Living by Morris

William Morris glassWhen you move on to a new phase of your life it’s time for a good clear-out. We are becoming empty nesters. For longer and longer periods our children are no longer at home, and it’s time to retrench. We’ve already re-modelled the living room and bought furniture I absolutely love. Our offspring are sentimentally attached to the trappings of their childhood, and so am I, but it’s time to take stock and redesign our surroundings to suit our new phase. How can we sensibly retain the memories that mean so much to us while disposing of “stuff” that’s just clutter?

I’ve always been inspired by William Morris’s dictum:

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

I like to be inspired by quotations and maxims and on this new journey another that seems appropriate is:

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I’m attached to my objects that have memories attached. I’ll have to see if I can thin them out in a way I won’t regret.