Previously, we compiled 10 Best Decluttering & Tidying Lessons From Marie Kondo Netflix Series – check it out for a recap of the series. With Netflix releasing a brand new home organization series, “Get Organized With The Home Edit”, we couldn’t miss this binging on this too!
Following the Marie Kondo sensation, The Home Edit is a Nashville-based company set up by two professional home organizers (Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin) to create an easy-to-maintain functional system that is visually appealing. We’d like to think we’re the Singaporean version of them as we share the same mission of empowering homeowners to create an organized and happier life.
We’ve compiled 8 best organizations tips from The Home Edit that you can apply to your next home organizing project – read on to learn more!
1. Figure Out Your Goals
Before you start organizing, you need to figure out what you’re organizing for. Come up with a game plan on how you want to use your space. Are you looking to create a more functional space at home or space for your kids to grow into?
There is no one way when it comes to organizing your home. You should organize your space based on you and your family’s needs so that your system will be easily maintainable in the future. For example, if you’re a doctor, keep all your doctoral needs in one place so it’s easy for you to grab and go. Find out what is your goal at the end of your organization journey.
2. Editing (Or Decluttering) Is Inevitable
Editing (or decluttering) is an important step as you need to choose your priorities.
Do you want all your items or do you want more space? You can’t have both.– Joanna & Clea, The Home Edit
Start by taking everything out of your space. This helps you understand all of your inventory. From there, take time to assess all your items and eliminate those that you don’t need.
If you’re unsure whether you should throw something out or not, keep it in storage away from the main area and see if you or your family reaches out for it within a certain timeframe.
3. Creating Zones Is Key
Creating zones in your space is the key to form and function. Zones are designated spaces for a category of your similar items such as handbags or jewellery. It helps you make sense of the space that you have as well as serves as a visual reminder to declutter once your items flow out of the designated space.
Some unique zones used in The Home Edit:
- Backstock: It refers to anything extra that you have in your home – food supplies, cleaning supplies and more. They’re essentials that you need at home and it’s usually in the garage, or well, a storeroom in a Singapore context.
- Touch Access: Items that you work with regularly – phone bills, stationeries or even comfort food. Things that you want within your reach.
- Drop Zone: If you’re someone who enjoys switching out your handbags, create a drop zone for yourself – a space for you to organize your belongings as you transfer from bag to bag.
For a clearer step-by-step guide on creating zones in your home, also check out our StyleMag article on The Most Important Rule When It Comes To Organizing.
4. Containing Your Items
Containers are a great way to maximise the space that you have. You can choose from a range of different containers – from clear containers to woven baskets. Choose the container that fits you and your home’s needs.
Tip: Make sure you carefully measure the space that you want to put your containers. This prevents you from buying containers that don’t fit!
Also check out on StyleMag: How To Choose The Right Storage Container Box For Singapore Homes
However, if you’re someone who often forgets what you have at home, The Home Edit are big fans of clear containers. They believe that when you can see your items, you are more likely to use it. This will also give you an idea of what you have or don’t have at home so you can prevent over-purchasing!
Psst! Keep track of your inventory with our Klear Series, featuring our clear containers!
4.1 Organize enclosed spaces
Cabinets, drawers and even refrigerators are great spaces to hide away items that you don’t want your guests to see. Over time, you will be too comfortable shoving things deeper inside and eventually you’ll forget about the items at the back.
To prevent that from happening, you can use baskets and containers to act as a drawer to store your items.
4.2 Prevent overstuffing
Similar to how zones serve as a visual reminder for us to not overcrowd our designated space, containers give you a gauge of how many items can comfortably fit in your space. They provide an individual allotment for your items, preventing you from overstuffing.
Containers are a great storage solution for your homes, but be sure to not cram too many together. Give your containers room to breathe so it will be easy for you to grab it and go.
Keep your pantry organized with our range of Food & Pantry Containers here.
5. Colours Are Intuitive For Children
If you have kids at home, organizing items in the rainbow order is the most practical solution. It’s intuitive for them, blue items go with the blue stack. It acts as a set of labels for kids – allows them to put away things by themselves and be self-sufficient. They’re never too young to start getting into the habit of organizing!
The rainbow organization method also represents everything The Home Edit stands for: A smart and organized system that is also aesthetically pleasing and beautiful to look at.
6. Systematise Your Miscellaneous Clutter
When decluttering your home, you’re bound to find some items that you cannot bear to part with or items that you hope to upcycle or reuse. You can keep those items but ensure that it’s kept in a systematic order.
- Sentimental clutter: Have a designated box to keep all your sentimental items such as pictures, cards and other keepsakes.
- Aspirational clutter: If you have clothes that you hope to fit back into, keep it inside a bin or storage box. Only keep those that are 1 size off and get rid of anything bigger than that.
Also check out on StyleMag: 6 Common Types Of Clutter Homeowners Should Avoid
7. Labels – Maintain Your System
Now that you’ve gotten your house in a systematic order, you need to maintain it. This is one of our all-time favourite tips and it’s The Home Edit approved – labelling. Labelling is an easy-to-maintain organization system that you should implement in your homes.
By labelling your containers and zones, you will be making organization easier for yourself in the future. You and your family will know where to take and store items and products will never be misplaced.
We at Style Degree are obsessed with labels too! Choose from our range of pre-printed Sticker Labels (for your switches, condiments and fridge) or customise your own with our popular Mini Label Maker & Printer.
8. Organizing Is Evergoing
Organizing is a continuous process. After you’ve organized and set up a system in your home, you can’t just let it be. These organization tips help you organize your home, but you need to put in some work to maintain it and ensure that everything is in order.
Edit your inventory every few months or whenever things start to pile up and flow out of your zones. See if the system you set up back then still works for you and if it doesn’t suit your lifestyle, change it up accordingly.
Now that you know all these tips, stop dilly-dallying and get on your feet! You can only feel how revolutionary having an organized and clutter-free home can be once you do all the hard work.
If you want more tips from other organization series, check out our article on Marie Kondo Netflix Series!
Also check out on StyleMag: 10 Best Decluttering & Tidying Lessons From Marie Kondo Netflix Series
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