Series: AT’s January Cure: Assignments 3-6

Yay! Our floors are clean and I have a better idea on what needs to be fixed or adjusted.

 Assignment 3 – Get a fresh perspective

 I stood with my back to the wall and looked out on the living room. It’s the wall with the TV. Usually, we are focused the other way. I was able to observe the whole room from this angle and figure out what did and did not work. Even though I’m glad we have a designated space for the dining room now, it just seems like such a waste of space. I’m thinking this might be a makeover…just not sure how yet.

 Assignment 4 – Set up an outbox and put something in it


1. Anything can go in the Outbox
2. The Outbox is allowed to get messy
3. Everything must stay in the Outbox for at least one week
4. After that time you have several choices
a. Take anything back out
b. Leave anything you are undecided about for one more week
c. Dispose of the rest by moving to the garbage, recycling bin, or giveaway pile 
Once you get used to separating first and disposing of later, you’ll find that clearing clutter gets easier and easier. 

 In the spirit of downsizing, I got rid of a few kitchen items/appliances that I either haven’t used in a while or couldn’t fit anywhere. In my outbox was the following:

 Black and white plate set, 2 tortilla molds, 1 old juicer, Flour sifter, Blender, Extra pin roller, Canning gripper, Canning jar holder, Checker cake pan set, and a 5 piece hamburger grilling set


 So, we actually jumped the gun on this assignment since we weren’t supposed to get rid of it yet. But, I think it did us some good. We actually posted these things on Craigslist as a “curb alert” in the free section. It went very quickly and I’m glad someone was able to get some use out of them.

 Assignment 5 – Pick a project and cross it off the list

 Yes! Down to the nitty gritty. This is the part of the cure where we start to tackle the projects we listed on the first day. What am I going to tackle first? The entryway! We have a habit of coming home and throwing our bags on the floor, tossing keys on the TV stand, and leaving mail on the dining room table. We really need an organized and cohesive space. This seems like a simple project that shouldn’t take too much time but will make a big difference. Here’s what I envision: Mirror, mailbox, key holder, and a bench with storage.

 Luckily, we already have the mirror. It’s a dark brown circular mirror that I purchased from Marshalls a while ago. It wasn’t more than $20.00. I will scour the internet for a bench (my DIY skills aren’t that advanced) and maybe I can convince Harvey to make the mailbox and key holder from scratch. I’ll let you know how that goes.

See the updated entry here.

 Assignment 6 – Prep artwork for framing and display later this month

 Ooh, this one is easy. I’ve had some acrylic paint in my arsenal for a while now but haven’t used them in a long time. Harvey and I have been to a few Living Social painting classes so we have a little gallery of various items. We have paintings of chickens, lemons, landscapes, etc. It will actually be exciting to hang them up.

 Think about which item would truly make you happy to display in this way in your home. The origin and the artist are less important than how it makes you feel. The important part is that you should love it and really want to use it to add some warmth, beauty and individuality to your space. Now that you’ve given it some thought and made a choice it’s time to get this taken care of – don’t put it off any longer – let’s get the process underway.

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