4 Tips to Organize and Declutter While Stuck at Home

April 6, 2020

With millions of people ordered to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, home projects like organizing have suddenly risen to the top of people’s to-do lists.

Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer are the founders of The Home Edit, a home organization company that has helped organize the spaces of everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Gwyneth Paltrow, Dan Levy, Mandy Moore and Rachel Zoe.

Teplin and Shearer, who both live in Nashville, have been sharing daily organizing tips on Instagram to help people take advantage of their unexpected time at home during coronavirus quarantines.

The pair has also previously shared their spring organizing tips with “Good Morning America.”

If you’re feeling inspired to take on the closets, drawers, bookshelves and more in your home, here are four organizing rules Teplin and Shearer say will give your spaces new life.

1. Start small

Kick off spring cleaning in your home by starting with something like a junk drawer in your kitchen.

A drawer will be easier than what Teplin and Shearer say is the hardest space to organize, the kitchen pantry, which can take a full day.

“You kind of learn the ropes and then you can kind of scale up once you have mastered that one drawer,” Teplin said. “You can take that and apply it to any space.”

2. Edit

Teplin and Shearer say editing — evaluating what is in the space you’re organizing and then eliminating the things you don’t need — is so crucial they put the word in their company’s name.

“The first thing we always say no matter what the project is, is to edit out whatever you can,” Teplin explained. “You’ve got to pare down to the stuff that you love or use.”

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