Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Zen of William Morris

William Morris: 19th C. bearded man
Marie Kondo:
She's pretty too, which doesn't hurt.

Trust a young Japanese lady to encapsulate Morris's wordy British design-decor admonition into just four words. Brevity isn't just the soul of wit; it's also the soul of tidying up your house. Plus, people today have much shorter attention spans. Most probably get tired (or confused) by time they get to the end of Morris's imperative.

William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. "

Marie Kondo: "Does it spark joy?"

Four little words that turned into a six-figure bank account for Ms Kondo. Why don't I ever get such succinct yet profitable inspirations? And Ms Kondo has inspired lots of people: Marie's book have sold in the millions and helped as many people get more organized. I wish I were one of them. Maybe someday.

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