THE HOME EDIT x TARGET: MOVING EDITION

When Target asked us to be their official Home Organizing Experts, we looked like a pair of wide-eyed emojis. To say it was our dream come true doesn't appropriately describe the situation. Should we modify our logo to add a bullseye? Did we need to change our colors to red and white instead of black and white? Are we moving to Minneapolis? Whatever they wanted us to do, we were on board. 

As a new member of the Target family, our duties include doing what we do best: Provide Target's guests with advice, tips, and tricks for organizing all aspects of the home. Our first mission was to help navigate the summer moving season.

Considering how many times we have both moved in recent years, this felt like the perfect project! And while, we understand moving is stressful for a variety of reasons... it's also exciting, and can be fun. All it takes is some advance prep, methodically packing and unpacking, and then trips to Target to organize your new home!  

STEP 1: THE EDIT
Walk through each room in your home and open every cabinet, closet, and drawer. Take a look a careful look at your items and determine whether it's something you still use, you still like, or you still want to keep for sentimental reasons. Purge or donate anything that falls outside of those categories so that you move into your new home with a clean slate, and a fresh start. Everything you pack, and unpack, should be items you value and worthy of your effort. 

STEP 2: PRE-ORGANIZE
Getting organized at your current home before moving to your new home isn't a mandatory step, but it is helpful. Whenever possible, we encourage people to start the organization process by grouping cleaning supplies into bins, drawer contents into inserts, clothing onto proper hangers, etc. It makes the packing and unpacking process much more efficient if you already your items are already utilizing proper supplies!

STEP 3: PACK
Pack-up each room separately and don't mix random items into your boxes. Assign each box with a number and carefully label the contents on the outside. Keep a master list of the boxes to easily keep track of your items throughout the moving process. 

STEP 4: UNPACK
Unpacking is different from organizing, so don't feel pressure to do both at the same time! The goal is to remove all the cardboard boxes, and get everything into the correct area of the home. Once you are unpacked, you can better assess how much space you have for your items, and what supplies you need to get organized. 

STEP 5: ORGANIZE
We're biased, but this is the FUN PART! The most important thing to remember, is to pace yourself and not bite off more than you can chew at once. We always suggest starting with something like a drawer to avoid getting overwhelmed! Once you have taken careful measurements of the space, head to Target to stock-up on supplies. Pro tip: Buy a variety of options and more than you think you need! You can always repurpose supplies in another room or return what you don't use. 

Here are some room-by-room examples!

[ PANTRY ] 

Using functional, durable, and easy-to-clean bins helps keep your items contained and your pantry neat and organized. Don't forget to add a label! Labels are the key to long term maintenance since they act as a set of instructions for the household. 

Product List:
Y-Weave Storage Basket
Woven Storage Bin
Bin Labels
Sharpie Markers

[ DRAWERS ]

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Whether you're organizing bathroom products, kitchen utensils, or a junk drawer, using inserts are the best way to keep your categories separate and sorted. 

Product List:
Junk Drawer Tray
Modular Drawer Inserts
 

[ CLOSET ] 

The single best thing you can do for your closet, is to switch out every hanger for a space saving slimline version. And depending on the size of your new closet, you can add bins for accessories, additional shoe storage, and even a free-standing garment rack for extra long-hang storage. 

Product List:
Huggable Hangers
13-inch Storage Cubes
Shoe Rack
Garment Rack
Wood Milk Crate
Rectangular Wood Milk Crate
Chalk Marker

[ BATHROOM ] 

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Whether you have a linen closet, or a bathroom cart holding towels and toilet paper, you can add baskets to hold extra bath and beauty products! We also suggest a larger basket for hair tools that can be placed on a shelf, under the sink, or even directly on the floor. 

Product List:
Wire Milk Crate with Copper Handles
Seagrass Divided Basket
Small Seagrass Basket
Round Seagrass Basket
Large round Woven Bin
White Storage Cart
 

[ KIDS ] 

Let your kids help you set-up their new room! Including them in the  process will help them understand the systems, and be more likely to maintain them for the long term. 

Product List: 
Wood Milk Crate
Chalk Marker

[ STORAGE ] 

Some items are best stored so they don't take up your home's valuable real estate. Designate which items to keep in your garage, attic, or even on the top shelf of a closet, and transfer them to stackable storage bins. Add a label (have we driven home the point of labeling yet?) for easy identification! 

