5 Organizing Tips from the Home Edit Pros, Who Have Made Over Hundreds of Kitchens

updated Mar 30, 2020
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Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin have organization down to a science. They’re the creators of the Home Edit System, a way of grouping your things in a super neat, functional (and Instagrammable) way. They’ve also made over the kitchens of stars like Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore, and more. And they induce major fridge and pantry envy in us nearly every single day.

But it doesn’t have to end at envy! As of today — March 19 — you can bring Joanna and Clea’s aspirational system into your own life with their new book, The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals. While you wait for Prime shipping to work its magic, here are a few fridge and pantry organizing tips that Clea and Joanna shared with Kitchn!

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1. Ditch the packaging.

“The original boxes, bags, and jars that items come in can add to your clutter. Instead, swap them for reusable glass or acrylic storage. The more consistent, the better. We suggest clear airtight canisters, which come in a variety of sizes — large to small, wide or tall.”

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2. Label everything.

“We suggest labeling containers as a way to find things that much easier. Instantly identify fine powders (like flour and baking soda), loose snacks (like dried fruit and nuts), pasta, cereal, and grains. We often use Sharpies!”

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3. Take charge of your spice collection.

“Clear small glass jars are perfect for spices. For easy access, arrange them in alphabetical order or color-code them on stackable shelving or a divided turntable.”

4. Embrace the lazy Susan.

“We love turntables to display your most-used spices, canned goods, salad dressings, vinegars, and condiments.”

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5. Don’t forget about bins and baskets.

“If you have a busy lifestyle, bins and baskets are super easy to maintain. You can just throw in dry snacks like crackers, popcorn, granola bars, chip bags, beverages, canned items, condiments, and more. You can also use different baskets for different categories.”

Which spot in your kitchen could use the Home Edit most?

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