A few of my favorite things...


“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string, These are a few of my favorite things…
When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.”

I was a young girl the first time I saw the movie, “The Sound of Music“ and heard the now famous song. These days, it is included in the repertoire of frequently played Christmas tunes during the Holiday season.   Recently I realized that the lyrics are a perfect example of a script or starting point for what a “Spark Joy” list should look like.  Let me explain.

If you are considering tidying up your space, once and for all by implementing the KonMari method, then you know that the very first step in the process is to create a clear vision and define how and what you want your ideal life to look like. This is not an easy task, but it is a very important one.  It’s completely normal to struggle with identifying your goals and determining why you want to live a clutter-free life.   We’ve become overwhelmed by the accumulation of too much stuff, overstimulated by too many choices and de-sensitized to those things that touch our hearts and soul, that bring value to our lives, or that simply put a smile on our face.   But clearly defining the values by which you want to live your life (your favorite things) is key to experiencing the life-changing magic of this method.

So how do we go about defining our favorite things, or put another way, what does “Spark Joy” mean and how does it translate into your life?

A dictionary definition might read something like this:  “Spark Joy” - to ignite an intense feeling of happiness or contentment. Personalize this definition to help you envision a reality in which you live mindfully, joyfully, and creatively.   One idea to help you get started:  write your own version of the lyrics to the melody, ‘A Few of My Favorite Things.’  Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to rhyme!   Re-acquaint yourself with those extraordinary nuances of your daily life that intuitively bring you Joy.  Start by re-connecting with all of your senses:  sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.  Spend some time paying close attention to anything and everything that activates these senses.  Be mindful, and slowly but surely you will begin to create a picture.  Use this picture as a point of departure on your journey and then add to it, piece by piece until you have a complete collection of images that fit together like puzzle pieces that form a precise depiction of your final destination.

So when you are ready to embark on your personal KonMari journey and tidy up your space, then I propose that you take the time to define precisely what Spark Joy means to you. The more clearly defined this definition is to you at the beginning of your journey, the easier the process will be.  In the end, your space will be filled with only YOUR favorite things! 

“The whole point in both discarding and keeping things is to be happy.”