I'd like to thank everyone who reached out to us with all of the kind words during the fire. We REALLY appreciate it! Yesterday was a terrifying day, to say the least, but thankfully, my parents and their home are both safe and sound.

In these situations, I'm reminded that I don't do well with crisis management. I basically spent my entire day being a Jewish mother to my Jewish mother. They refused to evacuate because they are equal parts stubborn, and equal parts attached to their home. By late afternoon it was clear that given the choice between an evacuation center or her freshly pressed sheets... she's going to take her chances.

Many of you have gotten to know my mother through Instagram, and she's become our unofficial mascot over the years. So here is an ode to Roberta and the home we all love so much. For those of you familiar with her legendary HOUSE RULES, and those of you who are newcomers, I thought it would be fun to share a Roberta approved guide to being a good house guest. Because let's face it, we all have a Roberta in our lives.

This is mine...

As a guest in my mother's home, you will be given explicit HOUSE RULES (yes, in all caps, always, and never to be taken lightly) and a checkout policy. In other words, Roberta doesn't mess around and neither should you.

Don't believe me? Ask Joanna. The first time we stayed with my parents on a work trip to LA, I had to warn her:
"Do you know what hospital corners are? You are about to meet a woman who takes on the human physical embodiment of hospital corners."

So, let's go over the house rules, shall we? Take notes.


DO NOT under any circumstance known to man, roll your suitcase on my mother's wooden floors. It doesn't matter if you have two broken arms and a suitcase that weighs 100 lbs. If you roll the suitcase on the floor, you might as well roll it all the way back to the airport.

Do your research and invest in a lightweight suitcase that can be picked up, carried, or strapped to your back if need be. As far as you are concerned, the wheels serve no function.


Shoes are prohibited on any carpet or rug within the home. It's best to take them off before you even look at a rug or carpet to be safe.

With that said, slippers or socks need to be packed. There's no "I hate my bare feet" or "I need a pedicure" excuse. You could have an extra toe that scares children. It doesn't matter. The same rules will apply.


Turn the lights off when you leave the room or face immediate eviction. If you tend to forget, make yourself a note. Trust me, Roberta flipping a switch is a lot worse.


If you are wearing makeup or even a tinted moisturizer, do not so much as brush up against one of my mother's fluffy white towels. Don't even use them to dry your hands, let alone your face.

Bringing your own towels is advisable, for both makeup and general use. This includes bath towels, hand towels, and even a robe.

If you plan on using the provided white towels, be proactive about crisis management. Prior to use, do field research on the exact brand and SKU number of the towel so you can stealthily replace.

Case study: Sumner, Joanna, and I were staying at my parent's house. A makeup smudge was found on a washcloth. We all invoked the "I only use makeup towelettes" defense, but we can't be certain who slipped. It could have been any of us. We can only assume my mother has the damaged towels at a forensic lab and will be checking for DNA.


You get one water glass during your stay so pick it wisely and wash it often. If you set it down, you better remember where you put it. And, if you lose it? Too bad.

I bring my own travel water bottle, just in case. Supermodels swear by water as their ultimate beauty secret, so I refuse to go more than a few hours without it.


Don't let the faucet or shower run for more than 5 seconds because WE ARE IN A DROUGHT. I get it...but LET ME LIVE.

A shower is a necessity and not a luxury, so treat it as such. Oh, you need to deep condition your hair and shave your legs in the same session? Good luck. The clock is ticking.

And, if all else fails? Dry shampoo. 


Upon checking out of my mother's house, you must strip the sheets and put them in a pillowcase, and place the sheets, along with your wastebasket, by the bedroom door.

Place your used towels by the door as well, UNLESS there is a speck of makeup, in which case you should run out the door immediately and never look back.

To expedite the checkout process, bring packing squares  to ensure that no item is forgotten. The only trace that should be left of you is a hostess gift, like a candle, and a thank you note on fine stationery.


Lightweight Suitcase

Minnetonka Slippers

Coffee Slippers

Crew Socks

Black Makeup Towel

White Fluffy Towels

Cairo Hand Towel

Terry Robe

BKR Glass Water Bottle

DRYBAR Dry Shampoo

Packing Squares

Voluspa Candle Set

Merci Thank You Cards

Things to Note:

Joanna consistently scores an A+ on house rules, particularly during checkout. I'd say I'm somewhere between a D on the low end and a C+ on the high end. 

The "Makeup on Fluffy Towel" case of 2017 is still on-going and the culprit is still at large. 

Xo Clea (P.S. it wasn't me)


Divided Fridge Drawer Clear
Divided Turntable
Tall Drawer
Egg Bin
Narrow Drawer
Large Berry Bin
Produce Bin
Small Fridge Bin
Tip 1: Stock Up on Healthy Staples

If you want to start eating healthier, you obviously need to stock your fridge with healthy food. It helps to create a list of core staples to have on hand at all times. This takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping, and you’ll feel more prepared during meal and snack time. 

Tip 2: Edit, Edit, Edit

When it comes to actually organizing your fridge, don’t skip the editing process. Even if you don’t feel like it, start by removing every single item from your fridge until it’s completely empty. We suggest keeping a trash bag nearby and tossing anything expired as you go. And since your fridge shelves are probably due for a deep clean, here’s your chance to actually get in there and wipe off that weird sticky layer! 

Tip 3: Create Zones

Every category should live in a designated zone (location) and preferably, within a contained and visible home (clear product). This allows everything to be accessible, accounted for, and aesthetically pleasing...while also maximizing shelf space.

Tip 4: Label It

Labeling isn’t just the finishing touch, it’s actually the secret sauce of the system. Labels are really just straightforward directions for where items go. They concretely identify the contents that live in each container. It not only helps *you* maintain the system, but it holds your kids, your partner, and anyone else using the space, too. 

*Reminder: Think broad, not specific when labeling your categories. It should be a simple road map that’s flexible enough for the occasional outlier. 

Tip 5: Freeze It

Your freezer is valuable real estate in your fridge set up, so clear out those old popsicles and spilled frozen peas to make room for favorites your family will actually eat. We're looking at you last minute meals.

We love using our Freezer Bins to contain the chaos amongst the frozen pizzas and kids snacks. Organizing this space will take the dread out of opening this often-forgotten area, we promise!

Thoughts welcome!

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