The Organized Home by Julie Carlson

The Organized Home

Buy fewer (and better) things. Store like with like. Get rid of the plastic. Display—don’t stash—your belongings. Let go of your inner perfectionist and remember that rooms are for living. These are a few of the central principles behind Remodelista: The Organized Home, the new book from the team behind the inspirational design site Whether you’re a minimalist or someone who takes pleasure in her collections, we all yearn...

Details The Organized Home

TitleThe Organized Home
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Design

Reviews The Organized Home

  • Heidi The Reader
    A Remodelista Manual is another de-cluttering book. This one encourages readers to utilize storage containers made out of natural materials, to hang items in unexpected places and to make your space functional and beautiful.Maybe I've reached my limit on these types of books. For example, I loved The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but that was one of the first books of this kind that I read.I know not everyone responds well to Marie Kondo's p...
  • Megan
    This book is silly. Decanting laundry detergent so it looks prettier in one's laundry room? I can't even imagine the life I would be leading if that was something I prioritized. Sure, if I was rich and had a personal assistant who I could send on a wild goose chase to acquire the "fusto" (a traditional Italian dispenser for olive oil or wine) and the enamelware measuring cup.... Instead I am living a life planted firmly in mediocrity where I am l...
  • Janssen
    I loved this! Gorgeous photos and smart, realistic ideas.
  • Chelsey McNeil
    Too often, the "plastic-free" "natural materials" virtue-signaling gets out of hand in this book.I kept reading because sometimes I like to get my dander up and have an imaginary debate with authors. Maybe in order to stay sharp?I get it, when you design a book you go for a unified book design, so the homes and rooms pictured fit into the over aesthetic of the book. But I felt that, in the long run, living in spaces like the ones pictured would m...
  • Nadine
    “Ugh, this plastic medicine bottle is so unsightly. Here, slip it into this white porcelain storage container and set that on this Japanese enamelware tray. Ahh, that’s better.”
  • Basma
    I loved this. It’s a beautifully curated book. So much of what’s mentioned in here I’ve been trying for the past year to incorporate in my life and since moving to my own flat now I’ve been finding myself implementing this more and more especially when they talk about routines. I find the more organized things get and less stuff that I’m owning the easier I feel about my space and less stressed.However, even though all of this is very l...
  • OutlawPoet
    The level of organization shown in the photos in this book gave almost gave me hives. Seriously, I think I’m allergic to this level of perfection.However, I do like some minimalism and, neatness allergies notwithstanding, this book is full of gorgeous pictures, innovative techniques, and terrific resources.Now, I’ll tell you right now, this book didn’t change my life. It didn’t make me rush out and throw way all my ‘stuff’ (I love my ...
  • Christina Busche
    While the author offers some worthwhile ideas for decluttering and arranging the remaining belongings, she also assumes that people own far less than we actually do. Maybe that’s our problem, but most people I know don’t have enough closet space to allow three fingers width between each hanger. Or have access to Gallic market baskets and an Italian fusto. The results look nice, but not always livable. Still, it’s a quick read that has some ...
  • KDV
    Did I need to read another minimalist house de-cluttering book with a bunch of pictures of wooden brushes and natural baskets? No, I did not. Did I enjoy it? Sure! I love pictures of clean, well-lit spaces adorned with well-made things. That said, it's just one lonnnnnggggg Pottery Barn type ad. Who can afford, for instance, replace all of their ugly plastic clothes hangers with attractive wooden ones? That alone with cost a fortune. Waiting for ...
  • Ann
    A very pretty book with great info -- more geared towards home owners and people able to install lots of things to the walls, but with some options for renters too.
  • Brandi
    I ordered this book for our library and then checked it out myself because I am in need of some tips for reorganizing my house and making its setup more efficient and streamlined. However, I do not live in an urban center. I do not live in an apartment. And I do not own a minimalist, designer house. Therefore, I did not find this book useful or helpful at all.I am not familiar with the Remodelista site or brand, and now, I am not interested at al...
  • Lauren
    Meh. Nothing life altering but the pictures were pretty. Pretty sure real people don’t live in these houses though!
  • Kira
    I look at a lot of organizing books (guilty pleasure), and liked the principles here (less plastic), learned a new tip or two (organizing lids), and enjoyed the Shaker-styled, neutral-toned photography. However, I'm not sure yet whether or not it will make my top-10-keepers list.
  • M Aghazarian
    I liked this book because I found it complementary to Marie Kondo's books, so I was able to take it seriously. Konmari could be summed up by 3 things--keep only what brings you joy, store everything that can be stored vertically, and use small boxes to help you in your organizing. Remodelista can similarly be summed up by 3 things--everything should be a pleasure to look at, decant EVERYTHING, and utilize trays to bring order. Yeah it may seem st...
  • Jessica
    I wasn't familiar with the Remodelista website before happening upon this book, but now after reading this one I'll be checking out the website. In this book the focus is all on organization. I really like how it's laid out with "the art of order: a manifesto" with 8 overall organizing guidelines, 12 universal storage tactics, and how daily rituals can help keep you organized. Then there are chapters for each major area of your home - kitchen, ba...
