Sparking Joy


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.



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8 Responses to Sparking Joy

  1. Barb says:

    I love this post, Carol, and the images of the pretty succulent flowers are so perfect. It seems I’m always “tidying up” then bringing home other things that will eventually need tidying up once again … sigh … but I guess as long as we’re asking ourselves that question, we will find a balance. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Karen Olson says:

    Totally love your post and all the wonderful images as always. What a great way to look at the ‘things’ in our life. Do they spark joy? Then move on. Perfect.

  3. As Barb said it is an endless job or at least at my house it is. As you said we have a lot of props. I know I don’t like that and have stopped with the props, just doesn’t give me that much joy anymore. Time to move forward to other joyful things I can find to get into. I also think that is life at it’s best finding new means of joy. Love that succulent flower a new one for me. Miss your beautiful garden especially in the morning with a cup of coffee.

  4. Becca says:

    Hi Carol, I love this post…I have that book, but haven’t read it just yet. 🙂 I really, really need to do this and have started in my closet. SO many clothes and I rarely wear most of them! It’s crazy how “stuff” can clutter our life. Thank you for this inspiring post. I am slowly working on the process of decluttering my life. 🙂

  5. Becca says:

    Hi Carol, I tried to leave a comment on your Rhubarb post, but for some reason, it didn’t allow me the option. Anyway I just had to tell you how much I love the photo of you with the rhubarb! I knew it had large leaves, but that is just so cool! Russ and I both love rhubarb. I have made the crisp (so good!) and the syrup to go with the sparkling water as well. Yum! When we visit downtown Seattle we love to get a rhubarb Piroshki. So, I guess it’s too late to plant, but where can I get rhubarb to try it in my garden? Have a nice weekend!

  6. Catherine says:

    Once again, you’ve inspired me Carol! I put a hold on that Marie Kondo book at Seattle Public Library. Looking forward to the process of decluttering my life – and sparking joy while doing it! Xoxo’s, cb

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