The Home Edit: Stay Organized; The Ultimate Guide to Making Systems Stick

Clarkson Potter. Sept. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780593581698. $29.99. INTERIOR DESIGN
Organizing gurus and influencers Shearer and Teplin (The Home Edit Life) return with their latest book in “The Home Edit” lifestyle series. Their previous books introduced readers to the authors’ organizing philosophy on arranging items in the home to regulate busy lives. This book focuses on maintaining organizational systems throughout various rooms in the home, starting from easiest (entry) to hardest (garage). Each chapter contains checklists, scripts, and a “Low-Bar Lifestyle Long-Term Goals” section to assist readers in creating their own personal organizational systems that can be modified as the family’s needs change. The organizing basics of edit, categorize, contain, and maintain are discussed. The book also demonstrates how to incorporate household habits into a visually pleasing, organized system that is simple for all household members to maintain. While most concepts mentioned in the book are self-explanatory, it would have benefited from further explanations of the terms “backstock” and the “80/20 rule” for the readers who don’t follow the authors on social media. But the photos in this book are Instagram-worthy.
VERDICT An easy-to-read, judgment-free book for readers who want to tackle intimidating home organization projects.
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