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The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,726 ratings  ·  258 reviews
There's decorating, and then there's organizing. From the Instagram-sensation home experts (with a serious fan club that includes Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mindy Kaling), here is an accessible, room-by-room guide to establishing new order in your home.

Believe this: every single space in your house has the potential to function efficiently and look great. The
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by Clarkson Potter Publishers
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Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals is a “how-to” home organization guide by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit (THE). The tone of the book is casual and relatable, with humor injected throughout. The format of the book is organized by overall editing process, followed by advice for each specific area in the home. The book is filled with pretty pictures and lots of expert tips (though I admit to finding few groundbreaking).

The quick & dirty THE
Apr 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Total waste of time. Glad I did not waste money buying it! Lots of glossy photos including Gwyneth Paltrow's playroom, and organizing "advice" for those with too much money and too much time on their hands. All cutesy baskets and things like glass jars you supposedly put pasta in instead of leaving it in the boxes or bags it comes in. Sure it all looks great on Pinterest but real people don't live that way. Save your money and do not buy. Even if you see it at the library as I did, save your ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2019
This was so funny and the photos were beautiful and I immediately went and organized like ten cupboards
Jun 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: north-america, 2019
Declutting books are my brain candy reading. This is not a decluttering book per se, but rather organizing decluttered stuff, so close enough.

The photos in here are gorgeous. Drool-worthy photos if you love pretty organization. Visual candy. Lovely layout & printing job too.

But. But. But... the book itself is completely ridiculous, imo. And I even like organizing by color (one of their main suggestions)!

As the impact of plastics continues to be noted (need I say, in a bad way) worldwide,
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
If readers need to organize closets full of athletic wear, a cupboard full of nothing but herbal tea boxes, drawers of colored drinking straws, bathroom cupboards stuffed with 50+ tubes of lipstick and other make-up items, a huge storage area for what must be ten Costco boxes of protein bars, and what seemed to be a lifetime (plus) of crayons and markers, then this book is for you. And if you have the time to re-bottle all of your spices into new bottles and paste on new labels, then this book ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Oh my gosh, thank goodness I got this from the library and didn't waste money on this. No one, and I mean no one lives like this.

When was the last time you sorted your kids toys....ALL the toys by COLOR? yeah, right...never. My personal favorite laugh is a rectangular basket under the hall table, it's divided into 3 sections and each section is for 1 child's backpack. HA! when was the last time (or even the first time) a backpack fit into a 4 inch slot. Yeah, never.
It's lots of cutesy bins and
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I've read a LOT of organizing books. Two things struck me about this one: 1.) Putting items in consistently shaped containers and labeling them --brilliant 2.) The homes featured in the book had so. much. stuff. Unintentionally perhaps, this book also told the tale of how the over-resourced are cheerily going about their lives, using money and access inherited via inequality to buy white boxes to place in their blindingly white homes. I did enjoy the book design, though. Lots of white space ...
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This home organization book is inspiring, educational, and beautiful. I appreciated that the book was all hands-on advice without any fluffy filler. It does a great job of showing a wide range of spaces. The huge, gorgeous celebrity owned spaced are balanced by tiny closets and makeshift pantries, and even the spaces that are unattainable for most of us use solutions that are practical for all sorts of homes. The photos are pretty. The personalities of the authors come through (I follow them on ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook, 2019
Why would you take kitchen and pantry organizing tips from people who don’t cook? Oh wait, I know the answer: because, by the logic of this book, instagrammabity and pinterestibility above all. Oh, and do buy a lot of clear plastic containers the authors make money of.

And take the same approach to your whole house. Clear plastic containers everywhere, put labels on everything, and get your whole house to be in obsessively rainbow color order.

