The 10 Best Organizing Tips From Season 2 of “Get Organized with the Home Edit”

published Apr 6, 2022
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At long last, “Get Organized” — The Home Edit’s beloved Netflix show — is back for a second season. Over the course of eight episodes, Nashville-based pro organizers Clea Shirer and Joanna Teplin organize their way through the homes (and tour buses) of celebrities and regular people alike, sharing some super-smart tips along the way. 

While you should definitely watch the entire season, we’re here for you if you just want the highlights. Here are 10 of the best organizing tips to steal for your own space.

1. Follow four steps in each project

If there’s anything we’ve learned from Clea and Joanna — okay, besides the sheer beauty of organizing by color — it’s that every home organizing job requires four important steps: edit, categorize, contain, and maintain. Each part comes with its own challenges — for example, deciding what to get rid of can be straight-up painful — but you’ll end up with far better results if you commit to the whole process. 

2. Be strategic about stuff you want to use 

For those who are visual organizers, it’s super important to be strategic about storing what we want (or need) to use on a regular basis. In episode one, Joanna and Clea intentionally put healthier foods, like produce, in easy-to-see bins, while occasional treats stayed contained on top shelves.


3. Determine your “fussy factor” before you start

In the same episode, the team asks their clients about their fussy factor — essentially, how detailed they want the organization system to be. Before setting out to organize your own space, think about whether you’d like to organize in broad or hyper-specific categories. For instance, you could organize a kid’s art supplies in one crate, or separate markers, crayons, and paints. Remember: The goal is to create a system you’ll be able to maintain over time.

4. Don’t neglect your drawer space

In Drew Barrymore’s super-stocked kitchen, the team has to get creative about using every inch of space — which, in this case, means storing spices in drawers. If you have more drawer space than cabinet or shelf space, simply label the tops of each item so you can easily see what you’re looking for. 

5. Use racks instead of stacking

There’s nothing more frustrating than toppling over a stack of pans when you’re searching for one in a cabinet. That’s precisely why Joanna and Clea opted to store Drew’s pans, cutting boards, and lids using a horizontal rack. Everything’s visible all at once, and you don’t have to worry about making a bigger mess (or worse, hurting yourself). 


6. Create an incoming drop zone

You may not be receiving free swag all the time like supermodel Winnie Harlow, but if you find yourself amassing piles of stuff in your home, create a designated “drop zone” (January Cure participants will know it by the name of “landing strip“) that keeps mail, packages, and other incoming items contained until you can address them. 

7. Use containers in high or deep spaces

Up-high cabinets offer prime real estate for storing items you use less commonly, but it can be annoying to grab a step stool every time you want to grab something. To make reaching for these lesser-used items easier, put them in a bin or basket you can easily grab without going to the back of the cabinet. 

8. Store bigger items lower

When they’re organizing Lauren Conrad’s space, Joanna and Clea share a genius tip: Always store larger items on the bottom shelves (or the floor) and smaller items (including bins and baskets) near the top shelves. Not only does this system create an aesthetically appealing pyramid aesthetic; it’s also a whole lot easier (and safer) to grab big stuff from lower shelves. 


9. Donate edited items right away

As you’ll see in episode five, deciding to donate something isn’t the same as actually doing it. To prevent clutter from building up in your space, make a plan to donate or discard items you’ve edited out of your home right away rather than putting them in your car or setting them by the entryway. That way, you’ll free up much-needed space for new things right off the bat.

10. Create stations and zones 

This tip is technically for a kid’s playroom, but it works in any space: Embrace stations and zones when you organize. Designating specific areas for categories makes it much easier to find and use items, and just as importantly, to maintain your system. If you can quickly recall where something goes, you’ll be much more likely to put it away when you’re done.