Making a Fresh Start With the 2017 January Cure

January Cure 2017

Apartment Therapy’s January Cure is something I’ve started my year off with for the past 4 years to help me get my home clean and organized. Also since Joshua and I turn the big 3-0 this year, Dani wants to plan a joint birthday party at the end of the month which gives us something to work towards.

To kick off the Cure, yesterday’s assignment was to clean out a drawer real quick. One of my desk drawers is suppose to be dedicated to all my cords and charging blocks, but over the last several months has been home to random junk. It was the perfect drawer to quickly sort through and organize.

Today’s assignment is to make a list of projects. Most of these things I am hoping we can tackle by the end of the year if not sooner.

Front of the House

Front of the House

  • Paint front deck
  • Replace light by door and in front of garage
  • Fix and/or replace broken solar lights



  • Replace hooks with alternate storage solution
  • Organize closet
  • Replace light bulb with Hue light

Living Room

The Living Room

  • Fix damaged wall patch near pellet stove
  • Get an area rug
  • Replace or get rid of scratching post
  • Clean out and organize sideboard
  • Get a lamp or two
  • Possibly put shelf above sofa along with charging station

Dining Room

The Dining Room

  • Replace chairs
  • Get an area rug


Clean Kitchen is a Happy Kitchen

  • Fix leak in ceiling
  • Fix oven clock
  • Replace flooring
  • Replace dishwasher
  • Replace over-the-range fan
  • Relocate coffee station
  • Shorten or replace breakfast nook light
  • Get curtains or blinds for breakfast nook

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

  • Add a barn door
  • Replace fan
  • Add some kind of mat in front of the cabinets
  • Add more shelving to pantry
  • Replace flooring


Joshua's Side

  • Take an updated photo 😆
  • Reorganize and clean up garage
  • Make a home for Dani and Joshua’s bicycles
  • Add gable vents and roof vents

Media/Entertainment Room

Media Room

  • Organize Joshua’s corner of the room


New Flooring, Day 1

  • Organize linen closet
  • Paint linen closet doors
  • Replace lights with Hue bulbs

My Office

My Office Room #thelovelygeek

  • Replace closet door
  • Move items in closet out to shed
  • Organize closet
  • Find a home for Barbie case

Guest Room

The Guest Bedroom #thelovelygeek

  • Help my sister get organized 😆

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

  • Replace lights with Hue bulbs
  • Paint door white
  • Fix toilet
  • Replace fan

Master Bathroom

New Colors for the Master Bath

  • Repaint shower area
  • Paint or replace pocket door
  • Replace fan

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

  • Paint door white
  • Get an area rug


The Backyard

  • Get back deck painted
  • New furniture for summer
  • Fix and/or replace broken solar lights

She Shed

Exterior of the shed

  • Finish painting the exterior
  • Get a heater and/or AC unit
  • Get stools
  • Finish decorating and take pictures

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This month I am participating in Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. During the month of January, one assignment at a time, I’m getting my home in great shape. By the end of January, I’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home.

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