Few know how to organize a house so well that celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Khloé Kardashian turn to them when they need to declutter their most intimate spaces. But Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, best known as The Home Edit, have an undeniable talent for turning chaos into a bright and tidy sanctuary. Their eye for interior design, along with their bubbly personalities, has made them one of the most sought-after duos in the home space.
From giving Witherspoon’s iconic costume collection a proper home to publishing the guide on how to organize every aspect of the house to starring in their own Netflix series, you might think Shearer and Teplin have done all that can be done when it comes to tidying up. Not the case. For these organizers, there’s always an opportunity to spruce things up even further.
Their latest project: giving the pantry a facelift with the help of McCormick’s new Flavor Maker app. The Home Edit partnered with the household brand behind some of your favorite seasonings to make organizing the kitchen pantry, and whipping up a tasty holiday treat, easy to do with just a few taps. “Not only does this app keep track of everything you have once you scan it and log it in, it keeps track of even the build level of spices,” says Teplin. “That’s the best part. I know that we’re organizing nerds, but a digital tool to help keep your pantry organized is a real game changer.”
The app also includes recipes, which the duo recently used to prepare a gingerbread brownie with eggnog frosting. “This was so gratifying because Joanna and I really don’t know how to cook or bake, but we do know how to follow instructions,” says Shearer, who credits the app for showing her the easy-to-follow recipe. “Our families were all absolutely shocked that we actually made something and it tasted good. I was blown away. My husband was like, ‘You know, people do this all day, every day. You can do this anytime you want.’ I was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy! Look at that!’”
If you loved the tips from our last edition of Your Fave’s Faves with The Home Edit, keep scrolling. Shearer and Teplin are back again with more home organizing advice and favorite buys.
Our favorite seasonings for cooking
Shearer: I have to say, I feel like I’m a garlic powder kind of person. I just put it on everything and am probably going to turn into a clove of garlic at some point. I also like an onion salt.
Teplin: Oh, I do too.
Shearer: But I would go with sweet too and say nutmeg. There’s something so wintery about it. Joanna has a huge sweet tooth. When we made our gingerbread brownies, we were actually able to find a vegan version for her through the app—because she’s kind of a fake vegan—and let me tell you, she ate the entire thing in seconds.
Teplin: I did, I did.
Shearer: I truly am not joking, I looked over at it and I was like, “Did a raccoon get in it here?” Because it was scooped up. I was like, “I just saw it full and now it’s all gone!”
The ultimate tools for organizing a pantry
Shearer: Hands down, our absolute favorite tool would be a turntable. They work so beautifully with spices and all sorts of bottles, oils—all of those kinds of condiments. A turntable is just like magic on a pantry shelf.
Teplin: It is total magic. We’re both obsessed with it. If I had to give a second one: an expandable shelf. It’s so great for organizing the pantry, especially when it comes to spices. We’re a little bit biased, so we do use our own collection. The reason why we created these products is because we know the exact measurements we need and exactly the aesthetic we’re looking for.
$26.00, The Container Store
$30.00, The Container Store
A low-budget tip for the kitchen
Shearer: The best thing you can do on zero budget is to strictly edit out unused, expired, old items—things that have just a tiny bit left in it. It’s truly the best tactic you could use for organization, and it costs zero dollars. Before you ever get to organizing products, it’s really so essential.
Our favorite organizing investment piece
Shearer: Honestly, the best thing you can do to organize your pantry, if you want to set aside X amount of dollars and really do it effectively, is to invest in really good, all-purpose bins. Even if you don’t want to go the extra step for the accessories—like the turntable and the shelf and all of those things that are amazing—the bare bones, absolute, you-will-contain-everything, is all-purpose bins. And you can make them into really broad categories. We try not to get overly specific and granular because we don’t want to feel stuck. Instead of the “pasta” bin, we call it the “dinner” bin.
$19.00, The Container Store
The last things we bought for our homes
Shearer: I got a new knife set with a block by Wüsthof that makes me feel very adult, because it’s so nice and pretty on my counter. I moved into my house in May, and it was very exciting. There’s nothing an organizer loves more than reconfiguring a pantry. I was able to prop it out with all of our products, which was super fun and exciting. The very last touch I added was our collection of floor baskets made from leather and canvas.
$450.00, Bed Bath & Beyond
$114.00, The Home Edit
Teplin: For me, I added a new turntable. Again, we’re obsessed with it! I added an extra one with all of my favorite teas and honey and stuff. I just like looking at pretty teas.
$30.00, The Container Store
Michella Oré is an editorial assistant at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @michellaor.
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