“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” – William Morris
This well-known quote by renowned English decorative artist, William Morris, is something of a commandment in the Professional Organising world. But for a true appreciation of a client and their situation, there is one necessary addition to this quote…
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I once asked a group of seminar attendees if they had a favourite cup. Without exception each one did, as did their partner and other family members. These favourites could be found at the front of cupboard, in regular use. Then there were the cups reserved for guests and some which were only used once or twice a year when need dictated. Finally there were those stuck at the very back of the cupboard, never used. Perhaps they were chipped or stained, or they’d been a gift from someone disagreeable or at a time which they’d rather forget.
Do you have a favourite cup? Do you use it often? Does it make you smile?
Are there cups you never use? Are they hidden at the back of the cupboard so you never have to look at them?
Back to William Morris and his wisdom. Yes, cups are useful but really, how many do you need? Having too many cups is no longer useful. It is a burden. Time to play favourites and find room for the beautiful cups.
Where else could you apply this principle?
What beautiful choices will you make?
Previously published at The Calm Space