THE MINIMALIST’S GUIDETO SPRING CLEANING

Banish clutter.

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

–Kate Canary

                                                     

 

Spring Clean, Minimally

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