October 29, 2020
Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin from The Home Edit know about the challenges of containing clutter, especially since most of us are spending more time at home in 2020. They’ve created a worldwide following helping clients organize their spaces with beauty and function in mind through their new Netflix show, Get Organized With The Home Edit.
This year at Zoomtopia, Clea & Joanna joined us for a special “Zoom In” moment to talk transition spaces — those areas in our home that take on double duty as a remote work station and dinner table, or classroom and bedroom.
“Our homes are having to work harder than ever to contain the craziness and chaos in our lives,” Shearer said. “One of the questions we get asked the most is, ‘How do you transform a space to a work area or school area?’”
“Especially when you have to go back to eating or sleeping in that same area,” Teplin added.
Clea & Joanna offered their top tips for creating flexible transition spaces — even when you don’t have a ton of room to spare.
1. Designate your workspace
Whether you have a dedicated desk, kitchen table, or dining room counter, find a spot in your home to be your workspace. “It needs to be the same place where you can go to clock in and clock out every day,” Teplin said. Like going to the office, sitting down at your workspace every day helps you separate your work life from your home life.
2. Store work items when you’re done working
“Designate a space where all your items are going to live when you’re not working,” Shearer said. “If you’re using the dining room table for work or homeschool — or both — where are you going to eat? You can’t leave everything out all the time.”
Store items out of sight in a cabinet, desk drawer, or one of Clea & Joanna’s favorite items for home organization: a rolling cart with bins or shelves that you can roll away at the end of the day. “[Putting items away] creates a feeling of starting and ending work,” Teplin said.
3. Create a drop zone for work projects
“You need a ‘drop zone’ for all your projects for work — incoming, outgoing, and pending,” Teplin said. Creating dedicated zones helps keep stray papers and files contained, so they don’t take over your dining table or kitchen counter.
“It will eliminate piles all around the house,” Shearer added.
4. Set up a docking station for electronics
Our electronics are key to working and learning remotely — after all, as Teplin noted, “Everyone is on a computer, or an iPad, or a Zoom call.” Those tech tools need to be charged, easy to access, and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
“Set up a station with multiple USB ports and chargers attached,” Shearer recommended. “You can even color-coordinate the chargers for different members of the family.”