William Morris (1834 - 1896) was an English textile designer, writer, artist and was involved in the English Arts & Crafts Movement. I love this quote and how fitting at the start of flea market season. Make this your spring cleaning mantra when walking through your home. An uncluttered house lifts your spirit, gives you joy and room to breathe. Yes, it can be overwhelming to tackle years of material accumulation. But I find taking it one room at at a time lets you focus on one area and at the same time motivates you to stay on track when you see the difference at the end of the day, week, or even month. It really is freeing.
Taken from "The Beauty of Life," a lecture before the Birmingham Society of Arts and School of Design (19 February 1880), later published in Hopes and Fears for Art: Five Lectures Delivered in Birmingham, London, and Nottingham, 1878 - 1881(1882).