This Week in Lists – Week 4

Just before the cold set in

It’s so bitterly cold today that all I want to do is curl up under a blanket and watch tv while sipping hot chocolate. But unfortunately work calls and laziness in general is not where I need to be right now.

I actually got a bit of a head start this weekend on a bunch of the items I had planned to work on this week. Unfortunately there are still a bunch of lagging items from last week, but I’m hoping with the progress that was made over the weekend that I’ll be able to swap the others in their place.

Last Week

  • Organize kitchen and especially cleaning supplies under sink
  • Update freezer inventory
  • Make orange curd, banana pudding, and chia pudding
  • Large hall closet cleanout
  • Schedule Dr. appt. (this one keeps dragging)
  • More January Cure – this week it’s the bathroom!
  • Things to use up: orange loaf, citrus, yogurt, and milk

This Week

  • Get paperwork and photos for passport renewal
  • Schedule Dr. Appt.
  • Mealplan (cook one more of selected pinterest recipes:
    broccoli cheddar soup, Stromboli, Gnocchi and sausage skillet, and
    orange chocolate chunk cake)
  • Make: Orange curd and banana bread/muffins
  • Exercise!
  • Take more pictures
  • Night out with my dudes
  • Get thermos for soup, bins for upper cabinet (popsicles, decorating tools), spray bottles for cleaners/plants
  • Organize cabinet over stove with seasonal tools/gear
  • Watch Roma
  • Sort mail/shredding (Update: Almost done!)
  • Return Amazon purchase
  • Large hall closet cleanout
  • January Cure project: Photos into album (Update: Almost done!)
  • Catch up with January Cure assignments
  • Things to use up: citrus, ricotta (Found the perfect thing: Blood Orange Ricotta Cake), banana pulp, milk
Orange Ricotta Cake – just thinking about it will warm me up

Month

  • January Cure
  • Dry January
  • Dr. Appointment
  • Renew passport
  • Start French audio lessons
  • Finish one knit sweater and post pics
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The Library

Here’s some of the best things I’ve been reading and paying attention to this week:

January Cure: Projects and Goals

My newly organized tea area. Now getting approximately 100x the use.

The big Week 1 assignment of the January Cure involves walking around your place and just looking. By looking, you start paying attention to all the little (and big) things that you generally gloss over but somehow add up in a space to feelings of discontent or annoyance. The theory is that by working on these little items, you can have a big impact on your living space.

So. Much. Clutter.

My biggest obstacle is obviously clutter. I’m definitely a maximalist when it comes to my stuff. But because I have so many things that I love, I don’t want them to be overwhelmed and obscured by the things that are less important to me. But a lot of the clutter will be dealt with in the smaller daily assignments.

So with that in mind, I did my apartment walk-through and made my list. It was… sizable. But the idea isn’t to tackle all of the projects on the list, because that would be insanity. Instead, your goal is to select a few that will make a big impact or that you’re really excited about, and make those your project goals for the year.

My pared down list is much more manageable and there are a bunch of items on there that I’m VERY excited about.

  • Headboard

To my everlasting shame, I’m one of those people who just has a mattress frame pushed up against the wall. Not much has changed since my grad school days, and I want to feel like I finally have the bedroom of a grown-ass adult. The problem with getting my annual bonus just before this challenge is that I have been spending quite a lot of time thinking of all the ways I can spend that money. But a nice headboard is the goal and I think it’s totally doable without breaking the bank.

This bed from West Elm is currently on the dream list, providing inspiration.
  • New Pillow Cases in Living Room

The pillow covers in my living room are from shortly after my move. And they’re great, but I’m less thrilled about the multi-color ones than I am about the awesome yellow ones (which have really been important to the color scheme in the room). So new contrasting pillow covers, whether made or purchased, are going to be next on the list.

