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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. 5 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

    Robin

    If readers need to organize closets full of athletic wear, a cupboard full of nothing but herbal tea boxes, drawers of colored drinking straws, bathroom cupboards stuffed with 50+ tubes of lipstick and other make-up items, a huge storage area for what must be ten Costco boxes of protein bars, and what seemed to be a lifetime (plus) of crayons and markers, then this book is for you. And if you have the time to re-bottle all of your spices into new bottles and paste on new labels, then this book c If readers need to organize closets full of athletic wear, a cupboard full of nothing but herbal tea boxes, drawers of colored drinking straws, bathroom cupboards stuffed with 50+ tubes of lipstick and other make-up items, a huge storage area for what must be ten Costco boxes of protein bars, and what seemed to be a lifetime (plus) of crayons and markers, then this book is for you. And if you have the time to re-bottle all of your spices into new bottles and paste on new labels, then this book could be right up your alley. And if you have oodles of white drawers and shelves and the money to purchase all kinds of new containers, then get this book ASAP. As for those of us not into conspicuous consumption and who continue to strive to reduce clutter and keep from buying so much in order to help our budgets, don't bother. Note: I hate to give a book such a low rating but I found it very irritating. That being said, it does have beautiful layouts and photography.

  4. 5 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!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stacia

    Declutting books are my brain candy reading. This is not a decluttering book per se, but rather organizing decluttered stuff, so close enough. The photos in here are gorgeous. Drool-worthy photos if you love pretty organization. Visual candy. Lovely layout & printing job too. But. But. But... the book itself is completely ridiculous, imo. And I even like organizing by color (one of their main suggestions)! As the impact of plastics continues to be noted (need I say, in a bad way) worldwide, th Declutting books are my brain candy reading. This is not a decluttering book per se, but rather organizing decluttered stuff, so close enough. The photos in here are gorgeous. Drool-worthy photos if you love pretty organization. Visual candy. Lovely layout & printing job too. But. But. But... the book itself is completely ridiculous, imo. And I even like organizing by color (one of their main suggestions)! As the impact of plastics continues to be noted (need I say, in a bad way) worldwide, this book encourages you to buy, buy, buy plastic bins for almost everything. And, hey! Don't forget -- vinyl stickers (plastic) are included in the back of the book too. Even if you're fine with that, you need a pretty large budget, I'm guessing, because they say you should buy oodles of organizing pieces (more than you need) w/ the option to return some later. Lots of famous name-dropping throughout, as in, "We did celebrity abc's house, isn't it gorgeous!" and "Wow, we're so in love with celebrity xyz's house, which we also did." (Not direct quotes, by the way, but you get the picture....) I realize we're a media-driven age with "influencers" shilling over-consumption 24/7, but please, grow up already. As far as actual organizing advice, this book has pretty slim pickings. There are a few notes & ideas, but that's about it. Although they tout solutions for everyone & every space, my opinion is that if you want to achieve even one iota of what they photograph, you need a modern home with pristine white walls, hardwood floors of some sort, modern, minimal kitchens, & practically new [insert every object in your house] in perfect rainbow hues for organizing. No help for those who have folding doors, laminated kitchen floors from the '70s, stained cabinets, old paneling, mismatched dishes, minimal closet/storage space, or carpet/paint/furniture/items that might have seen better days. There's not a lot of "how to" in this book, though they claim to share their process so that anyone can achieve the same results. They are obviously successful with an elite client-base; it also looks like their clients probably didn't need much organization to begin with. (I don't know. Before & after photos might have helped here had they truly worked some organization miracles. Instead, every photo looks as if the clients tossed everything, moved into a new home, & bought all new stuff to be organized in a pretty way.) If they can't clearly elucidate their actual process (which, imo, they don't) & can't make it applicable to everyone (as they proclaim), they shouldn't publish it as a "how to" book aimed at the general public. Instead, they should have omitted the "advice/how to" portion & printed the Instagram-worthy photos as a coffee table photo book for organizing nerds. Summary: Pretty photos but utterly laughable as an information source.

