Finding beauty in the small things - like pretty garbage cans

Finding beauty in the small things - like pretty garbage cans

The other night, I was walking the dog and found myself doing something incredibly dorky: admiring my garbage can and recycle bin. I know.

But the garbage can is the kind that looks like Oscar the Grouch could pop out any time. It's shiny. I like shiny things, especially if they are galvanized.

And Rob made a wooden crate as a recycle bin, complete with knotted rope handles. It looks pretty classy on our curb, if I do say so myself. (Or maybe my admiration is caused the endorphins from all that dog-walking. It's possible.)

Then I started wondering if I'm the strangest person ever, for admiring my garbage can, of all things. I realized it was probably true.

But then I started thinking – if you can't find beauty in the small things, how are you going to find it in the big things? Seems like there's so much bad news these days, with the economy not looking great and sad things happening both locally and nationally. You've got to look for the good stuff too, right?

This blog post over at Annalea Hart reiterated that point.

So I have to ask you, dear readers, what are the small things you find beauty in? Please, someone include your garbage can, too, so I don't feel like such a weirdo.


Photo from the company that manufactured my trash can.

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afairc877 wrote on August 04, 2011 at 12:08 pm

You're not alone! I think things like this are the types of things that sneak up on you when you become an adult. I find myself getting really excited about and admiring the weirdest things. We just rearranged our office at home, and I love it so much, it's almost ridiculous. :)

Meg Dickinson wrote on August 04, 2011 at 12:08 pm
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Hey, maybe I should rearrange, too! I love that feeling, like everything is fresh and new again.

afairc877 wrote on August 05, 2011 at 9:08 pm

It's a strangely satisfying feeling, isn't it? I also love new kitchen stuff--even something simple like a new spoon or some tupperware. If you'd have asked me 10 years ago if I thought I'd ever say that, I'd have laughed and laughed and laughed... :)

Julie Wurth wrote on August 08, 2011 at 2:08 pm
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That's so funny, I had the same reaction when we bought our shiny metal garbage cans. They aren't so shiny anymore, and our hauler dropped off this huge ugly blue plastic model to use. Ugh. I may repurpose (love that word) the metal garbage cans as recycling bins for the infamous breezeway makeover!

As for finding beauty in the little things, here are some that make my heart go pitter-pat: Picking a bunch of backyard flowers to put in a vase. Admiring my clean countertop after it's decluttered. Eating fresh basil from the garden. Framing a great photo of my kids. Watching them sleep at night.

Meg Dickinson wrote on August 08, 2011 at 2:08 pm
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I love that idea! Or you could turn them into planters like this: