Just some lessons from the queens of “edit, categorize, contain, and maintain”
If you thoroughly enjoyed Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, this new Netflix original ought to spark joy, too. Get Organized with The Home Edit is another exciting home makeover series—by way of organizing—starring friends-turned-business partners Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin.
The two went from helping everyday families organize their homes to launching a how-to book, The Home Edit Life, and even coming up with their own line of home storage solutions. “The goal in starting The Home Edit was to reinvent traditional organizing, and merge it with design and interior styling,” shared Clea and Joanna on their site. “While every project is rooted in functional systems that can be maintained for the long term, there is just as much emphasis placed on transforming the space visually and adding their signature stylized aesthetic.” Now they’ve got a Netflix series that gives everyone an insider’s look at professional home organizing— featuring celebrity spaces by Reese Witherspoon, Neil Patrick Harris, Khloé Kardashian and more.
Let this series be your guide to “practical and livable solutions,” as celebrity client and Fast & Furious star Jordana Brewster put it. Solve that “out of sight, out of mind” conundrum with storing belongings. Learn how to navigate closets, garages, bedrooms and pantries.
To give you a preview of what you can pick up from the show, we round up some of the useful tips we’ve learned binging the series over the weekend. Scroll through to learn more!
It all starts with the edit.
Also called the purge process, this kicks off Clea and Joanna’s home editing system.
Before thinking about your storage strategy or reimagining your floor plan, go through all your items. Then, decide what stays, what should be tossed out and what can be archived or sent away to storage. “You need to be able to need it, use it, love it,” says Clea. Otherwise, it’s time to let the item go or find it a separate place to ultimately free up the area you’re working on.
There’s no one way to categorize, so think about what works for you and your family.
This means you can group your items according to theme, season or need. It’s entirely up to you.
In the episode featuring stylist and designer Rachel Zoe, for example, Clea and Joanna made room on Zoe’s clothing rack for sequined pieces and leather goods (for the simple reason that she had a ton of them). In this case, then, feel and fabrication were considered categories.
For starters, you can organize your closet according to house clothes, office wear and sportswear. Then, further categorize each one according to product: keeping tops together, bottoms together, dresses and so on. And finally, arrange everything according to color for ease of navigation.
Contain items thoughtfully.
The Home Edit isn’t just about keeping things neat. Items should fit comfortably in their containers and still be able to serve their purpose. These containers should also be easy to see through, easy to access when needed and easy to stow away again later on.
Throughout the series, it’s clear that clear stackable storage saves the day. On that note, consider clear canisters, jars, stackable boxes, trays, bowls and bins. These give you a quick glance of everything right off the bat, so nothing gets lost or forgotten. In this way, too, the room should be able to breathe.
Use label makers.
For communal areas like the kitchen, it may be easier to leave it to muscle memory or instinct when it comes to organizing your supplies. What labels do, though, is ensure that everyone else you live with can get on the same page. Then, organizing becomes a team or family effort.
Maintain and sustain your new system for getting organized.
In terms of keeping your belongings in tip-top shape, you can use stuffers to retain the form of handbags and prevent creasing. Use the same to maintain the shape of boots and other high-cut footwear. On to one matter that may be about aesthetic but makes all the difference: try springing for uniform hangers. This instantly improves the look and vibe of a closet.
Pro tip: reserve one zone of your home for “backstock” items. Because let’s be real, dealing with an overflow of household supplies and other materials is perfectly common. Having this backstock zone allows you to centralize all the extras and excesses, making sure they aren’t scattered across different rooms in your house.
You can bet we’re already planning our next quarantine project around this new show.
Watch the complete first season of ‘Get Organized with The Home Edit’ only on Netflix, the streaming platform that allows Globe subscribers to binge on TV series, relive blockbuster movies and discover documentaries on the go. Subscription to Netflix is required.
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