The January Cure has officially begun! And I’m officially two steps in. Phew! What’s the January Cure you say? It’s this wonderful idea from Apartment Therapy on how to get your home organized.
They said it best:
“Do you want 2015 to be your best year yet? We believe that when your home is under control, fresh, clean and organized, good things happen throughout your life. If you are ready to get your place back in shape, the very best way is one manageable step at a time, during our once-a-year-only January Cure. By the end of the month, you’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home. We can do this – together!”
I love that the weekend assignments include flowers. Really does brighten up the place.
Yesterday I tackled the list. I did a walk-through of the whole house, and wrote down notes of all the little projects and things that need to be taken care of. And I’m posting it here so that I’m a little more committed to it (eek).
- Living Room
Clear out the clutter from the living room
Create a better mail/bills organization
File the mail/bill things that are laying about
Hang all the wall things
Reorganize both book shelves to mix/match items and books
Clear out the clutter from the dining room
Find a place for the extra pots, pans & large appliances
Reorganize the bar
Put away the extraneous things that are on top of the fridge
Find a better more accessible place for cookbooks
Clean out and sell/donate old clothes
Organize my nightstand
Hang all the wall things
Reorganize the shoe closet
Fix the vent in the downstairs bathroom
Reorganize the downstairs bathroom closet/toss old makeup things
Rearrange the area around the ellyptical for better use
Get a lampshade for the Guest Room
Put the remaining tiles up around the pole
It looks like a WHOLE LOT, but the idea isn’t necessarily to get everything on your list done this month, but to locate trouble spots, set goals, and begin a new rhythm of staying organized. And I could really use the help!
There’s still time to sign up here if you’re interested. xoxo
Ah! I received a message today “I can’t believe it’s already December!” I definitely knew it was coming, but just didn’t expect it to be here so soon. And so it has begun! And the first list: kitchen wishes. A few great ideas for the chef in your life!
A non-stick baking mat! If I baked more, I’d have 10 already.
A foldable grater! Genius. I have at least 3 that are either too difficult to hold or too big for the drawer. This one is perfect.
I think this sink gripping cutting board & strainer combo would help me make a little bit less of a mess in the kitchen (and I think my dear husband would be grateful!)
These awesome reusable food savers! How many times do you use just half an onion?
Although these magnetic stickers are shown in the bathroom, I’m pretty sure I could find a use for them in every room.
So many fun little goodies! Still dreaming of that bigger kitchen…
Happy Friday! I hope your holiday weekend is filled with friends, family & food.
We’ll be grilling for sure and crossing our fingers for no rain!
Provisions, the gorgeous shop of my favorite recipe site food52, is giving away $30 credits to new customers when you spend $50. They have everything from beautiful copper dishes to french fry cutters to DIY Gin making kits to the most delicious almond butters you’ve ever seen. I recently bought this “tap it” cap so my darling husband can keep his beer carbonated a little longer in the growler. Love!
Click here to claim your credit!
I know this store is supposedly for kids, but I am completely obsessed! It’s a great mix of cute and classic, with fun colors, clean lines and great art. It has just the right touch of whimsy.
So many great lamps! How could you ever choose just one?! But it’s the little neon nightstand that has caught my eye. We don’t have room for it now, but it’s definitely high on my wish list.
These little honeycomb shelves are just the cutest. I’ve got some cute little Johnathan Adler pieces I think would look just perfect on these geometric beauties.
Gorgeous, anthro-esque bedding. I’m thinking this might look great in the guest room…
And seriously fab wall art! We just bought a sweet little piece of canvas for the bedroom, but this one would look fantastic in the kitchen.
I’m sure I’ll find another 50 things I’m in love with by the end of the night. Their rugs are lovely too…
images via land of nod
We’re renting right now but once we’re ready to buy, I know one thing I want is a big kitchen with a million useful things filling it up. Chalkboard walls covered in notes and recipes, pots and pans hung up for all to see, big windows to cook by the light of day, and all my silly little tools organized in all the cupboard space a cook could dream of.
via tasty tuesday
via rural girl
via meggie lynne
What do you dream of?
Now that winter is upon us, I’m starting to nest even more than usual. And spending more evenings burying myself in a book. As our collection grows and grows, we’re going to need a little more shelving to hold it all. Hopefully something like these!
via apartment 34
via marie claire maison
My darling husband forwarded me a link to this gorgeous little blog called House of Earnest and I spent hours skimming all the loveliness. I saw this adorable DIY and thought, ‘Even I can do this!’ Are they just the sweetest?
Just 4 easy steps! Click here for complete directions.
images via house of earnest
We did it! We found a little house in my favorite neighborhood that we fell in love with! We’re moving in next month and I can hardly wait. The owner is nearly finished with the renovations and it is so lovely! We’ll be renting, so that we can save a little more money before we buy, and so we’re sure this is where we want to commit. But I can imagine us staying in this house for a few years at least!
One of the things I’m most thrilled about is the gigantic back yard. There are three levels (top two shown below). There will be a small patio area, a grassy area above and a huge space for gardening at the back of the yard. I plan on growing as much food as possible! We’re thinking greens and herbs and onions and garlic and… what else grows well in Western Washington? I’m hoping eventually half of what I eat (at least in the summer!) comes from our garden.
images via my iphone
So, it’s official, we’ve decided to move. Soon-ish. Hopefully. But we’re not quite ready to buy yet. After much discussion, the official plan is to rent in the neighborhood we’re hoping to buy in for a year, to get a feel for the area first. But I still want a house! A yard! And not just any yard, I want to grow vegetables. A few springs past we grew vegetables in pots on the top of our apartment building. The greens flourished, but everything else was a bit pathetic. I think we made poor choices for our grey Seattle weather. A friend mentioned that root vegetables do well here. Carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabaga, radishes, turnips, potatoes, onions…! Hooray! I’m really hoping we find a place this spring with a great yard.
Have you ever grown anything successfully? Any tips for this newbie gardener/dreamer?
image via jackson free press