Cleaning With Intention

A few years ago, the Daughters introduced me to the January Cure from Apartment Therapy.

Apartment Therapy is a website aimed at young adult NYC types. In their own words it is, “Lifestyle and interior design community sharing design lessons, DIY how-tos, shopping guides and expert advice for creating a happy, beautiful home.” The founder of the website also wrote the book, Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure, which outlines how your apartment/home may not work for you because it is “sick” and needs to be cured. Really?! Does any of that sound like me?!? (Answer: No.)

That being said, The January Cure is the best thing that has happened to Chez Drott in years. From the intro:

There is nothing like the start of a new year to kick yourself into gear and make changes that last. And no, I’m not talking about resolutions, which have a sneaky way of fading along with the holiday glow. I’m talking about taking just one month and investing some effort (21 do-able assignments in total throughout January) toward a cleaner, more organized and more peaceful home. If you are ready to get your place back in shape (and reap the rewards for the whole rest of 2016) 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 have a cleaner, fresher, more organized home, guaranteed!

Is Godsend too strong a word? Probably. But joining in the January Cure for the past three years has definitely 1)Gotten the house cleaner, 2)Encouraged me to declutter and jettison “stuff”, 3)Encouraged me to reevaluate how we use different spaces in the house, and 4)Spurred me into action on home improvement projects, both small and large. It’s not an all-or-nothing process, I have never completed, or even attempted, every assignment, but I’ve always felt good about what I have accomplished.

With my 2016 Resolution being Intention, The January Cure has once again been just the spark I needed to really attack the house, to clean and organize, to keep it the place that I continue to want to call home. And this year, it has also sparked our first major home improvement project in …  ever(?). We are going to have our master bathroom completely remodeled. Stay tuned for updates on that project, but for now, if you need a template for a process to make you feel better about your home, check out the January Cure. And however you make your living spaces your home, do it with intention.

2 thoughts on “Cleaning With Intention

  1. I can think of enough “the house went insane” haunted house stories that an apartment being sick makes sense to me. Gotta take care of those apartments and houses before they get really nasty, heh.

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