Thursday, March 14, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 25 • Kitchen

Welcome to Day 25 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 5 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 25, we'll be heading into the kitchen! We'll be tidying kitchen komono, eating implements, cups & mugs, cooking tools, storage containers, and table decor.

Some thoughts on Day 25:

1) "Tidying the kitchen first is a sure way to fail." This statement jumped out at me when I first read Spark Joy. I didn't really understand why this was the case, but apparently, there's a reason we enter the kitchen so deep into the komono category. Two reasons, if you want to be specific. The first reason is that we need to build our spark joy muscle, so we can hone in on what exactly to keep. The second reason is to avoid buying unnecessary storage units, since we need so many to store all the different items we keep in the kitchen. I can attest to both of these statements. If you've been following my journey over the years, you'll know that I do an annual kitchen clean-out each December. In the past several years, I haven't been decluttering much, because I thought I needed everything I had. Now that I'm 25 days into this tidying challenge, I'm much more honed in on what sparks joy. As a result, I was able to clear out a lot of mugs in particular, which then allowed me to shuffle things around to make our kitchen more efficient. Also, hubby and I let go of so many things in the first 24 days of tidying that I now have a ton of empty storage containers that I can draw upon to help with organization.

2) Marie Kondo also tells us that most kitchens in restaurants are focused on ease of cleaning, not ease of use. I've been trying to clear off the countertops for years, and I've done a pretty good job, but I made even more progress during this tidying challenge. Hubby and I were able to let go of our Nespresso (he brought it to work to use there), and I found myself looking for ways to have more counter space. It certainly does make the kitchen easier to clean. And I love cooking in a clean kitchen!

Thank you for tuning into Day 25! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 26.

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