Valuing common household objects
I'm finally reading the book (I wrote about it here), The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo. I'm loving it. It's not only inspiring me to whittle our belongings down to the things I love, things that really matter, it's also inspiring me to value those things even more. Today, for example, I gave some much needed love and attention to anything made of wood that can be found in our kitchen - tongs, spoons, cutting boards and bowls. Just as our skin needs moisturizing, especially in the winter, so does wood. So I made some board butter and gave everything a good slathering.
For the wood butter, I used two parts coconut oil and one part beeswax. I chopped up the beeswax and put in in a mason jar with the coconut oil, placed the jar in a pot with about an inch of water, and set it over low heat. I let it melt slowly until it turned into a pale yellow creamy butter. After letting it cool, I used my hands to rub and slather it on my faithful wooden kitchen tools. I let the butter rest for a bit (next time I might leave it overnight) and then buffed everything with a rag. No need to wear rubber gloves for this job; the butter is wonderful for softening up your hands too and the scent is subtle and fresh.
Just that little bit of attention made such a difference. Everything has a healthy luster. I've been made happier too.