I got my copy of Apartment Therapy eight-step home cure a few days earlier than I thought, so I’m pretty excited! I’ve already read through the introduction and the important part of the first week’s step. Since I rent one half of a house – a duplex – and I am merely a college student, it will be interesting to see how well I can implement this plan without a large budget.
For the first week, the plan wants me to:
- Make a complete list of repairs and their solutions
- Vacuum and mop all the floors
- Remove one item from my apartment FOREVER
- Buy fresh flowers as a ‘gift to myself and my home’
- Sit for ten minutes in a part of my home I never sit in
And also, focus on one room in particular and:
- Gather pictures of rooms I love like it (I LOVE DOING THAT!)
- Start a ‘Style Tray’ – a literal serving tray you put all of your pictures onto so that you can see them
- Visit my favorite home store and look at pretty things in real life
- Set a budget!
The best tip I’ve found budget-wise is to concentrate the $$$ in one room, instead of acting like you can split it into lots of little bits and improve many rooms with less $. Seems wise, since you’d be getting a more dramatic bang-for-your-buck in that location.
I plan on doing the walk-through for the repair list tomorrow, as well as the vacuuming and mopping. The room I need to sit in for 10 minutes is either the ‘nook’ or the front sun room, since I rarely use either and I usually just pass through both of them. I will most likely be getting rid of a table of some kind, since I have many tables at the same height, and not a use for so many… The first ‘One Room’ I need to work on is probably the bedroom, since I don’t sleep well and that room should be peaceful and relaxing and it is most definitely not either of those things right now!
So, by next Thursday I will have done all of these things to stay on track with the plan. I feel like this is exactly the book and assistance I needed, because I don’t doubt that I can pick stylish furniture and artwork – but I do doubt that I know how to arrange things in my home in the most efficient manner.