"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
This quote by the 19th-century English designer, writer, and artist William Morris has been a guiding principle in my life.
It has helped shape what I buy, what I keep, and what I give away.
But sometimes it's also held me back.
Like the other day, when I was cleaning the crumbs out of my cutlery holder:
My brown. Rubbermaid. Plastic. Cutlery holder:
This godawful piece of plastic has been uglifying our kitchen drawers for more than 30 years:
But it was totally useful, and I don't like to buy things needlessly, so I let the tray stay.
And then, once more wiping out the crumbs and pug hairs, I just snapped.
Enough of looking every day, several times a day, at a butt-ugly thing that makes me go "Grrrrr!" every time I see it.
Life's too short.
So I took my $5-off coupon to Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and I bought a useful AND beautiful new cutlery tray made of bamboo for less than $10.
Now when I open this drawer, I smile.
Every single time.