Remodelista: The Organized Home; Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House

Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick, with the editors of Remodelista. Artisan, $24.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-57965-693-5
This practical guide by Carlson, the founder of design website Remodelista, along with Guralnick, the website’s architecture and interiors editor, translates the less-is-more impulse into efficient and aesthetically pleasing organizing suggestions. Room by room, and inch by inch within each room, the authors lay out a practical, two-pronged (and, in some cases, self-evident) approach to purging and reorganizing. The first prong is tossing: in the entryway, for example, the list of “what to toss” includes “orphaned gloves, junk mail, multiples of anything.” The second prong, reordering, includes suggestions such as “pick a place to put the day’s mail” and “keep a recycling bin near your mail pile.” The book provides detailed solutions for every space in the house, with advice from expert designers and everyday people alike. “Clean up like a Kindergarten teacher,” writes Howard Garrett, a kindergarten teacher from Brooklyn, who advocates keeping an uncluttered kitchen by labeling containers and storing them in easily accessible cubbies. The authors also address common blights such as unsightly electrical cords. Some solutions will feel obvious, such as using a hanging canvas shoe organizer, while others, such as the three strategies for pot-lid storage, may revolutionize. Readers prone to clutter won’t find any life-changing magic here, but the book serves as a great resource for anyone moving into a new space. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/18/2017
Release date: 11/01/2017
Genre: Nonfiction
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