Product List:
66 qt Storage Totes
16 qt Storage Totes
28 qt Storage Totes
Sharpie Markers
Dry Erase Tape

Whether you're planning a move, or are already moved into your new  home - we want you to ENJOY the experience! Moving is a milestone (take it from us... we have moved a lot!), so make it fun, and appreciate the moment. Plus, moving means MORE TARGET TRIPS which we count as a big win. We also count it as cardio, but we are experts in organizing, not fitness...

To see ALL of our moving  solutions and product picks, head to Target.com

xo, THE

[ THE ] TRAVELS: LOS ANGELES, MAY 2017

We head to LA 3 or 4 times a year, and each trip has its own version of fun, craziness, 12-hour work days with no sleep, trips to The Container Store, and... my mother. We always stay at my parents house when we're in LA, but THIS time we brought Nick and Sumner. Needless to say it was an adventure for all. Below are some highlights from the trip, and some lowlights from our travel days (insert wide-eyed emoji).

I don't what short straw we picked for this trip, but EVERYONE was strikingly gorgeous and it was annoying to even stand next to them. We looked like bridge trolls and they looked like a snapchat filer in real life. So instead of recapping how beautiful, kind, and generous everyone was (and really..... THEY ALL WERE), we'll stick to the projects!

VANESSA LACHEY

Vanessa has three hungry kids and a husband that REALLY loves pretzels, so naturally, we wanted to make snacks super accessible while leaving a section just for cooking and baking items. The oxo pop-top containers were perfect for little hands, and big hands alike! 

[ Product List ]

Montauk Bins
Oxo Pop-Top Square Canister
Oxo Pop-Top Large Square Canister
Oxo Pop-Top Rectangular Canister
Bamboo Turntable
Bamboo Double Turntable
Bin Clips
Paint Markers

RACHEL ZOE

Rachel is.... everything. Like sunshine and rainbows and Chanel. Her closet is her happy place, and we really wanted to do it justice. Not to mention, it was like climbing Mt Everest and competing in the organizing Olympics, so NO PRESSURE. 

[ Product List ]

Hyacinth Bin
Hyacinth Tray
Bin Clip
Acrylic Purse Organizer
Huggable Hangers
Paint Markers

MARIANNA HEWITT

Marianna is a HUGE beauty blogger and receives 5 boxes of items a DAY. We set-up systems for giveaways, sponsorships, and trial products to help calm the clutter and create an easier environment for her busy life. 

[ Product List ]

Like-It Modular Drawers
Like-it Brick Bins (for inside drawers)
Paint Markers

ABIGAIL SPENCER

Abby has been a friend for a long time, but getting to spend time sifting through her closet, was a special occasion. Not only does she have an incredible wardrobe, but we were able to go through her special memories, her collections, and she even served us champagne because she was angling for favorite person ever award (award granted). 

[ Product List ]

Hamptons Bins
Shoe Boxes
High-Heeled Shoe Boxes
Men's Shoe Boxes
Bin Clips
Paint Markers
Huggable Hangers

CATHERINE MCCORD of WEELICIOUS

This is the 5th project we've worked on for Catherine, and the love grows deeper each time. We've spent holidays with this family, and helped their kids with homework - so spending the day at her house is like coming home. This time we were able to organize her daughter Chloe's room. She loves to read, draw, and has a fierce American Girl collection - so we definitely had our work cut out for us. 

[ Product List ]

Hinged-Lid Storage Boxes
Acrylic Stacking Drawers
Premium Sweater Bins
Premium Shirt Bins
Paint Markers


We've included links to all the above products so that you can achieve these looks on your own, but if you need a bit more guidance, [ THE ] diy is a great option. And good news.... We are having a SUMMER SALE in honor of Memorial Day

There are two limited offers, and they are both on a first come first serve basis:

1 // [ THE ] diy sale
The first 10 PEOPLE who book [ THE ] diy package will receive 10% off the price PLUS a set of complimentary custom labels for your project. 

2 // [ THE ] local sale
The first 15 PEOPLE who book a job in Nashville will receive 10% off the total hourly charge (job must be a minimum of 4 hours)

Fine print:
Both offers must be redeemed before Labor Day.
Offers cannot be combined with other promotions.

