The January Cure

Apartment Therapy: the January Cure Summary 2017

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January Cure

Have you heard of the January Cure? Each year, Apartment Therapy posts a simple cleaning out process called the January Cure. I’ve participated before, but have not logged my results. I think I need to push this back to March since I found out during the middle of January that I’ll be moving with a 30-day notice.

My January Cure Overview

Day 1: Clear a Single Drawer

I opted to clean out my kitchen drawer. In my tiny little apartment I owned two cheese knifes. I’ve never used either. I got rid of one.

Day 2: Make a list of projects

  • ✓ Hang a piece of art over bar cart
  • ✓ Find a new wall for piece of art
  • ✓ Take the jar of change to the bank
  • ✓ Switch Flour and Sugar canisters
  • ✓ Take boxes to Goodwill
  • ✓ Buy smaller dish rack
  • ✓ Find new pillows for our bed
  • Find a frame for 2 5×7 art pieces
  • ✓ Replace Sheets

Day 3: Purge Your Pantry

Our pantry is small, but it could use some cleanup. I had to check expiration dates on the items on the top shelf. Also, organizing the shelves by “baking” and “spices” and “vegetables” would be much easier to find items.

Day 4: Set Up an Outbox

Done! I already have a box that I started when I was cleaning before Christmas.

Day 5: Buy Flowers. Clean Rugs & Floors

I’m good on the flowers. I’ll just have to clean them up in a week again. We do not currently have a vacuum, but I do have it on my list to research the best one for our current storage situation (like we have none).

Day 6: Choose a Project to Complete

I’m not quite the type of person who does meditation, though I do love a good session of yoga. I have already been working on cleaning out what I don’t like or need. I’ve also been trying to better communicate my thought process to my husband by asking him if he’s okay with what I bought.

As for my project, all of mine are small. I bought a new print, which has already been hung, but I have to find a new home for the other piece of art. Then I also have two small prints that need frames and I’ve been toying with the wall gallery idea, but not sure where to put it.

Day 7: Clean One Closet for 30 Minutes

For this one I chose my side of the bedroom closet. Things are all over the place. A piece of art (mentioned in Day 2) is sitting on the floor. I keep a couple pairs of shoes on the floor and have clothes strewed all over.

January Cure - Bedroom

Day 8: Media Fast

I’ve been trying to promote this blog so much that I’m sure it cuts into my husband’s time with me after work. This is an excellent way to get situated with each other. Leave the work at work and have one on one time at home, right?

This exercise couldn’t have come at a better time because he has a work trip and he leaves Saturday. He’ll be gone a full week.

Day 9: Take time today to go through your linens

During Christmas break, I had already washed all my linens but I didn’t check on them. I have two blue sheets from different stores, old pillow cases from a different bed set, blue to match one sheet and a grey duvet from a completely different bed set.

I decided to buy a new sheet set with matching duvet and pillow cases.

Day 10: Clean your kitchen!

I bought a new flour and sugar canisters.

Day 11: Invite a friend

I found it really funny to read this because I already do have a friend visiting that weekend! She is flying in from Milwaukee and I’m planning a great weekend for her.

Day 12: Go through your bathroom storage areas

I found out I was moving on January 18. My coworker gave me a quick couple of boxes to take home. I went through everything under the bathroom sink and taped them up within the boxes. A little bit of packing each day!

Day 13: Complete a Project

I have completed almost everything on my project list from Day 2. The last thing I did was rearrange the photos on my wall. That was all in vain, I guess, since I have to pack it all up!

Day 14: Remove decorative accessories from the room

I don’t own a lot of “decorative” accessories other than art hanging on the walls. This was a skip day for me.

Day 15: Give your bedroom a deep clean

The only deep clean my bedroom is getting this weekend is packing clothes. The deep, thorough cleaning will be happening after we pack up! Moving deadline is Feb. 26.

Day 16: You name it!

This assignment is a little lazy on their end – I’m following this because I wanted help and now I have to think of a task myself. Alas, almost all of the artwork has been taken off the walls. There is now an echo in the bedroom because the room is so bare.

Day 17: Clean the Bathroom

Thanks for posting this on a Tuesday! This day is getting pushed until the following week because a trip to Austin and a trip to Seattle got in the way of figuring out life during the middle of the week. And since I have a visitor the first weekend in February, I’d like the bathroom to be extra clean for her.

Day 18: Create a Landing Strip

I do have a bench to put my work bag and keep my shoes underneath. I also have a table for keys and for the dog leash, but those end up getting placed anywhere there is room.

Day 19: Do a Surface Sweep

My husband started school this month, so there has been an abnormal about of paper, pens and digital items strewn across the counters. I’ve added sweets to the mix since I got some Girl Scout cookies. I haven’t been annoyed with the mess too much, but, again, the cleaning will really take place before my friend visits.

Day 20: Empty Your Outbox(es)

I’ve already delivered my items to Goodwill, but I know I will end up with a few more items while packing. So I’ve started a “second” box. On the plus side, I did get down to Inbox Zero in my Google account. Everything’s coming up Kinsley!

Day 21: Just do something good everyday!

My big daily “good” item is washing the dishes and cleaning the counter. Waking up to dirty dishes makes me stressed when I just want to get ready for work.


I really wish I wasn’t packing to move. While I did complete almost all of my big tasks from the second day, I still feel like I have so much more to accomplish. Life is difficult living out of boxes. It is even more difficult when you have anxiety about living in your current space. I’m glad to be moving, but it was unexpected.

