The Eight-Week Home Cure – Week 8

Posted by Rebecca

The final week of the Cure!  It’s probably a busy week for everyone, whether or not you observe the holiday.  So let’s give Week 8 two weeks to complete.

Week Eight:

Vacuum your entire home and clean all windows, inside and out if possible.  You have, by now, cleaned every room in your home thoroughly and removed dust and dirt down to a level that your home may not have seen since you moved in.  How does it feel?  Does the air in your home feel more alive and vital?  Do you have more energy by living in a cleaner environment?  Do things look a little different?  Another vacuum and dusting will complete the process.  And sparkling windows will be the icing on the cake!

Do a final purge and empty the Outbox.  It is liberating to experience freedom from your stuff.  Distribute the final items in your Outbox to their best destinations.

Remove your shoes when at home.  Try taking your shoes off and placing them at the door this week.  It’s a good habit to get into.  It acknowledges the separation between the outside world and the inside of your home, it’s easier on your floors, and it keeps your home cleaner.

Buy fresh flowers.  Duh.  😉

Cook and eat at home, plan the week ahead, and wake early for a bath.  These activities connect you with your home, organize your daily life, and balance your day.

The final week is a little lighter than the other weeks, but try to keep up the momentum of living your life in your home, and keeping it clean and free from clutter, allergens, and unnecessary stuff.

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


4 thoughts on “The Eight-Week Home Cure – Week 8

  1. Ugh, WHY do you tell me to clean my windows inside and out? 😉 I have been needing to clean our blinds badly for about two years now. When we open the windows in the summer and leave them open for weeks at a time there gets to be a good level of dirt on them and then on everything else. I dust everything else, but it’s such a PAIN to clean the blinds. I did just get laid off, so maybe this is a good thing to get taken care of while I have the time. *sigh* I suppose you are right. 🙂

      • No kidding! I did just deep-clean my kitchen this morning (okay, okay, I didn’t tackle inside the fridge OR the microwave), so maybe I will do the windows next week. Not to totally put it off, but I start house-sitting tonight for several days and won’t be home until Sunday. I think that I should take advantage of all this free time I now have and really deep-clean things that haven’t been cleaned since we moved into our apartment four years ago! (Ick.) I know I need to clean many of the walls, moldings, and doors, as all of the old features in our apartment are catching dust and it’s just kind of gross. My goal is to totally deep-clean the apartment and have it all purty again by the end of the year. I want to start 2013 on a fresh, new start! It’s been really, really inspiring to be reading your posts about the eight week home cure, even though I haven’t necessarily been doing them along with you. It’s been inspirational to make me think about which parts of my apartment really do need to be cleaned and now is the perfect time to take care of them. So, thank you!

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