The Home Edit’s Best Hacks to Getting Organized for Good
If you’ve been putting off your spring cleaning because you just.can’t.deal with those cluttered problem areas, we feel you. But how do you make this the year that your organization system really sticks? We called in the experts from The Home Edit — yes, the Nashville-based team that elevates pantry-organizing to an art form and boasts such celeb clients as Gwyneth Paltrow and Mandy Moore — to share their top tips for making sure your spring cleaning payoff lasts all year.
1. Demolish the ever-growing paper pile once and for all. “The amount of homework, permission slips, and artwork that comes into the house every day can feel endless,” according to Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, co-founders of The Home Edit. (We know that feeling!) “Setting up folders to organize and categorize the stream of school papers helps you stay on top of everything. We like to designate separate folders for each member of the family, one for general household, and one action items that need follow-up. You can use a traditional file sorter, a desktop organizer, or even place hanging files in a bin.”
2. Keep your crafty side controlled. If you’re someone with a healthy DIY habit, you know what it’s like to when your works-in-progress have taken over your home. According to Teplin and Shearer, a dedicated space for current projects is key. “Having a specific spot will decrease piles of clutter that can otherwise accumulate,” they tell Brit + Co. “The best way to organize crafts is to individually store all the bits and pieces. Keeping the categories divided and contained is the only way to prevent craft chaos.” The team suggests clear bins and other see-through storage solutions for two reasons. First, the easy visibility lets you be aware of what you have, and second, seeing your favorite crafting items daily will spark a little extra creativity, even when you’re not in DIY mode.
3. Think beyond the closet when it comes to clothing. A perfectly organized closet is the dream, sure, but even a pristine closet is useless if your clothes are all piling up elsewhere. For those items that tend to accumulate by the front door, The Home Edit team suggests a simple two-part system. “Create seasonal closet bins for summer and winter so you can easily grab mittens or a beach hat as you’re headed out the door. Place one on a high shelf, and one within reach, then rotate them as the weather changes.”
4. Streamline your morning routine. Messy areas bring even more stress to already-chaotic morning routines, so cross two personal improvement projects off your list and create a system that helps you get out the door with ease. “Create a daily drawer or bin that holds all of your everyday items,” Shearer and Teplin suggest. “It’ll save you time in the morning since everything will be at your fingertips.” For the end of the day, have a similar system in place: “Always have a drop spot. A sectioned bin is a stylish solution for organizing purses, coats, and more.” If you divide the bin based on your family’s needs, they advise, each member always knows where to put their essentials — and they’ll have them ready and waiting in the morning rush.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)