  6. 4 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.

  7. 5 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Beautiful pictures of unrealistic life. Seriously...a whole wall of footwear?! And who needs that many pencils?! But I will endeavour to arrange things in rainbow order as often as I can.

  9. 5 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    I've read a LOT of organizing books. Two things struck me about this one: 1.) Putting items in consistently shaped containers and labeling them --brilliant 2.) The homes featured in the book had so. much. stuff. Unintentionally perhaps, this book also told the tale of how the over-resourced are cheerily going about their lives, using money and access inherited via inequality to buy white boxes to place in their blindingly white homes. I did enjoy the book design, though. Lots of white space ...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The authors are famous on Instagram and seem like likeable young women. But this book left a very bad taste. Materialism run riot. No wonder we have an environmental crisis. For example, the school/art supplies on pages 18-19 and 142-43. Mountains of pencils, crayons, erasers, and only ONE OR TWO of them look like they've ever been used. Most of the pencils haven't even been sharpened. The straws on page 28!!! Who on earth needs this many, or any, straws. (At least some of them look like they're The authors are famous on Instagram and seem like likeable young women. But this book left a very bad taste. Materialism run riot. No wonder we have an environmental crisis. For example, the school/art supplies on pages 18-19 and 142-43. Mountains of pencils, crayons, erasers, and only ONE OR TWO of them look like they've ever been used. Most of the pencils haven't even been sharpened. The straws on page 28!!! Who on earth needs this many, or any, straws. (At least some of them look like they're paper and not plastic.) The makeup collection on page 108. Over 60 lipsticks--yes, I counted; I found myself doing that a lot. And then there are the 70+ packages of tea in the pantry on page 222. No, this isn't a cafe; this is someone's home. The 33 rolls of paper towel in Mandy Moore's pantry. And organizing doesn't mean getting rid of the excess--and there is a lot of excess here, but going out and buying plastic containers to warehouse everything. And then LABELLING them. And then talking about how we're all so busy nowadays. Yes, amassing goods that will take one to the end of time and then labelling and tending them. Depressing.

  12. 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I found this book really useful. It's not so much that it's new information, but it's a good guide to show you *how* to organize your spaces. I found many of the photos inspiring and gave me lightbulbs moments--Oh, *that's* how I could do that! Yes, there are celebrities in this book, and yes, their spaces are probably much more aspirational than they are doable or relevant to most people, but I still found a lot in this book that I am going to implement in my own home.

  14. 4 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is nonfiction on organizing your home. I've read more than a few books on this topic, and this was by far my least favorite. I think she lost me when talking about chandeliers in your closet and putting stuffed animals away by color. Plus the purchasing of so many different things like lined baskets, shelving and anything else you can spend money on to store more stuff. This wasn't my world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Meh- cutesy pictures, cutesy organizing, lots of name dropping, not a lot of practicality. I prefer a more minimalism approach to things in the first place, not just decluttering and making pretty (and unrealistic and unlivable, truly). I also like before and afters, and this book had none, which led me to not really believe a whole lot of it. Nor do I feel bad for celebrities who need organizing, when they lead completely different lives to the average reader and have FAR more space than averag Meh- cutesy pictures, cutesy organizing, lots of name dropping, not a lot of practicality. I prefer a more minimalism approach to things in the first place, not just decluttering and making pretty (and unrealistic and unlivable, truly). I also like before and afters, and this book had none, which led me to not really believe a whole lot of it. Nor do I feel bad for celebrities who need organizing, when they lead completely different lives to the average reader and have FAR more space than average I'm sure. Glad this was a library two hour read- over and done; just a bunch of pretty pictures- that's all, if that's your jam. I can't imagine this book makes anybody feel good and who wants to feel less than.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    This book is pure eye candy for those that love organization. That being said, I didn’t feel like there were very many useful organization tips here. Mostly just pretty pictures of well categorized items taken out of their packaging and put in acrylic bins, jars, and baskets.

