The Eight-Step Home Cure – Week 3

Posted by Rebecca

Are you ready for Week 3?  Time is flying, isn’t it?  Here is the list for this week:

Week Three:

Vacuum, dust and mop your home.  You don’t need to do it as deeply as was done in Week 1 – moving every single piece of furniture – but you should get in the habit of doing these chores at least every 2 weeks to keep your place healthy and happy.

Clean your entrance and any related closets.  As you stand inside the entrance to your home, you may be facing a hallway, kitchen, or dining room.  Or in my case, your bedroom.  Thoroughly clean this entry area, and whatever space you use for your coat, bags, and spare change when you come through the door.  Working from the surfaces to the floor to the closets, your job is to take everything out, wipe, scrub, or vacuum everything, and only put back what is necessary.  What is not used, loved or needed, place in the outbox.

Arrange to have all repairs taken care of in the next three weeks.  Well, that’s what Apartment Therapy suggests, anyway.  For me this is not possible.  I have several repairs and finishing touches on my list, ranging from touch-up paint to replacing the stove.  Fixing it all would be financially prohibitive.  So my suggestion would be to prioritize your list, and set goals for the repairs.  Make a few steps towards getting the high priorities done.

Move all old mail, catalogs, and magazines to the outbox.  Sort through all your mail; move bills and personal correspondence into two neat piles.  Everything else, including old mail, catalogs, and magazines, is to be put in the outbox.  It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read it.  It isn’t going anywhere.  Stack it neatly so you can decide what to do with it later.  But for now you are cleaning it out.

– Look into what you would need to create a “Landing Strip.”  This is how your entrance should work:  a doormat, a coat hook, and a Landing Strip.  The doormat keeps the dirt out.  The coat hook or hangers provide a place to put your coat, bag, boots, shoes, umbrella, dog leash, etc.  This keeps the city grime and water out of your living space.  The Landing Strip is where you can lay things down and sort the mail.  Just as an airplane needs a long runway for landing, your Landing Strip needs to have plenty of room and be kept clear.  Allow an area for your change, keys, phone, and whatever else is in your pockets.  Also make room for your mail to be divided into 3 categories – personal and social, bills and finance, and shopping and entertainment.  The first 2 categories should be dealt with, and replied to within a week.  The third category should be carefully whittled down to just flyers and coupons that you will definitely use, and magazines that you will read very soon.  Everything else can be tossed.  Think about how you could incorporate an organized Landing Strip into your home, and look into ways to implement it.

Cancel any unused subscriptions.  If you don’t read it, contact the company and cancel it.

Identify cool and warm rooms.  Flow between rooms is enhanced through the use of color in your home.  Cool colors (blue, green, grey) are contracting and calming; warm colors (red, yellow, orange) are expansive and stimulating.  Just as breathing is made up of contraction (in breath) and extraction (out breath), you want to feel this movement as you walk through your home.  This is done by alternating warm and cool colors.  Look closely at each room in your home and determine if it could be considered a warm or a cool room.

Apply the 80/20 color rule.  Use strong colors sparingly.  Allow them to punctuate a room, not define it.  Apartment Therapy recommends 80% neutral and 20% strong colors.  Do you need to wake up a room by adding a little more color, or perhaps tone it down by replacing some strong color with some neutrals?  Look around your place and see what changes could be made.  Sometimes the slightest (and very inexpensive) changes can make a bold statement.

Cook two meals at home this week.  Use your kitchen.  Keep a fresh flow of food moving into and out of your refrigerator.  Wash your dishes before you go to bed.

Well, that is it for Week 3.  The list is longer than before, but I think some of these assignments will be quick, as it seems they require more observation and thinking than doing.  Have fun!

Rebecca Knabe

P.S. All the directions for The Eight-Step Home Cure are taken from the Apartment Therapy book by the same name. And you can get your very own copy here…. Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure

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4 thoughts on “The Eight-Step Home Cure – Week 3

  1. These are such great tips for people who struggle with clutter. I’m a minimalist by nature but have noticed my desk looking frightfully similar to my husbands desk which is scary. I like the “landing strip” vision for my desk. Tomorrows task. Thanks for the inspiration!

      • My first home purchase at 21 years-old was a 900 sq. foot house that was perfect in every way. We sold after nine years. I lived in a 29′ travel trailer for 4 years while building our dream home of nearly 3,000 sq. feet on 5 1/2 acres. It was overwhelming moving into such a big house after living so simply. Twenty three years later and I’m ready for simple living again. We sold the house and we’re living in half the space on a tiny lot but I’m ready for a tiny house. It’s convincing my husband that it’s the way to stress free living that I’m working on right now.

        Have you checked out the ‘Rivited’ blog? I believe you would enjoy it immensely. I’m really enjoying your blog and appreciate your thoughts on simplifying life. Great job!

      • I haven’t seen that blog. I’ll take a look today.
        I also believe the less you have, the less stress you have. Our lives can become quickly bogged down with unnecessary stuff.
        I’m glad you enjoy the blog. Thanks for reading!

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