[ THE TIPS ] SPRING CLEANING

Here at The Home Edit, we believe it's ALWAYS spring cleaning.. but since most people dedicate a block of time to clean and organize their home, we thought we would give you some tips. 

1) Focus on one space at a time. If you try to tackle your entire house, you will get easily overwhelmed. And before picking, try to prioritize each space by what frustrates you most, and what would give you the most satisfaction to have organized. It could be something large like your master closet, or something as small as the junk drawer in your kitchen. 

2) Think about the supplies you would need to help organize that single space. If it's a closet, look at shoe boxes, hangers, and handbag hooks. If it's a pantry, think about bins, jars, and cereal containers. If it's a playroom, consider toy bins and containers for art supplies. If you try to really focus on a single project at a time, it will be much more doable. 

3) Take everything out. Actually everything. It's the only way to properly edit your items and the only way you will be able to logically put them back in an organized fashion. Once you have everything in front of you, it's far easier to see what you want to keep and what you want to purge. 

4) Sort everything you are keeping into categories. For instance, if you are working on your home office, categorize piles of paper into things like business, taxes, mail, pending projects, etc. Setting up systems that match your specific needs, will help for easy maintenance going forward. 

5) Organize all of your pre-sorted categories back into the space (on the shelf, in the drawer, hung in the closet, etc) utilizing the product you purchased in advance. Our rule of thumb is that functionality and logic must come first, and the style comes as a close second. For instance, if you are working on a pantry, make sure you logically think through each shelf to determine where snacks go versus where cans go, and then take the time to make sure everything is lined up and styled accordingly. 

Here are some of our recent spring cleaning projects! Let us know in the comments if there's an organizing project you specifically want us to showcase, and we will work on it for next week!

Girlsroom

GIRL'S ROOM PRODUCT:

PANTRY PRODUCT:

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FRIDGE PRODUCTS:

BOYS CLOSET PRODUCT:

STORAGE CLOSET PRODUCT:

Happy organizing!

xo, THE

[ THE PROJECTS ] BEFORE AND AFTER // VOLUME 3

Before and after pics are great for a few reasons. 1) It helps demonstrate that organizing a space is a PROCESS. It doesn't happen in a blink, and often takes quite a while to sort and categorize before it comes back together. 2) They show how helpful strategic use of product can be in transforming a space. 3) They are just fun to look at.

CLOSET PROJECT

 In Progress

In Progress

 After 

After 

For this space, we used baskets to act as extra shelves, and these stacking shoe boxes to maximize the height and depth. We also used these gorgeous acrylic containers for jewelry and accessories. 

KIDS ROOM PROJECT

 In Progress

In Progress

 After

After

For this little girl's room, we opted for light pink balcolore bins and accessories from Pottery Barn Kids. 

KIDS CLOSET PROJECT

 Before

Before

 Affter

Affter

We utilized large floor bins to hold items that couldn't fit on the shelves, and archival boxes to store sentimental items. 

PANTRY PROJECT

 Before

Before

 After

After

For this pantry, we wanted to maximize the depth of each shelf as well as the height. The divided bins allow for separation of categories and the open stacking bins on top allowed for extra storage. To keep in line with the style, we used acrylic canisters to allow for easy access to snacks and unbreakable storage for kids. 

Stay tuned for the next round! 

xo, THE

[ THE TIPS ] FOUR LEGO SOLUTIONS

As parents of young children, we are very familiar with toy storage frustrations. How to store them, which way to organize them, and most importantly - how to keep them neat and tidy.

After posting one of our recent playroom projects, someone asked us for suggestions on LEGO storage. So we thought, why not put together some of our tips and tricks. Here are 4 different ways we tend to organize LEGOS:

1) For the die-hard LEGO user, keep each "set" contained in a separate bin. It will eliminate the messy box, but still maintain the function of keeping all set parts together. 

 LEGO Toy Storage

LEGO Toy Storage

2) Separating LEGOS by color might seem like a very tedious project, but it actually turns into a fun sorting project for kids. Even the youngest kids are able to participate if you label the bin with an image or the appropriate color ink. 

 Labeled Toy Lids

Labeled Toy Lids

3) If you want to organize by color, but have it be a little broader, we recommend 4 different shades. Neutrals, reds / yellows, blues / greens, pinks / purples. This becomes particularly useful if you have kids who like to play with pink and purples legos versus kids who prefer to build in traditional primary colors. 

Toy Storage Solutions

4) For a simple no-fuss solution - just dump everything into a single bin and call it a day. We firmly believe that containment is key, and being able to easily maintain the system is the priority. So if your kids don't mind combining everything, then keep it easy for yourself! 

 Toy Bin

Toy Bin

Do you have a method we left out? If so, leave a comment with your suggestions! 

x, THE


[ GET THE LOOK ] THE x PENCIL AND PAPER CO

We just finished the most amazing project for our design heroes, Pencil and Paper Co - and we couldn't wait to share the product we used to make this space happen! 

1. One of our favorite multi-purpose pieces of product is the Expand-A-Shelf that we used to hold all the spice jars. It's so versatile, and the clean white lines make it blend in to any space. 

2. The spice jars were nothing short of a labor of love. Gen Sohr, of Pencil and Paper Co, wanted a set of matching spices - so there was nothing left to do but transfer every single one to a new jar. And then hand-paint the label of course... As you do. 

The Artisan Glass Canisters with Oak Lids were a new one for us, but we love trying new things. We loved how it complimented the baskets and earthiness of the spices. 

For the larger jarred items, we opted for glass canisters with lids. We were able to store everything from snacks, to pasta, to cereal in these. 

Finally, we used the Water Hyacinth Cubes and Bins for the remainder of the food groupings. 

We love answering your questions, so let us know if there's anything about this project we left out!

x THE