Last year, the Netflix series, Tidying Up Marie Kondo, was a huge hit. This year, it is Get Organized with THE Home Edit. With cooler weather closing in, and restrictions due to Covid in place, it's a great time to binge.
THE Home Edit is a business owned by friends Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, two gals living in Nashville whose self-proclaimed goal is "to reinvent traditional organizing, and merge it with design and interior styling." Watch one episode and you'll be hooked.
Not only do these two friends have a frank and complementary friendship, they pair their skills well to overhaul people's homes. And they are not just anybody's homes...from Reese Witherspoon to Eva Longoria, these two are like kids in a candy store turning dysfunctional spaces into eye candy.
With a presence on Netflix, Instagram, and magazines like Martha Stewart and People, this pair seem to be everywhere these days. I took a deep dive into their two books, 2019's THE Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals, and THE Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything, published in 2020.
From the 2019 book, I found the basic three part formula of the couple's business:
1. The Edit
1. take everything out
2. create groupings, and
3. pare down
2. The Assembly
- a space-by-space guide, with pictures, showing how to design your space
3. The Upkeep
-a summary of the importance of keeping your space maintained
There are a LOT of beautiful pictures, the text is quippy and approachable, the containers and spaces are drool-worthy, colorful (arranged in rainbow order!), and very satisfying. However, beyond that, the book is empty of insight and practicality. Take a look, for example, of one child's playroom.
Most mothers are lucky they get a shower some days, let alone time to clear enough floor space not to kill their feet on a stray Lego. This looks like a set-up for repeated failure. Who wants to challenge themselves, let alone their kids, to color separate their toy cars?!? Someone will be neurotic after too long.
The 2020 book THE Home Edit Life, is different.
Part 1, 34 pages long, is entitled Adopting The 360 Mindset. Although what this means precisely is unclear, in a gently yet quippy way, we are encouraged to think about ourselves and our organizing challenges. From the suggestion to take an Enneagram quiz (yup, now you're talking my language), to determining how your home really works, it is by far the most helpful, long-lasting part of the book. It is also the shortest.
At 202 pages, part 2 then helps you design spaces in your home given what your priorities are (kids, pets, work, etc.). Here is where you'll find pages full of neatly stacked and custom labelled acrylic containers, unreasonably neat tea bag storage, and racks and racks of rainbow-ordered shoes. It is undeniably fun to page through, and you get the feeling that if you are THIS organized, you, too, can be wildly successful.
This screen shot on page 90 is the home page of someone's phone. It cracks me up, and makes me crazy all at the same time.
Take what you'd like from my review, you WILL enjoy the time you spend watching an episode or two on Netflix. You'll likely be inspired, and may even get started wrangling your own chaos. Get stuck? You know who you can call. I'm here.