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Day 22: Friday, January 31
Assignment: Enjoy your first weekend in your "Cured" home

The January Cure is just coming to an end and, honestly, I'm already missing it. My work on Cure is one of the best parts of my job, thanks to all of you. I'm so inspired by all the positivity, support and energy and awed by the amazing amount of work you've put into your homes on top of already busy lives. So, in addition to my hearty congratulations to you on sticking with the Cure, I'd like to say a sincere thank you. And now, it's time to put away the vacuum, ignore the outbox and just relax and enjoy your successes. It's time to celebrate. www.apartmenttherapy.com/weekend-cho
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Day 22: Thursday, January 30
Assignment: Make a list and pick up the supplies for your get-together this weekend

You are headed toward the assignment finish line. After a month's worth of intense work on your home, its finally time to start thinking about what you want to have on hand (food, drinks, treats, flowers!) for relaxing with your friends and family at your end-of-cure get together. And, for those of you who decided to forego an official gathering, I hope you'll consider picking up something a little extra tasty (maybe involving chocolate?) as a treat for yourself. www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-last-la
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1/29/14 10:01 P

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Day 20: Wednesday, January 29
Assignment: Give your place a quick once over to get ready for your gathering

60 minutes or so is all it takes. An hour to refresh and renew all the hard work you've done this month is your assignment for today. You've done some good deep cleaning and decluttering, room by room, so now you can do an overall "spruce up" to get things in shape without a huge outlay of time, anytime. The idea here is to keep moving, resist getting distracted or off track and just focus on speedily getting your surfaces clean and uncluttered. Jump below for a quick clean up list and get ready to do a whirlwind once-over. www.apartmenttherapy.com/final-stret
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I copied the Calendar from the web site so that I can "do the next thing in front of me" at my own pace. This is a great resource, and I want to check off each task as I finish it.

Hope everyone doesn't get discouraged. It's a "keep on keeping on" situation, lol.

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You're not the only one behind. I feel I'm so far back that I might as well not even have started.

Day 19: Tuesday, January 28
Assignment: Hang the artwork you chose earlier this month

Can you believe how quickly this month has flown by? It seems like yesterday that we were choosing artwork to hang waaaaaay off at nearly the end of the Cure (aka today!). Getting this piece of artwork up on the wall is one of the lasting gifts of the Cure - a new spot in your home that I hope will bring you happiness whenever you look at it. It's good to think of it as a visual reminder of how doing things for your home is actually doing things for yourself - a simple way to invest in your ongoing and future happiness and health. And, now, time to get out the hammer and nails... www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-gift-to-y
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So far behind I'm meeting myself going in circles....

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Day 18: Monday, January 27
Assignment: Catch up on whatever bits and pieces of your assignments still need a little more attention

Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Happily, the biggest, baddest assignments of the January Cure are behind us now; this week is about wrapping things up and taking care of the finishing touches. But, before we get into the final handful of specific assignments, it feels like we could all use a "catch up" day. I'm sure everyone has a task that they need a bit more time for; use today to cross it off your list, or, at least, move it a little closer to the "finish line". www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-assignm
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Day 17: Friday, January 24....and the weekend of January 25 & 26
Assignments: Bring home some Friday flowers, empty your outbox, clean your living room and take a look at your lighting

Yes! Here we go: the last full (and yes, busy!) weekend of the January Cure. This time next week, we'll be done. This final stretch is when things should start coming together, as you spruce up your living room for your gathering and start the big emptying of the outbox. The time to let go has officially arrived!

