6 Game-Changing Lessons We Learned from ‘Get Organized With The Home Edit’ on Netflix

A few years ago, it was hard to imagine that one of the hottest shows on Netflix would be dedicated to the organization. Then we became obsessed with cleaning up with Marie Kondo ... and then 2020 happened. Needless to say, we were never interested in keeping our home tidy again. When Get Organized With The Home Edit hit the streaming service in September, it instantly became one of Netflix's top ten most watched shows, making people flock to the Container Store - and wonder how fast we'd see a second season of the series.
If you have dreamed of bookshelves organized by Roy G. Biv, or if you wish your pantry was made into an Instagram worthy shape, you are clearly not alone. However, you may not know where to start. These tips, taken from the first season of the series, can help you craft a plan of attack that will bring any room to a Home Edit level. Better start working on your calligraphy skills.
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1. Start sorting bins
Home Edit founders Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer say the biggest mistake people make when trying to use their method is to tear apart a room an hour before going out - and be completely overwhelmed . Free up your day or devote a few hours to a specific project, focus on a limited area (e.g. the pantry or even just a single garbage drawer) and take a few empty boxes to use as sorting bins . This is a great way to group similar items together so you know how much space you need for each “zone” you create, whether it's for small appliances in a kitchen or for handbags in a closet.
2. Zone Out
As mentioned above, a big part of The Home Edit's method is to think in “zones” based on how people live. There are some standard zones - such as seasonal clothes, jeans, handbags, and shoes in a closet - but they often create custom zones tailored to each customer's needs. For example, on the show, they created a blue game day area in a Kentucky fan's closet. This will help you maintain your organizational system over time as you continue to acquire new things. As Shearer warned when the duo reorganized stylist Rachel Zoe's closet, "When you step over your zone, it's time to make some tough decisions." For Zoe this meant a massive rinse of shoes.
3. Reminder boxes> as scrapbooks
Be real with yourself: are you really going to update this scrapbook every time a new keepsake comes into your life? The answer is often no, and it just turns into a book haphazardly filled with loose papers when you tell yourself that one day you will get to it. That's why we loved how Teplin and Shearer used steel blue Stockholm boxes ($ 10-13 each) to organize scripts, notes, and other small items from each Reese Witherspoon movie. Bonus: They also correct bulky items like pins, medals or ribbons that might not fit easily in a scrapbook but still belong together. Not to mention the closed boxes look super neat on a shelf or in a drawer.
4. Create a transfer station
If you tend to swap purses - only to find that you left your ID card in your other pocket at home (womp womp) - it pays to set up a "handover station" in your closet. This area is where you can store the essentials like your phone, wallet and keys, so you can easily switch pockets without leaving anything behind.
5. Treat yourself to a "backstock zone"
Check out The Home Edit's room remodels, and you'll find they go great when it comes to giving things a little room to breathe. Nothing is clumped too tightly, which makes for a calming look ... but it can make you roll your eyes. Four rolls of toilet paper might look clean in a linen closet, but I buy them in a 48-pack from Costco. What am I doing? You may be wondering This is where the backstock zone comes in. Often placed in a basement or garage, this is where you keep any extras you have for various items. You don't need all 48 reels within easy reach, so stash the other 44 in the garage. As soon as you have found a single role in your usual place, you can replenish it.
6. Label, line and space
Teplin and Shearer joke that Khloé Kardashian is so carefully organized that she could steal their jobs, and they're not wrong. But what makes every room in your home so pleasing to the eye? It's what we call the "label, line and space" technique: after everything has been filled into suitable containers, the containers are labeled, aligned to the edge of the shelf and equidistant from one another. It has a uniformity and symmetry that makes everything from paper towels to perrier more comfortable. (No wonder Kardashian brags about her friends coming over to her house and actually asking to check out her pantry.)
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