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Apartment Therapy 8 Step Home Cure!-Roster added 7/16

post #1 of 99
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I requested some AT books from the library, thinking they would be fun to look at and get organizing/decorating ideas. I had no idea that I would be getting this amazing book about decluttering/organizing/therapy . It's so awesome, I had no idea that Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, who founded AT, used to be a Waldorf Teacher. How cool is that? He helped parents of his students to arrange their homes, too!

From the back cover:

Week by week, Apartment Therapy will guide you to treat common problems, eliminate clutter, and revamp even the tiniest space.


I love his style of writing, and his stories about helping various people in NYC are really fun to read. Of course, this is coming from a man who lived with his wife and a babe in a 265 sq ft. apartment! I'm buying this one for sure.

Here's the Roster, pm me or post if you want to join us! If I didn't put you on the list, I didn't know if you want to do it so just let me know! Post here and let us know how you're doing. I think we should all post a final home tour (ahem photos) as part of our process. I'm going to be very daring ( I know lots of people here IRL and post some before pics. I dare you!


Week 1:
cece Cleaned floors, purchased flowers, donated a few board games, clothes,
es1967
kellid
liontigerbear Shampooed carpets, addressed the flow of her living room. Nice work, mama!
racheloperasinger
zoomom
miss_sonja
mamaheids
contentmom
kavita
post #2 of 99
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Oh, and I forgot to mention that if anyone wants to do the 8 week cure with me, that would rock! Let me know if you're interested.
post #3 of 99
I'm about to put LO down for a nap but I want to come back to this later. It sounds intriguing.
post #4 of 99
ooh, I'm interested! Can you post his tips and we'll work along with you?
post #5 of 99
His book is fabulous, with lots of really helpful guidelines. For example, the 80/20 rule -- use 80% neutral colour and 20% accent colour in a room...it really works . Another is the 50/50 rule -- have 50% hard surfaces and 50% soft surfaces. Obviously these are just guidelines but he really describes how to make a house a home and living in small NYC homes decluttering is a critical skill! I don't think that I'm up for doing the Cure, but I definitely find his book inspiring and I have referred back to it a few times so it's a keeper on my bookshelf .

For those who haven't seen it the Apartment Therapy web site is awesome, especially the Small Cool contest house tours.
post #6 of 99
what's the book title?
post #7 of 99
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what's the book title?
Apartment Therapy 8 step Home cure
post #8 of 99
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ooh, I'm interested! Can you post his tips and we'll work along with you?
Hmm, I thought about this, and I don't think it would be the same if you didn't read the book. There's just so much to take in, there's a quiz at the beginning, and it goes through each step in depth.

As a disclaimer, I do not work for Apartment Therapy, lol. I just think if you can borrow or buy the book, that would work the best. I will definitely post what I'm doing each week and my results to help me keep on track.
post #9 of 99
I would loooooooove to do a Cure though I'm not sure what room/area to tackle... Have you been to the web site? They have groups of people register and do the cure and post pics along the way to support and encourage one another. I wonder if we could get a family-specific one hosted on apartmenttherapy.com? Maybe on their kids space when they do a fall one? I don't think there's another one there until fall. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/s...xt-week-043757
post #10 of 99
I would loooooooove to do a Cure though I'm not sure what room/area to tackle... Have you been to the web site? They have groups of people register and do the cure and post pics along the way to support and encourage one another. I wonder if we emailed Maxwell if we could get a family-specific one hosted on apartmenttherapy.com? Maybe on their kids space? If there's interest, I'll email and see if it's possible. He is TOTALLY what I would expect of a former Waldorf teacher in tone and personality btw.
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I would loooooooove to do a Cure though I'm not sure what room/area to tackle... Have you been to the web site? They have groups of people register and do the cure and post pics along the way to support and encourage one another. I wonder if we emailed Maxwell if we could get a family-specific one hosted on apartmenttherapy.com? Maybe on their kids space? If there's interest, I'll email and see if it's possible. He is TOTALLY what I would expect of a former Waldorf teacher in tone and personality btw.
Oh yes, I LOVE the blog! It's my fun daily indulgence. I get a lot of inspiration there.

"Starting next week we're going to form online Cure groups in each of our four cities dedicated to making at least ONE home improvement - major or minor -in the next eight weeks. All the information will be right here on our front page. Offline, our book, Apartment Therapy, will lead you through the eight weeks and the basic cure requires minimal expense as it takes you from room to room and helps you declutter, organize and clean your home"

I am doing the eight week basic Cure instead of the one room one home improvement Cure. It sounds like they are not posting the information from the book regarding the basic Cure, I'm sure to get people to read their book .

BTW, if any of you haven't seen it, here are pics of the author's former apartment (265 sq feet) that he lived in with his wife and babe.
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/h...is-cool-019406
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Oh yes, I LOVE the blog! It's my fun daily indulgence. I get a lot of inspiration there.

"Starting next week we're going to form online Cure groups in each of our four cities dedicated to making at least ONE home improvement - major or minor -in the next eight weeks. All the information will be right here on our front page. Offline, our book, Apartment Therapy, will lead you through the eight weeks and the basic cure requires minimal expense as it takes you from room to room and helps you declutter, organize and clean your home"

I am doing the eight week basic Cure instead of the one room one home improvement Cure. It sounds like they are not posting the information from the book regarding the basic Cure, I'm sure to get people to read their book .

BTW, if any of you haven't seen it, here are pics of the author's former apartment (265 sq feet) that he lived in with his wife and babe.
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/h...is-cool-019406

Ooh, thanks, I hadn't seen that before, how cool! They have really good storage solutions, I'm jealous!
post #13 of 99
Sounds like a great book! Thank you for posting about it. I checked online and my local library has it on the shelf right now, so I am on my way to pick it up. I can't wait to read it! :
post #14 of 99
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BTW, if any of you haven't seen it, here are pics of the author's former apartment (265 sq feet) that he lived in with his wife and babe.
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/h...is-cool-019406
That's awesome! I sent the link to my sister, she's living in a very small apartment in the city and I think she's feeling cramped -- hopefully it will inspire her. I know a couple of the apartments made me feel motivated!!

I especially love the ones that are "apartment white" because usually wall color is such an important part of design, and we can't paint ours. So seeing how other people have very non-bland, non-boring spaces with that wall color is SO helpful!
post #15 of 99
I'm in- I might have to wait a few weeks to get it from my library though! I just requested it. Can't wait to dig in. Of course I have always love to READ more about organizing than I actually like to DO it. LOL
post #16 of 99
I've got it on hold at the library. Can't wait!

I've been doing more decluttering, and discussing it on my blog: www.confessionsofahoarder.blogspot.com
post #17 of 99
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Sounds like a great book! Thank you for posting about it. I checked online and my local library has it on the shelf right now, so I am on my way to pick it up. I can't wait to read it! :
What do you think? Would you like to join me?
post #18 of 99
Well, I ordered the book, so give me a week and maybe I'll join you!
post #19 of 99
I just placed this on hold at the library and will venture there tomorrow to pick it up! I think having others that are going through the steps would be great encouragement- count me in!
post #20 of 99
I love the link to the pics of the apartment. I saw them on Oprah. We live in a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment with a great view of the water and love it. Everyone thinks we should have a house. Space is cramped now that we have a child (21 months). I would love to join in on this too. I'm decluttering all the time and want to do some redecorating. I just can't keep up with all the stuff and we really don't buy that much! Going to the library in the morning to check on this book.
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