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Day 16: Thursday, January 23
Assignment: Declutter your book, magazine, movie & music collections

Take a deep breath. If you are like me, this assignment is a biggie. I fully admit that this is something that I'm terrible about: hanging on to books and magazines forever. I'm good at outboxing other things that I've used and no longer need but I tend to hang on to all printed media as if my life depends on it - and its a shame, because it is the stuff that can so easily enjoyed by someone new. Today's the day to lighten up a little, and send some stuff back into the world... www.apartmenttherapy.com/lightening-
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Day 15: Wednesday, January 22
Assignment: Clean and declutter your bathroom & medicine cabinets

Get this done today and I guarantee you'll be a happier camper tomorrow morning. Why spend precious moments each morning searching through an overcrowded jumble in the bathroom when they could be used to be blissfully snoozing...or sipping coffee...or how about about catching up with the posts on your favorite blog? You are just one cleanout session away from a smoother, streamlined start (and end!) to your day. Ready? Let's go... www.apartmenttherapy.com/declutter-o
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Day 14: Tuesday, January 21
Assignment: Clean up the cord clutter

Today we have one of those surprisingly "worth it" Cure assignments that is straightforward and simple, yet makes an unexpectedly substantial difference in how your home looks and feels. Let's face it, no matter how well organized an area is otherwise, if there is a visible mess of wires and cords, things look unfinished and visually chaotic. Take a quick twirl through your home and identify the cord trouble spots and then work on getting them out of sight and under control. www.apartmenttherapy.com/clear-up-co
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Day 13: Paper! This is a big one for lots of us and it's one area where clutter not only causes mess, but can actually cost you money and time. Keeping on top of bills and being able to find important documents when you need them reduces the possibility of mishaps like late fees and getting a routine set streamlines the paperwork process. So, let's think about this assignment as a investment - clear it out, set it up and permanently reap the rewards of less stress! www.apartmenttherapy.com/less-mess-o
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1/18/14 10:36 P

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Day 12: Friday, January 17....and the weekend of January 18 & 19
Assignments: Bring home your weekly flowers, clean your bedroom, organize your clothes closet and dresser

Get ready for a well deserved good nights sleep. We're on the slippery slope to the end of the Cure and this weekend, while busy as usual, is focused again on a single room - the bedroom. You know the drill by now: gather your vacuum and cleaning supplies, get an empty outbox handy, turn up the Spotify and go, go, go. By Sunday night, you'll be sleeping peacefully in a clean, organized room, which I think you'll agree is one of the best things ever.

In the Eight Step Home Cure, Maxwell reminds us that the bedroom just might be the most important room in our homes. He writes, "It is where you will spend the greatest amount of time when at home and where your health will be most directly affected if you don't sleep well". www.apartmenttherapy.com/weekend-cho
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Day 11: Thursday, January 16
Assignment: Put some time and effort into your goal project

Congratulations! Today is the official halfway point of the January Cure. You've stuck it out through some tough assignments and deserve a moment of (virtual, but sincere) applause. You've been making plans, cleaning floors, getting the kitchen in shape, setting up a landing strip - day by day, assignment after assignment, making your home a better place. No matter where you are at with your Cure "chores" right now (ahead, behind, it's all good), I hope you'll stick with us. You should be feeling good about what you've accomplished so far (no matter how much or how little) - every bit counts and really does make a difference. Now, lets make a little bit more progress today...

Today is all about you - a chance to focus in and get some work done on the personal task that you decided to accomplish this month; the project I asked you to choose from your list last week. www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-halfway
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I'm behind in posting these. I apologize, but my work schedule has been totally crazy.
Day 10: Wednesday, January 15
Assignment: Try a media fast this evening

Believe me, I relish the feeling of being connected all the time. But, as with most things, both good and not-so-good, I've realized that a little more balance is needed. Constant information and communication, the ability to access all shows, sites and stores, whenever and wherever can definitely lead to an overloaded home life. I've embraced a bit of "absence makes the heart grow fonder" attitude and am enjoying the resulting calm and clarity. Tonight, you can too - it's time to turn your home back into the centering sanctuary that everyone needs now and then...

