鈥淏e more organized鈥 may be at the top of our list of New Year鈥檚 resolutions, but that doesn鈥檛 mean we always know the best way to do it. That鈥檚 why whenever we鈥檙e stuck, we find ourselves scrolling through The Home Edit鈥檚聽Instagram feed for inspo. Having transformed pantries and linen closets for everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Mandy Moore (and even a few of us regular folks), Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit have elevated organization to a fine art, and racked up some serious wisdom about what works and what doesn鈥檛. We asked the two organizational superstars for their top tips for achieving organizational bliss, and trust us 鈥 they didn鈥檛 disappoint.

1. Organize for your actual life, not your dream life. You might love how a particular organizational system looks, but if it doesn鈥檛 work for you, you won鈥檛 stick with it 鈥 and then what鈥檚 the point? 鈥淚t鈥檚 important to understand how busy someone is when we are creating systems for them. If they have kids and a full-time job, they might not want to come home from the grocery store and empty everything into jars. If that鈥檚 the case, it would make more sense to integrate baskets for general categories like 鈥榙inner鈥 rather than a jar for each type of pasta,鈥 Shearer and Teplin say.

2. Do a periodic reset. Staying organized is a moving target, and your needs and habits change more frequently than you think. 鈥淚t鈥檚 ALWAYS a good idea to reset your systems once or twice a year. Organization requires maintenance, even in our own homes. Whether you commit to a reset in January, [during] a good spring clean, or at the end of the school year, it鈥檚 helpful to purge items you didn鈥檛 use throughout the year and rotate categories into storage,鈥 the duo tells us.

3. Give yourself some breathing room. This tip comes from Teplin and Shearer鈥檚 experience working with celebrities, who are perpetually receiving new items: Resist the urge to use up every inch of space. If your home is full at the outset of your organizational endeavors, you鈥檙e only a week or two away from things feeling cluttered. 鈥淲e utilize additional baskets to accommodate incoming items, and then we leave breathing room throughout the space so that new items can be easily integrated,鈥 the pair says.

4. Find a tool that works, then repeat that success throughout the house. Shearer and Teplin swear by divided turntables to bring order to every room. 鈥淲e use it all over the house: in the playroom for art supplies, under the kitchen sink for cleaning supplies, in the front hall closet for pharmacy and first-aid, in the bathroom for hair products, and in the pantry for oils and vinegars,鈥 they say. If you find something that works for you, don鈥檛 let yourself be limited by how it鈥檚 鈥渟upposed鈥 to be used. Think creatively about what other rooms could benefit from the same system, and if it works, use it!

5. Think small. Sometimes it鈥檚 the smallest space that makes the biggest difference. 鈥淧eople tend to start with large spaces like closets and pantries, but never underestimate the impact of an organized junk drawer 鈥 a 鈥榡unk-drawer-no-more!鈥 鈥 or the daily bathroom drawer,鈥 Teplin and Shearer tell us. Think about the spaces that you come in contact with most during your daily routine, and notice how improving those areas could really benefit you. You may find that making just a few tweaks dramatically improves your day-to-day.

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