Monday, January 12, 2015

Flyer Than a Parakeet

A week ago, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and I organized my clothes, books, and half of my papers.  The central principle of the book is that you hold each of your belongings and ask yourself, "Does this spark joy?"  If not, you thank the item for the role it's played in your life and respectfully say good bye.

You're supposed to keep talking to your possessions ("Thank you, boots, for keeping me warm on my journey today"), but this really bugs Dan; and he reflexively shouts things like, "KC, stop it! You're creeping me out!"  Luckily, KonMari says that you can talk to your possessions silently in your head, too.

I've had a ton of success with KonMari, but she doesn't specifically discuss how to clean and de-clutter your kitchen.  It might be because no one has ever held up a cheese grater and announced in the affirmative that it truly "sparks joy."

Lucky for me, my friend Melanie posted a 14-day organizational challenge on Facebook, so I spent 5 hours this weekend organizing my kitchen.  I've had more exciting times, but the lazy susans do look swell.


mm said...

I'm not sure my cheese grater truly "sparks joy," but I do find it necessary. I'm not sure I could say that for all of the utensils in its drawer.

jdoc said...

The bottle opener seems like a utensil that could spark joy. Actually, I'll test that out right now while I watch the worst show on television.