Your home a space where you can retreat from the outside world and focus on what is important, joyful, healthful and centering for you. Tonight, why not make that make that retreat just a bit more intentional - a little quieter and deeper than usual - and see how it feels? Your assignment today is to give a media fast a try. www.apartmenttherapy.com/unplug-for-
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Day 9: Tuesday, January 14
Assignment: Create a landing strip or re-organize one you already have

As you work through the Cure, your home is getting cleaner and less cluttered. It's a great feeling and it's all thanks to your good work. Now, the trick is keeping it this way. Today's assignment is another very important one because it sets you up for long term success - a little time spent this evening will make the rest of your year easier, no question. Sound good? Here's how to do it.... www.apartmenttherapy.com/create-a-la
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Day 7: Monday, January 13
Assignment: Plan a Get-Together for the Weekend of January 31 - February 2

Hanging out with a friend (or 5, if you are feeling ambitious) in your "just cured" home is the perfect way to end the Cure and celebrate your successes. Planning it now also has the added benefit of being a great motivator for the rest of the month - knowing that you have the gathering coming up with definitely help keep you on track. So - no excuses - today is the day you make a plan and get your inviting underway... www.apartmenttherapy.com/keep-yourse
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Made crock-pot "empty-the-frig" conglomeration soup. Not gonna make it to the freezer as planned - DH and step-son devoured it, lol.

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I noticed how dirty our floor was at the entrance inside the house from the porch. we have carpeting on the porch (it's sort of enclosed). So today I bought a mat to put on the floor on the inside of the house. Hopefully that will help this issue.

I also bought the Rubbermaid spray mop and finally used it today. It seems to work ok. I have a new stick vac order and it will arrive in the next week. Now to just use these tools.

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I am starting a bit late but I am working on a modified list. Tomorrow will be up to speed.

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Day 7: Friday, January 10 and the Weekend of January 11 & 12
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Since I have yet to put up any pictures, etc, after moving back to our apt - I'll choose one, and start with that. (We had to move out for a month, due to a water leak in the upstairs apt which flooded ours...)

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Day 5: Thursday, January 9
Assignment: Choose a piece of artwork to frame & get the process started for framing it for hanging later this month (on the 28th) www.apartmenttherapy.com/making-your
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Okay, I have to admit it.
Every room in my house has clutter everywhere.
Besides the regular cleaning, this clutter has built up enormously!
If I can get the kitchen table totally clear of newspapers, mail, coupons, etc., I would be so happy, happy, happy!
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My project will be my clothes closet. (though I was seriously tempted to change it to the home office and all those files and papers, and more paper!)

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Last night I decided my project was to clean out and organize the bathroom cabinetry, but then I read Sylvia's post and thought, "WOW, how did that not even make the list!" I have to do all the papers ahead of tax time, so it might as well be file/recycle/shred time this month.

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My project will be to get my papers in order (that means picking them up from all over the house, lol), and filing them. Shredding, re-cycling, and throwing away... It may take more than a month...

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Day 5: Wednesday, January 8
Assignment: Choose a Project from Your List to Complete this Month

Ah, remember Day One of the Cure? We were all so innocent then. No marathon floor scrubbings under our collective belt yet. On that fateful first day, you walked through your home and made your list, prioritizing projects to tackle in 2014 that will improve your home. Then, at the start of this week, you spent a little time meditatively musing about your vision for what your home can (and will!) be. Which means the timing is perfect for you to choose a project that you really want to cross off your list this month... www.apartmenttherapy.com/you-can-do-
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Day 3: Vacuum and Mop - Done (and used vinegar and water in spray bottle)
Day 4: 10 minutes of mindfulness - Done.

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1/7/14 6:48 P

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I just found this topic. It looks like a fantastic idea! I'll try to catch up and then go along with you guys for the month. My house needs this desperately. And so do I. I think the clutter and disorganization is getting me down. I'll aim for day 1 & start day 2 tonight. Will check in tomorrow!

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Day 4: Tuesday, January 7
Assignment: Set Up an Outbox and Put One Item In It

I believe that completing today's (quick! easy!) assignment is the single most important factor in the success of both your Cure and the future of your clean, calm, under control home. The Outbox is one of the Apartment Therapy classic simple but powerful ideas. It makes it easier - much easier - to let go of things that you no longer need. We all have emotional and financial connections to items and breaking that hold is a challenge, but the Outbox makes it manageable and really, truly, it gets easier each time you use it. Let's get it done! www.apartmenttherapy.com/a-simple-st
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Spending at least 30 minutes cleaning the Living and Dining room. emoticon

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I had family stuff two days in a row and still haven't finished undoing the tree and vacuuming and mopping. I got my son's room thoroughly vacuumed and fairly well dusted before he came back to town, though. THAT was a big accomplishment in and of itself!

