If you’re like us, you often plan on setting time aside to get more organized — redoing your pantry, cleaning the front closet, tidying a junk drawer or two. However, things inevitably end up getting in the way, and your dreams of a perfectly-organized home are dashed again and again.
If that sounds familiar, then never fear! We turned to Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin for help, master organizers and the geniuses behind The Home Edit, our go-to stop for all things organization. The duo has an affinity for clean, classic design, sticking primarily to palettes of either stark black and white, or full-on rainbow (as their drool-worthy Instagram account can attest).
We asked for some quick and simple tips for turning unorganized chaos into the perfectly-planned home you’ve always dreamed of. What are you waiting for? Get organizing now!
When Pottery Barn asked us to pick some of our favorite organizational products, we tried our best to select a tightly-edited list, which is easier said than done, since we could have easily selected half of the store. The ten items we ultimately singled-out below address the most common clutter challenges, along with our tips for how to best use the products in your home.
#1: Clive Utility Baskets
The Clive Utility Baskets come in a variety of sizes and designed to optimize shelving, bookcase units, a cubby system, or even stand alone on the floor. The dimensions and tight woven design allows you to contain and conceal items ranging from small toys and games, to mail and office supplies. We especially love that it comes with a lid! Once you store your items (especially kids’ items!), they can be out-of-sight and out-of-mind.
Extra large floor baskets are a must-have in any home, and we generally keep at least one in each living space. They allow you to easily store blankets and pillows in the living room, or bulky toys in a playroom. By adding them throughout the house, you can quickly clean up any mess your family members leave behind, and they have the added benefit of making a room look polished and well-designed.
Jewelry storage has traditionally been in the form of jewelry boxes or cases. While they remain great options, they can be problematic for delicate necklaces. The necklace cloche allows you to store necklaces without them getting tangled, and also adds a luxe element to your countertop. Pair the necklace cloche with the ring cloche to layer the dimensions, and increase your storage options.
Along with jewelry, sunglasses and watches can be tricky to store. Separate compartments are key to avoid scratching, and most jewelry cases don’t provide enough space for larger items. The Frankie Sunglass and Watch Storage case gives you ample room, and the low profile design allows it to fit inside of a drawer or on top of a dresser as a valet.
#5: Rhodes Canisters
Kitchen organization is our favorite, and a good collection of canisters is a must-have staple. We use them for baking ingredients, tea and coffee, and nuts and sweets. The Rhodes Canisters add functional storage and a clean aesthetic that matches any kitchen counter. Pro tip: Add your own label to the front by using a water based paint marker, or an oil based paint marker for a more permanent option!
Turntables are one of the most versatile organizational tools, and the Marble and Copper Lazy Susan is a great option for any style kitchen. Placing it next to the stove will let you contain all your everyday cooking items and clean-up the countertop. Or if you prefer coffee to cooking, create a station for sugar canisters and coffee pods.
Ladders have become a great way to add storage to an entryway, bathroom, or living room. With the Lucy Leaning Ladder, you can hang your jackets, towels, or blankets – but it also comes with an ace up its sleeve: A hanging basket. Use the basket to store everything from your wallet and keys when you walk in the door, or washcloths and hand towels for your guests. The versatility and chic design makes a perfect addition throughout the house.
#8: Lucy Shoe Rack
To complement the Lucy Leaning Ladder, we recommend the Lucy Shoe Rack. It provides a subtle suggestion to your guests about removing their shoes, while giving them a place to sit and store their items. The sleek design is compact enough for even the smallest entryway, so it’s a great option for all size homes.
The Gabrielle Laundry Organizer System is a complete game changer. The optional components are as smart as they are stylish and lets you customize your space based on your needs. The peg rail allows you to hang a drying rack, floating shelves for cleaning supplies, and even baskets for laundry. But once you think outside the laundry room, the possibilities become endless. The components are so versatile that you can use them to create additional storage in your pantry, a station for kids crafts, or an accessory wall in your closet.
#10: Bedford Lazy Susan
The Bedford Lazy Susan is a perfect storage solution for any room in the house. You can use it on your desk for pens, pencils, and scissors — or in a kids room to hold glue sticks, markers, and crayons. If you’re feeling more creative, try it in the bathroom with cotton balls, Q-tips, and hairbrushes — or on an entryway table to hold keys, wallets, and change. When you combine a turntable with divided compartments, you essentially end-up with an organizational silver bullet.
All of these products will help your home get organized, and STAY organized, for 2017. All it takes is some effort at the beginning, and ongoing maintenance will come easily. If you need any other tips, or have specific areas you’d like help with, let us know in the comments!
XO, THE HOME EDIT
Clea and Joanna are both California transplants, currently living in Nashville. Brought together by a mutual friend, it was friendship at first text, and business partnership immediately thereafter. The goal in starting The Home Edit was to reinvent traditional organizing, and merge it with design and interior styling. While every project is rooted in functional systems that can be maintained for the long term, there is just as much emphasis placed on transforming the space visually and adding their signature stylized aesthetic.
- Clive Utility Baskets
- Aubrey Baskets
- Beachcomber Extra Large Tote
- Necklace and Ring Cloche
- Frankie Sunglass and Watch Storage
- Rhodes Canisters
- Marble and Copper Lazy Susan
- Lucy Leaning Ladder
- Lucy Shoe Rack
- Gabrielle Laundry Organizer System
- Bedford Lazy Susan