It’s 2020! Happy New Year, guys! Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin know a thing or two about organization. Their organizational projects run the gamut from Khloé Kardashian’s pantry to Mandy Moore’s closet to Olivia Culpo’s bathroom—all of which feature aesthetically pleasing rows of neatly organized bins, stackable storage, and a healthy dose of color coordination.
Shearer and Teplin, who recently launched a partnership with Capital One, call the kitchen and pantry the “Grand Central of the home.” Because these are some of the home’s most high-use spaces, they easily become disorganized. If this sounds all too familiar—and if you’re hoping to kick off the new year with a spick-and-span pantry and kitchen—then you are in luck: Here are the tips and tricks for tackling these spaces.
Teplin: Start really small. Start with a drawer. A drawer is a great way to see the process through from A to Z. Once you understand how to do the process, you can extrapolate. Plus, if you focus on one small, isolated area, it’s more manageable.
Shearer: Pantries are the perfect place to blend products: bins for large groupings, canisters, and turntables for the corners. The smaller the space, the more meticulous it tends to be.
Teplin: We get asked that a lot, and there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. In a pantry, the category is more important that the color. Think: dinner, lunch, breakfast, baking, sweets, snacks.
Teplin: Maintenance is the key. Once you have the systems in place, it’s plug and play. I would love for people to go through their things as often as we do, but if they can commit to cleaning the pantry out even just once a quarter, that’s really helpful.
Shearer: We always like to say that we start from a place of function and then make it as beautiful as possible—but you have to start with smart systems.
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