Book cover ideas, Marie Kondo, and boys

So, I think we have the cover art for my book! There’s still some discussion happening between my publisher, editor and myself, but you know how sometimes you have an idea, and then you come across lots of other ideas, but you still keep going back to your first idea? I think that’s sort of where I am right now. I’m very excited, but also feeling a little anxious because I’m home with a toddler, an almost three-week old, a not fully functioning mind/body situation, nine unfinished chapters and my book comes out in January. OHMYGOD.

Excuse me while I hyperventilate.

Okay, I’m back now.

In other news, I’ve been reading Marie Kondo’s book, the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. As if I wasn’t already obsessed with open spaces and beautiful interiors, I’ve become addicted to the idea of only surrounding myself with things that spark joy.

If you haven’t read this book, first, you absolutely must, and second, the sparking joy reference is straight from Kondo herself. She says that the criteria one should use when determining what to keep and what to toss/donate is to ask yourself this question, “Does this item spark joy?” when you hold each item you own.

(And yes, I mean EACH ITEM YOU OWN. Kondo is big on that — handling every item you own so you can truly discover what each item means to you.)

Kondo’s system feels flawless. She asks you to start with your clothes (leave sentimental items such as old letters and photographs for the end) and even has a genius breakdown for organizing papers and all that random stuff you have no idea what to do with — like the dozen extra buttons that came with clothes you bought that you’ve been saving for the last two years even though you’ve never actually sewn any of those buttons onto anything you own. Ever.

This book has basically changed my life! Almost.

See, Kondo says you have to tidy “in one fell swoop,” which means DO IT ALL AT ONCE (over the course of a few days), which feels impossible at the moment because I’m home with a toddler, an almost three-week old, a not fully functioning mind/body situation, nine unfinished chapters and OHMYGOD I ALREADY SAID THAT.

Excuse me while I hyperventilate.

Okay, I’m back now.

Aside from the living room often having Min’s toys strewn about, our space is clean, but not tidy, which I’ve learned are two completely different things. I’d say we have a lot of organized clutter here, which is like, the worst oxymoron ever because when your clutter is organized your space can never be tidy.

I’ll let you guys know how it goes once we’ve got The KonMari Method underway!

Meanwhile on the Mama front, the boys are doing well. Min wants to hug and kiss and hold Gilli all the time. The other day, Min grabbed Gilli’s tiny hand, held it up in the air shouted, “Hi-piii” and slapped his hand for a high five, which was hilarious.

Of course Min is still adjusting to Gilli taking up so much of my attention right now, so he has his moments. I think it was yesterday that Gilli was on the bed hanging out next to me. Min took one of Gilli’s diapers, walked all the way around the bed, waited for Gilli to stop wiggling around, took aim, and threw the diaper right at the baby’s face.

And while that’s obviously not okay, I couldn’t help but laugh a little on the inside. I mean, look at all the planning and thought Min put into making that happen.

Gotta give the kid a little credit for that kind of effort.



4 thoughts on “Book cover ideas, Marie Kondo, and boys

  1. Min actually makes me lol! I think it’s very sweet that he’s adapting to Gilli, but it will take time. I loved the Konmari method and we cleared out SO MUCH STUFF, but trying to sustain that is harder.

    1. Humaira, Are you saying that you rebounded after KonMari?!?! 😉 She says NO ONE REBOUNDS. I think the toughest part is to think about putting everything in its place right after you use it. I’d love to *always* hang/fold my clothes and put my shoes away when I come home from somewhere, but sometimes one only has enough energy to get oneself a string cheese from the fridge and plop down on to the sofa! 🙂

  2. Mashallah! I knew you were pregnant but did not realize you would have had a BABY already. Mashallah Allahu Akbar. No wonder you went MIA for a bit there. Congratulations again! What is the beautiful prince’s name?

    1. Thanks, Linda! 🙂 He shall be known as Gilli! At least here, anyway 🙂

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