The January Cure: More of the same

You all know by now that I signed up for Apartment Therapy’s The January Cure in the hopes of resetting my home after the holidays and in preparation for the new year…and if you saw my first post about it, you’ll know that it hasn’t been going quite to plan. Well, it hasn’t gotten much better since then but I like how the assignments are forcing me to think about my home and how I want it to look and feel. I’m currently reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (a few years late, I know, haha!), so I’m hoping that book along with the Cure will help kick my butt into gear, even if it happens after January ends.

Here’s where I stand with the Cure assignments since the first update:

Day 8 / Clean the kitchen + treat yourself to flowers

This was the weekend assignment from January 11th that I mentioned in the first update. I couldn’t get Korri to help me with this one (he worked the next Saturday and then we had a lot of plans on Sunday), but I did manage to wipe down most of the surfaces and have been good about keeping the dishwasher going so the dirty dishes don’t pile up. There are random piles of paper that need to be dealt with, and I also wish we had some sort of dish rack to tidy up the drying hand-washed dishes. The outside of the cabinets really need to be cleaned (especially the ones over the stove), but I have no idea what is safe to use on finished wood. I might try a white vinegar solution and if that doesn’t work, maybe Murphy Oil Soap? Do you have any suggestions?

Day 9 / Do a bathroom cabinet cleanout

I actually did this in mid-December and found a bunch of stuff to donate! I’m on a mission this year to actually use up what I already have before buying new products and hopefully that will keep the clutter down. I’m sure there will be more products in a few months to a year that I haven’t touched that will then be tossed or donated. I just thought of a good idea: tape the lids on all the products I have and if I don’t use it within the next year, toss it. It’d work like the backwards-hanger trick people do in closets!

I’ve been contemplating bathroom storage since going through my stuff. Right now, I have one of those tiered cabinet organizers for my products so I can actually see everything I have. I also have a couple of fabric bins, and that’s where products go to die because I don’t see them. After going through those, I mostly keep just medication and other items (like tampons/pads) in the bins. I was thinking about getting some sort of drawer contraption like this to use instead of the fabric bins since those bins aren’t keeping me very organized. (Also: What do I do with expired medicine?)

Day 10 / Plan a get-together

We actually had family over a fair number of times in the warmer months (mostly because we grilled quite a bit) but haven’t had anyone over for a while because of the state of the house. I did not plan a get-together but I’m sure one will happen soon enough. They aren’t usually planned more than a week in advance. We do so much cleaning when we know people are coming over, so I understand why this was an assignment!

Day 11 / Find and frame artwork

Most of my “artwork” (mostly photos) is already framed, it just needs to be hung! I do need to figure out what all still needs a frame, though. I often find myself browsing frames at a store and not knowing what size I actually need, so that’s counterproductive. Ha.

Hanging artwork is one of my main projects. We have nothing up on the walls, and I would love to start hanging things since we, you know, live here and have been for going on two years now! Korri has been against putting nails in the wall (even though we don’t rent…) but I think I may have convinced him that it’s something we should do (and we can use Command Strips to avoid nail holes). I’m not going to go crazy and put stuff everywhere, but I have a few things that need a home on a wall and not on a counter top or the floor. I just need a second set of hands to help me hang them straight!

Day 12 / Work on a project

I still haven’t put together a full list of projects, so I didn’t do this assignment…

Day 13 / Clean the bathroom + treat yourself to flowers

This was the most recent weekend assignment. It did coincide with towel-washing day (yesterday), so that was nice! I thought this would be another assignment that wouldn’t get done, but I did end up cleaning both the master bathroom and the guest bathroom late Sunday night! I didn’t do everything (I left the tub/showers and inside of the toilets for Korri, and I’ll do the floors later), but I did clean the sinks, counters, mirrors, outside of the toilets, and the outside of the master shower. I also boiled water and poured it down each drain to make sure those weren’t clogging. I’ll call this one a success!

In the photo above, Rosie was yelling at me to give her water. She’s always been obsessed with drinking water directly from the faucet. When we first moved in with Korri, I was adamant about not giving her faucet water, but Korri gave in a couple of months ago. She’s very spoiled (and hydrated)!

Day 14 / Get rid of paper clutter

This was today’s assignment. Ugh, paper is where everything falls apart for me. I cannot figure out how to get rid of most of it. I did not work on this assignment because it’s going to take way longer than just a couple of hours or even one full day. I’ll be studying this topic heavily when I get to that part of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up!

There’s another 10 days to go in the month, so let’s see if I can finish better than I started! Are you doing The January Cure or decluttering your home with the KonMari method by Marie Kondo? I’d love to know how it’s going for you!

January Style Sudoku: Outfits 1–5

I started my style sudoku this past Sunday, and now that it has almost been a week, it’s time to dive into the details of the first few outfits! Below you’ll find outfit details, the weather for each day, what I did each day, if I needed to modify anything, and any other overall thoughts. I’ve already worn each item in the sudoku at least once!


OUTFIT 1 • Sunday, January 13th

January Style Sudoku: Outfit 1 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I started off with one of the simpler outfits for an afternoon at a college gymnastics meet followed by dinner with my family and then a stop at the grocery store. Weekends are typically really low-key, which I don’t mind. This day had more plans than usual! I selected this outfit first because it’s easy weekend wear: a flannel shirt and ponte pants. It was chilly enough outside to warrant the beanie, but I liked wearing a relatively lighter top for the gymnastics meet because I can get nervous sweats, haha!

