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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.


  1. Patch

    April 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Oh I like those. They need pictures like that on those home organising blogs I keep reading. My house is more like the pictures in reverse ( or maybe extreme reverse!).

    1. NoelleOlpin

      April 25, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Oh the way the brain works- it’s brilliant!

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