The Home Edit Vs.

I love Joanna and Clea. I love their realism and cynicism and quirks and phobias. I love their dynamic, and I love that they created a hugely successful business basically via Instagram. Instagram, celebrities clients, YouTube series produced by Reese Witherspoon, a book, another book, and a Netflix series.

What a ride.


The Home Edit is the easiest method for me to sum up. Their method is Edit, Categorize, Contain, Maintain. And the point is to create organizational methods that are useful as well as beautiful.

Sigh. Doesn’t that sound nice?

T.H.E. Book

I read both books by Joanna and Clea. The way I summed up their method in the section above is too simple. Here’s their steps:

  • Take everything out of the space
  • Edit, meaning get rid of stuff
  • Categorize
  • Contain, which may mean getting products like jars, lazy susans, cannisters, boxes, hooks, and drawers
  • Maintain, which is easy enough if the system is beautiful and useful

Form and Function

One of the things I most like about The Home Edit is that it’s about the marriage of form and function. Words I like better than “form and function,” are “beautiful and useful.” It’s organized, but it’s also aesthetically pleasing.

This is why they like organizing things, especially books, in a rainbow. It’s easy to maintain, it’s useful-especially for children, and it looks beautiful. I think maybe that’s why they got as big as they did, was that their organizing includes an element of artistry and design.

Plus, one of the husband’s is a Hollywood photographer and probably introduced them to celebrity clients. But that’s speculation on my part.

Low Bar Lifestyle

I don’t love the idea of setting a low bar for yourself, but I can reframe this idea into “good enough is good enough.” I have a tendency to be a perfectionist, and sometimes it’s healthy for my mind and heart to settle for something less than perfection.

I went for a walk instead of a run: good enough. I wiped my face with a wet wipe instead of washing it with an exfoliating scrub: good enough. I ate crackers and cookies for lunch: good enough.

This is especially true for me if I set a high bar for myself 80% of the time, which relates to another principle of T.H.E.

80% Full

Joanna and Clea advocate keeping your space only 80% full. There should be empty space so that you have room to contain more thins if you need to. And, when you bring something new in, you should probably let something else go.


Marie Kondo would not like this. Backstock is the extra that you don’t need to use right away. Paper towels, tooth brushes, non perishable food, etc.

For me the problem with backstock is that it takes up space. I have deep boxes of back stock that I forget about. I’ve definitely bought shampoo when I had “backstock” at the bottom of a bin of extra toiletries under another bin of something in the garage.

Professional Organizers

The books by the ladies of The Home Edit teach you how to use their method for yourself. However, they are a company that you hire to organize things for you.

This is a big difference from Marie Kondo, who teaches principles, but insists that you must do the tidying yourself. Marie Kondo wants you to take responsibility and to establish a relationship with your things, and thus be inspired to keep tidy.

T.H.E. does the organizing for their clients with faith that if the organized space is functional and beautiful, it will be easy to maintain.


Have you watched “Get Organized with The Home Edit” on Netflix? Did this post make you want/not want to?

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