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The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals PDF, ePub eBook There's decorating, and then there's organizing. From the Instagram-sensation home experts (with a serious fan club that includes Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mindy Kaling), here is an accessible, room-by-room guide to establishing new order in your home. Believe this: every single space in your house has the potential to function efficiently and look great. The There's decorating, and then there's organizing. From the Instagram-sensation home experts (with a serious fan club that includes Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mindy Kaling), here is an accessible, room-by-room guide to establishing new order in your home. Believe this: every single space in your house has the potential to function efficiently and look great. The mishmash of summer and winter clothes in the closet? Yep. Even the dreaded junk drawer? Consider it done. And the best news: it's not hard to do--in fact, it's a lot of fun. From the home organizers who made their orderly eye candy the method that everyone swears by comes Joanna and Clea's signature approach to decluttering. The Home Edit walks you through paring down your belongings in every room, arranging them in a stunning and easy-to-find way (hello, labels!), and maintaining the system so you don't need another do-over in six months. When you're done, you'll not only know exactly where to find things, but you'll also love the way it looks. A masterclass and look book in one, The Home Edit is filled with bright photographs and detailed tips, from placing plastic dishware in a drawer where little hands can reach to categorizing pantry items by color (there's nothing like a little ROYGBIV to soothe the soul). Above all, it's like having your best friends at your side to help you turn the chaos into calm.

30 review for The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brandice

    The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals is a “how-to” home organization guide by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit (THE). The tone of the book is casual and relatable, with humor injected throughout. The format of the book is organized by overall editing process, followed by advice for each specific area in the home. The book is filled with pretty pictures and lots of expert tips (though I admit to finding few groundbreaking). The quick & dirty THE p The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals is a “how-to” home organization guide by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit (THE). The tone of the book is casual and relatable, with humor injected throughout. The format of the book is organized by overall editing process, followed by advice for each specific area in the home. The book is filled with pretty pictures and lots of expert tips (though I admit to finding few groundbreaking). The quick & dirty THE process is: 1) Take everything out (of the space you’re organizing - and we mean everything). 2) Create groupings (by placing like items together so you can see what you’re dealing with). 3) Pare down (your belongings, getting rid of anything you no longer use or just don’t like). I’ve been a fan of THE and followed Clea and Joanna on Instagram for a few years now. They’re funny, down to earth, and realize we don’t all live in the sprawling estates of some of their high-end clients. However, we can all benefit from cleaning out and thoroughly organizing the spaces we inhabit daily. Function, aesthetics, and peace of mind are paramount. I am and always have been a very organized person - I’m a firm believer that there is a proper place for everything and I like coming home to a consistently clean, organized space. That said, it’s always nice to review ideas and see a different perspective. I recommend The Home Edit for anyone seeking a little inspiration for DIY home organization projects, which can be tackled one space at a time, and revisited as needed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Total waste of time. Glad I did not waste money buying it! Lots of glossy photos including Gwyneth Paltrow's playroom, and organizing "advice" for those with too much money and too much time on their hands. All cutesy baskets and things like glass jars you supposedly put pasta in instead of leaving it in the boxes or bags it comes in. Sure it all looks great on Pinterest but real people don't live that way. Save your money and do not buy. Even if you see it at the library as I did, save your tim Total waste of time. Glad I did not waste money buying it! Lots of glossy photos including Gwyneth Paltrow's playroom, and organizing "advice" for those with too much money and too much time on their hands. All cutesy baskets and things like glass jars you supposedly put pasta in instead of leaving it in the boxes or bags it comes in. Sure it all looks great on Pinterest but real people don't live that way. Save your money and do not buy. Even if you see it at the library as I did, save your time and leave it on the library shelf! Read a good book or play with your kiddos instead. These two gals got lucky and someone decided they should get a book deal. One of their "hints" is to display dog biscuits in a glass canister on laundry room counter. Yeah, that's real life. Not.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aubree

