This weekend I finally gave in to peer pressure and bought…an air fryer. Soooo 2020, I know. But I couldn’t imagine adding another thing to my kitchen then. After all, I did buy an Instant Pot and that thing is not small. After months of feeling uninspired to cook anything and numerous friends telling me how much they loved their air fryer, TikTok finally made me do it. So many fun recipes on that site! Once I brought my new toy home, I immediately found some things to “fry” up from the freezer, including a bag of french fries. It definitely sparked JOY! Of course, once it was time to put it away, reality hit –I had no place to put this appliance.
“Well, if we put this basket somewhere else, we can put it right here,” my husband offered. It was a good idea, but now I had no place for this basket of bags. (I’ve upgraded from a bag of bags. IYKYK.) Everytime I found a place for one thing, another item lost its home. Soon I found things in the cabinets that really needed a new home, like not in ours. Before I knew it, I was Marie Kondo-ing my whole kitchen! Pots, pans, glasses, cans of food, and everything else ended up on the counters. If it didn’t spark joy, it was out.
But it didn’t end there. Once I was free of the stuff that didn’t spark joy, I realized that the way things were stored really didn’t make good sense. Why did we have a bottle of tequila hanging out with the cereal boxes? Rolling drawers were purchased, storage boxes repurposed, and all our stuff found its way into new zones. It wasn’t the relaxing long weekend I envisioned, but I can now have crispy french fries with a push of a few buttons.