Spring cleaning is one of those rites of passage that some of us look forward to all year long… or that some of us dread. After a long winter, it’s often a way to ‘shake off the cobwebs’ and welcome in a fresh new season with long, deep, and clean breaths.
The problem is, many of us don’t know where to start, and just the thought of tackling any kind of cleaning ‘project’ can be overwhelming. That’s where Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin come in – they are the founders of The Home Edit (THE for short) and if you haven’t yet discovered their books or their Netflix series, you are in for a treat!
What we love about Clea and Joanna is their acceptance of “stuff”. They aren’t pushing for you to drastically overhaul your life and get rid of excess; instead they offer simple steps to help you use the space you have more creatively and in an organized and systematic way. Their signature ROYGBIV method of color co-ordinating based on the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) makes newly organized spaces absolutely beautiful and pleasing to the eye – a win win!
Here are Clea and Joanna’s tips to help you tackle your Spring Cleaning the “THE” way:
Focus On One Space At a Time
If you try to tackle your entire house, you will get easily overwhelmed. And before picking, try to prioritize each space by what frustrates you most, and what would give you the most satisfaction to have organized. It could be something large like your master closet, or something as small as the junk drawer in your kitchen.
Think About The Supplies Needed For That Single Space
If it’s a closet, look at shoe boxes, hangers, and handbag hooks. If it’s a pantry, think about bins, jars, and cereal containers. If it’s a playroom, consider toy bins and containers for art supplies. If you try to really focus on a single project at a time, it will be much more doable.
Take Everything Out
Actually everything. It’s the only way to properly edit your items and the only way you will be able to logically put them back in an organized fashion. Once you have everything in front of you, it’s far easier to see what you want to keep and what you want to purge.
Sort Everything You’re Keeping Into Categories
For instance, if you are working on your home office, categorize piles of paper into things like business, taxes, mail, pending projects, etc. Setting up systems that match your specific needs, will help for easy maintenance going forward.
Organize Your Pre-Sorted Categories Back Into The Space
Put things back on the shelf, in the drawers, hung in the closet, etc. THE’s rule of thumb is that functionality and logic must come first, and the style comes as a close second. For instance, if you are working on a pantry, make sure you logically think through each shelf to determine where snacks go versus where cans go, and then take the time to make sure everything is lined up and styled accordingly.