When I was visiting my friend Linda, I noticed a small wooden plaque on her wall:
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."--William Morris.
Where has this William Morris guy been all my life? I like his way of thinking. How many times have I bought something--can't return it--but I keep using it even though it doesn't fit or it's driving me crazy.
After I looked William Morris up on the Internet I realized his name was probably in one of my high school textbooks and I wasn't paying attention. But I should have been, because I could have saved myself a lot of misery over the years.
I was instantly inspired by his words, went home and walked around my house throwing things into a big box to give to charity. The "not-so-cherished" things aren't broken--they'll work perfectly fine for someone else, just not for me. They're cumbersome to use, or in my eyes, far from beautiful.
My heating pad was the first thing into the box--it drives me crazy. The old plastic cover, it's not square and isn't comfortable to my touch. I bought a new one yesterday and I absolutely think it's the most beautiful heating pad I've ever seen--can't wait until I pull a muscle so I can spend a little time with it.
There's a light blue bowl in my cupboard and I don't like it. Can't really say why, after all it does the basic job, it doesn't leak. But I just don't like it. I bought it on sale four years ago, used it once and have never used it again. Every time I reach for it I change my mind. But not today--goodbye bowl!
It's a quaint, antique nightstand, even has two drawers in the front for storage. I've had it for ten years, but it's never really lived up to my expectations. I wanted something handy and big enough to hold a water bottle, a couple of books, eyeglasses and maybe a box of tissue, yet slender enough to slide into a small space. I live in a historical home and the look of the nightstand fits right in, but the stuff I'd planned to keep on it: the tissues, glasses, books and water, at least twice a week I knock everything off the stand because it's too narrow. Goodbye nightstand!
I've always hung onto things that drive me crazy or things I don't like because they weren't broken, so what would be my reason for getting rid of them?
Inspiration from my old friend Linda and my new friend William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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