The 80/20 Rule and Other Tricks to Keeping the House Organized

The 80/20 Rule and Other Tricks to Keeping the House Organized

Check out eight tips from the stars of a Netflix series for those who want to keep their home tidy.

Are you desperate because you are unable to keep the house clean? If so, this article can help.

Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are an organizing duo known for their Netflix show Get Organized with The Home Edit, in which they break into people’s homes and transform a messy, cluttered space into something beautiful and functional.

Alongside the TV series, The Home Edit is a lifestyle brand that provides “total organization services” in cities across the United States and was acquired by actress Reese Witherspoon’s company Hello Sunshine earlier this year.

Shearer and Teplin are the bestselling authors of The Home Edit Life and creators of several product lines.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’, the duo shared several tips for keeping the house tidier, as you can see below.

1. “Edit” your content

“Machining is a very important part of our system,” says Teplin.

“We called it that because it’s a critical step in our program.”

The English word “edit” that appears in the name of the TV attraction translates into “edition” in Portuguese.

“Editing is a very powerful tool and costs nothing.”

“First put everything you have on display so you can see it. Then count and inventory everything you use, need and love, and eliminate the things that don’t fall under any of these three. categories.”

2. Keep systems simple

“Everyone has their own method,” says Teplin. “But we’re all about simplicity and creating systems that are durable, easy to maintain and not overly specific.”

“It’s not just about you. Don’t make the system so meticulous that other people can’t fix things. If the systems are simple, anyone can stick to them.”

Actress Reese Witherspoon (center) is one of the supporters of Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin's initiative  Getty Images  Getty Images

Actress Reese Witherspoon (center) is among the supporters of Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin’s initiative

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“Systems are better when they are simplified. An example is when we put a basket next to the door to put shoes in,” says Shearer.

“Do they have to be perfectly aligned? no If it’s important to you that they do it, that’s your problem and it’s up to you to take care of it.”

“Anyone should be able to participate in a system. If you find that nobody else is following it, it’s probably because it’s too complicated.”

3. Use containers

“Use boxes and containers to organize things,” suggests Teplin.

“The absolute rule here is labelling. Label everything, especially the things you can’t see in a box. Use clear containers for the things you need to see.”

“It’s important that you store supplies and items in a way that makes sense for the space, the items, and the routine of the day.”

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pots with food in them

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“Mix small and large dividers in the drawers to match the exact measurements and what you plan to store inside.”

“This doesn’t usually work from the start, so feel free to move the content around until you’re happy with the end result.”

4. Stick to the 80:20 rule

“Our general rule of thumb when it comes to shipping containers is that if you want to keep a house tidy longterm, you should never have a room that’s more than 80% full,” says Clea. “You should always leave 20% blank.”

“It’s like eating: you don’t want to be 100% full because you’re uncomfortable and you don’t have room for dessert. Then it is good to leave a free space in the house.”

“A room that’s no more than 80% full gives you a break. And when something new comes into the closet, pantry or kitchen, there’s a place to put it without having to immediately remove things.”

5. Make everything beautiful

“Make storage functional and then make things pretty,” says Shearer.

“Show everything that makes you happier and more creative. It can be anything from family photos, a fun wallpaper, or organized rainbow colored books.”

“First of all him [o arcoíris] it’s beautiful, nobody can deny that,” says Joanna.

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Books sorted by color

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“It’s a nice system that we use especially for kids because they know where to put things. If they haven’t read yet, they know that orange books always come in a certain order.”

“It’s a system that really combines form and function.”

6. Remove all obstacles

“Really think about who is using the system,” advises Teplin.

“The idea is to clear as many barriers as possible early on, so don’t place items high up, so you always need a ladder to reach them.”

“On the other hand, you should try to remove obstacles in the way so that everyone can keep order in the house.”

7. Wind up the cables

“Electronic devices like printers and laptops have a lot of wires attached to them,” says Shearer.

“Using cord protectors and organizers helps keep everything but clutter.”

“We also recommend adding labels to all cables that prevent you from turning off WiFi if you were only intending to disconnect another device.”

8. Take it easy

“Take it slow and start small,” Shearer insists.

“Don’t start with a big project. First, understand all the steps, the editing process, how to categorize, and how to keep things going over time.”

“There aren’t many shortcuts when it comes to organization and I wish there were. After all, it would be so much easier if we could just jump to the good part. But remember, it’s a process and you really can.” t. skip every step of it,” concludes the expert.

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