When my friends find something pretty at a store and bring it home, they often say, “It spoke to me. I just had to have it.” Beautiful things speak to me as well, but I think we have different conversations.
The other day, I found a lovely vase. It was a delicate green and white, inexpensive, and ever so cute. It called to me, but then it started asking the strangest questions.
Where will you put me?
Will I fit on the shelf overflowing with Grandma’s prize carnival glass?
Will I commune with the dining room knickknacks you struggle to dust?
Will I sit with the bargains crowded in the closet because you don’t know where to use them?
I listened to the vase, enjoyed its beauty, and put it back. If I see a place for it at home, I might return to the store, but more than likely I’ll see something else that’s lovely. Then, I’ll have to see if it also speaks to me.
Simplicity Tip for the Day: Enjoy beautiful things but don’t let them become a burden. Don’t buy anything until you know you have the space for it.