We asked Joanna and Clea for tips to get organized and stay organized
Ah, spring cleaning. The time of year to declutter, clean, organize, donate… and repeat. If you’re like us and unsure of where to start, don’t throw in the towel just yet. We turned to the experts: Clea and Joanna of The Home Edit, a professional organizing service headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. “No one should try to tackle their home all at once,” the duo told us. “Start small and give yourself plenty of gold stars along the way.” Clea and Joanna spoke with us about their tips for organizing any space and the best products to help you stay organized. Looking for more spring cleaning products? We’ve compiled our favorites to make your life so much easier.
Katie Couric Media: The Home Edit has had quite a year! Congrats on your new Summersalt collab and Netflix show, Get Organized. What do you all think it is about The Home Edit’s organizational techniques that have garnered such a following?
Joanna and Clea: Our goal from the very beginning was to change the way people think about organizing. It doesn’t have to be a chore, it’s actually a form of self-care…and can be fun! We’re also all about setting realistic expectations. No one should try to tackle their home all at once. Start small and give yourself plenty of gold stars along the way. Nothing feels better than transforming your space into something functional, beautiful, and easy to maintain. It’s a system!
It’s spring cleaning season. People are tossing junk, clearing out their stuffed closets, and reorganizing their spaces. What steps does The Home Edit take when starting out in any space?
Start every project with an edit. This means removing every item from the space, grouping them into categories, and purging what you no longer want or need. Only then can you decide on a functional system that best fits your space and the items that live there.
For those out there who are new to The Home Edit, what are the five best products to get started?
Bins: They can be open bins, woven bins, or stackable bins — all that matters is that items are contained in designated zones. (Buy Here: $19.99)
Turntables: Provides easy access to items in hard-to-reach spaces. (Buy Here: $16.99)
Drawer Inserts: For containing items in categories. An empty space with no system leads to clutter. (Buy Here: $13.99)
Canisters: So helpful for containing and providing easy access to smaller items. (Buy Here: $19.99)
Labels: The key to long-term maintenance! Labels are a set of instructions to where items live and where they should be put away. (Buy Here: $6.99)
What’s the biggest mistake you see clients make when organizing a space?
Thinking they need to tackle their entire house at once. It’s just not realistic and will leave you feeling overwhelmed. Instead, start with a drawer! The knowledge and confidence you gain from a smaller project will motivate you to tackle the larger portions.
You two live by the rainbow color-coordinated organization technique. What’s the thinking here?
Sorting in rainbow order is a visible set of instructions. It’s an intuitive system that makes sense to the brain, making it easy to find items and put them away. It also happens to be really beautiful to look at, so people are more likely to maintain it… which is the whole point!
As people are swapping winter coats and boots for summer dresses and flip-flops, what’s The Home Edit’s rule of thumb for donating or tossing old clothes and avoiding clutter?
Make a pact with yourself and have a bag for donation, a bag for “this is going to my friend’s house”, and maybe a bag to sell. Be honest with yourself. Are you going to sell it or is it going to just sit there? Don’t leave those piles where they are. Immediately put them in your car, because otherwise they will creep their way back into where you cleared them from. Piles have legs!
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