Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, the master organizers and bestselling authors behind the innovative home organization company The Home Edit, are back on Netflix on a mission to conquer clutter with their unique brand of interior styling, practicality and humour, dramatically transforming the lives of their clients.
Season 2 of Netflix’s Get Organized with the Home Edit not only features even bigger organization projects and more dramatic makeovers, viewers will also take a look into Clea and Joanna’s own homes and watch as they try to keep their personal lives and groundbreaking business organized at the same time. Celebrity clients include Drew Barrymore, Katherine Schwarzenegger & Chris Pratt, Winnie Harlow, Lauren Conrad, Kelsea Ballerini, Danielle Brooks, Tyler Hubbard, Topper Guild, and Kevin Hart, and there’s further celebrity sparkle to the show courtesy of Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon, who produces.
The series follows master organizers Shearer and Teplin as they dramatically transform the lives of their clients by conquering clutter with their signature style. Each hour-long episode features two organizational projects shaped by Clea & Joanna’s unique sense of form-meets-function that will entertain and inspire.
This Netflix series follows the two entrepreneurial women who created The Home Edit as they venture from client to client solving problems in specific areas of people’s homes. Their process is simple, rigorous, repeatable and relevant.
The pair typically begin by understanding the client’s perceived issues and their dreams for the area in question. They then take the client through the “edit” process, where they encourage them to go through all their items looking for what to keep and what to donate or throw away.
Once they have what’s to be kept, they then focus on “categorizing” the items. Clothes are straightforward – shirts, trousers, jumpers, jackets, shoes.
Children’s toys can prove more problematic given the not always entirely logical machinations of a child’s thought processes, but they give it their best shot, dividing items into categories such as automotive, kitchen, dolls, legos, animals, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, and books.
One of the biggest challenges the duo say they have faced came when they were required to categorize the props of a TikTok prankster. For this unusual task they were required to apply their rigorous filing process to organizing items including artificial body parts, stink bombs, fake blood and rubber snakes. Not surprisingly, they figured it out.
It’s a process that many home sellers could doubtless benefit from when getting their house ready for the job of taking photographs that will live on dozens of websites, and inviting complete strangers into their home to take a walk around, scrutinizing every nook and cranny. In many such cases a succesful “home edit” could potentially be a game-changer. Taking the time and not inconsiderable mental and physical effort required to group the things you either need or want to keep into similar categories based on their purpose and similarities is actually a brilliant way of applying order to what can sometimes be a fairly chaotic life, and would-be buyers benefit too as they can have a clearer idea of how they can transform a space into their own without the baggage and clutter of a previous occupant to distract them.
The “containing” stage is things could possibly get a little bit expensive – now that you’ve got years of acquired “stuff” categorized, you’ve got to figure out how to contain it, and that may well require buying furniture or storage equipment.
Your stuff will rarely fit nicely and neatly into any closet, drawer, shelf, or cabinet by itself. It comes in vastly different shapes and sizes. By instituting a system of evenly sized, even stackable, containers, you are taking control of your storage space. But you probably don’t have these containers already just lying around.
When Clea and Joanna (and their team of usually four other organizers) begin to put the categorized stuff into containers appropriate for the space and the nature of the items, they have apparently unlimited access to a truck full of “product” which they bring to every organizing project. The result is always stunning, though they never actually tell us how much they’ve spent, or how much the labour of their small army of helpers might cost us in the real world. It’s doubtless not free, though the tasks themselves are something we could all do by ourselves with a little bit of application, and although they may use the finest in high end storage options, there are always options available for the more budget-conscious.
With Spring very much upon us, now is often the time we finally get round to completing the deep-cleaning tasks we’ve been neglecting all winter. It’s also about organizing your house and taking charge of your life, however, two things that can make you feel energized and refreshed. With that mind, The Home Edit’s Teplin and Shearer share their top tips on getting started with putting your life in order over the warmer months:
1. Don’t confuse cleaning with organizing. Make sure to take the time to think through your habits, your home, and your lifestyle so you can create smart solutions that you’ll be able to maintain.
2. Once you create a functional system, it comes down to the 80/20 philosophy: Keep your home no more than 80 percent full, and reserve at least 20 percent for breathing room. Once items start spilling out of the system you have in place, they won’t have a home and that’s where clutter builds.
3. Label your categories, or sort by color, which is a labeling system in itself! Labels provide a user-friendly road map to where items are found and where they belong.
4. Consider who is using the space. Where and how you position your zones is key to successful maintenance. For instance, do you need to keep items on low shelves for your kids to reach by themselves, or on a high shelf out of their reach?
5. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you contain your items. It doesn’t matter what kind of container that is. Everything just needs a home. Containers create zones, and zones create systems! They not only give items a designated space, but they also hold you accountable for not exceeding that space.
6. If the system isn’t working for you, switch it up so it does. Since new items will be added, it’s important to set aside some time each month to check in and purge anything that isn’t necessary.
7. 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.