The Golden Rule

 “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris

And with that, the whole point of organizing is summed up.

It’s not “have nothing in your house that cannot be crammed into plastic totes and stuffed into the garage” or “have nothing that you do not know to have been bought on sale, or believe you may need someday.”

It’s also not “have nothing in your house that might be useful to someone at some point in the distant future, or believe that you ought to find beautiful but actually hate.”

Organizing is at its core about honoring what it is that you need, that you love, that you think is beautiful.

If you truly believe your collection of cotton spools/old prescription bottles/dryer lint/assorted masks is beautiful, then don’t stuff them in a corner of the basement. Bring the things you love into the light and display them so you see their beauty every time you pass by.

When you fill your life and your space with only the things you use and that make you smile, it’s a simple matter to find the right places for them. Organizing becomes a pleasure instead of a chore.

Nicely put, William Morris!

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