I use these unexpected things to spark joy

#beautility drawstring bag

Like a lot of people (and by a lot, I mean over 1 million), I read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, this past year. If you’ve read it, you know that her “spark joy” message really clicks with people, me included.

If you haven’t read her book, the spark joy message is basically this: When it comes to the things you own and the activities you do, listen to your heart. If they spark joy, keep them. If they don’t, get rid of them.

You can see the wisdom and simplicity in this advice.

I realized after reading the book that there was one area I really wanted to spark more joy in. This area is not what you think. It’s not clothes. It’s not shoes. It’s not furniture or artwork. It’s not even blogging or photography or any other hobby.

It’s everyday, utilitarian objects. 

Yes—you heard me correctly. I want my dustpan to spark joy. And my soap container. And maybe even my soap.

Basically I want my humble utilitarian tools to be beautiful. I’m searching for beauty + utility, or #beautility.

These drawstring bags fit the criteria. I could use any kind of bag, really, for storing and transporting stuff—even used plastic bags from Target (but blech). But these are far more beautiful. When I see them doing extremely ordinary things, like corralling my sliced sourdough bread in the freezer, I smile. Like Kondo said, they spark a tiny flame of joy, which can make a surprising impact on the quality of my day when added to other small sparks.

I made these particular bags myself, including the triangle stamp pattern, but you can find similar bags here.

Do you take a no-nonsense approach to your practical tools, or have you ever bought something because it was useful and attractive (even if the attractive version was more expensive)? What did you buy?

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