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What it’s about:

With a goal to make the tedious tasks of organizing and containing clutter manageable and even fun, Nashville-based organizational gurus Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer transform chaotic rooms into clean and orderly spaces. With an element of interior styling, they work with a distinct fervor and enthusiasm to revamp stress-inducing and messy homes into calm, aesthetically pleasing sanctuaries that are functional and inspirational.

Names you might know:

Get Organized with The Home Edit is hosted by Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer, and is produced by Reese Witherspoon’s entertainment company, Hello Sunshine. Each episode features a different celebrity guest, including Witherspoon herself, as well as Drew Barrymore, Danielle Brooks, Chris Pratt and more.

Why it’s worth your time:
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This reality show follows the duo as they travel across America and tackle a range of tidying projects, from unruly kitchen pantries and overflowing offices to garages that become the catch-all area for the home. Each episode features two different projects, one from a celebrity and one from an everyday family.

The show incorporates an element of escape when it comes to reorganizing a celebrity’s space, providing viewers with an intimate look into their often lavish homes and a glimpse into how they live, with cavernous walk-in closets and collections of vintage Chanel bags. It’s aspirational, to be sure, but there are also some cases where the celebrity clients’ limited spaces and organizational challenges are the same as anyone else’s, which is reassuring to see.

Teplin, Shearer, and their team of assistants employ four concrete steps in every project: edit, categorize, contain, and maintain. Editing requires putting items that no longer serve the individual in a giveaway pile while categorizing consists of grouping like items. Zones are created from these different categories, designating areas for art supplies, board games, camping gear, and beyond. Contained in clear bins and precisely labelled to give everything its own space, these individuals then have to commit to maintaining the organizational system by returning things to their appropriate bins after each use.

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Most of Teplin’s and Shearer’s tactics for constructing functional yet aesthetically pleasing spaces involve maximizing vertical space by installing shelves and using matching hangers and clear bins as a way to make items visible. But their defining Home Edit characteristic is the mesmerizing rainbow color order in which they like to arrange items. All of these are easy concepts for viewers to apply to their own homes. After watching a few episodes, you may be inspired to give it a try.

The takeaway:

With many of us using our homes as a gym, movie theatre, and office space these days, this show inspires viewers to transform their spaces into something they’re proud of and look forward to spending time in. Though organizing and tidying can be stress-inducing, Teplin and Shearer demonstrate that the key to taking control of your space again is to have a system that works for you and your workflow.

Watch it with:

Fans of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, anybody who finds organizing soothing and those in need of home inspiration will find this show very satisfying to watch. Alternatively, watch it with your messy partner or roommates to encourage them to tidy up the home.

Worth noting:

The Home Edit (or THE, as it’s sometimes known) is the name of the organizing agency Teplin and Shearer founded in 2015. With over six million followers on Instagram, their influential social media presence snowballed into a couple of book deals and a product line that can be found at Walmart.

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