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the art of clean up

I had to share- because life always seems to come back around to the subject of tiding up.

I ran across the book, The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy, by Swiss artist and comedian Ursus Wehrli. Humor-in-art and art-in-life is much appreciated in our house, as is knolling.  A newish but nevertheless important word, knolling is defined as “the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization”. The knolling community would be very proud of this book, probably get a little teary-eyed.

So, instead of showing or telling or selling you that thing that will organize, clean and make your world a peaceful, orderly place- here are a few examples from Wehrli on how to get started:uw3






Reverse the order of the pictures and the scheme makes more sense- although decidedly less funny (and OCD)- constructing instead of deconstructing. How about the poor little buddy in the sandbox? Hopefully his day ended with the picture on the left.

Seriously though, the trick to clean up, in my opinion- is simplify.

Live simply, so that others may live.

knolling in the new year

As we all look fresh-faced into 2013, make extreme resolutions and set challenging goals, I believe ‘knolling frequently if not constantly’ deserves a place somewhere on that list.  It’s a newish sort of word, used (and I think coined) by Tom Sachs in ‘Working to Code’ (a quirky and eccentric movie series designed for his employees and studio visitors.)

Knolling is the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization.

If you’re feeling a hankering to knoll, try it out a time or two, here are a few project ideas…

Old_PhoneTake apart an old telephone (then put it back together).

And thanks to Instagram,  a perpetually flowing source of knolling inspiration is available.

alwaysbeknolling@lauraberg, the well planned and knolled outfit


knolling legos@noelleodesigns, my son’s Lego minifigure army he was organizing last night.


knolled kitchen@brettrhoades, well knolled kitchen- (reminds me just a little of the movie Sleeping With The Enemy.)


knolling veggies@annipue, knolling tasty vegetables


always knolling@mynameiscolton, my favorite combination of goods- a well rounded man, I presume.


knolling@gusbaganz, looks like he’s heading out for a good time, but nothing too serious.

Want to give it a try and show the world? Post your knolled picture on Instagram with the hashtag (#knolling or #alwaysbeknolling) and drop a @noelleodesigns in there- I want to see!