged
Retie the couch cover

Obviously some of these tasks are larger than others - that was intentional to help keep things feeling manageable. We'll see how it goes! I will try to update as we do things that are picture-worthy (hemmed pants aren't really that exciting...).

What are you doing to kick off the new year?


  1. This sounds like something I'd like to do, but I'm planning on moving in a couple of months so my hard work with this challenge would be pointless. :\

    1. Some people comment on the forums that they are doing it right before moving! It's a good way to purge and get things really clean before packing up.

  2. Wow. That's a really inventive way to get things done.
    When I win the lottery I will have someone do that for me. :)

    Happy New Year.

  3. This is great! I remember a few years ago everyone I knew online was part of a housekeeping group that emailed daily assignments and incouragement. They concentrated on teaching you to tackle things in 20 minute spurts on small tasks instead of taking on a large one. Like instead of clean kitchen, do 20 minute decluttered table, wipe down countertops.


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