  • Belle
    This leans a little too minimalist for me (as much as I love all-white Shaker style interiors) and I rolled my eyes so hard at some of their incredibly impractical suggestions... but I’m giving this 4 stars because I’ve actually gotten so many great ideas from this book! I now want to decant literally everything in my apartment into glass jars and then put those jars on a pretty tray. This is an aesthetics-heavy book, and that’s exactly wha...
  • Kirsten
    There's some good tips here, and some that are just unworkable. I also laughed at the idea I should get rid of my extra pairs of scissors. Given that I own four and someone in the household has wandered off with the other three at any given moment, you can pry those "extra" scissors out of my cold dead hands.Anyway, not too much earthshattering here, but some nice ideas.
  • Eli Claire
    Lots of inspiring photos and good suggestions to create an organized, plastic-free, space-saving home. Many of the storage/organization solutions can be found at dollar stores, thrift stores, and antique stores as well as the places suggested ... for people like me who don’t have tons of money to spend at the Container Store!
  • Marlo
    nice to flip through, most of their suggestions are pretty basic and can be found on many interior design/home listicles. the most disappointing aspect is that it is 100% geared towards rich people. most of us cannot afford to install custom cabinets to hide our washer and dryer, or buy our wardrobe products from boutique retailers. i need to know how to maximize my space while living in a dumpy rental on a < $2000/mo budget!!
  • Cailey Perkins
    Quite a short book, but I actually found it quite helpful! It has an emphasis on creating a sustainable & uncluttered home, but did not take anything to the extreme. Lots of gorgeous and easily attainable examples. Would recommend checking it out if you are looking for some quick inspiration for any sized space with great resources.
  • Hannah R
    More about beautiful products to buy or remodeling projects than about repurposing anything already in your home. Beautiful ideas! I just think following these would cost me more than I can afford right now! I think organizing can still be accomplished without buying anything - Love the KonMari method for organizing so much better than this. Remodelista barely touches on the HOW of paring down which is so crucial for organization. Overall, lovely...
  • Janelle
    Simplify your home with Remodelista The Organized Home. Easy to read and understand and what’s really special is that they include only “must-haves” in this book. If you’re looking for a way to streamline the process of organizing your home, you will greatly appreciate this book Formatted with step by step instructions and beautiful photographs that give important visual cues to help you organize your home the easy way!
  • Linda C
    The subtitle for the book tells exactly what it covers: 'simple, stylish storage for all over the house.' I found some interesting ideas here and plan to look at their website. I definitely have too much stuff and could see myself using some of their concepts. However, I am not about to go the full minimalist route. The idea that you should get rid of stuff you only use 2 or 3 times a year sounds fine until you come to those times. Keep one woode...
  • Alicia
    A quick read for those who appreciate organization, in the predictable color-free, homogenized, Scandi-modern aesthetic of Remodelista. I don't like the pervasive message to be "environmentally friendly" and throw out your ugly stuff (to needy, less stylish people) and buy all new virtue-signaling, natural-material chic stuff. There are clever ideas, but a lot of the advice is suspiciously in the vein of form over function.
  • Erin
    Definitely more aspirational than achievable. The photos are lovely, but monochromatic to an extreme. Same with the desire to rid the house of plastic. A noble goal, but it results in occasionally absurd choices like a wood-faced power strip. Also don't understand the obsession with the Shakers, but oh well. Overall it has a few interesting ideas and good reminders that storage can be pretty and stuff can be largely downsized-- both reminders I n...
  • Caitlin
    There were a few good recommendations for organizing things around the home, but I had already seen most of the suggestions online from other blogs or via Pinterest. I did like some of the resources, though. This book just wasn't what I was expecting, but it's not bad. There is a big push for minimalism, but I would have liked to see more about just organizing with what you already have instead of buying expensive items to make your house cleaner...
  • Kirsty
    If you're already a home interiors blog/Pinterest obsessive like me, there won't be masses of new ideas here. Still, I got some good tips, and it certainly encouraged me to always choose glass/wood/ceramic/leather over plastic. The general aesthetic isn't to my personal taste - I find an all-neutrals look very boring - but if that's your bag, the photography is beautiful. Overall, although I didn't much like the style aesthetic, I will incorporat...
  • Mrs. Tongate
    *Think like a Shaker. Peg rails. Everything hung on the walls.*How many towels should you own? One bath towel per person,(plus extra for a guest), 2 hand towels. :):)*When a room looks too bare, add potted plants or cut flowers. Nature adds life.
  • Jonna Gjevre
    "Whom the gods would destroy they first make move.” —after Longfellow, "The Masque of Pandora”I’m in the process of preparing for a move, and I’ve been thinking about how I'll organize my new home. But I’ve also been thinking about how my relationship with stuff could benefit (or burden) my loved ones in the future. We’re not immortal, though we often shop as though we are. Carlson's “Remodelista” book is about stylish, organic,...