The Home Edit talks about the app that’s changing the way they organize kitchens

2020 has been an amazing year for Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin who are best known as the professional organizing duo, The House Edit. netflix launched his show, To have Organized with the Home Edit with great fanfare, and their second book, Editing life at home became number one New York Times Bestseller. After their first line for The Container Store in May 2019, they launched two new collections this year, The Home Edit Kitchen and Pantry and Makeup & Vanity.

Now these powerful women are teaming up with McCormick to create content for Flavor Creator featuring a custom brownie recipe that includes signature rainbow frosting and shows how the app can help take kitchen organization to a whole new level by keeping an inventory of spices. This can help save space in the pantry and avoid food waste, for example by avoiding ending up with three unused bottles of nutmeg.

I spoke with Shearer and Teplin about this partnership, learning some of their top tips for kitchen organization and even finding out what the messier rooms in their home are.

Tell me about your partnership with McCormick.

Shearer: We were so excited because Joanna and I can’t cook. The only thing we know how to do with spices is organization. They showed us that organizing meal preparation and organizing how to cook is actually an important part of the cooking process.

Besides recipes, how can the Flavor Maker app help you organize your kitchen?

Shearer: This is an amazing way to digitally organize your pantry. You can scan spices. Not only does it keep track of your entire inventory, but it also has a fill level that you can adjust. So you know when to order more. It also shows you which recipes may work [with the spices you currently have]. I’m very excited about all things organization and a new way of organizing really gets our juices flowing.

Teplin: The scanning aspect of the Flavor Maker app is so much fun. We were both arguing about scanning the spices.

Home Edit’s systems are incredibly visual. How do digital tools fit into your methods?

Shearer: Because you can access things wherever you are, you don’t have to be standing in front of your cupboard or in front of your pantry to see what you need to order, or if you’re looking at a recipe and [asking yourself], ‘wait a minute, do I have cardamom?’

It’s so powerful to have everything at your fingertips and be able to create your grocery list on the spot, pull your recipes, save your favorites, figure out what you’re going to cook and all the ingredients you need.

You can adjust the fill level to know you’re running low. I have the impression that more and more digital technology for the organization will become an essential part of the process. I think it helps a lot in the long term maintenance of what you have already organized in person.

The Home Edit has a truly unique approach to organizing that is very similar to merchandising. How does this relate to what you do?

Teplin: I love this takeaway because the reason we started doing styling and merchandising aspects for organizing projects is to get people excited about organizing. This does not mean that the underlying system is less complicated.

It’s actually a jigsaw puzzle to put together this functional layered system. The stylized look and making things look really nice, lining things up just right and with color – all of those things, I think, are why the organization started to take off. Everything was commercialized, visually appealing, and satisfying to watch. It’s more in line with interior design and styling – all the things we look at on the internet.

Why are kitchens so difficult to organize?

Teplin: I think that’s partly because it’s a hub for the whole house. If it’s just you, it’s much easier because you have total control. But once you have other people in your household, roommates or family members, everyone has their paws and all sorts of things. And if you don’t have a smart system, people put things in the wrong place, and the next person can’t find them. So they might redeem and now you have a messy pantry.

Shearer: The kitchen is without a doubt the most used place in the whole house. Maybe except for the entrance and 2020 even took it away. It’s like where are you going?

You’re in the kitchen all the time, and that’s true even for people who don’t cook. It’s really Grand Central where people put things on the counter. Even if you live alone things pile up and I think if you don’t stay on top of the kitchen it just becomes a bit of a dump.

What is the best way to manage the amount of items we need to keep in our kitchens?

Shearer: We always like to say every drawer, every cabinet, pantry, whatever – make sure nothing is pushed, crushed or hidden. Even the awfully named “junk drawer” shouldn’t be filled with junk. We like to call it a general drawer or a multipurpose drawer. He needs to be organized and he has your pens, scissors, keys, [etc].

Going back to the inventory perspective, we like to have an absolute audit of everything in our domain. I want to know where everything is. So I think it’s really important to start off on the right foot with your kitchen and maintain it afterwards.

When it comes to organizing your entire kitchen, where do you start?

Shearer: You have to take it easy. Start with a drawer – something you can really see the whole process through, get your motivation going, understand every step of the process, and then you can start extrapolating to something bigger.

What’s the best way to organize a deep and tall but not very wide kitchen cabinet?

Teplin: You need a long basket or a trash can. There’s one at The Container Store that we use a lot: the I like this trash can. What you want to do is turn that shelf into a drawer, because that’s the only way to get to it. You want a long, narrow bin or basket, whatever your preference, whatever space suits you, so you can just pull it out and access whatever’s in the back.

We did it in the Neil Patrick Harris episode of our Netflix show. She had all these water bottles, and it was like a graveyard there. So we put in a long, narrow Like It Bin and it works like a drawer.

How do you recommend maintaining a kitchen organization system?

Shearer: It’s like going to the gym once. You’ve definitely started, but if you don’t hold it will go back to how it was.

Teplin: I think it’s about committing to the systems you put in place and thinking about them in advance. We want our photos to serve as inspiration, but we want people to be inspired by photos that would make sense to them.

If you have kids you wouldn’t want a sea of ​​glass jars etc. If you’re really busy, do you want to take the time to get home from the grocery store and empty out all the different pastas, cereals, etc. in cans? Or will it be easier to just put them in the bin labeled breakfast or dinner? If so, maintenance will be really easy for you because you made the smart choice based on your lifestyle needs. And then it’s just plug and play. If you think something looks really good, it’s not enough to make a system last.

Shearer: [You also want to follow the] 80/20 rule, just like doctors suggest for eating. You don’t want to be more than 80% full. You want to leave that extra 20% coin. The same for your space, you don’t want to be 100% stuffed. This means there is no room to add anything else.

It’s confession time: what are the dirtiest areas of your home?

Shearer: My daughter’s drawers. It is a disgusting and devastating disaster.

Teplin: My children’s drawers too. It’s impossible. They are terrible.

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