I have really enjoyed following along with Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. I was able to tackle a slew of projects, clean my entire apartment, and just relax knowing that my space is clean and organized. I am fairly organized by nature, but having a path to follow really helped me get outside of my routine. I still have to empty my outbox and throw my party (on February 16th), so I am not done per se. This week’s activities were revving up to the party that would have been thrown over the weekend, so I did not have much to do. As you can see, I crossed many things off my list. I used highlighters to identify projects I am holding off on for various reasons:
- Blue - projects that need outdoor space, i.e. spray painting or refinishing
- Pink - items that require money that I am not ready to spend yet
- Green – projects that require sewing. my sewing machine was in the shop for the last two months… long story
January 28th: Catch Up & Take a Photo
For the most part, I have been documenting my process as I go. In some cases, I was too excited to stop and take before photos…
January 29th: Hang Your Artwork
January 30th: Speedy Spruce Up
Every night before I go to bed, I straighten up my apartment. I did not do a blitz cleaning, but I will this weekend.
January 31st: Shop for the Get Together
N/A. I did a media fast! Sort of. It was not that hard since I went out to dinner after work, so I was not tempted… I have fallen into a bad habit of watching TV or reading blogs before work, so I did not do this and made it to work early. There are definitely more media fasts in my future.
February 1st: Weekend Chores – Pat Yourself on the Back, Relax & Celebrate
Again, this really kicked off my new year in a productive way. I have been inspired to creating a 30 day calendar for my February goal – fitness (don’t worry, I won’t share it here on the blog, since it is not DIY or ice cream related). I think breaking goals into shorter periods makes them more manageable. Rather than pledging to go to the gym “X” times a week for the year (overwhelming!), I am going to concentrate on exercising regularly for one month and see where it goes from there.
- A lot can be accomplished in 30 days.
- Taking time to tackle projects that you will “get to eventually” is empowering. For not only yourself, but others. My parents have tackled a few problem areas in their house (And it looks great, Mom and Dad!). And two other friends have remarked that my journey has been inspiring.
- Carnations last forever.
My January Cure Posts:
- Week 1 Round-Up
- Week 2 Round-Up
- Week 3 Round-Up
- Week 4 Round-Up
- Closing Remarks (this post)