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Friday, December 20, 2019

3 Kiss Review: The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals by Clea Shearer, Joanna Teplin


There's decorating, and then there's organizing. From the Instagram-sensation home experts (with a serious fan club that includes Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mindy Kaling), here is an accessible, room-by-room guide to establishing new order in your home.
Believe this: every single space in your house has the potential to function efficiently and look great. The mishmash of summer and winter clothes in the closet? Yep. Even the dreaded junk drawer? Consider it done. And the best news: it's not hard to do--in fact, it's a lot of fun.

From the home organizers who made their orderly eye candy the method that everyone swears by comes Joanna and Clea's signature approach to decluttering. The Home Edit walks you through paring down your belongings in every room, arranging them in a stunning and easy-to-find way (hello, labels!), and maintaining the system so you don't need another do-over in six months. When you're done, you'll not only know exactly where to find things, but you'll also love the way it looks.
A masterclass and look book in one, The Home Edit is filled with bright photographs and detailed tips, from placing plastic dishware in a drawer where little hands can reach to categorizing pantry items by color (there's nothing like a little ROYGBIV to soothe the soul). Above all, it's like having your best friends at your side to help you turn the chaos into calm.

My Updated Review:

I had originally given this book a 2 Kiss Review, but after I read it, I went to The Home Edit’s Instagram (actually had to download it and open it – who knew having a Facebook account automatically makes you an Instagram account? Ugh – can’t believe I finally had to cave into getting into Instagram. I was trying to avoid it like I did with Periscope and Snap Chat.) Anyhoo, upon seeing The Home Edit’s Instagram account and seeing they have a TV series called Master the Mess – which I saw on YouTube, I upped the book’s rating to 3 Kisses. This book is definitely a book for their Super Fans – who are truly interested in their background story and are obsessed not only with their organization, but with the people themselves.

Since I had no clue who The Home Edit was and I was strictly looking for organization tips and advice - and let’s be honest Khloe Kardashian was the reason I looked into this company at all – the concept of the book and the quirkiness of the authors just fell flat to me when I read this book. It wasn’t until I saw the powerhouse duo on Master the Mess that everything seemed to make sense and I saw this book in a different light. I totally identify and can relate to Clea with my over the top OCD. She’s definitely my spirit animal. LOL

Still, the book fell a little short to me on organization tips, though it does make a nice coffee table book, and the pictures you can see (which aren’t irritatingly cut in half) are beautiful and relaxing to look at.


Original 2 Kiss Review:

This book was definitely not worth the sale price I spent at Target of $13.99 and I only paid this ridiculous price because I thought it came with pages and an array of stickers to get your label game on when the organization knowledge this book promised kicked in. Turns out it was just a one page with just a handful of stickers.

One thing I truly didn’t like about this book is that there is no valuable tips to engage with as far as telling us where to find the bins and baskets they feature. For the amount of information given in this book - or lack thereof, we’re better off looking at a YouTube video or Instagram account as we’re told to check out the sites they follow or stores they shop at at the end of the book - leaving us to do all the legwork and play the guessing game of trying to find the products they showcase in their pictures on the Internet. I  wouldn’t have minded this book so much if I had only paid a used price of $1.99 instead of buying it new.

Also have to mention that I found it quite annoying that there were large paragraphs on every page. LOL That’s a first for me - I’m always saying the opposite wishing a story was longer. But in this case, the stars of the book are the pictures and organization tips. I didn’t buy it to read or hear about the backgrounds of the organizers or what house or space was their favorite, I wanted to see the organization pictures and get some ideas. It also didn’t help that most of the pictures were divided in half and you couldn’t possibly see the pictures well with the paperback edition unless you split the book in two. Plus they also give you no guidance on how to make your own stickers, where to buy them - ugh nothing.

The Home Edit features:

  • How To Book
  • Organization
  • Home Improvement

Rating: 3 Kiss Review



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