The Kortni Jeane Edit

“I feel in my heart (feel in my heart) the start of something new!” {any High School Musical fans out there?} It’s spring time which means we’re bound to see new beginnings or progress in many forms, like blossoming flowers, baby animals, and spring cleaning. It’s not surprising that spring cleaning happens around this time of year, when being organized and clean helps us feel amazing and new! After binge-watching Netflix’s new show Get Organized with The Home Edit, we took away some key tricks in reinventing an organizing system that’s smart, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing. Today we’re coming at you with our Kortni Jeane Edit: quick and easy tips + tricks to help you with your spring cleaning this year. 
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Talk Goals Before You Start
Before putting effort into your spring cleaning, it is important to talk about what you want as the end result. By visualizing your everyday routines, setting pre-project goals, and getting started with a plan in place will help you find the right plan to fit your needs. Is your goal to be multifunctional? Do you want to increase usage of certain items? How will you accommodate for certain routines? Whatever you find yourself doing most, make it a priority of your organizational system. If you like to accessorize, consider hanging your jewelry for easy grab-and-go access. If you have water adventures on the daily, consider color coordinating your swimmers in a drawer so you can mix n’ match each day with ease! We recommend organizing your space around your daily routines and making your system maintainable. So figure out your goals for your space, own it, and make it your own! 
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Trust the Editing Process
Editing your items means to prepare, correct, condense or modify them. But the editing process can be challenging for us that hold onto old items or fear making more of a mess beyond a current system (boxes upon boxes, athletic gear, “trying to sell” items sitting in your closet). To start, take everything out of their current home and resist the urge to categorize/condense from the start. It will feel chaotic but will also allow you the chance to choose categories later. Once you take a step back and see a spread of all your items, your assigned categories will be more intuitive. Then ask yourself some hard questions: do you need an item, use it, or love it at this moment in time? If not, stop holding onto it and having it fill your precious space. You’re not alone if you’re a bit of a hoarder + feel uncomfortable parting ways with old items. Compromise the idea of “trashing” items with other options, like storing them somewhere else. Go through current items and put them in piles to keep, donate, discard, or place away into storage. You’ll love the process if you trust it to work for you!  
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Categorize, Categorize, Categorize!
Let’s talk about zones. Zones are physical allotments of space that hold a category of similar items. According to The Home Edit, zones are the visual representation that will help you maintain your organizational system over time. If one zone is overflowing, then you’ll know that you need to do one of the following: go back in and edit out items you don’t really need, use, or love OR adjust your zone so you have more space and edit others that may not need as much room. For example, we all should have a Kortni Jeane zone, a unique place to organize KJ swimmers {bottoms, tops, one-pieces} where they’re easy to reach, see, and adjust for when we buy even more swimmers to mix n’ match. You can create zones for shoes, projects, desk drawers, items that need to be sold, and much more! 
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Use Containers, Maximize Space 
Our favorite excuse for disorganization is that we “don’t have enough space.” Whether we live in a small apartment, townhome, or our dream home, it’s easy to think “if I had more space, I’d be more organized.” Here’s the truth though, we’re wrong and we have much more space than we think we have. To truly maximize your space splurge on using containers! From acrylic containers, bins, baskets, and crates, these tools make organizing more efficient and natural. You can even use labels and stackable organizers to give individual items homes to return to after each use. So get yourself over to the Container Store and find what will work best for you. {We recommend clear containers since you’re more likely to use items that you can see}.
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It’s an Ongoing Process
Keeping your home organized and tidy is an ongoing process, as much as we would love to think it’s a one-time, spring season event. When you organize space with a foolproof method, you still have to consistently give it a little love every once in a while. That means revisiting your organization process any time you reaccumulate items or go past their zones. That could look like revamping your zones if you see changes in your/your kids age, interests, or goals! And this could be good or bad news depending on how you feel about organization. You may need to start from scratch if the system you originally decided upon just isn’t working. By revisiting your zones and organizational process overall, you’ll find staying organized is manageable and oh so worth it. 
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Who’s excited for spring cleaning this year?! We’re definitely going to be spending as much time outside in the sun as we can, but then we’ll get to work creating some order in our homes. No matter who you are, where you live, or what you do for work, organizing doesn’t need to be that one item on your to-do list that you put off any longer! Start small so you don’t feel overwhelmed and edit one space with success. Where will you start? Let us know in the comments below! 
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xoxo
Kortni + Team


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