    This home organization book is inspiring, educational, and beautiful. I appreciated that the book was all hands-on advice without any fluffy filler. It does a great job of showing a wide range of spaces. The huge, gorgeous celebrity owned spaced are balanced by tiny closets and makeshift pantries, and even the spaces that are unattainable for most of us use solutions that are practical for all sorts of homes. The photos are pretty. The personalities of the authors come through (I follow them on This home organization book is inspiring, educational, and beautiful. I appreciated that the book was all hands-on advice without any fluffy filler. It does a great job of showing a wide range of spaces. The huge, gorgeous celebrity owned spaced are balanced by tiny closets and makeshift pantries, and even the spaces that are unattainable for most of us use solutions that are practical for all sorts of homes. The photos are pretty. The personalities of the authors come through (I follow them on Instagram so I’m very familiar with their online presence) in a fun way without being distracting from the material. I am a big fan of Marie Kondo and think that this book is a perfect companion/follow up to the KonMari craze. The KonMari method is so great at helping people clean up and get rid of stuff they don’t need, teaching perfect folding and vertical storage tricks, and how to organize on a budget using recycled materials. And that’s a fine place to stop. But if you want to go a step further than that and end up with organized spaces that are gorgeous and swoon worthy (and maybe more friendly to American homes) The Home Edit is where it’s at. I am a huge fan of their ROYGBIV method and love all the pretty containers they use. Two things I wish had been in the book- what pens they use to label different containers so I can do it myself without the writing coming off (been there done that) and their tips for storing blow dryers, hair straighteners and the like. If you like organization or want to like organization I highly recommend this book! I did sit down and read it cover to cover but before I was finished I had already rearranged my coat closet and am now aching for a trip to the Container Store!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I loved, loved, loved the photos in this book. I don't think there is anything ground-breaking about the tidy and declutter ideas. Also some of those fridge layouts just don't make sense - people who actually live in and use their home and appliances don't have fridges that clean, or consume that much yogurt. I think the basic principals to a tidy home are pretty straight forward and there is no one-perfect method to achieving that. A home that looks staged for a showing is beautiful, but it's a I loved, loved, loved the photos in this book. I don't think there is anything ground-breaking about the tidy and declutter ideas. Also some of those fridge layouts just don't make sense - people who actually live in and use their home and appliances don't have fridges that clean, or consume that much yogurt. I think the basic principals to a tidy home are pretty straight forward and there is no one-perfect method to achieving that. A home that looks staged for a showing is beautiful, but it's also not practical. I liked the use of boxes in this book, and making use of all the space you have.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leisa

    Oh my gosh, thank goodness I got this from the library and didn't waste money on this. No one, and I mean no one lives like this. When was the last time you sorted your kids toys....ALL the toys by COLOR? yeah, right...never. My personal favorite laugh is a rectangular basket under the hall table, it's divided into 3 sections and each section is for 1 child's backpack. HA! when was the last time (or even the first time) a backpack fit into a 4 inch slot. Yeah, never. It's lots of cutesy bins and p Oh my gosh, thank goodness I got this from the library and didn't waste money on this. No one, and I mean no one lives like this. When was the last time you sorted your kids toys....ALL the toys by COLOR? yeah, right...never. My personal favorite laugh is a rectangular basket under the hall table, it's divided into 3 sections and each section is for 1 child's backpack. HA! when was the last time (or even the first time) a backpack fit into a 4 inch slot. Yeah, never. It's lots of cutesy bins and plastic containers. What happened to the reuse and repurpose craze that showed your genius idea for keeping something out of a landfill? That's how we live in my household. I don't go out and buy a massive amount of plastic containers. Nope. I was hoping this was going to give some fresh ideas, but it's just a picture book of rainbow colored items organized for the photo. Not for real life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Lots of pretty pictures but not a lot of practical help. And the micro-organizing of everything makes my head hurt.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Green

    "1. Is there a tiny piece of my brain that feels calmer while things have a "place"? 2. Is there something in my mind that flicks on when I see something really organized? 3. Do I believe organizing my belongings will make my life easier?" If you said yes to any of the above questions, you are a good candidate for organizing according to Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, and you should immediately grab their book. The Home Edit, or THE, is a business that organizes homes. They include two fun and "1. Is there a tiny piece of my brain that feels calmer while things have a "place"? 2. Is there something in my mind that flicks on when I see something really organized? 3. Do I believe organizing my belongings will make my life easier?" If you said yes to any of the above questions, you are a good candidate for organizing according to Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, and you should immediately grab their book. The Home Edit, or THE, is a business that organizes homes. They include two fun and colorful business partners who will be the first to admit that sometimes they aren't great at having organized lives, but they are great at organizing homes. This book takes you through their process of creating beautiful and functional spaces. It includes colorful photos to show you how they went about organizing each space. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It definitely felt like organizing is achievable for anyone. While I am currently not organizing my home at the moment due to moving in just a couple of months, I am starting the first and most important step of the system, the edit. I was so thankful that Clea and Joanna discussed "The Edit" because sometimes in life, your space just needs to be cleaned out of the things you don't like or use before it can become organized. I often feel like this step is skipped because it can be an emotional part of organizing. In addition, I loved knowing how they made spaces look bigger and of course color coordinated. The only thing that I am slow to get on board with is labeling everything. I often find that things that enter my pantry change frequently because I like trying to cook new meals and baked goods so labeling very specific categories would be difficult for me. However, they do encourage broad labeling categories too. I'm excited to move into my new space in a couple of months and put some of their ideas to the test! I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to begin organizing or get inspired to keep everything organized. As someone who appreciates a clean, organized space, I definitely loved this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirby

    I started out reading this ebook on my Kindle, and I had to switch to my phone because my Kindle is in black and white. I’d highly suggest this be read in actual book form though since half of the information comes from colorful, detailed pictures and, without that, this book wouldn’t be much. I would’ve given this 4 stars, but it was just so practical and to the point that I bumped it up a star. I love that. I think this could help anyone and it’s not too overwhelming.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie Nelson

    These are my people! I love organization and it was a delight to read about it from self-proclaimed “organization nerds”. Love the simple approach, good ideas, and pretty pictures. I do wish it was a bit longer and went into a little more depth about the projects.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Wilcox

    This is by far the BEST organizing book I have ever read. I am a pretty organized person and yet found so many great ideas from the photos in this book. They show lots of different spaces and ways to work with the room you have, and it’s really helpful. I can’t wait to start on my closet and pantry.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    I love this duo so much and this book is even more beautiful than I thought it’d be!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    I would generally much rather read about organizing than actually organize so I thought this would be right up my alley but it was a bridge too far and just pissed me off. If you have multiples of everything in a pleasing array of colors, and ample time with no work or childcare responsibilities, or want to gawk at the playroom of Gwyneth's children, this book might be for you. Otherwise, move on.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Not for me I liked the pretty pictures but it will be a warm day in the fridge before I pour milk into another container. I guess I am not that anal enough.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    Ehhhhhh. I think this system of organization is arguably 1) more exhausting 2) kind of unnecessary and 3) a little ridiculous in the upkeep sense. Definitely did not change my life a la Marie Kondo status but the pictures were pretty.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joanie

    I tried to give this more stars. But who actually lives this way? Its overdone. Too many hideous clear plastic tubs and way too many labels. If I can see its cereal, do I really need to label it ‘cereal’? Same with diapers - no sizes, just “diapers”. It was too much redundancy and simply felt more cluttered than organized.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jene

    This book cared more about how the photos would appear than real life. There were four ideas that I'll probably implement, but nothing particularly new. More than anything there were some incredibly stupid ideas, particularly for the bathroom.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Some good ideas such as "buy all the same type or at least the same color of storage boxes" and using pretty labels. Definitely to the upscale end--assuming you have the money for all those pretty storage boxes and the time/computer skills to run off a zillion labels. But they do say at the beginning that this is a decluttering plan for people who love being super organized and have a thing for labels. Also, many of the closets and other home areas are of the "rich and famous" though they do hav Some good ideas such as "buy all the same type or at least the same color of storage boxes" and using pretty labels. Definitely to the upscale end--assuming you have the money for all those pretty storage boxes and the time/computer skills to run off a zillion labels. But they do say at the beginning that this is a decluttering plan for people who love being super organized and have a thing for labels. Also, many of the closets and other home areas are of the "rich and famous" though they do have a spread in each category for those of us with limited space. I didn't find the stickers in the back particularly useful as they are 'refrigerator' stickers clearly for bins of stuff, not individual containers. I already know which one's my fruits and vegetables bin! For those with the money and time, and the right personality. I love organizing and stickers and this isn't quite for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Taylor