  18. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura Heckenkemper

    If I had an unlimited budget, I would give this book 5 ⭐! Much of it is unrealistic to an average person. I took some of the ideas to apply to my home. I would have given the book 3 ⭐ but I love following THE on social media so I added another. If I had an unlimited budget, I would give this book 5 ⭐️! Much of it is unrealistic to an average person. I took some of the ideas to apply to my home. I would have given the book 3 ⭐️ but I love following THE on social media so I added another.

  20. 5 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Great if you want to drool over heavily-staged pantries. Not great if you don't have 2,786 sq ft of closet space...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne Lawson

    This whole book can be summed up like this: 1. Get rid of your clutter. 2. Put whatever is left into bins and label it. 3. Take pictures and put on Instagram and then call yourself an expert!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

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

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Ladd

    Too many containers

  25. 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Why would you take kitchen and pantry organizing tips from people who don’t cook? Oh wait, I know the answer: because, by the logic of this book, instagrammabity and pinterestibility above all. Oh, and do buy a lot of clear plastic containers the authors make money of. And take the same approach to your whole house. Clear plastic containers everywhere, put labels on everything, and get your whole house to be in obsessively rainbow color order. There seems to be quite a few pictures in the book. At Why would you take kitchen and pantry organizing tips from people who don’t cook? Oh wait, I know the answer: because, by the logic of this book, instagrammabity and pinterestibility above all. Oh, and do buy a lot of clear plastic containers the authors make money of. And take the same approach to your whole house. Clear plastic containers everywhere, put labels on everything, and get your whole house to be in obsessively rainbow color order. There seems to be quite a few pictures in the book. At least they were described in audio. But of all the interesting examples, why would anyone care how Gwyneth Paltrow and similars organize their spaces? Just show and describe some pretty and also small space examples; quit the name dropping. There are no good tips for how to organize small spaces, or organize nonvisually or if you’re disabled. It’s all very roygbiv- and plastic bin focused. These two “home organization instagram influencers” apparently attempt to write humorously (I sped the book up, didn’t find anything funny), and, well, at least they even did the audiobook reading it with their own voices. Big bonus for that! Yet, one of these women (Joanna?) constantly kept laughing at her own jokes. I would like to assume that was their conscious effort in making the book fun and different, but take it from an audiobook addict: don’t laugh on your own jokes, and always take the time to edit out the laughs before publishing. Laughing at your own jokes in a book or even on TV even if you had a fancy show never looks good.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This book was very unhelpful to the average home owner with limited space. While they spoke briefly about the importance of decluttering, the images and descriptions offered large spaces and minimal amounts of decluttering and maximal amounts of stuff to "organize".

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    The Home Edit is a very beautiful book but is highly unrealistic and caters only to a specific audience (upper-middle-class to upper-class women with a large home budget and an oversized house). The book doesn't translate to someone like me that lives in a large city and two bedroom apartment. If I had seemingly unlimited space in my home like Gwyneth Paltrow (whose home was featured in this book), I think many of my storage problems would be non-existent and my space needs would be met. But I d The Home Edit is a very beautiful book but is highly unrealistic and caters only to a specific audience (upper-middle-class to upper-class women with a large home budget and an oversized house). The book doesn't translate to someone like me that lives in a large city and two bedroom apartment. If I had seemingly unlimited space in my home like Gwyneth Paltrow (whose home was featured in this book), I think many of my storage problems would be non-existent and my space needs would be met. But I don't. Now, even if I DID own a large house and had a hefty budget to re-organize my home, I wouldn't necessarily do it in the way suggested in this book. There is a great deal of plastic and un-sustainable storage bins and accessories used that would make me feel wasteful AND as a mother of a toddler, many of these arrangements for kid homes wouldn't work in the long term. Again, really nice photos to look at and dream about but very unuseful.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Hall

    Don’t waste your time This book is laughable! The entire book is just the same thing over and over A:) use acrylic bins and write on them what’s inside B) sort things into unnecessary categories that will come undone asap such as sorting your kids toy cars BY COLOR in different bins. Yeah right

  30. 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.

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