It seems like on social media there is a lot of talk about Marie Kondo and the new Netflix series, Tidying Up that started earlier this month. A friend that did not know about her until recently is converted. My sister said, “nothing like a good Netflix movie to inspire!” I have read and listened to her audio book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and started this blog in July mostly with her book in mind (Does This Spark Joy?).
After watching several episodes of Tidying Up, I too got motivated to take action. When I was clearing out a drawer I discovered something new in my kitchen. In addition to Finding Lost Valuables, we often discover something we didn’t know we had. I recently found a handheld lemon juicer. My husband didn’t buy it; I didn’t buy it. I never remember receiving it as a gift. Maybe it was a hand me down from my mom. My mom passed away 20 years ago, so this juicer has most likely been in my kitchen drawer for that long. I did not see it before because it was such a mess in that drawer! My husband was not feeling well at the time and wanted some lemon and honey in his hot tea. Well, I used it for the first time and loved it! Easy to use and clean! In my mind I thanked my mom for this citrus juicer. My kitchen drawer is now free from gadgets we don’t use (with the approval of my cooking savvy husband) & divided with a foil baking pan & boxes we already had in the house. You may think it still looks cluttered– but this is MUCH better than before. Unfortunately I didn’t take a ‘before’ photo.
In a world of consumer buying and spending, what a pleasant respite to have an attitude of gratitude in this popular Tidying Up series. And NOT to have to buy any organizing systems or containers is a refreshing novelty of our time! Also not feeling like we have to remodel (and spend more money) to make our home pleasant is a tangible concept that we can all relate. What a stark contrast to our world right now:
Declutter our home so that we feel good about ourselves and where we live.
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