The Home Edit Life

The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything

by Clea Shearer

Number of pages: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

BBB Library: Booklets

ISBN: 978-0593138304

About the Author

Clea Shearer is an American entrepreneur, co-founder of the home organization company, The Home Edit, and co-host of the Netflix series, Get Organized with The Home Edit. Shearer attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City and is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller book, The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals


Editorial Review

The book does not just address those who like to arrange things in their spare time, but also those who want to arrange things but do not have enough time to do so. In a nutshell, the book is dedicated to whoever feels unhappy about what they have. 

Book Reviews

Shearer and Teplin (The Home Edit) present being well-organized as a “lifestyle and mindset that anyone can adopt” in their excellent guide. Cannily making their advice as achievable as possible, Shearer and Teplin counsel starting with small spaces then building up to bigger ones.

The book really is inspiring. It’ll get you excited about organizing your home and kids’ stuff. Whether you love organizing already or need a little extra motivation to get going, the book can provide that.

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Keep your home no more than 80 percent full, and reserve at least 20 percent for breathing room.

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When considering smart systems, it’s helpful to think in terms of zones, the boundaries that will contain your different kinds of stuff.

For the community to achieve a no-clutter life, they need to encourage one that appreciates the least amount of effort, like washing one’s hair.

People always confuse organization with minimalism. However, they are altogether different. Organization is an effective and proper arrangement of items or missions, while minimalism is living with “less”.

Being organized does not mean you live with less. Rather, it means that you become mindful of what you own and treat items and space with equal appreciation. You cannot own everything. Yet, you can still own a lot of things.

It is not wrong to own all types of things. However, those things need to be prioritized.

While you are in the course of organizing your house, remember that this is crucial for your wellbeing.

It is not wrong to own not just something useful or essential, but also something that you love. However, you need to be aware of your space to make sure that there is a breather and that everything is evenly distributed.

There is nothing wrong with being different from the others, for it is the thing that makes us spend plenty of time with them without getting bored.