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It’s that time of year: Secret Christmas presents are starting to pile up in odd places around the house, you’re almost too busy to write in your own planner, and getting organized is starting to look like a 2023 problem. Thankfully, this week’s episode of The Everygirl Podcast will keep you from being buried in clutter until the new year, because Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer of The Home Edit are sharing all their secrets to home organization. If you somehow missed their hit Netflix show, Clea and Joanna are the dynamic co-founders of the successful home organization company, The Home Edit (they also organized Reese Witherspoon’s closet, no big deal).
Whether you’ve been dreaming of getting organized for years, or just want to make sure you can still find your keys and wallet when you leave the house during the final months of 2022, Clea and Joanna have tips for anything and everything. . Read on for The Home Edit’s top three tips for organizing your home this season, and check out this week’s episode of The Everygirl Podcast for more.
Start Editing Your Articles And Start Small
Making the commitment to organize a space in your home is one thing, but actually doing it is an entirely different beast. Clea and Joanna’s first recommendation for anyone feeling overwhelmed by organization is to start by editing your elements. This means getting rid of everything you no longer want or need before doing anything else; you can’t move on to containing or labeling your stuff until you know exactly what you want to keep. “Editing is the most important part of the organizing process,” Clea said. “All that is needed is a decisive attitude.”
If the prospect of starting your organization is still daunting, Clea and Joanna recommend starting with the smallest space possible. You can start your cleanup simply by editing a single desk drawer or cabinet in your kitchen. Cutting your edit down to a bite-sized part will help you feel even more confident in your decision-making about what to keep and what to throw away. Also, chances are that starting with something small like a single drawer will motivate you even more to move on to the next one.
Categorize, Contain and Label
Once you’ve edited your space, you can get started on the more fun parts of home organization: categorizing, containing, and labeling. Editing and categorizing before doing anything else will show you the best possible way to organize a given space: it will show you if you have too many duplicates of one thing (it may actually be possible to have too many pairs of blacks). boots, unfortunately). Then comes the long-awaited shopping trip to buy all the fun organizational products that will make your life easier: drawers, boxes, and baskets, oh my! If you want to have a wardrobe a la The Home Edit, check out their collection on the Container Store.
On The Everygirl Podcast, Clea and Joanna stress that having a clear labeling system is the best way to ensure your organizational system works for you over time. “Labeling is a set of instructions that lets you know where to find things and where to store them,” Clea said. “It is also useful for the rest of the family.” These tags are not just limited to words and phrases; they can also be visual cues. Clea and Joanna are huge fans of the organization in a color coded rainbow.
Be Honest With Yourself About The “Picky Factor”
Following all of these steps and creating a beautifully organized space is a wonderful feeling, but at the end of the day, your organization needs to be functional as well. Are you really going to want to come home from the grocery store and put all your cereal in beautiful glass jars on your counter? If that’s you, then go all out, but there’s nothing wrong with creating systems that require less maintenance. “There are different levels of what we call a ‘picky factor,'” Joanna said. “You want to be honest with yourself about how finicky you want your space to be and what you want to put in to continue to maintain it.”