Friday, August 21, 2009

Do You Have Room for the Mediocre?

print says: Be Among the Things You Love

Some of my clients, who have abundant lives, have homes they find distressing because there's just too much stuff. I've often asked people, "Do you love that thing, or is it just OK? And do you have room for things that are just OK?"

So I was delighted when We Covet pointed me to this wonderful print from Amanda Atkins: Be Among the Things You Love.

For more reading on this theme, you could turn to Small Notebook, where Rachel writes about having a "home free of clutter, with just the things that make you smile." She notes there will be exceptions - "a few things that are good to own even if they don’t make you happy to look at them (the toilet plunger, for instance)" - but you could even get a toilet plunger that makes you smile, if you really wanted to.

7 comments:

Struggler said...

That plunger is hilarious, but you make a good point about the importance of loving our possessions.

Cynthia Friedlob said...

Too funny! I was ready to buy that plunger, but it's so cool that it's currently on back order!

Struggler said...

PS - I think the link to Small Notebook has done some de-cluttering of its own; it's thrown away the 'h' from the 'http'. Hope it can be retrieved!

Jeri Dansky said...

Struggler: URL fixed; thank you!

Cynthia, the striped plunger seems to be in stock here and here.

Cynthia Friedlob said...

Already sold out at Annie's but still available at Delight.com. Thanks!

chantal said...

I'm slow on the uptake here. A few days late. But am reminded of the quote (from whom??? I can't recall)...that there should be nothing in your home that is neither beautiful nor useful.

chantal said...

The real quote. Thanks to google. "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful"
- William Morris