Friday, March 01, 2013

On the Homefront: STALLED!

So February is becoming March, and I've accomplished a lot off of my January Cure list! Look back HERE to see the last check-in. Part of the January Cure process is to throw a get-together to celebrate at the finish line, so mine is planned for Saturday. Fittingly called the "I Cleaned My House" party, I've invited buddies from work, grad school friends, and other folks close to my heart to celebrate with pulled pork fajitas and a variety of potluck appetizers, desserts, and munchies. And wine. And beer! 

So the progress on the January Cure tasks has slowed considerably in recent weeks. I ran out of money for any big changes (one of the problems associated with getting paid once per month and some stupid car repairs). But I've managed to keep some of the organizing going. I have some stuff leftover from the original January Cure list, some items I've added to my own want-to-do list, and some long-term goals. Let's get started...

Items Left From the January Cure To-Do List:

1. Empty the Outbox -- these will go to My Sister's Closet, a resale shop that helps fund a domestic violence shelter
2. Stock green cleaners -- I'm considering Branch Basics
3. Landing Strip: door mat -- still need
4. Clean up cords -- NA, not much of an issue at my house
5. Hang artwork -- I'm a bum here, although I did get some diplomas on the walls of the office
6. Shop for get-together goodies -- TONIGHT!

Projects on my Want-to-Do List:

1. Paint accent wall in the bedroom -- have paint, need supplies and time
2. Paint Greyson's room -- arrange to have paint purchased at a discount
3. Rearrange artwork in kitchen -- TONIGHT!
4. Hang a curtain behind unused window in bedroom -- need rods
5. Artwork in the bathroom -- must buy/create
6. Repaint entertainment center -- $$$
7. Organize drawers and cabinets with baskets/containers (medicine, food storage bowls, etc.) -- DONE! Got some inexpensive bins from the dollar store and it's heavenly

DIY's and Future Projects (as funds/time are available)
1. Add plants -- DONE! Air plants ordered and on their way from Etsy! So cheap.
2. Put in raised beds for veggie gardening -- need David's manpower
3. Beautify hedges out front -- need motivation and Mom's clippers
4. Add front lawn furniture and accents (adirondack chairs?) - $$$
4. Add deck furniture out back -- $$$
5. Create a gallery wall in the hallway - create artwork and frame photos
6. Create quirky artwork for Greyson's room and elsewhere -- need inspiration
7. Grow collection of accents (including seasonal) -- $$$
8. Focus on lightening up dark rooms  -- $$$

I've found a couple of new sites I absolutely love. The first is CTSairplants. They have a full website and an Etsy store, and I managed to get a package of five varieties of airplant, an urchin shell for "planting" for about $6 (before shipping). Unfortunately, shipping was another $6, but it's still cheaper than buying them anywhere else. 

The other site I'm obsessed with is called Appleberry Attic. They have wonderful sewn home decor goodies like the 18"x18" pillow cover above. I snagged two of these when they came through on sale. Now I just need to get a couple of pillow forms. They go with my living room perfectly, and I can't wait to stick the cover back on my couch and add these cuties. 

I also picked up two of Appleberry Attic's reusable snack bags when they went on sale on Groopdealz. They're lined with a non-staining nylon. I use them to carry little things in my lunch: crackers, baby carrots, or whatever. They also have sandwich bags, and I'll probably invest in some of those soon. 

Tonight's to-do list for my "I Cleaned My House" party is relatively short...

  • Buy groceries
  • Surface clean
  • Rearrange kitchen artwork
  • Stash any unpacked bags/boxes (not many left)
I WILL be back with party photos next week! Stay tuned!


  1. You've done so much, and I am proud of you. I hope that the party is excellent and that everyone compliments you on the hard work you did!

  2. You've gotten a lot done. Planning the party would be the hardest part of the cure for me. (I like hosting parties during the party, but not the stress beforehand). I hope it's a blast!

  3. I know someone else who makes those sandwich bags. Slightly different design. Probably could cut you a friend to friend deal. Ahem.

  4. I wish I could come to your get together - I'd bring the beer. ;)

  5. You are awesome! You've gotten so much done! My January Cure project has been slowing down too for the same reasons but it hasn't stopped me from trying to get rid of the clutter. I've never heard of Groopdealz so I'm going to have to check them out.

  6. I hope you keep doing these posts. Every time you do one, I get all motivated to start tackling some of the 5,694 home-improvement projects that need done. Unfortunately after a day or so passes, the motivation does too. But if you keep doing them, maybe one of times the motivation will actually stick. :p

  7. You have gotten so much done! I love hearing about the good for the earth stuff so much :) Yay for reusable anything. I use vinegar and baking soda to clean just about everything in my house.

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  11. You are so productive. I envy you. I am definitely in need of some organization and focus in my life regarding all the things that I need to get done.


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