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Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin

A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals

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19 mins

What is The Home Edit about?

The Home Edit (2019) proposes a straightforward formula to organize any part of the home in a way that is functional, classy, and easy to maintain. The technique it teaches is equally easy for other members of the household to learn and apply, so that everyone can enjoy a calm, happy home environment.

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    The benefits of keeping an organized home

    How we organize our homes and possessions has an emotional impact on our lives. Some of the objects we own are imbued with meaning. It matters where you place them in your home, how you interact with them, and how other members of the household feel about them.

    The way we handle certain objects also determines how we find closure. You care about the heirloom that tells your family’s story. Donating baby clothes after your last child has outgrown them can fill you with gratitude and love. If you’ve recently lost a family member, you might find it particularly hard to organize your photos. The fond memories could feel out of place while you’re grieving. Situations like these are tough, but clearing that physical space can be therapeutic.

    And as well as the emotional subtext of our possessions, there’s the pragmatic side to running an efficient home too. It saves time and reduces stress when everyone in the house can find what they need.

    If your kids know exactly where to take and keep their toys, books and clothes, you’ll have more time to do other things. That’s a great way to keep your cool and reduce tension.

    Not losing track of items in the back of the cupboard also means you won’t buy things you already own. You’ll save money when you can see exactly how many boxes of tissues you have. And you’ll have a rough idea of when you need to buy more, so you don’t run out. If your house is organized, you’re also less likely to buy things that you don’t have space to store, which helps limit clutter.

    To top it all, a well-organized house will do wonders for your wellbeing.

    A clean, orderly, airy house will calm you down and make you feel good. People feel grounded when they live in a pleasant house. It helps you breathe and is a sure way to eliminate stress.

    Now that you can picture what to aspire to, let’s explore exactly how to get there.

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    About the Author

    Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin shared a passion for organizing, and run a full service home organizing business, aptly named The Home Edit. They gained notoriety through an Emmy-nominated Netflix series, and have worked with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Chris Pratt, Reese Witherspoon, Kevin Hart, and Eva Longoria. Their second book, The Home Edit Life, is a New York Times bestseller.

    Who should read The Home Edit?

    • Anyone trying to maintain order and beauty in their homes
    • Parents teaching their kids good housekeeping habits
    • Interior designers trying to help clients maintain the spaces they create

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