The January Cure is not Curing Me

by Colleen Morrow

Okay, the January Cure is starting to overwhelm me.

I made my project list and I decided to pick the basement as my project to focus on. But now, we've just gotten a call to say our bedroom furniture that we ordered is here!

This weekend's chore for the January cure was to do a deep clean on the bedroom.  I figured I'd just do that when our furniture arrived - in February - so I was going to use this weekend to work on the basement.  But it's here.  And it's getting delivered on Wednesday.  So the deep clean I was going to do in February is happening now.  But it's not just moving furniture around to vacuum and dusting.  All of our current furniture needs to get emptied, which makes this the perfect time to go through every piece of clothing and actually think about what drawer things are going in.  And to think about all the non-clothing items (lamps, pictures, etc.).  Our lamps that we have now are not very pretty so I wanted to get new lamps when the furniture arrived.  Which means buying lamps is now on my to-do list.  

That doesn't sound so bad, does it? No, not really.  I don't have to get the lamps before the furniture arrives -and in fact, probably shouldn't get any until I see how the furniture looks in the bedroom.  And really, I won't go through my clothes until the furniture is here.  But when I do that, I really should finish getting our closet in order. When we moved in, there was no way we'd have enough room in the closet for both of us to have our clothes. So we installed a closet organizer along the long wall of our walk-in with two hanging rods and some shelves. Currently, the short wall along the back still has the standard builder rod. I want to replace it with the same kind of organizer that's along the other wall.  That will give us some more shelving for things like my shoes.  But with the increased storage that we'll have in the bedroom, I can't figure out exactly what we'll need so let's add that to the list of things to do after delivery.

Oh but wait - the bedroom is empty right now so doesn't that make today the ideal time to touch up the baseboards, door jam, and ceiling.  And to replace the icky plastic vents?  Yes, yes it does.  Now, if I buy new lamps, finish off the closet, get nice new vents and touch up all the paint, that means the only thing on my project list for the master bedroom that won't be done in fairly short order is getting curtains & pillows for the window seat. 

Well, then doesn't it make sense to switch my project from the basement to the bedroom?  I think so.  Except I feel like I'm in the middle of that project already.

The basement project isn't that big but it does require some elbow grease on getting it into shape. We need some new shelving and I need to spend a few hours down there sorting through stuff.  The biggest question mark there was how to store the preserves/canning that we're doing now.  EDP wants something with a door so that the sun doesn't get at things.  Okay, I can handle that.  I've been searching for a while for something that would work and have been hitting up against a brick wall over and over.  But then I got an email from my Wendy the other day suggesting a pantry cupboard like you'd put in your kitchen if you were renovating it.  BRILLIANT.  Pantry cupboards have way more shelves in them than the crappy shelving we have now.  So I started looking at Ikea and Home Depot, thinking that if we could get more storage into the laundry room, we might not need something separate for the preserves.  The problem is, this area is narrow so we can't do anything with doors that open like a kitchen cupboard.  So I started looking at wardrobes with sliding doors.  But they aren't shallow enough.  Turns out - a pantry cupboard isn't shallow enough either.  We can't go more than 14 inches deep.  Which took me back to square one for shelving in the laundry room but had the idea of getting a pantry for the preserves to go in the main part of the basement.  Then EDP reminded me that when we reno the space and put a closet in for more storage, we can have shelves built in.  No wardrobe or pantry needed.  At least we determined this before a trip to Ikea.  But we did go to Solutions.  In the laundry room, we can fit up to six feet of shelves. Solutions has these great, super sturdy metal shelving units that you configure yourself.  The trouble is that they are expensive.  Expensive enough that I didn't want to buy all six feet worth of shelves yesterday.  We bought three feet worth instead.

That means that now, down in the basement is the supplies for constructing one super amazing awesome laundry room shelf.  Plus all the clutter that's been accumulating.  Which means that space is now worse than it was when the January Cure started.  And because i was anticipating spending time this weekend working on the basement, I did some decluttering in the Tiffany room so that EDP's camera equipment can get moved up there to get it out of the basement.  But now all our current bedroom furniture is in there so I can't really get at the closet anymore to move that stuff upstairs - or get at my painting clothes!

See.  Overwhelmed.  I should go down and start cleaning out the basement and at least get it back to a state where it is equally as bad as when the January Cure started.  I should touch up the paint in the bedroom.  And if I already have the paint out, I should just touch up the paint in the bathroom and deal with those damn stickers on the doors because that paint will surely need to be touched up when I'm done.  Oh - and the email from Wendy reminded me that I have about seven billion emails to deal with and a couple of handwritten letters to write.  I should just pick something and get at least one of the things done.  Instead, I'm sitting here, typing.


Okay, Because you read this whole thing, you get to see the shameful amount of dog hair that has accumulated where our bed & nightstands are.  

Okay, Because you read this whole thing, you get to see the shameful amount of dog hair that has accumulated where our bed & nightstands are.