After watching one episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, I understand why the country is obsessed with her. First of all, she’s adorable. She bubbles with joy and there is not an ounce of judgy-ness in her approach. I am smitten.
I realized that I follow a lot of the principles she teaches, especially in the kitchen. Being organized in the room I spend the most time in is essential. Equally as important, is holding my kitchen utensils in high regard. Each piece that I use sparks joy. Really! I recently purchased a new food processor because my old one had stopped working. The new one is bright red and I have named her “Ruby.” I love taking her off the shelf and using her for big projects. When I am finished, I gently wash her and put her away.
What is your favorite kitchen tool?
All of my utensils and small appliances help me cook in a way that feels effortless. There’s not one spoon or spatula that I don’t enjoy using. That feeling of enjoyment raises the vibe in the kitchen. And that happy vibration infuses itself into the food. That is alchemy. That’s magical.
Have you ever used a dull knife and had to put extra effort into preparation that ended in absolute frustration? Or how about a dull peeler that created a daunting task of peeling 5 pounds of potatoes? I believe the tools and possessions we have are an extension of ourselves. Loving our things is a form of self-love and self-care.
The best tip I can offer is to Konmari your kitchen. Discover the items that spark joy and the ones that do not. Do those weenie tongs make you happy? Or are they just taking up space, getting stuck sideways and making it difficult to open that drawer? Maybe it’s time to thank them and say goodbye to them.
Once you remove the things that no longer serve you, you can replace them. Do an upgrade, if you’re able. I once purchased a peeler for $20.00! But I can tell you that it is the best peeler I have ever owned and I have had it for years.
When you begin to swap out the less than great for the “this is so fun to use” kinds of tools, I guarantee you will begin to see a shift in the way you approach cooking.
I’d love to know about your process! Tell me your story in the comments below!