For The Love of My Home – The January Cure


I can’t believe I am showing you these photos. 

I have joined Apartment Therapy’s January Cure.  One month to house zen. Each day they email you a task for the month of January to get your home clean, organized and beautiful. Sigh,  I wish I could genie blink myself to February 1st, where I will sitting surrounded in organized beauty, sipping tea and feeling super fab.

I would love if you joined up with me? Anyone up to the challenge? We are only a little late with plenty of time to catch up. Here is the link if you feel inspired! Apartment Therapy: The January Cure

There is stuff, stuff, stuff everywhere in my house. So many unfinished projects, but what a great big thought to conquer and leave the next eleven months to focus on new projects.

The first task was to write a list. Shudder. My list is very hefty due to general procrastination, avoidance and lethargy. It would be great to finish everything this month, but I need to be realistic. Unless I hire help?   For now, list writing has made me very tired and  I require one more coffee before I conquer todays task, washing  and vacuuming my floors.  It’s a demotivating task when you have boys dripping and spilling behind you as you go. My life is a hamster wheel.

I WROTE A LIST! Mark this day…

Kitchen/Eating Nook

  1. Clean out pantry
  2. Organize under sink
  3. Figure out a better garbage, recycling, compost system
  4. Clean out scary sideboard and put shelves above for serving dishes and instant fab.

Front Room (Starred item to be completed during spring)

  1. Organize Office/Writing  Area
  2. Decide if I am going to paint dining furniture*
  3. Put art on walls.
  4. Paint bookcases*
  5. Make cushions*
  6. Slipcover ugly chair*
  7. Revamp coffee table (ottoman?)
  8. Purge book cases


  1. Clean out coat closet
  2. Buy entry rug
  3. Buy boot tray for front door
  4. Add hooks for kids coats.
  5. Do new chalking
  6. Paint door
  7. Add  DIY book shelves to useless wall niche and make it useful

Family Room

  1. Wash sofa cushion cover (again)
  2. Finish baseboards
  3. Touch up paint
  4. Create a better play area for Oliver’s toys
  5. Source/make candle sconces

Powder Room

  1. Fumigate pee-pee off the wood floor (seriously consider one of those toilet shaggy rugs…)
  2. Pick a new paint colour or wallpaper*
  3. Source sink cabinet
  4. Paint mirror


  1. Finish painting
  2. Clean ceiling fan (or burn)
  3. Start hitting second hand stores for frames for gallery *

Upstairs Galley

  1. Paint
  2. Organize book cases
  3. Clean and paint laundry cabinet*
  4. Hang Mirror

Master Bedroom

  1. Clean out and purge drawers and closet
  2. Refinish bench at end of the bed*
  3. Pick paint colour
  4. Touch up trim
  5. Get rid of fireplace*

Master Bath

  1. To be reno’d later this year, so let it be.

Kid Rooms (Goal: Rooms are for sleeping and quiet activities)

  1. Purge toys.
  2. Purge clothes
  3. Take everything to goodwill
  4. Revamp some storage (Ikea? Yes please.)

Main Bath

  1. Clean out cabinet
  2. Paint*
  3. Convince Ryan we should replace floors in here while when we do our bathroom


  1. Go through all toys and get rid of at least half.
  2. Come up with a design plan
  3. Pick paint colours
  4. Decide on how to put art on massive walls with out spending a million dollars.
  5. Organize theatre area
  6. Play area needs better storage and furniture.

I’ll keep you posted through the month on any stellar moments, but we do not need to talk about how I got the pee out of my hardwood floors in the powder room due to potty training and general bad aim, not me, Oliver), unless you really want to know….

If you decide to join in, let me know in the comment section!!! I would love to keep tabs on my Facebook Page on our progress. Plus I do much better with accountability.


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