July 10, 2016 · 6 comments · Categories: Musings · Tags:

Earlier this year, I put a box of store-brand facial tissues in my bathroom because the supermarket gave some away for free to get people to try them. I wasn’t much impressed. The box had a plain, boring design, and the tissues felt coarse and hard. When I needed a tissue, I usually went and got a Kleenex from somewhere else in the house instead. That box sat on the bathroom counter for months.

When the freebie tissues finally got used up, I bought some real Kleenex in a box with cheerful summer colors, which immediately made the bathroom feel like a brighter and happier place.

Kleenex tissues in a blue, green, and white box on my bathroom counter. 

And then I wondered why the heck I hadn’t done it sooner. Avoiding waste may generally be a virtue, but using up every one of those cheap tissues the supermarket gave away while they left my bathroom looking blah for months was taking frugality to an extreme!

* Good Things is a weekly series featuring the many unexpected joyful things that show up when clutter and stagnation have been cleared away. It’s meant as a reminder that life is always full of happy little surprises, when there’s enough space for them!


  1. I agree with you! Its amazing how the little things like a colorful box of tissues can make such a difference!

    Oh go check out what happened when I posted my link like you suggested! Not exactly as planned BUT I think I wrapped it up well;)

    • Little things are so easy to overlook, but they do indeed make a difference. And yes, I would say your overflowing comment thread has been suitably wrapped up. 🙂

  2. Real Kleenex it is! Those cheerful boxes are a part of my bathroom decor too 🙂

  3. Hmm, I need to replace a few things in my house. Thanks for the reminder.

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