When we heard about Netflix's latest series on tidying, we were so ready for a seasonal declutter that it couldn't have come at a better time. Today (September 9th), Get Organized with The Home Edit graces our screens and for once, we can't wait to have a good tidy up.
So what is this new series all about and what exactly is 'The Home Edit'? Well, start by thinking Marie Kondo meets Cribs with a little bit of Keeping up With the Kardashians (Khloe K herself even makes an appearance) and you are nearly there. The series follows pro organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin who have made a career helping people clear their homes of clutter and put what remains back in an orderly manner. If you like dreamy closets, storage porn pantries and Insta-worthy kids' bedroom inspo then this is definitely for you. In fact, the pair built their business on Insta, where you can browse the results of their projects, including color-co-ordinated (and super organized) displays, to-die-for shoe cupboards, neat and tidy fridges, transformed wardrobes, and truly sorted make-up collections.
The show will let us all snoop into the untidiest corners of celeb homes, and in addition to getting Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria organized, we’ll see Clea and Joanna work their decluttering and styling magic for the likes of Rachel Zoe, Khloe Kardashian, Marietta ‘Retta’ Sirleaf, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Jordana Brewster, and Kane and Katelyn Brown. There are eight episodes of the series to look forward to with an organization project for a celebrity and a non-famous client featured each week to inspire us all to declutter and transform our homes.
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Like what you’re seeing, and want to learn The Home Edit way to get organized? We’ve been finding out how Clea and Joanna get their amazing results, and we’re sharing their top tips.
1. New organisers should start in the bathroom
If your organisational skills need a little improvement or (if you’re honest) they’re non-existent, Clea and Joanna recommend beginning with your bathroom. Think categories – like face, hair, dental – and use drawer inserts to separate the items from each into their group.
Most of us are short on bathroom storage, but the pair advise that you can maximise space in cupboards and cabinets with modular stacking storage so you’re taking advantage of what’s available vertically.
2. Stop toys overtaking
Whether you’re lucky enough to have a playroom, or we’re just talking bedrooms and living rooms, Clea and Joanna have a system for tackling toys.
The first rule is that you don’t ask kids if they still like something when you’re decluttering, but use your instincts.
The pair also recommend plenty of labels for toy bins and cubbyholes to help kids help you. Another top tip? Have a toy drop spot, preferably a wheeled container, so kids can discard in there as they go from one toy to another.
3. Get to grips with beauty products
Forget rummaging through a cluttered make-up bag or cabinet. Clea and Joanna’s remedy is ruthless organisation.
First you need to chuck out the old, and what you never use. After that? Easy. Drawer organisers with sections for everything if that’s where your make-up goes. If it’s in a cupboard, stacking and tiered storage is your saviour, so you can see and reach everything.
The pair favour clear containers and organisers so you can see the contents, or labelled containers, and – belt and braces – frequently they use clear and labelled storage.
4. Bring calm to a home office
New WFHers, Clea and Joanna feel your pain. They’re all about creating a home workspace that reduces stress and makes you more productive.
For documents, the pair advise a command station with to do, file, and recycle categories. Leave the to-do things where you can see them using open trays to stash, for example. Other paperwork can go into files or boxes either labelled or in a colour you’ve chosen for the category, or even both.
They also recommend scanning and storing digitally after which you can get really specific with categories. The other benefit? It’s much easier to search for digital documents using dates or keywords.
5. Create entryway systems for kids
With kids back at school, Clea and Joanna’s tips on getting everyone organised as they go in and out the house are especially valuable right now.
The pair suggest a survey of what comes in and out every day, like shoes, bags, lunchboxes, sports equipment. Hanging or storing these in open bins means kids can access them and items are grab and go, the pair advise.
They also suggest a kit for the ‘I forgot’ moments. It might include hairbrushes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair ties, and so on.
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