How was your experience? Have you started spring cleaning early?

You can ready my previous January Cure post from 2013 here.


  1. February 2, 2017 / 6:58 am

    Really like all your ideas. If I did just two of these every week just think how organized and better my house would be and I would feel accomplished.

  2. February 2, 2017 / 7:47 am

    I LOVE this! It is so hard to really get a good new year cleansing in on your home when you have no idea where to start. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  3. February 2, 2017 / 8:05 am

    I may be too late for the January Cure, but I need to start working this list ASAP. It’s like getting a head start on spring cleaning.

  4. February 2, 2017 / 8:16 am

    I need to do something like this. I do make weekly list of things I need to get done, but a daily list of a single task is a good and focused idea.

  5. February 2, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Oh my gosh absolutely love this! I need to do this throughout my house. This is a good way not to get overwhelmed and just get a couple things done in a day. I really love this idea.

  6. Christy Maurer
    February 2, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    I love that you start small. I tend to get extremely overwhelmed when I look at the big picture!

  7. February 2, 2017 / 11:28 am

    So many great tips in this article! I could free up so much space in my house and my head with these tips! I need to stay on top of it!

  8. Dee
    February 2, 2017 / 11:45 am

    I have come to the realization that in order for me to get things done in my home, I have to do it in steps. I like how you listed everything out, so it keeps you from being stressed out.

  9. Teresa
    February 2, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I really wish I could do these tasks without distraction. I have three kids who always want to bother me ☺ I have good plans to do these things and then get distracted into doing something else and then I have like 6 tasks that are half completed.

  10. Pam Wattenbarger
    February 2, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    I have never heard of the January Cure, but it sounds like a great way to perk up and declutter your home. It does sound stressful to try it while packing to move, though.

  11. February 2, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    These are all great ideas. Purging my pantry would be something I need to do this month. Thanks for the reminder!

  12. February 2, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    That’s a nice little list. Now if I could only follow it. It would surely help me get things organized around my house. I can say that my house really needs it.

  13. Claudia Krusch
    February 2, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I need to purge my bedroom closet soon. I have a ton of clothes I do not wear any more. I love to be creative so I pick a project I can do on the weekends.

  14. February 2, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    This is a great idea! I may not have the time to start it for February, but I may copy you and do it in March.

  15. February 3, 2017 / 3:06 am

    Never too late to start, so I will be renaming this The February Cure. 🙂 I will make time each day to complete one project and I am sure by the end of the month, I will have the results I want. Thanks for this post!

  16. Natalie
    February 3, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Every year I say I am going to work on clutter. This list is detailed enough to help me reach my goal!

  17. Ave
    February 3, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    I haven’t heard of The January Cure before, but it sounds like a really great project to tackle. I think I might start it in March. Better late than never, right?

  18. February 3, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    I need to take a social media fast. I feel like being on the computer is definitely cutting into time I should be spending with my husband. It’s a great idea to have a schedule and stick to it.

  19. February 4, 2017 / 6:32 am

    I wish I had found this post before spending 3 days last week cleaning from ceiling to floor. I’m going to print it out for next time.

  20. March 24, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    OMG this post just reminded me that I so need to start declutter everything. I actually started on the first day of the year, but then got exhausted from it, got busy, got tired, etc. and haven’t gotten back to it since. I seriously need to do some serious spring cleaning!

    • kkinsley
      March 24, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      I still need to declutter more!

  21. July 26, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    You covered all the points which I think we must follow regularly. May be it’s the passion blogging which keeps us so engaged with it but all these are equally important! You did all the right things from meeting a friend to cleaning your home!

  22. Claire
    July 26, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Definitely think declutting home once in a while is important. Especially when you have nothing to do, or during the weekends, or when you move to a new home, organizing and cleaning up is essential. Also this process makes you to buy new things and throw away old ones.

  23. Besties Notepad
    July 26, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Just wish I could put it to use as easily as you make it sound (I am one lazy person )
    Kudos to the dedication you put in

  24. July 27, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    I really like the idea of the January Cure. We moved apartments in May and got rid of loads of stuff but I still feel like there’s more to get rid of so this approach could be the way forward.

  25. July 28, 2017 / 2:39 am

    This is very cool when it comes to rethinking your life and an apartment. It’s good to rethink every now and then and move things around. Always helpful.

  26. July 28, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    This is great. I love it when people are super organised it makes things so much easier. I tend to do a clear out sightly later in the year as January is a pretty busy month for me.

  27. July 29, 2017 / 2:25 am

    This sounds like a great way to go through everything and de clutter your space. Sometimes it can be hard to feel at ease if your space doesn’t feel open and welcoming. I’m sure we all hold onto things we don’t really need.

  28. July 29, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    רעיון מבריק, בחיים לא הייתי מצליחה לעמוד בו. האמת שזו רשימה מושלמת לכאלה שלא יודעים איפה להתחיל וצריכים לעקוב אחרי רשימה מסודרת. אני פשוט ממש שונאת לסדר. זו משרה מלאה בעיני

  29. July 31, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I recently moved to a different place and I am still in the process of un packing everything. I made a lot of effort while packing my stuff to not bring anything necessary. So I had my apartment therapy last month. I am getting new rugs and some plants for my place. so I am excited

  30. elizabeth o
    August 1, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    I know a blog friend who participated in a similar thing last year and loved it. I prefer to control my daily household actions so this would be a challenge for me… Hahaha! 🙂

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