Weather: High of 37°F (3°C), no precipitation, breezy

OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew beanie / exact style
Madewell shirt / similar by Old Navy
J.Crew pants / similar by J.Crew (limited sizes) or similar by Old Navy
Frye boots / similar from Nordstrom
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 2 • Monday, January 14th

January Style Sudoku: Outfit 2 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Back at work! I opted to wear a layered outfit to stay warm at my desk, and since it wasn’t going to be rainy or snowy, I pulled out my red ankle boots! I’m glad I included these for an extra jolt of color. Even though the jeans weren’t the most comfortable, this outfit felt the most “me” of the outfits I wore these first few days.

Weather: High of 36°F (2°C), no precipitation

OUTFIT DETAILS

ModCloth cardigan / similar by Banana Republic
LOFT tee / similar by LOFT
Madewell jeans / similar
Madewell boots / exact from Nordstrom (limited sizes) or exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 3 • Tuesday, January 15th

January Style Sudoku: Outfit 3 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We woke up to a layer of snow on the ground unexpectedly, so I made the decision to wear one of my Hunter boot outfits. It ended up being a good decision since even though the snow melted, it refroze and there were icy patches in the parking lot at work! I was glad to have a pair of shoes on that had some traction. I felt comfortable and cozy in this sweater for a day at my desk.

Weather: High of 39°F (4°C), snow in the morning and icy after work

OUTFIT DETAILS

Uniqlo vest / exact or similar from Amazon
Amour Vert sweater / similar from Bloomingdale’s
Madewell jeans / exact (limited sizes) or similar by Old Navy
Hunter boots / exact from Italist
Smartwool socks / exact from Backcountry
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 4 • Wednesday, January 16th

January Style Sudoku: Outfit 4 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We had another snowy morning, but it warmed up during the day and rained in the afternoon and evening, so it was another day with the Hunter boots. I included this dress in my sudoku to force myself to think outside the box a little bit. I layered the voluminous, cropped cashmere sweater under the dress to give it the illusion of having bell sleeves. Even though I liked the outfit in theory, I have to admit that I didn’t really feel like myself when I wore it. It felt a little bit fussy for me (mostly because the sweater, with its cropped length, bunched around the waist). I wore this outfit to work and to make a Target run with Korri after work.

Weather: High of 45°F (7°C), snow in the morning followed by rain in the evening

OUTFIT DETAILS

Grana dress / similar denim dress by H&M
Grana sweater / similar by Everlane
J.Crew pants / similar by J.Crew (limited sizes) or similar by Old Navy
Hunter boots / exact from Italist
Smartwool socks / exact from Backcountry
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact


OUTFIT 5 • Thursday, January 17th

January Style Sudoku: Outfit 5 — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We officially over halfway through the first month in 2019! After two days of snow and then rain, there was another day of rain in the forecast. Luckily it was dry when I left home in the morning and didn’t look like it would be too rainy when I left work in the evening, so I decided to wear a different pair of boots. I only have four rainy-day outfits to choose from and already wore two of them! This weekend is looking rainy so I wanted to make sure to save those outfits. This outfit definitely felt more “me”, and I didn’t mind the black and navy together at all. All I did was go to work and then go home, and I was feeling bloated so I appreciated the stretchy jeans.

Weather: High of 52°F (11°C), rain showers during the day but dry to/from work

OUTFIT DETAILS

Uniqlo vest / exact or similar from Amazon
Madewell shirt / similar by Old Navy
Everlane jeans / exact (review here)
Marc Fisher boots / exact from Nordstrom Rack
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Ankle boot addict

Green cashmere sweater winter outfit with skinny jeans and bow ankle boots in velvet — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane cashmere rib round crew sweater in loden — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane ribbed cashmere sweater in loden winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter outfit with Madewell Esme bow ankle boots in velvet — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I’m currently knee-deep in my style sudoku right now, but before I start sharing those outfits, I wanted to share one more regular winter outfit that I wore a few weeks ago. When I received these boots last month, I was initially a little bit worried about what exactly to wear with them. They’re not in one of my “usual” colors. Still, I couldn’t quite part with them; I’m a self-diagnosed ankle boot addict. I was drawn to the warm “burnished cedar” color and started holding them up against various items in my closet to see if they went well with anything.

To my surprise, I really liked how they looked with pretty much everything in my closet (the only color that looked off was grey, but I don’t tend to like how grey and brown look together anyway). The color is unexpected but still quite versatile. I’m the type of person that tends to have a gut feeling when it comes to adding new items to my wardrobe (and sometimes I ignore that gut feeling, which leads to poor decisions), but I feel pretty good about these boots. They add some much-needed fun to my winter shoe wardrobe. Plus, I love the wide opening because I can tuck my skinny jeans in them!

We’ll see how I feel about them in a couple of years, but so far, so good. Now I just need to calm down and not buy so many pairs of ankle boots, HA! I don’t have enough room in my closet for all of them!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane sweater / exact (review here)
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Madewell boots / exact (on sale!) (last seen here)
Amour Vert earrings / similar by Gorjana
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact