Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. (William Morris, 19th century British activist)

Morris could well be a modern voice promoting down-sizing. As we walk through our homes, how much stuff do we see that, in Morris’ terms, is neither useful or beautiful? Even of the useful things, how often are we using them? Of the beautiful, how much are we enjoying them? Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”

Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. (Proverbs 30:8)