To book either offer, contact: hello@thehomeedit.com

 

xo, THE

 

 

 

[ THE TIPS ] BE GOOD TO YOUR GUESTS

Whether you run an Airbnb, or just want to make your houseguests feel at home, there are a few things you can do to make your space cozy and inviting. Just beware, your guests may never want to leave... 

1. CAFFEINE 

We've set up a lot of Airbnb's lately (Nashville's a lovely place to visit in the spring, y'all!) and the single most important element is COFFEE. We love the all white Keurig Brewing System because it blends with any room decor, is simple to use, and provides a 24 hour coffee fix. 

We set-up a complete coffee station using this Gold and Marble Tray from Target (you're welcome), Coffee MugsGold and White Canisters to hold the coffee pods, and added Fishs Eddy Serving Pieces as accents. 

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We also added a stool for extra seating (very important for an Airbnb!) and these Baskets for backstock coffee pods. 

2. BOOKS AND GAMES

It's always fun to add some Game Room Sets to a bedroom or living space. It adds a little whimsy and lets them know you want them to enjoy their stay. It's also fun to add some local books, or travel books, like this set of Field Guides, (And because we know you'll ask here is a link to the White Alarm Clock!)

3. MINI BAR

Bottles of water by the bedside are a must, but it's also nice to add a tray of snacks and candy. We loaded up this Acrylic Tray (we also love the White Lacquer Tray below) with local Nashville candy that we got at our ALL TIME favorite store White's Mercantile (there's no online shop, but the store will ship!). 

We also added a Sugar Paper Guest Book and a set of Colored Pencils for guests to leave notes, messages, or in Nashville - maybe a hit song? You never know and it's worth a shot. 

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4. ACCENTS

We always add a few fun welcoming accents like Candles, and greenery. The hard thing about flowers is that they die quickly, and plants need maintenance (I personally have killed even the hardest to kill succulents). We found a few go-to options though that we love. West Elm makes really GOOD faux Plants that you can place on shelves or tabletops - they look great and can survive maximum neglect. Another option is a dried flower, like Lavender. They add a bit of color and also make the room smell nice. 

[The gold Hello sign is sold out online, but there are other Welcome Signs left that say Hola and Aloha]

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5. FORGOTTEN ITEMS

Most people unpack their suitcase with the inevitable "UGH, I forgot [fill in the blank]." And it's always such a relief to open the bathroom drawer and find a replacement for what you're missing. 

We organized this drawer using this Drawer Insert and contents from this Travel Kit, deluxe Hand Lotions, and of course, a phone charger. 

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If your bathroom doesn't have drawers, you can use wall units like the below Metal Wall Organizer or the Black Wall Mirror with Shelf from Target that gives you extra storage space for products. 

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Just promise that if you do all of the above, you invite us for a sleepover! 

xo, THE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[ THE TIPS ] THE CORD ROUND-UP

Cords are the absolute worst, correct? The never-ending web of wires are a constant eye sore and a tangled mess 100% of the time. Wire warfare is very real, and we are always on the lookout for new ways to conceal and contain our nemesis. 

1. CATCH IT. 

Placing a cable catch on your desktop or nightside table, will prevent your cable cords from falling to the floor every time (EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.) you unplug a device. Whether it's your laptop, phone, or tablet, you don't have fumble for the charger when you go to plug it back in later!

2. COLLECT IT. 

All electronics come with a huge amount of connected cords. Using a cord wrap or cable tie to gather the wires, helps prevent them from taking over your desk or media table. There are also a variety of colors you can use to identify different categories!

3. WIND IT. 

If you've never used a cable reel, then you're welcome. Because it's beneficial on a variety of levels. Cable reels allow you to wind-up cords to conceal them, to shorten them, and to keep them untangled. We especially love them for phone chargers and ear buds since it keeps your bags and drawers from cord chaos. 

 

4. DOCK IT. 

Multiple devices lead to multiple charging cables, so we always recommend setting up docking stations. Whether it's a side table, a floor basket, or a repurposed magazine rack, you can set-up all your devices to charge in a contained area. 

 

5. LABEL IT.

It's said in the south, "if it's not moving, monogram it." We believe in the organizing version, "if it's not moving, LABEL it." Labeling each cord plugged into a power strip helps you easily identify each item and keeps you from switching off your wifi when you just meant to unplug the printer. 

Links are in pink!

xo, THE