The ceremonious purge of your home each spring is essential and deeply satisfying—but why does disorder always seem to return by summer’s end? We’re proposing a new kind of spacial rehab: By adopting some basic principles of modern minimalism, you can trade clutter for clean lines all year long.
Step #1: Dispose with a Purpose
“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” – Pablo Picasso
Rule number one for a pristine space? Taking care of your trash. Swap out your clunky under-sink garbage and recycle bins for the Totem Waste & Recycling Unit. It separates food waste, other garbage, and recyclables in a clean-lined design, handsome enough to sit out in the open (and encourage guests to pick up after themselves).
Step #2: Rethink Your Rituals
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” – Albert Einstein
Convenience can complicate things. Single-cup coffee makers, for example, are cumbersome, unsightly, and nearly impossible to clean—not to mention environmentally reckless. Rather than depend on “coffee at the push of a button” (what is this, The Jetsons?), embrace the simple art of brewing with the Carat Coffee Dripper and Pot. While opening up a world of counter space, this understated design delivers a flavor far superior to your machine-made brew.
Step #3: Store Smarter
“Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design.” – Charles Eames
Though not immediately evident to visitors, storage is imperative to a sound living space. Cramped cupboards, closets, and drawers will inevitably invite clutter into other areas of your home. Take control with self-storing essentials, like the Nest 9 Plus: These nine kitchen implements nest together to take up no more space than a standard mixing bowl.
Step #4: Strip It Down
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“Form follows function” is one of the earliest mantras of modernism—and sparse, utilitarian design is more important than ever in our waste-conscious world. Exposed light bulbs and unfinished woods are not only on-trend; they also embody the joy of living with less. Way Basics takes this a step further with impeccably clean-lined furniture, like its Madison Bookcase, made entirely from recycled materials.
Step #5: Embrace the Negative Space
“Space is the breath of art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
If you make it this far, your home will have a little more breathing room than you’re used to. Learn to live with the emptiness. Take a cue from Umbra’s Cubist Wall Display; its barely-there design may be more interesting for what it lacks than what it possesses.
As you acclimate to your minimized space, feel free to indulge in a few accent pieces, like an abstract work of art, sculptural vase, or a punchy patterned throw. Just be thoughtful, and when all else fails, follow the immortal advice of William Morris: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”