"The Home Edit" premiered on Netflix a few weeks ago. 🏠
1. Perform regular edits on your stuff, even if you have plenty of space for more.
2. Relocate, store, or archive if you struggle with the edit stage.
For most of us, it's not so easy to part with the items we've spent our hard-earned money on. Once you've sorted through everything, put the items you're not very attached to away in a box. You'll feel more comfortable getting rid of any items that stay in the box once you realize that you haven't thought about or needed them in the time since you hid them away.
3. Sort through your stuff using the "Need it, use it, love it" rule.
4. If things seem daunting, start small — like with your nightstand.
It's important to start out by focusing on small organization projects, like a drawer or a shelf. Because a nightstand usually only has one or two drawers, it's a great place to start. Pull everything out and only put back the things you need for before or after sleep: like an eyemask, a pair of glasses, or a book. Bonus points in that making the space around your bed a calm, clean environment may help you get better sleep.
5. Remove dry-cleaning bags before you put your clothing back in the closet.
6. Also in closets, roll scarves into tight buns for neat and compact storage.
The Home Edit team calls this trick "The Scarf Bun." It's very simple and a very neat way of storing scarves. Just wind the scarf around your hand, then pull the end through the middle. So cute!
7. Replace mismatched hangers with a uniform set of slim and neutral hangers.
8. Use bins as drawers in your deep kitchen cabinets so that nothing gets lost in the back.
One of the most challenging parts of organizing a kitchen is that the shelves are often so deep that it's difficult to see everything. If you keep everything in bins, you'll be able to pull everything out without disrupting the arrangement.
9. Designate a "backstock" area so that high-traffic areas can stay neat and clutter-free.
10. Choose a dropzone for impermanent items that need to be dealt with quickly.
More often than not, the spaces we allocate to mail, bills, returns, and gifts tend to be the spaces that are most visible like the desk in our bedroom or the entryway table. Joanna and Clea recommend selecting a shelf or drawer that can be kept empty until you fill it with items that are either leaving the house or being used for some kind of project that you don't quite have the time for.
If the shelf or drawer is full, hold yourself to the rule that you can't bring anything else into the house until you deal with what's already there. Putting limits on categories prevents you from buying more than you need and encourages you to perform regular edits on the stuff you own.
11. Organize everything — from books and board games to snacks and cans of La Croix — by color.
12. Organize your space based on your routine.
It wouldn't make sense if everyone's closet, kitchen, or bedroom was arranged in the same way because everyone's routine looks different and every person requires different things from their space! If you use a different purse every time you go out, try creating a "transfer zone" where you can keep everything you like to keep in your purse (wallet, keys, hand sanitizer) as well as the different purse options.
If you absolutely hate unloading the dishwasher, rearrange the cabinets so that they are organized around the order that you unload the dishwasher. Making these personalized changes can make all of the difference when you're trying to make your routine more streamlined and efficient.
13. Store things in clear containers — because once something is out of sight, it's often forgotten.
14. Or use all-purpose labels to indicate categories if the containers are concealed.
Labels are essential to maintaining the results of your hard work. The labels can be as broad as "cosmetics" to as specific as "lightbulbs" depending on how large the category is — so you can see everything at a glance.