Hello! How are you? Summer is finally here in the Pacific Northwest and that means a lot of time spent outside, not just gardening, but also enjoying our meals al fresco.
For me, this is also a time to cleaning and tidying. Recently I picked up the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Her approach is inspiring. Basically she suggests you hold each item in your hand and ask yourself “does this spark joy?” If it doesn’t, thank it for its service and remove it from your life.
So, I’ve gone through every item of clothing, eliminating 3 garbage bags full and donated them. The rest were neatly hung or folded. I’m now working on kitchen gadgets & appliances. Since Brian & I both love to cook, you can only imagine the stash! Seriously, who else has cannoli forms? A ravioli cutter? 23 tart pans of various sizes? It’s crazy!
As I go through this process I am also thinking about the other things in my life…the tasks, the chores… are they sparking joy?
Of course there are tasks and chores that I really must do. So then the question becomes, how can I approach these things with a joyful spirit?
These are the things I am pondering as I go through all our stuff. As the space in our house becomes more clear, perhaps the space in my mind will find a clearing as well.
I hope whatever season you are in that it is sparking a bit of joy in your life.