November 23, 2022

I’m a professional organizer on The Home Edit – my top five tips and why you need an ‘absence system’

WHETHER you live in a small apartment or a large house, you can always benefit from more organization tips.

Well, the two amazing women behind The Home Edit – expert organizers Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin – have revealed their top five tips.


Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin shared their top five organizational tipsCredit: Getty Images – Getty


Even if you have designated areas for your home office or hobby nook, you need to be able to physically put things away so your brain tunes out at the end of the day.

“It’s visual clutter but also mental clutter, and more than ever we need to make sure our home can also function as our home life and not [just] our professional lives,” Shearer told Apartment Therapy.

“We need that separation and distinction. It’s not just about designating an area, but also making sure you can physically put it away.”

You can make anything from a storage bin to a cart that you can roll under your table or inside your closet.

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It’s often easier to store all of our items and not think twice when we close the cabinet doors.

Well, it turns out you need to be a lot more mindful of your storage and that means using containers to get organized.

“If you contain it at the start, it’s not as hard to maintain as you might think. Containment is really critical, and it’s contained in its own category,” Shearer said.

This means you can have containers for your snacks, another for your cereal, and another for your condiments.

And if you live with others, you can use labels to hold everyone accountable.


Storage space does not necessarily mean closets, cabinets and bins, it can be anywhere, especially on your walls and doors.

“People assume they’re out of storage, but you can always add more,” Shearer said.

“Above the door hangers – if you don’t have a big door to put it in, you can put [command hooks] directly on the wall. Cupboard doors, cupboard doors…”

If you have more hanging space than storage space, use it by hanging your bags, scarves, or anything that doesn’t have a home.

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Here are some tips to help you with your next house cleaning:


When decluttering, people tend to keep items that bring back memories.

However, Teplin suggested checking the object each time you encounter it to see if you still feel that emotional attachment.

If you don’t, it’s time to give it away or toss it.


One of the most important steps that The Home Edit swears in its process is the editing part.

This means you want to go through each item in the space you are organizing and decide if you want to keep it, donate it, or get rid of it.

Shearer herself made sure to modify her home as she prepared to move into a new one.

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“I physically touched each object and made a judgment, do I keep it or do I give it away/dispose of it if it’s real trash, which it may be “, Shearer told AT.

“It’s so gratifying to know that whatever you unbox, you want it, use it, or love it, and it has a purpose in your home.”

They have worked with several celebrities, including Khloe Kardashian


They have worked with several celebrities, including Khloe KardashianCredit: CHRISTOPHER PATEY/NETFLIX

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