After binging Netflix’s Get Organised with The Home Edit, we’re feeling rather inspired to spruce up our space with style. Check out our favourite tips for how you can edit, categorise, contain and maintain too!
Even if you don’t know The Home Edit by name, chances are you’ve seen them on Instagram. Founded by California transplants Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, the Nashville-based company has transformed the world of home organisation from a daunting task to an attractive art. Their stylish, design-centric approach to organising has attracted the likes of A-list celebrities including Khloe Kardashian, Mandy Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, and more–all whom have sought out help from the power duo to make their messy spaces more manageable–and stylish.
Clea and Joanna are like the crossbreed of a walking Pinterest board and The Container Store under a rainbow–and with 873k Instagram followers they’ve got a pretty impressive reach. To put it bluntly, Joanna and Clea have built an empire of sexy organising. In the end, it all comes down to the basic principles of their allure–a signature aesthetic grounded by a love of ROYGBIV and a tactical use of storage bins–all united by a systematic approach to organisation that’s designed to hold up through whatever messes you make along the way. Now, Joanna and Clea share their best tips for getting (and staying) organised in the new year.
STEP 1: START SMALL AND EDIT
The biggest mistake people make when organising their home is trying to purge and organise simultaneously. Clea and Joanna refer to this as a blackbelt level, do-not-try-this-at-home technique. It’s imperative that you free up space and remove clutter prior to organising. Tackle specific, smaller areas one at a time, like a drawer or cabinet. “It’s easier for your mental bandwidth,” Clea says. Whether that means going through oils that are leaking in the kitchen, toys that are broken in the playroom, puzzles with missing pieces, etc., these are the items that are easy to get rid of right off the bat. One caution that Clea and Joanna say is to never attempt at an entire room at once. Start with the easiest spaces (ex. A drawer) and move up to the hardest ones (ex. A pantry). “You should always tackle one space from start to finish before moving onto the next,” Joanna says. Always aim to keep your home only 80% full.
STEP 2: CATEGORISATION
Once you’ve gotten rid of the items you no longer need, the next step is to categorise everything. Lay it all out and begin to group items into specific categories. Place items from each category into their own specific containers, and LABEL LABEL LABEL. “Labels are like the police–they demand you to abide,” Clea says. If you’re organising your bathroom, separate lotions, toners, dental care, hair products/tools, and so on. These categories will serve as a roadmap for how you actually organise them within drawers and cabinets.
Khloe Kardashian’s Pantry, organised by The Home Edit
STEP 3: CONTAINMENT OF ITEMS
The way that you contain your items can make or break the functionality of a space. Whether you’re dealing with pasta or shoes, this will determine how things fit within a space. While you may be asking yourself, “If my chips are already in a bag, why would I remove and relocate them?” the answer is fairly simple. By using containers that are designed to fit together, you are taking full advantage of the space in your pantry, eliminating the need to play food Tetris with flimsy or oddly-shaped items. You can then label specific containers so that you can continue to refill them with the same items. Plus, you’ll never reach the Khloe Kardashian-level pantry aesthetic with unattractive boxes and bags.
STEP 4: FOCUS ON HOW THE ROOM IS USED, NOT WHAT THE ROOM IS
Instead of approaching a room based on what you call it (ex. Laundry room), focus on the room’s actual use. Yes, a laundry room is for laundry, but it can also be a utility room. “Think of the ways the room operates beyond its central purpose,” Clea and Joanna explain. Once you do that, you’ll create much more opportunity for organisation, which works especially well when you have rooms that are more spacious than others.
A family room can also be a playroom or an office, and you can keep that space more functional and organised by setting up zones and systems to simplify how you use it. Whether that means putting toys in a basket under the TV or office supplies in a credenza, you’re assigning specific items to specific storage spaces within the room where they’re used.