See tricks to keep the house organized – 05/26/2023 – Equilibrium
Are you desperate for not being able to keep the house tidy? If so, this article can help.
Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are an expert organizing duo known for the show Get organized with The Home Editavailable on Netflix, in which they enter people’s homes and transform a messy, crowded room into something beautiful and functional.
In addition to the TV series, The Home Edit is a lifestyle brand offering “full grooming services” in several US cities and was acquired earlier this year by actress Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine company.
Shearer and Teplin are the bestselling authors The Home Edit Life and creators of several product lines.
On BBC Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour”, the duo gave several tips for keeping the house tidier, as you can see below.
1. ‘Edit’ your stuff
“Editing is a very important part of our system,” says Teplin.
“We named it that because it is a crucial step for our program.”
The English word “edit”, which appears in the name of the television attraction, means “edit” in the translation into Portuguese.
“Editing is a very powerful tool and it costs nothing.”
“First, put everything you have on display so you can see it. Then do a count and inventory of everything you use, need, and love, and get rid of the things that don’t fit into one of these three. categories.”
2. Keep systems simple
“Each has its own method,” says Teplin. “But ours is about simplicity and creating systems that are durable, easy to maintain and not too specific.”
“It’s not just about you. Don’t make the system so meticulous that other people can’t fix things. If systems are simple, everyone can follow them.”
“Systems are better when they’re simplified. An example is when we put a basket by the door to put shoes in,” says Shearer.
“Do they need to be perfectly aligned? No. If it’s important to you that it’s that way, that’s your problem and it’s up to you to take care of it.”
“Everyone should be able to participate in a system. If you find that no one else adheres to it, it’s probably because it’s too complicated.”
3. Use containers
“Use boxes and containers to organize things,” suggests Teplin.
“The absolute rule here is labeling. Label everything, especially things you can’t see inside a box. Use clear containers for things you need to see.”
“It’s important that you store supplies and items in a way that makes sense for the space, items, and daily routine.”
“In drawers, mix small and large dividers to suit exact measurements and what you want to store in them.”
“This usually doesn’t work from the start, so feel free to move content around until you’re happy with the end result.”
4. Stick to the 80:20 Rule
“Our rule of thumb with shipping containers is that if you want to maintain an organized home over the long term, you should never have a space that’s more than 80% full,” says Clea. “You should always leave 20% empty.”
“It’s like when you eat: you don’t want to be 100% full because you’ll feel uncomfortable and you won’t have room for dessert. In that case, leaving some space in the house will do you good.”
“Having a space that’s not more than 80% full gives you a break. And if something new comes into the closet, pantry, or kitchen, there’s a place to put it without having to remove things right away.”
5. Make everything look good
“Make storage functional, then make things beautiful,” says Shearer.
“Display whatever item makes you feel happier and more creative. It could be anything from family photos, fun wallpaper, or books organized in rainbow colors.”
“First of all, he [o arco-íris] it’s beautiful, nobody can dispute that”, says Joanna.
“This is a nice system that we use especially for kids because it lets them know where to put things. If they haven’t learned to read yet, they know that orange books can always be found in a certain order.”
“It’s a system that really unites form and function.”
6. Remove any obstacles
“Really think about who is using the system,” advises Teplin.
“The idea is to remove as many barriers as possible early on, so don’t place items high up so you always need a ladder to reach them.”
“On the other hand, think about trying to remove obstacles along the way so everyone in the house can keep it tidy.”
7. Wrap the cables
“Electronic devices like printers and laptops come with a lot of wires attached,” says Shearer.
“Using cable protectors and organizers helps keep everything less cluttered.”
“We also advise adding tags to all the wires, which will prevent you from turning off Wi-Fi when you only intended to disconnect another device.”
8. Take it easy
“Take it slow and start small,” Shearer points out.
“Don’t start with a big project. Understand first all the steps, the editing process, how to categorize and how to keep things working over time.”
“There aren’t many shortcuts when it comes to decluttering, and I wish there were. After all, it would be so much easier if we could just skip to the good stuff. But remember, it’s a process, and you really can’t skip any. his stage”, concludes the specialist.
This text was originally published here.