Life, Curated: Getting Started


So, of course I have this big grand idea right when I’m on my way out the door to spend 8 days studying for my MFA in Jamaica.

The Life, Curated idea is so exciting to me! And I can’t wait to get started. But, I’m not going to be able to write much (or at all) about it until I get home on January 12.

If I’m going to have problems, that’s one I’ll take.

What I’m going to do today is talk a little about what I think the next year will hold for this program. And then give you a exercise that will keep you going until I’m home.

Life, Curated is based on this premise: Creative people are different. We are idea people. We’re great at starts and suck at follow through (sometimes.) We’re right-brained folks who do struggle with the little steps that get us from here to where we dream about being.

If that sounds like you, you are definitely in the right place. Welcome to crazy town. I’m super glad you’re here, because it’s way more fun with company.

Here are some things I have planned for next year (remember, I’m right there in right-brained world with you, so these are subject to change!)

We’re going to get our houses in order. For real.

Know what sucks? Feeling guilty about writing because you have roughly eleventy billion other things you could be doing with that hour. (Or even those ten minutes.)

I don’t know about you, but a bunch of those eleventy billion things are related to housework and are things that I pile on myself because I’m so naturally disorganized, I have way too much stuff (because it all has a story!), and I’m great at setting up plans for doing better, but suck at actually doing it.

I have a plan, though, that works with my right-brained tendency and that I think will work. I’m willing to give a try, anyway. And sharing it with you guys? Big part of it. I definitely need a shot of accountability.

It works like this:

Divide your house into eight sections. (Mine are: Entry and hallways, kitchen, dining room, living room, other room (for me this is my den/office), bathrooms, Ruby’s room, and the master bedroom. Our son Nick and Kevin’s parents are grown-ups and I’m not taking responsibility for their spaces!)

We’re going to take three passes through each section. First, we’ll spend a week in each one and declutter. I mean brutal declutter. Get rid of everything that doesn’t make you happy. We’re curating, right? THIS is the curation.

Then we’ll go back and spend another week in each space doing a deep clean. Floor to ceiling.

Finally, we’ll make one more pass and do repairs, make changes, whatever needs to be done.

So, eight sections, three weeks in each one, that’s 24 weeks. That’ll keep us busy, right?

Fresh Eyes.

So, the next two weeks, while I’m gone, here’s how you can get started.

I’ve already done this exercise, to test it, and it was surprisingly fun. It’s adapted from the Sidetracked Home Executives book. Pam Young and Peggy Jones are for sure my organizational mentors, even though they’ve never heard of me. If you’ve heard of the Fly Lady, that all started with these ladies. Fly Lady didn’t work for me, but I love Pam and Peggy.

Think of yourself like you’re a real estate agent. Take a walk around your space–whether that’s a house, an apartment, a trailer, a bedroom in your parents house. Whatever. Look at each room as if you were seeing it for the first time. Look at it as if you were about to try to sell it.

Ask yourself four questions:

  • What needs to be cleaned up or decluttered?
  • What needs to be repaired or replaced?
  • Where does clutter gather in your space?
  • What do you need to buy for this area?

You can just keep a sheet for each room in a notebook, or I made a worksheet for you that I’ll be happy to send if you leave your email address here:

Other Stuff

I have ideas for the rest of the year. Things like:

Curating outside spaces

Curating  storage spaces  (wait until you see pictures of my garage!)

Curating personal spaces (your bag, your side of the bed, your side of the bathroom sink, your car, etc.)

Curating personal finances

Curating health and fitness

You get the idea!

I’m really excited about this. Make sure you join our Facebook group so you can share how your Fresh Eyes exercise is going and get some moral support.

Get the Life, Curated: Recipe for a Fresh Start Course for $7 in January!

To set you off on the right foot, I’d discounted the Life, Curated: Recipe for a Fresh Start Course to $7 for subscribers. To get the code (and the worksheet), enter your email address right here:

The course gives you a powerful seven day program that you can use to kick yourself out of a rut anytime you feel stuck. I do it every January, but also anytime things just aren’t going the way I want them to. There’s nothing like a Fresh Start!



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  1. I was reading this and thought ‘I wonder if she is a FlyBaby!’ I have both the SHE book and FlyLady’s Sink Reflections (which is currently helping my friend!). I am so looking forward to taking this journey though! I just need to let go of my perfectionism :)Enjoy Jamaica!