There seems to be quite a few pictures in the book. At
Jun 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is nonfiction on organizing your home. I've read more than a few books on this topic, and this was by far my least favorite. I think she lost me when talking about chandeliers in your closet and putting stuffed animals away by color. Plus the purchasing of so many different things like lined baskets, shelving and anything else you can spend money on to store more stuff. This wasn't my world.
Anne Lawson
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
This whole book can be summed up like this:
1. Get rid of your clutter.
2. Put whatever is left into bins and label it.
3. Take pictures and put on Instagram and then call yourself an expert!
Jun 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
The Home Edit is a very beautiful book but is highly unrealistic and caters only to a specific audience (upper-middle-class to upper-class women with a large home budget and an oversized house). The book doesn't translate to someone like me that lives in a large city and two bedroom apartment. If I had seemingly unlimited space in my home like Gwyneth Paltrow (whose home was featured in this book), I think many of my storage problems would be non-existent and my space needs would be met. But I ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: organizing
If you enjoy looking at photos of organized spaces you will enjoy looking through this book. The biggest takeaways are to use clear containers when possible and label everything. If you get organized envy or feel bad that your house does not look like this, do not pick it up. These rooms are a dream and not practical, at least in my home. Still enjoyed it.
Megan McBeath Hay
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Hallelujah! An organization/lifestyle book that didn’t make me want to just facepalm and roll my eyes. Okay truth be told there were some cringeworthy moments (seriously arranging books by ROYGBIV- do you never read?!?), but for the most part it’s not painful. Sometimes the authors try to be a little too “look how normal flawed we are while we organize celebrity homes.” They’re big takeaway is finding and organization system that fits your life but they also talk constantly about how they don’t ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Meh- cutesy pictures, cutesy organizing, lots of name dropping, not a lot of practicality. I prefer a more minimalism approach to things in the first place, not just decluttering and making pretty (and unrealistic and unlivable, truly). I also like before and afters, and this book had none, which led me to not really believe a whole lot of it. Nor do I feel bad for celebrities who need organizing, when they lead completely different lives to the average reader and have FAR more space than ...more
Just not for me. I love my Marie Kondo method but always ready for a few good ideas. This didn’t do it for me.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
It just didn’t really tell me... anything. It seemed like a bunch of photos, admittedly gorgeous photos, with explanations that really only work for a certain kind of (rich) person. I don’t know. It really wasn’t terrible, I admire what they’re trying to do. And it looks AWESOME. It just seemed kind of bland/unrealistic to someone who lives in a smaller, older house. But maybe it just wasn’t meant for my type of situation. ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
I tried to give this more stars. But who actually lives this way? Its overdone. Too many hideous clear plastic tubs and way too many labels. If I can see its cereal, do I really need to label it ‘cereal’? Same with diapers - no sizes, just “diapers”. It was too much redundancy and simply felt more cluttered than organized.
Rebekah Hall
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Don’t waste your time
This book is laughable!
The entire book is just the same thing over and over
A:) use acrylic bins and write on them what’s inside
B) sort things into unnecessary categories that will come undone asap such as sorting your kids toy cars BY COLOR in different bins. Yeah right
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is pure eye candy for those that love organization. That being said, I didn’t feel like there were very many useful organization tips here. Mostly just pretty pictures of well categorized items taken out of their packaging and put in acrylic bins, jars, and baskets.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book cared more about how the photos would appear than real life. There were four ideas that I'll probably implement, but nothing particularly new. More than anything there were some incredibly stupid ideas, particularly for the bathroom.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Great if you want to drool over heavily-staged pantries. Not great if you don't have 2,786 sq ft of closet space...
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, angus
Beautiful pictures of unrealistic life. Seriously...a whole wall of footwear?! And who needs that many pencils?!

But I will endeavour to arrange things in rainbow order as often as I can.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: house
That is quite a book. I had to continually talk myself down to my own reality (like I don’t have color-coordinated snacks) but it was definitely inspiring and I have a heftier to-do list now. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Gorgeous photos, humor throughout...and yet this book is going to be purchased (or in my case borrowed from the library) by people who can’t afford the services offered by THE, people who are renting and can’t remodel the quirky spaces available. I wanted to see more about how to make those spaces work (there was some). Let’s also talk about how crazy expensive it is to get all new & matching organizational objects (boxes etc)... I’m too realistic to really enjoy this book, and the subtitle ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok

The Home Edit felt like it was made for rich people. It didn’t feel attainable unless I bought the entire container store. It pulled me in originally because I do agree with tackling a project by taking everything out of a space and putting it back together in an organized way. It’s something I used to do with my mom when we got overwhelmed by stuff.
Crystal (Goddess in the Stacks)
If you've been following my blog, you know we recently bought a house. We haven't finished unpacking yet; mostly the upstairs is what's left, the spaces we don't use multiple times a day. I've spoken about wanting to "Pinterest the hell out of this house" and absolutely wanting to reduce clutter. When we moved yearly in the military, we were pretty good at not having excess clutter. After living in the last house for four years, we'd definitely acquired a good bit. So the move actually helped a ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Lots of pretty pictures but not a lot of practical help. And the micro-organizing of everything makes my head hurt.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
File under Humor (I laughed quite a bit) or Horror (these rooms/closets/drawers are straight up serial-killer obsessive-compulsive). Oh, where to begin my thoughts...

First, if I walk into your house and books are organized by color I will judge you: You do not read.

Every. Single. Thing. Is organized ROYGBIV. Including the children’s playrooms. Toy cars are organized in plastic bins - “Red cars,” “Orange cars,” “Yellow cars,” etc. Pens and markers, nail polishes, and shirts... ok, but shoes?
Aug 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book, and the message it sends, is awful. Admittedly, I didn't actually read the book, because I couldn't handle the self depreciating tone of the authors. As I flipped through the pages and looked at the pictures, I kept thinking, "who has this much stuff? And this much space to store all of their stuff?" Once I looked at the captions, I realized this is mostly pictures of celebrities super organized homes, which just made it even worse, because why do we want to encourage people to aspire ...more
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