Expert Tidying Tips for Men for Father's Day

This post was originally featured in Marie Kondo's Newsletter on June 18, 2017

Creating Space for Shared Passion

 Photo credit: Jennifer Tippett Photography

Photo credit: Jennifer Tippett Photography

 Photo credit: Jennifer Tippett Photography

Photo credit: Jennifer Tippett Photography

 

This is dedicated to #DadsWhoCook. Let's focus on organizing cookbooks. Start by removing all of them from the shelves. (Pro tip: take this time to wipe down the shelves.) Take each book in your hands and ask whether or not it "sparks joy" in your heart. Trust your gut and only put back the ones that truly excite you. If you have not used some cookbooks and have no desire to, now is the time to let them go.     

In our house, we say #FoodIsLove. Cooking and eating is a time for connecting, teaching, and sharing. Make it inviting for children to participate. Store children's cookbooks and cooking materials on low shelves, so they can see and reach them on their own. This fosters independence in the child and encourages them to take initiative to follow the example of their dad.

After all of the cookbooks are stored, it's time to sprinkle in some joy, such as a cherished photo, a postcard from a favorite place, or a vintage recipe card.

 Photo credit: Jennifer Tippett Photography

Photo credit: Jennifer Tippett Photography

 

Here it is all pulled together. Because these cookbooks are displayed in the kitchen, the chef is more likely to draw inspiration from their pages. Here's to #DadsWhoCook!

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