Finding Joy

After I got out of the hospital in January, I decided to reread Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her new book Spark Joy. Kondo’s method for tidying involves going through your stuff category by category and discarding anything that doesn’t spark joy. She has inspired a bit of a cult following. I had read her first book before and went through the process, but I have a hard time discarding things and didn’t quite follow the rules. So even though she says if you tidy once you’ll never have to do it again, I found myself doing it again.

It was a good project to distract me from everything going on with my health. I took it more seriously this time and I do feel better with less clutter around and knowing that the things I have are things I actually want. Without all of the stuff I will never wear or use around, I have a better idea of what I actually have.

The best thing I did, however, was decorate my bathroom so that it sparks joy. I figure I spend a lot of time there, so it should be a place that makes me happy. I did the practical things she recommends, like keeping things in drawers instead of on counters and keeping shampoo and conditioner outside of the shower, so that it’s a lot easier to clean. But I also gave it a Harry Potter theme.

The sorting hat, the deathly hallows, and Snape's patronus.

The sorting hat, the deathly hallows, and Snape's patronus.

Inspiring Dumbledore quotes.

Inspiring Dumbledore quotes.

Are there any little things you have done lately to spark joy in your home?