This quote from artist and textile designer William Morris is a pithy prescription for avoiding clutter in your home.
Have nothing in your house
that you do not know to be useful
or believe to be beautiful.
To earn its place in your house, office, closet or life, according to Morris, each thing must:
- Serve a useful purpose and/or
- Make you happy.
Which means you can count as clutter anything that:
- You don’t use regularly
- Doesn’t work
- You find ugly
- Has unpleasant memories or associations
- Is tatty or dirty or broken or uncomfortable
- Doesn’t suit you
- You only keep because it was expensive
- Was a gift but has so meaning for you
- You will use one day… maybe.
Take Morris’s words to heart.
For everything in your world, if you don’t use it or love it… then let it go.