Apartment Therapy January Cure: The Reckoning

Bart: Now they’re talking about holding me back in the fourth grade if I don’t shape up.
Otto: That’s it?  Hey, relax, man!  It could end up being the best thing that ever happened to ya.  I got held back in the fourth grade myself, twice!  Look at me, man!  Now I drive the school bus!

– The Simpsons

The AT Cure grades are in, and mine is FAIL.

"After the first four years the dust doesn't get any worse." - Quentin Crisp

“After the first four years, the dust doesn’t get any worse.” – Quentin Crisp

Well, that’s perhaps a bit harsh.  I did get through most of the tasks, and because I read the book first, I had a head start on some of the items.  It’s probably more of a “needs improvement” mark. Here’s an overall rundown:

Outbox (items to take to Goodwill): I set this up and dropped it off twice so far. This is an ongoing effort at our place, so it wasn’t new or a particular strain. I’m always looking for stuff we can shed. I’d call this one a wash. Nul points.

Frame and Hang Artwork: I picked what I wanted to frame (a hand-painted tile) and got a frame, but it was the wrong sort, and I couldn’t figure out how to mount the tile anyway, so I ran away and just never got back to it during the Cure. I shoved the abandoned pieces in a drawer for now. FAIL. -10 points.

Flowers: Did this once, and thereafter relied on bowls of orange cuties. +10 points!

For the win!

For the win!

Landing Strip: This one went pretty well. I repurposed our linen closet as a coat closet, and that makes a big difference to liveability.  +10 points!

Projects: One of the first Cure tasks was to make a list of projects, choosing one to complete as a capstone to the whole effort. Well, holy getting-off-on-the-wrong-foot, Batman. I chose to clear out a large closet/small room filled with boxes. Each of which appears to be filled with boxes. And so on down to the core of the earth. I’ve made progress (I CAN SEE THE FLOOR!), but it’s still a ways off. I should have aimed lower. -10 points.

Declutter Media and Files: Part of the problem with the closet clear-out is that many of the boxes contain old files, so my project fail is necessarily a file fail. Gah! -10 points.

Get-Together: While I didn’t tell our guests that they were invited over to see our Cured abode (seriously, how would you work that into conversation? Awkward!), we did have some lovely folks over for dinner, pudding, and Farkel. Love me some Farkel! +10,000,000 extracurricular points for fun.

I would recommend trying the Cure, whether via Apartment Therapy online or using the book. While I didn’t get everything done, the Cure’s assignments gave me some structure to make serious progress. Give it a go!

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