Series: AT’s January Cure: Assignments 7-10

How do you feel so far? Don’t you feel accomplished? Slowly but surely things will come along. Plus, it’s little things that will help you see bigger changes in your home.

 Assignment 7 – Bring Home Flowers, Kitchen Organizing & Cleaning, Find a Recipe and Make Yourself a Meal

 You know I’m really enjoying the fresh flowers in the house! It just adds so much color and happiness to the environment. Especially since it’s been a long and gloomy winter. It definitely makes the house cozier. Now, on to the good (or not so good) stuff…kitchen organizing.

 Remember, I told you our kitchen is now half the size of my old one? Well this makes it difficult to store everything. We already got rid of a few kitchen appliances when we moved in but there’s still very little cabinet and counter space. Hopefully, with this assignment, we’ll be able to make the most of the smaller space.

  The steps for this weekend’s kitchen cleaning are as follows:

 1. Clean all surfaces, inside and out, with a good earth-friendly surface cleaner.
a. Counters (and sink)
b. Cabinets
c. Refrigerator
d. Floor (if it needs it again)
e. Stove
f. Other appliances 

Remove shelf liners and replace or wash and replace. Moving everything in order to do the washing will allow you to reach bottles, jars, and boxes that you may not have seen in a long time. The foods we keep in our kitchens should be fresh and replenished frequently.

2. Remove all food:
a. past its expiration date
b. Unused for more than twelve months
c. In containers that are nearly empty 
If a food item is old, throw it away; if it is unopened and you will never eat it, give it away. Aim to reduce the mass of your stored foods by at least 25 percent. 

3. Remove all cups, glasses, and dishes that are:
a. Chipped, stained or unmatching – unless the unmatching is intentional 🙂
b. Extra or unused 
Seriously edit down the odds and ends in your glasses, dishware and servingware. If you notice that you are short on certain items, add a note to replace them to your list of projects. 
4. Remove cookware you don’t use.

 Confession time: I’m horrible about cleaning out the oven. I always wait until the spilled food bakes to a charred crisp before I clean it up. My flawed logic is it’s easier that way instead of trying to clean while the oven is hot. I said flawed logic so at least I’m admitting it! Ha! On the flip side…our refrigerator stays clean because I wipe it out every time we get new groceries. So it’s a delicate balance of cleanliness in our kitchen. I will try to adopt the oven cleaning thing over time too. I’ll let you know how it turns out. 😉

 The next step is to cook a great meal in your newly cleaned and organized kitchen. Maybe this is just me but doesn’t that sound counter-productive? If I’ve made it look all pretty why would I want to ruin it again?? Ha! Oh well..let me follow the rules! I made what I call “Almost Veggie Pasta“. You can see the pictures and step by step here: Almost Veggie Pasta

Assignment 8 – Plan a Get-Together for the Weekend of January 31 – February 2

 How opportune is this? Super convenient I’ll say! Oh! In case you didn’t know…my birthday is January 31st! Woop Woop! So, this is very timely. I’m not sure if we’ll have people over in our nice newly cleaned house but we will definitely do something. Stay tuned for that next month!

Assignment 9 – Create a landing strip or re-organize one you already have

 Apartment Therapy says, “As you work through the Cure, your home is getting cleaner and less cluttered. It’s a great feeling and it’s all thanks to your good work. Now, the trick is keeping it this way.” For us, this assignment conflicts with the earlier task of “crossing a project off the list”. Today is for those of you who don’t have a “landing strip” aka where you can lay things down and sort the mail along with your change, keys and other odds and ends.

 Set up a spot or hook for your keys, a bowl or container for change and your wallet on a surface (like a small side table) to sort the mail and other items (newspapers, books, magazines, purchases) as they come in. Two other super helpful and nice components to add to your landing strip area are a small wastebasket/recycling bin to hold your discarded incoming stuff to be recycled and a mirror for last minute checkups on your lovely smile and fashionable attire. 🙂

 Your goal here is to create a space that you’ll want to really use each time you come in to your home to sort through the stuff you’re carrying in your bags, pockets and hands upon arrival, so you stay ahead of the mail, bills and items coming into your home and also, have smoother sailing on your way out.

 Once you’ve set up your landing strip, use it every time you come home. 

Our brand new “landing strip”! See the entire reveal here.

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Assignment 10 – Try a media fast this evening

 Yes! I’m all for easy homework. Harvey and I have done this plenty of times so this was no big deal. For this assignment, we decided to do a 75 question compatibility test from our Pre-Marital counseling session. It took us a little while to finish it and then we talked about our answers. Turns out…we’re made for each other! Yay! There were only a few questions that we didn’t agree on but that’s all right. They weren’t the big ones like money, sex, or family. This was really fun because there were no distractions.

What did you do? Let us know how you’re doing so far or if you’ve fallen off the wagon. We’re all here for positive motivation! 🙂

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