The Art of Clean Up : Life Made Neat and Tidy, Hardback

The Art of Clean Up : Life Made Neat and Tidy Hardback

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The modern world can get messy. Fortunately, Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli is a man of obsessive order, as he demonstrates with eye-catching surprise in The Art of Clean Up.

Already a bestseller in Germany, this compulsive title has sold more than 100,000 copies in less than a year, and the fastidiously arranged images have garnered blog love from NPR, Brain Pickings, swissmiss, and more.

Tapping into the desire for organization and the insanity of uber-order, Wehrli humorously categorizes everyday objects and situations by color, size, and shape.

He arranges alphabet soup into alphabetical order, sorts the night sky by star size, and aligns sunbathers' accoutrements all captured in bright photographs sure to astonish even the pickiest of neat freaks."


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
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  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9781452114163



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This book is a quick look kind of thing. It takes items strewn in chaos-- laundry on a line, fruit in a bowl, etc.-- and reorganizes it to make some sense that would ease the stress of anyone OCD. It would be interesting to any teen that likes art or photography.

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All pictures, no words. This is kind of an odd book. Things are normal on the left side, orderly on the right side. One read (or look) was enough for me.

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I loved the work of Ursus Wehrli as soon as I saw it. He takes every day settings and objects, and breaks them down, grouping the items in columns according to a new order.The order could be determined by size, colour or any number of factors, but it's very amusing to see what he does with objects in a bowl of fruit salad (demonstrated on the cover, left) or a car park full of cars.I love the way this artist thinks, and by looking at his work I really appreciate his way of seeing the world and the effort he sometimes goes to in order to achieve his re-ordering of the world. The Art Of Clean Up - Life Made Neat And Tidy is a fabulous, funny and clever book I recommend for all ages. I think kids in particular will enjoy emulating the Wehrli style.