Simple Living in the New Year
"Wise men are feeling strongly that prudence requires of us, ... to live simple lives, to avoid excesses, even if they come in the way of athletic or intellectual toils, and to eschew possessions more than are necessary for fit and simple living. Perhaps it is lawful for us to allow ourselves, in our furniture and implements, beauty of form and colour, and fitness for our uses; but it may be our duty not to accumulate unnecessary possessions, the care of which becomes a responsibility, and whose value lies in their costliness. These things interfere with that real wealth of a serviceable body and alert mind which we owe to the service of our country as well as that of our home." - Charlotte Mason, Vol. 4, book 2, p. 54
The above quote is Mason musing on some lessons from Plutarch. The whole section is interesting and I encourage you to read the entire passage. Her thoughts fit right into the simple living ideas that are popular today. I am reminded of the William Morris quote, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
Just a little interior design advice from Miss Mason herself!
Looking forward to a New Year with you,