    I'm a huge fan of The Home Edit (specifically their Instagram Stories, which have me cry-laughing on a daily basis). That said, they are not just personalities. They walk their talk and have helped me think of a stylistic approach to home organization. Their visual guide is practical and beautiful. I will be buying many lazy susans to organize my pantry, one of their signature tips. I would like to see tips on how to organize the top of your dresser and a bedroom section beyond the closet. If yo I'm a huge fan of The Home Edit (specifically their Instagram Stories, which have me cry-laughing on a daily basis). That said, they are not just personalities. They walk their talk and have helped me think of a stylistic approach to home organization. Their visual guide is practical and beautiful. I will be buying many lazy susans to organize my pantry, one of their signature tips. I would like to see tips on how to organize the top of your dresser and a bedroom section beyond the closet. If you need home inspiration or how to style your recenetly Kon Mari'd (Marie Kondo) space, this is the book for you.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elyssa

    3.5 stars. The concept for THE’s organizing strategy isn’t particularly new or innovative. The book features many beautifully organized, aspirational spaces, but fails to realize these are much larger spaces than most Americans have in their homes. There are few suggestions for what to do with smaller spaces, but not many. As inspiration before an organizing project, this book works well; as guidance for organizing everything, not so much.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Baird

    Lots of pretty and inspirational pics. However not a ton of new info. I would get this one from library for sure. I’m glad I read it. It was inspiring and I learned a few things. Some were absolutely ridiculous, like closets the size of my last house.....move on by. I wish they gave specific links to products they use more. I also wish they spent more time on smaller and average household spaces and less name dropping of famous people and their gargantuan custom built spaces.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    It's a beautiful book full of fairly unattainable inspiration. If you go into it with that mindset then it's interesting to read and look at the pictures, and the method will work. It's just that the spaces are so unlikely - not only to reflect what kind of infrastructure you have in your home, but also the contents. But that's okay, it's lovely inspiration.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marie Adina

    Includes pictures! This book didn’t have deep and detailed instructions, but a ton of examples and pictures, which I appreciated. If you’re looking for very detailed instructions read Marie Kondo’s book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christie Reynolds

    So. Freaking. Good. I loved the tips on each page! It was such a funny, informative read. Plus, now that I’ve read it I’ll know exactly how to tackle our new house and can use this book as a beautiful coffee table book! Just flipping through the pictures is entertaining. Seriously loved it!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lynn

    Pretty pictures for those who enjoy organizing in rainbow order. Like a peaceful visit to The Container Store so aspirational in that sense. Not too much here, for fans of the authors’ social media only.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Loved looking at all the pictures and daydreaming of being this organized. The concepts are good in theory but not always practical, functional or affordable. If I become a mogul with a personal assistant I’ll put this in practice full scale, but until then I’ll start with baby steps.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    I love these two ladies so much and enjoy spending time with them on Instagram. The book is artfully and practically arranged. As a student and teacher of organizing myself, I found many of the tips and ideas fell into the “I already knew that and do that” category.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Cohn-Wein

    Beautiful book full of practical ideas, organized by room / space. While I know my pantry / linen closet / closet will never look *quite* as perfect as the images in this book, it's inspiring to see and I was able to gather some new tips for tackling these spaces.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Nicely done book. Beautiful photos with lots of good ideas and information. It would have been more helpful had they shared resources for some of the organizing tools and products shown in the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    While this book is a great idea unless you have lots of money or lots of time this book is useless. I had higher expectations.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Very pretty, but a little more container/labels than I need

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