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Started to mop, and ended up cleaning my entire bathroom. Payn' for it today....

Fresh perspective: Do the next thing in front of me...

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Day 2 (and weekend)
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Day 1: Make a list of projects

To get started, set aside an hour or so to do a walkthrough of your home and make notes on any trouble spots as you move through each room. It's easiest to organize your list by room - you'll want sections for all the important areas of your own home, i.e. the entryway, living room, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. Start at the front door and do a thorough "inspection", noting each area or item that needs a good cleaning, a de-cluttering or a re-organization. www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-first-s
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Day 1 & 2 done. Spartaa, I know exactly what you are talking about, cleaning before you clean. For me it's a layered thing- I can do a whole house freshen up and then an hour later I start to see NEW things that need doing, so if I have time & energy I will make a second pass. I'm usually out of time & energy by the time I see the third go-round of things, but it keeps on happening - get a lot of work done and then I have a fresh perspective & NEW things stand out!

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Set up an outbox in my bedroom.

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Day 1: Make a List of Projects: Done
2: Set up an Out box: Done

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Ditto! Made a list of things to be done in just ONE ROOM...

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i can spend time every week making lists of projects. but i have been working on splitting them up in smaller pieces do i have no excuses to not start getting tasks done.

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Thanks for sharing this challenge, as well as the links to it, teammates!

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I am running around doing a "crisis cleaning" getting ready for the Jan 1st clean day! Does anyone else ever feel the need to clean before "cleaning" emoticon

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I also signed up and am ready to go.
I need assistance in getting the ambition to get up and organize.
Hope this gives me a good kick in the butt.
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Just signed up and ready to go!

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This looks pretty cool :)

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The January Cure

1. Day 1: Make a List of Projects
2. Day 2: Set Up Your Outbox
3. Day 3: Weekend Chores - Flowers, Floors, Green Cleaners & Outbox
4. Day 4: Get a Fresh Perspective in Just 10 Minutes
5. Day 5: Select One Project from Your List to Complete this Month
6. Day 6: Choose a Piece of Artwork & Get Going on Framing It
7. Day 7: Get Your Get-Together Together - Date, Guests, Invites
8. Day 8: Weekend Chores - Flowers, Kitchen Cleaning & Make Yourself a Meal
9. Day 9: Create a Landing Strip
10. Day 10: Work on Your Goal Project
11. Day 11: Try a Media Fast
12. Day 12: Declutter Books & Media
13. Day 13: Weekend Chores - Flowers & Bedroom
14. Day 14: Get Papers & Files in Order
15. Day 15: Exercise a Little Cord Control
16. Day 16: Give Your Bathroom & Medicine Cabinets a Cleanout
17. Day 17: Looking at Living Room Lighting
18. Day 18: Weekend Chores: Flowers, Living Room, Empty Your Outbox
19. Day 19: Catch Up & Take a Photo
20. Day 20: Hang Your Artwork
21. Day 21: Speedy Spruce Up & Surface Clean
22. Day 22: Shop for the Get Together Goodies
23. Day 23: Weekend Chores - Pat Yourself on the Back, Relax & Celebrate!

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Signed up! Now, if I can get my Fibro-body in gear, lol...

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I have signed up to receive daily emails for a month from the Apartment Therapy January "cure." I'd love for others on Spark to join me in this. We could check in daily to report our progress (or lack of it!) on each day's item. Day 1 is, of course, to walk around the house and make a list of things that need attention - repairs, clutter, cleaning, organizing. I've got a list long enough to keep me busy for a full year, but fortunately they aren't suggesting that everything will be DONE in a month. It just helps me to have a structured plan and daily reminders.

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