Tips for keeping your space organized and clutter-free from Kyle Quilici and Cary Fortin of New Minimalism
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Decluttering with Kyle Quilici and Cary Fortin
Today’s method for organization isn’t about acquiring bins and baskets to corral accumulations. In their first book, New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living (Sasquatch Books, $24.95), Kyle Quilici and Cary Fortin begin with a guide to extreme spring cleaning and continue with rules for thoughtful acquisitions. “People tell us they hear our voice when they are mindlessly shopping,” says Fortin. “That’s when I know we’ve created holistic, long-lasting change—when their mentality has shifted along with their space.” With an emphasis on conservation and meaningful reuse, Quilici and Fortin share their fuss-free tips for a stylish, streamlined home.
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Identify the Clutter
Countertops covered with everyday items indicate that cabinets and drawers are stuffed with nonessentials.
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If storage is crammed to the max, it’s not functional. Instead, aim for half capacity so everything is accessible.
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Let It Go
Donate the things that you don’t require day to day. Try nextdoor.comfor local organizations in need.
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Make It Manageable
A simple organizing system of canning jars and translucent baskets won’t disguise a mess but is easy to maintain.
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Leave It Out
Forgo stashing away utility items in favor of open storage that helps keep things neat and in plain sight.
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Every Purchase Counts
For pillows and cushions, invest in fabrics that are a cinch to wipe clean, like Sunbrella (sunbrella.com).