A little free-form ramble from my mind to yours:
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, may remember that, among many other things, my Christmas wish list featured a fervently-hoped-for egg crate. Of all things.This all makes much more sense when I tell you said that egg crate is from Anthropologie. Well, I didn't get it for Christmas, but I did buy it for myself shortly thereafter, and now it sits it my fridge looking gorgeous and generally raising the tone of this here establishment. In short, I love it. I may or may not have started buying higher quality (and priced) eggs that look prettier in my egg crate, although in my defense that has a lot do with taste, quality and ethics too. But, oh, the brown of the eggs and the blue of the stoneware just warms the very cockles of my heart.
And yet! How frivolous is this? What an absolutely pointless thing to spend money on! Do I really have so much time and resources on my hand that I have taken to styling the contents of my fridge? If this isn't the opiate of the middle classes*, I don't know what is. My 16 year-old self would be outraged and disgusted (and probably secretly taking notes for future reference).
Having said all that, I do admit that I get a lot of enjoyment out of making my surroundings a little prettier. I want to make my home a nice, comfortable place for my family and friends to enjoy spending time, and if I can get a little thrill out of a $14 piece of kitchen ware, then more power to me, right?
Some of these thoughts are coming from recent blog posts by Stephmodo and Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day who have been writing about the appeal of pretty cleaning supplies. Personally, I think the joy of actually using fancy-dancy brooms and bottles for household chores would wear off pretty quickly. But I know I'd get the same little thrill from seeing a cleaning stash full of pretties that I do from my blessed egg crate. And really, shouldn't we be taking our innocent little pleasures where we can get them?
*Side note: Did you know that more than half of all Americans (or even 9 out of 10) consider themselves to be middle class? That's a big middle.