…one man's contribution to the Weeeeerly Wild World
Over on Hidden Hoarder‘s blog I saw this William Morris quote:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
Whenever William Morris is mentioned I recall my work at high school ‘fashion design’ lessons which involved studying his work and creating a wallpaper design in his style. Indeed, searching online for “william morris minimalism” reveals the 19th century English man is widely quoted in minimalistic circles.
Upon reading this particular quote I promptly search for a suitable image online and carefully threw it together with the quote.
I’m now going to print it off on a postcard-sized piece of card or glossy paper and bravely leave it for my mum to discover, I might print off an extra copy for myself – it’s a nice reminder.
I think my mum has far too much stuff for in a house that she now lives in on her own – it concerns me – but how can one approach this issue tactfully, and without sounding like you’re badgering them? I hope the print will be well received.
To be fair we have made good progress, myself included. Once can’t be forced to de-clutter, there is an emotional attachment to the stuff, or an emotional reason for the constant collecting of things – when in this state we have to see a new way, a fresher way, a clearer, less-cluttered way of living and being. It’s like overcoming and addiction or obsession. It’s what I try and achieve for myself.