When we started The Home Edit, our goal was to transform the way people think about organization. In other words, just because your closet resembles the aftermath of a Category 5 hurricane doesn’t mean that all hope is lost.
Sure, organizing happens to be something we are good at—but it’s also the only thing we are good at. We fully relate to the panic some people feel about tackling a messy space because it’s how we feel about traveling or cooking rice.
So in the spirit of spring cleaning, we’d like to challenge everyone who claims “My house will never look that way” or “I’ll forever be a hot mess” to let us change your mind. We’re not going to lie, organizing and cleaning can be hard—it requires work, time, and thoughtfulness. But with the right systems in place and rules to follow—along with some helpful products—we promise you’ll get there. Because let’s be honest: If we can do it, pretty much anyone can. Here are a few tips to get you started:
CREATE CLEANING CATEGORIES
If you’re already stressed at the thought of cleaning that downstairs bathroom you’ve ignored for months, then save yourself the extra headache and edit your cleaning supplies beforehand.
Empty out your entire stash and toss anything that’s expired or down to the last drop. Next, group the remaining products into broad categories either by type of product (disinfectants, fabric care, paper towels) or where it’s used (bathroom, kitchen, floor). There’s no right or wrong category—it’s just important that all items are accounted for to streamline your routine.
We like to use acrylic bins and turntables to store cleaning supplies because they make items more accessible when you need them. The final step is to label the container, which acts as a road map to where things belong and the key to long-term maintenance. Starting with a smaller project like this one will give you the confidence to tackle a larger one—like your pantry or closet.
One of the reasons we love being organized is because we hate looking for things. The systems we create allow us to put forth the least amount of effort without sacrificing efficiency (aka The Low-Bar Lifestyle). With that said, we believe that paper towels deserve more real estate than just a utility closet. Because whether you have 10 minutes before in-laws arrive or you spill your champagne in the upstairs bedroom, it always feels good knowing that damage control is near.
For this reason, we love stocking our spaces with rolls of the because it traps and locks messes and can handle everything from cleaning appliances, countertops, and shining windows. Viva also carries a for any deep cleaning needs, which we like to store in kitchens and bathrooms.
GRAB + GO
We suggest removing any plastic or cardboard packaging wherever it makes sense. Not only does it maximize space and look cleaner, but you’ll also be saving a step when you need to access it. I mean, who wants to unwrap paper towels during a spill emergency? Not us.
This is where come in handy, both in the home or on-the-go. They have the same durable cloth-like feel of the but in a portable and convenient design. I keep them in the playroom and my kids rooms because it’s easier for them to grab.
FORM + FUNCTION = MAGIC
Beauty is sometimes in the unexpected and it’s typically where form and function meet. If you have the space, don’t be afraid to style out an empty shelf with items like paper towels or bottled water. We’ve found that displaying items that are often tucked away can provide a look that’s as stylized as it is convenient. It also helps keep track of these VIP’s (Very Important Products) so you never run low.
Happy Cleaning! And remember: You can do it!
Clea + Joanna