Day 1: Make a List of Projects

Apartment Therapy January Cure

Day 1: Wednesday, January 2
Assignment: Make a list of projects

Welcome to the start of the January Cure! If you are ready to make your home the best it can be for 2013, you are in the right place.We're going to keep you busy, but we've got it all laid out, day by day. If you follow along, keep up and complete your tasks, by the end of this month,you'll be sitting pretty in a cleaner, fresher, more organized home. We've even built in plans for a gathering of your friends on the first weekend in February to help you celebrate...

Today's Assignment:

• Make a list of projects

Walk through your home and make notes on any trouble spots organized by room. You'll want sections in your notes for the entryway, living room, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. Start at the front door and do a thorough walkthrough, noting each area or item that needs a good cleaning, a de-cluttering or a re-organization.

Resist the temptation to dive in and start cleaning or moving things around - stay on task to just observe and make note of any problems you see that you would like to improve.

Dingy shower curtain in bathroom
Overflowing food storage container cabinet in the kitchen
Big stack of magazines by the bed
Dusty, jumbled bookshelves in the living room
Blown out bulb in entryway

When your tour is complete, grab a highlighter and select a few (3 - 5 is ideal) key sections from each room that you plan to focus on - the spots that will make the biggest impact on the look and use of the room as a whole when they are improved.

Now, write up your projects list, room by room, featuring the highlighted sections (remember, just 3 -5 per room, maximum) from your observation notes as the main bullet points.

Launder shower curtain
Edit food storage containers to those I actually use at least once a week
Donate or recycle magazines
Dust and straighten shelves
Replace lightbulb in overhead fixture

Stay calm, just observe and make your list. We'll have plenty of time to focus on the "doing" later and - don't worry - the intention is not for everything on your list to be completed this month. You are really just assessing your home in full right now, creating a master plan of goals, both short and long term, to work on over the coming year. The big picture behind this assignment is that locating trouble spots and setting goals is half the battle and you'll have this major first step completed and under your belt before you go to bed tonight!

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