Lately, I've been trying my hardest to keep on top of housework. Someday in the next few months, I'll be taking care of a house possibly (but not necessarily) twice the size of the apartment we're living in now, and I think I want to prove to myself I can at least handle the little bit I'm entrusted with. My husband says that things seem cluttered all the time in the apartment because we don't have room to store things, and it will be better in a house with more cabinets and closets. I don't know. I hope so- and I also hope we don't fill the house with stuff as we have the apartment. That's a big thing for me- to avoid accumulating. I like the saying I've heard lately about that subject, that I am increasingly believing very strongly:
Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.
What does this mean? This means I think about my purchases and additions to my home. I don't collect knick-knacks, which turn into clutter. It means I don't buy the Next Cool Gadget unless I know I need it. It means that, even though I tend toward utilitarian rather than aesthetic, I do choose things I believe to be beautiful, so if they are left out, they are not clutter, but decoration. My inspiration in all of this is Like Merchant Ships. There, Meredith gives beautiful, practical, and frugal examples of living out this philosophy.
Now to head home & face the mountain of laundry & dishes. Alas. I hope to someday figure this all out.