Despite being a self-proclaimed neat freak and embracing the KonMari method, it wasn’t until the first season of Get organized with The Home Edit debuted on Netflix that I was introduced to the dynamic duo of Clea and Joanna. And they couldn’t have come at a better time. They brought joy and order to an otherwise chaotic and uncertain time at the start of the pandemic. And after spending most of my time indoors, it was a refreshing reminder that it’s not as impossible as it might seem to rearrange my home and create a nice, functional space.
Now the ladies who love ROYGBIV are back with their second season and even more tips and tricks to help us get our homes ready. Whether you’ve already binged every episode (guilty) or have no idea what a “zone” is (don’t worry, you’ll learn), read on for easy organization hacks that will help you. to transform your space.
1. Use unexpected spaces
We don’t often think of doors, walls and under furniture as valuable real estate, but Clea and Joanna have proven that’s where the magic happens. The problem? There are probably no drawers or shelves in these spaces, so you’ll have to get creative to make the most of these unconventional spots. Wall hooks or wall racks are your best friends when it comes to organizing cleaning tools like mops or brooms and decluttering the floor. Decorative wall hooks are also a great way to beautifully display your hat collection while making more room in your closet for hanging items. Over-the-door shoe racks and under-bed storage are additional ways to add organization systems to otherwise unnecessary spaces.
2. Contains cords and cables
If you watched the last season of Get organized, you might know Westin (aka the cutest little boy ever) who requested a charging station as part of his family’s organizational overhaul. He wanted a neat way to store cords and cables and easily charge his devices. And honestly, the same. My nightstand and TV cabinet usually harbor a nest of tangled cords, but thanks to Westin and The Home Edit, I now know how to organize them. Cable ties are essential when it comes to sorting out unused wires in a drawer or shortening the length of extra-long cables. The cable reels are the real hero, though. They hide all your cords in one pocket so you can say goodbye to the eyesore of multiple cables plugged into one outlet.
3. Go digital
There’s a reason editing is the first step in The Home Edit process. It’s nearly impossible to organize a space when you’re clinging to more objects than you actually have. And believe it or not, printed materials, receipts and children’s artwork can take up more space than we think. Taking the time to scan or take photos of these items and storing them digitally rather than physically is a huge space saver. It also keeps important documents like birth certificates or passports safe and sound in a folder on your computer where you can find them easily rather than having to sort through filing cabinets to find them. look for them.
4. Think outside the box (literally)
If there’s anything organizational geniuses Clea and Joanna have taught us, it’s to be creative with product use. Just because an acrylic riser is meant to display spices in the pantry, doesn’t mean it won’t make a great purse divider in your closet. Installing curtain rods in an office closet to hold wrapping paper can turn the space into the gift-giving station of your dreams. Similarly, installing a hanging paper towel rack on a kitchen cabinet is an easy way to save space and hold a roll of trash bags. Integrating tools in these innovative ways is the difference between organizing and organizing like The Home Edit.
5. Don’t forget to add tags
The Home Edit ladies firmly believe that if you can’t see an item, you won’t use it. That’s why they often use clear bins and containers in their systems, but adding a label on the outside makes them all the more accessible. Labels can also be useful if you prefer the look of decorative baskets, but still want to know what’s inside. And don’t worry, you won’t have to use your mother’s label maker for this task. The Home Edit has created its own line of labels, all in Clea’s impeccable handwriting.