There’s nothing sexy about a junk drawer—until The Home Edit gets their hands on it. The company, headed by Joanna Teplin and Clea Shearer, has become a household name for making the awkward corners of people’s homes something to gawk at. It’s easy to go down an Instagram rabbit hole, scrolling through every pantry and bookshelf they’ve Roy G. Bived, then binge their Netflix show and start dogearing pages of their decluttering books, vowing that you, too, shall have cabinets where all of your flour, sugar and Froot Loops are displayed in clear, acrylic containers labeled with swooping calligraphy; the kind of kitchen where you can finding what you need is practically intuitive.
And so you buy up every tray and divider and compartmentalized insert set, and after a few days…you open your drawers to absolute chaos. It’s not because you live with animals who paw about ruthlessly for whatever they need, without regard to your carefully curated system. OK, it’s not just because of those hooligans. It’s because those dividers haven’t been properly secured—a key ingredient to The Home Edit’s success that you wouldn’t notice from their photos.