Current pillow cases. Yellow is good, but multi feels… dated.
  • Photos

I have a plastic bin full of photographs from my childhood. The photos were mostly taken by my mom and had been “stored” out of order, in envelopes, in chaos, for years at my dad’s house. I had sorted through all of them when assembling them into albums for my brothers one Christmas. I even bought a matching album for myself that I would eventually get to. But I never did. The album is taking up space on my shelf and the bin is taking up space in my craft area. Goal is to finally put the pictures in the sleeves where they belong this year!

  • Cleaning Supplies

Organizing my cleaning supplies is something that in theory should be taken care of by the fact that they’re all stored under my kitchen sink. It’s when I need to *leave* the kitchen that it’s a problem. I’m constantly running back to the sink to grab something I forgot. I even have a bucket in there that would be perfect for toting everything around the apartment. Goal is to consolidate everything in that bucket and pare down whatever is leftover. (Update: this is Done!)

  • Wrangle Cords

This is pretty self-explanatory. My desk cords are a tangle that are pretty much a magnet for dust bunnies. I’ve bought a wire mesh basket to mount under my desk holding my powerstrip and then zip ties will be used to keep the wires out of sight and going where I want them to go.

The Library

Here’s some of the best things I’ve been reading and paying attention to this week:

This Week in Lists – Week 3

This was a really productive week even though it felt busier than usual with stuff I hadn’t planned. Still managed to see two movies in my goal of seeing as many awards-candidate films as I can. Also managed to make a turmeric latte at work and enjoyed it so much that I bought a frother to make them more often.

My group fitness challenge starts today so my goals are to stick with that and my meal planning and try to meet or exceed my performance in previous challenges.

Last Week

This Week

  • Organize kitchen and especially cleaning supplies under sink
  • Update freezer inventory
  • Make orange curd, banana pudding, and chia pudding
  • Large hall closet cleanout
  • Schedule Dr. appt. (this one keeps dragging)
  • More January Cure – this week it’s the bathroom!
  • Things to use up: gingerbread loaf, citrus, and milk

Month

  • January Cure
  • Dry January
  • Dr. Appointment
  • Renew passport
  • French audio lessons
  • Finish one knit sweater and post pics

The Library

Here’s some of the best things I’ve been reading and paying attention to this week:

This Week in Lists – Week 2

This has been such a busy and productive week. I’m still vacuuming up pine needles, but the tree is down and decorations have been packed away!

The January Cure kicked off and I picked up a bunch of things to make organizing my bedroom a bit easier so that I no longer have clothes everywhere. I had not one but TWO clothes chairs and now I’m down to one (hopefully by this weekend, they’ll both just be chairs for sitting).

Unfortunately I’m starting to realize this week won’t be as easy. Work is throwing lots of stuff with weird hours at me this week which is really going to get in the way of a lot of things I need to do.

I am however trying to work on developing an evening wind-down routine. Lighting a candle, drinking some (decaf) tea, and then settling into bed with a book. So far it is DELIGHTFUL.

Last Week

  • Maintain Dry January plans
  • Take down tree and bring to recycling
  • Put away Christmas decorations
  • Start January Cure on Apartment Therapy
  • Bed Bath and Beyond trip for returns and new SpaceBags
  • Pick up boots at cobbler
  • Theater day with JN
  • Wrap gifts for JN
  • Schedule dr. appt.
  • Update freezer inventory
  • Mealplan

This Week

  • Try a turmeric latte
  • Haircut
  • Mealplan
  • Update freezer inventory
  • Schedule Dr. appt.
  • pick 3-5 recipes from pinterest to try this month (broccoli cheddar soup, Stromboli, Gnocchi and sausage skillet, and ______)
  • Exercise! in the lead-up to my new group fitness challenge
  • Make more Cranberry Shrub and Lemon Ginger tonic for Dry January fun
  • Keep going with the January Cure! This weekend is the kitchen and I can’t wait!
  • Things to use up: tomato sauce, avocados

Month

  • January Cure
  • Dry January
  • Dr. Appointment
  • Renew passport
  • French audio lessons
  • Finish one knit sweater and post pics