The Home Edit’s organizing methods — like the mood-boosting tweaks they made to Reese Witherspoon’s closet — are genius for anyone wanting to get their work life in order

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If you’ve seen a bookshelf that’s organized by color and arranged in ROYGBIV — the acronym for the sequence of hues in a rainbow — then you’re already familiar with the Home Edit phenomenon. 

The Home Edit, a home organizational startup created by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin in 2015, went from social media sensation (Home Edit’s Instagram has a whopping 2.1 million followers), to New York Times best-selling book, and now a Netflix TV show. What’s more, Shearer and Teplin’s new book “THE Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything” is slated for release on September 15. 

The pair built a business on the ethos that “it’s okay to own things,” but they want to help you create smart spaces. The Nashville-based business calls celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Khloe Kardashian customers, who likely don’t blink at paying between $185 to $250 an hour for the duo’s services. 

In their newly-released show, the pair help celebrities and everyday individuals tackle chaotic areas of their homes. For instance, in the first episode they help Reese Witherspoon organize her memorabilia closet — think: the fuzzy pink bathroom from Legally Blonde, awards show dresses, and Big Little Lies ensembles. 

Shearer and Teplin work on a variety of projects in the show, but the fifth episode features a home office in need of their expertise. Husband-and-wife duo Jed and Jodi, who are parents to three young boys, reveal a space cluttered with unmarked boxes, books, and disorganized but important paperwork. 

While it was filmed before the pandemic, home office and workspace organization is key for anyone who’s turned their living room into a board room. Here are their 5 tips for getting your work space in order. 

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1. Edit

When starting a project, Shearer and Teplin begin by editing what’s in the space. Go through every item to determine what is essential, what is sentimental, and what can be donated or thrown away. If your home office is packed with important documents, consider following the duo’s method — spread everything out and see what you have. 

This step must occur first as it gives you a chance to see everything you’re keeping and starts the process of categorizing. It also ensures that you’ll use your space wisely as unnecessary items are removed. 

2. Categorize 

The next step in their process is categorizing the items that are leftover.  A great starting point is considering your daily routine or “touch access,” meaning what needs to be available on a regular basis? This can include documents or books you’re working with, bills, medical files, and current tax statements. Then, consider what doesn’t need to be readily accessible so those items can go into storage. 

Use that guide as a way to create a system for future paperwork or documents as well. For instance, you will have more taxes, bills, and medical records in the future, so it would be wise to create a growing space for them to live. 

3. Contain 

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Source:: Business Insider


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