Kipling promised respect to those who “can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.” He was talking to me. And he was talking about the Marie Kondo tidying movement. (We won’t talk about who’s doing the blaming. And we won’t talk about Swedish Death Cleaning, as in “Would it kill you to get rid of some of this junk?”)

I’ve been struggling to keep my head above the rushing waters, but it’s hard to swim against the tide of a popular craze. Recently when I felt myself sinking, I found a rock and a convenient branch I could grab on to. I could tidy up my recipes.