One hour to a better home: January Cure




{ Assignment #2: Make a list of projects }

Today’s January Cure assignment was simple and important: create a list of trouble spots in each room; items that need a good cleaning, de-cluttering, or re-organization.  After writing down all of the issues, spend a moment to go through the list and select a few items from each room that would really make an improvement to the function or feeling of the room.

There are trouble spots, for sure, but it’s much better than four years ago.  Looking at my list of trouble spots, and my list of solutions, I’m confident that I will make great progress.

The purpose of this inventory is not to complete each item in January, but to help with creating a master list of things to address during the year.  I’ve realized that I have many items that my building’s maintenance can take care of including fixing a kitchen drawer, getting our washing machine to stand level, and replace a lightbulb in the shower.

Here is the January Cure calendar.  It’s helpful to know where we’re headed, especially if you have to plan ahead or figure out your schedule.

Right from their website:

“Taking just one month and investing some effort (21 do-able assignments in total throughout January) toward a cleaner, more organized and more peaceful home. If you are ready to get your place back in shape (and reap the rewards for the whole rest of 2016) the very best way is one manageable step at a time, during our once-a-year-only January Cure. By the end of the month, you’ll be have a cleaner, fresher, more organized home, guaranteed!”

The best way is to sign up for the weekday emails from Apartment Therapy ( They will send you an email each morning with the task, with a click-thru to their website for more information.

Complete the activities, gain inspiration and motivation from others in this journey, and be sure to connect with others along the way.

Apartment Therapy ( is an amazing website to find resources and ideas, especially suited for small spaces or spaces that families need to consider form and function. They share real-life situations with funky wall sizes and lack of closet space. The real deal.

Connect with others through the daily January Cure prompts, and on social media using #thejanuarycure as the hashtag. Use #districtlight so that I can more easily find you and comment too. Come back to the blog and post your insights too!


What’s on your list of projects?

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