Useful or beautiful?  Using this approach is almost guaranteed to relieve your life/home/office of clutter.  To take up space in your office, living areas of your home, laundry rooms and bathrooms, it is helpful to ask these questions:

  1.  Do I use it often enough to grant it space?
  2. Does it operate properly?
  3. Does it do the best job possible for what it was intended?
  4. Does this thing carry unpleasant memories?
  5. Is it rattly?
  6. Does it really suit me, my lifestyle, my personal taste?
  7. Is it in my home because I think it is too expensive to give to Goodwill?
  8. Was it a gift that I never really cared for?
  9. Am I  waiting for that perfect time to use it? wear it? hang it?

I love it when useful and beautiful come together! This look familiar?

broom

Maybe everything in the broom closet  is useful-but the way everything is all jumbled together, we might dread even opening the closet door. Here are some photos of how I achieved BOTH!

 This iron vintage coat rack came from my parent's home. I hung it in my laundry room and made little ribbon hooks for my cleaning tools. I LOVE the way it keeps my cleaning tools orderly. I think it almost looks like the tools are being displayed.

This iron vintage coat rack came from my parent’s home. I hung it in my laundry room and made little ribbon hooks for my cleaning tools. I LOVE the way it keeps my cleaning tools orderly.  AND I love the way it looks.

 

Useful or Beautiful. I think it is both!

My sisters “gifted” me this beautiful set of cleaning supplies when I closed on our townhouse.  they are wonderful-I meant the cleaning tools, but my sisters are, too.  I smile everytime I pass by the laundry room with them (the tools, not my sisters) on my antique coat rack.  Useful or Beautiful. I think it is both!

 

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