Saturday, March 8, 2008

Cure Me!

I am, simply put, an Apartment Therapy addict (AT for short). It's a blog about home design and all stuff home, for those of you who don't know. I'm not sure of when I first started reading it, but it's been at least four years. It's a daily habit now. Sometimes, I have to "cut back"--it's that addictive.


P3080029_3Anyway, a new "cure" is starting and I've signed up. The "cure" is  based on AT founder Maxwell's book which provides an 8-step process to "cure" your home. For me, following every step to the letter is a bit much, but many of his ideas are brilliant.


One:


Buying flowers weekly. Almost like an "offering" for your home. It's true--when you buy flowers, the whole room lights up. It's an easy way to add color. Here are my flowers from last Saturday.


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Pretty, but I won't be getting them often--around Wednesday, most of the little buds at the top started falling off. Yesterday, some of the blossoms started. I've had flowers last 2 weeks or more, so to get the biggest bang for my buck, I'll try to get longer lasting ones.


Two:


The "landing strip." This is an area you designate at your entrance with hooks for coats/bags, a place for keys, a place for mail--all the stuff you bring home and often dump at random places. Since my front door places you smack dab in the middle of my living area, I like to follow this idea but not right at my front door. I have a key holder in my kitchen, put my coats in my coat closet, and I open my mail and put it where it belongs (like on my file clips or by my shredder).


Three:


Having an "Outbox." TP3080025_3his concept gives your stuff a temporary spot to exist in while you decide what to do with it. As you're decluttering, you put things you're unsure about in the Outbox. (Mine is a blue Rubbermaid box inside my living room closet that I've labeled with its contents.) Eventually, this stuff will either come back to a place in your home or be given away/thrown out. It takes the pressure off of making an immediate decision--often a stumbling point for people as they declutter.


Four:


Cooking at home. This is something I need to do more often. It makes you appreciate your home more and appreciate food more too--when you spend weeknights quickly inhaling whatever you can throw together (Lean Cuisines anyone?), it's sometimes hard to realize what truly good food is--nourishing and heartwarming.


Want to join the cure? Visit Apartment Therapy and buy your very own book. And, visit by here over the next 8 weeks to see my various projects! If you're curing, leave a comment!

2 comments:

  1. Of course I'm in- I too am a bit of an AT addict! Can't wait until we AT:DC folks get to finally meet up...

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  2. I can't wait until we meet up too! Eventually, we'll get it together!

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