The Home Edit’s Clea Shearer And Joanna Teplin Give Us Their Top Organising Tips

Label! Label! Label!

Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

by Rachel Loos |

If you've not already, this weekend is the time to meet your new Netflix boxset obsessed: Get Organized with The Home Edit.

The Home Edit was created by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin and the American-based pair are all about stylish sorting - cupboards and drawers that get you magnificently organised, but also make your all your stuff look gorgeous; think chic, clear containers that work together and are decorated with pretty category labels that can be easily stuck on.

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Their way of working has bagged them 2.1 million followers on Instagram and an A-list clientele - Clea and Joanna have organised the pantries of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian among others, and Reese Witherspoon’s production company is responsible for their Netflix series.

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Even better, their smart, see-through containers are exclusively available from John Lewis (see our favourite picks below).

Here, Clea and Joanna give us their tips on how to get organised easily - and stylishly...

If you are new to organising, start small...and we mean it.

The biggest mistake is getting too ambitious without the right tools - it will just leave you overwhelmed. Focus on one space at a time. A single drawer is the best jumping-off point because it's manageable and will give you your first big win. It's all about staying motivated. Start with a smaller project and you can take the confidence and knowledge you gain from that and successfully apply it to a slightly larger one.

Think about the supplies you need to help organise your space.

If it’s a closet, look at shoe boxes, hangers, and handbag hooks. If it’s a pantry, think about bins, jars, and cereal containers. Make sure all your bins, jars, and supplies coordinate with each-other - if they are too mis-matched, it starts to look messy. And make sure the containers fit together too so you maximise your use of space.

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Editing is a crucial part of our methodology

It allows you to fully access the space and the items it needs to accommodate. The first step is to remove everything from the space - and we mean everything. Then group the items by category - for instance, if you are working on your home office, categorise piles of paper into things like business, taxes, mail, pending projects, etc - and pare the stuff in these categories down to only the items you want or need; then purge the rest. With a pared-down supply, it's easier to decide on a functional system that fits the space and your lifestyle.

Organise all of your pre-sorted categories back into the space

Either on the shelf, in the drawer, hung in the closet, etc - using the containers you’ve already bought. Our rule of thumb is that functionality and logic must come first, and the style comes as a close second. So if you are working on a pantry, make sure you logically think through each shelf to determine where snacks go versus where tins go, and then take the time to make sure everything is lined up and styled accordingly.

Label, label, label!

Labels are critical – we can’t emphasise that enough! They add a layer of instructions that help you find what you’re looking for, and guide you on where to put items away..

Remove any plastic or cardboard packaging wherever it makes sense.

Not only does it maximise space and look cleaner, but you’ll also be saving a step when you need to access it.

The easiest way to maintain a space is by following the system on a daily basis.

If you’ve done it right, you should have a system that works not only for the size of your space and amount of things but the function of that particular space. This means that any upkeep should be minimal and as simple as putting things back where they belong, or what we sometimes refer to as a 'mini-edit' every few weeks.

Here's where you can buy The Home Edit's official clear storage boxes and fridge storage containers:

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There are also label ranges for the refrigerator and bathroom and laundry. Each £8.

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