Saturday, May 21, 2011

Week 8: The Party. The Hybrid Plan

In this hybrid cure, none of us are holding a party. But the idea of a party is still useful--that is, you want to finish off any projects you have started and tidy and clean the place as if you are expecting guests. In fact, it would be fun to do a "before and after" post at the end of the week showing off what we've done.

So, what follows is a selective list of things to do this week from Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan's much larger list for Week 8 on p. 224 of Apartment Therapy, the Eight Step Home Cure.

Bones:
Vacuum the entire apartment and clean all the windows

Breath:
Do a final purge for clutter and empty the outbox

Heart:
Buy fresh flowers

Head:
Cook and eat at home
Plan the week at home.

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For me the focus this week will be on my Basement.
To put it mildly, it is an absolute disaster.

(Yep, that's the dreaded dungeon down there.)

So, in addition to working on my project list, I will be working in the basement (and the garden) this coming week. So, without further ado:

Spring Cleaning List:

Stairway
Wash stairs
Attach loose rubber matting
Wash treads
Wash wall

Storage Area
Discard old furniture
Set up Zones
Clean out dressers
Set up curtains for storage wall

Laundry Room
Clean dryer vent hose
Scrub out lint trap
Clean washer
Clean dryer
Set up something to organize bedding

Declutter Spots:
Baskets with sports equipment
Under the stairs
Tables by washer and dryer
Donation centre

PS: I would include pictures with this post but I cannot open my usual photo editing software. I'm have been trying to "fix" the problem, now, for several hours. I give up (for now).

4 comments :

scb said...

Well kiddo, you have your work cut out for you.

I'm definitely seeing this week as a "One more push toward the finish line" week, especially since I accomplished so little in the week preceding my Minneapolis trip and the week following it. I will be in high gear this week! (all being well...)

Hope you get the photo software fixed!

Washing windows sounds like an excellent plan. I just changed the drapes in my two rooms, and stood lamenting that even washing the windows won't help completely, because there's condensation and marking between the two supposedly "sealed" panes. Grumble.

Ben said...

Have you notified building management about the condensation between the panes? It is a sign the windows aren't working properly--the seals or something are broken.

I'm looking forward to seeing all your changes--they are so motivating!

Becolorful said...

I make the lists and I am always more optimistic than realistic in what I can accomplish. What I think should take a week takes a month. Good luck with yours. It sounds pretty ambitious too. :)
Pam

onshore said...

Whew, that is some list again, and the summer project list... I hope you can enjoy doing the tasks on your list.

I have to agree with you, the basement is quite something, at least you will get amazing before and after comparison shots. :)

Hope you get your photo editing program functioning soon.

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