Purge, or­ga­nize and post to In­sta­gram

Pro tips to make your home or­derly and at­trac­tive

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By Randi Steven­son

If you’re a bor­der­line hoarder with se­ri­ous home or­ga­ni­za­tion is­sues in des­per­ate need of some pro­fes­sional ad­vice, fol­low The Home Edit on In­sta­gram.

If you’re a neat freak with a de­clut­ter­ing ob­ses­sion and an eye for de­sign, fol­low The Home Edit on In­sta­gram.

Ei­ther way, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin started The Home Edit, a home or­ga­ni­za­tion busi­ness based in Nashville, Tenn., in 2015 af­ter a mu­tual friend in­tro­duced them. Af­ter a four-hour lunch they left as busi­ness part­ners, Shearer says.

What­ever chem­istry the pair has is clearly work­ing. The com­pany, which has five em­ploy­ees in ad­di­tion to Shearer and Teplin, has com­pleted dozens of projects in at least 13 cities, with plans to even­tu­ally have teams in Los An­ge­les and New York. No­tably, Ju­lianna Zo­brist, Chris­tian singer and wife of Chicago Cubs player Ben Zo­brist, took full ad­van­tage of their ser­vices.

If your home is in dire need of or­ga­ni­za­tion, Shearer and Teplin say ease into it: “Al­ways start with a drawer,” they say in a joint email. “It’s like prac­tic­ing on a bunny slope be­fore head­ing to the top of the moun­tain.”

When you’re ready to pur­sue loftier or­ga­ni­za­tional goals, from play­rooms to pantries, the or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­perts have you cov­ered there too. Here’s their ad­vice. keeps them pro­tected from scuff marks and dust.

Use a good set of hang­ers and toss those that are mis­matched. Your clothes will be prop­erly cared for, and your closet will look re­fined and pol­ished.

If you have the wall space, hang a peg rack with bas­kets and shelv­ing for ex­tra stor­age.

THE HOME EDIT PHO­TOS

In a kids’ play­room, con­sider color-co­or­di­nat­ing toys and books so chil­dren can find what they’re look­ing for.

Or­ga­nize your garage stor­age into cat­e­gories. If there’s wall space, add stor­age hooks for sport­ing equip­ment, out­door games and other items.

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