If you’re like us, you’ve spent the better part of 2020 at home, in your sweatpants, taking full advantage of your Netflix subscription. We’ve made our way through plenty of series’ but none quite as inspiring and motivating as The Home Edit (ROYGBIV for life). After watching (and rewatching) Clea and Joanna transform closets and pantries across the nation, these are the top 3 things we learned from their organization masterclasses.
Rainbow (aka ROYGBIV) is pretty *and* functional
The Home Edit is known for its signature ROYGBIV method. ROYGBIV stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. It’s the sequence of colors that make up a rainbow, and it is REALLY pretty when used as an organizational tool. It’s also super functional! The brain often uses colors or patterns to store and organize information, and ROYGBIV is the natural spectrum of color. According to researchers, “By consciously thinking about each of the ROY G. BIV colors in this order, one automatically activates these areas of the brain in a very orderly fashion. The result is a calming or centering effect which counteracts the agitating or scattering effects of stress.” So, organizing your pantry, closet, and fridge in the ROYGBIV colorway is stress-reducing and beautiful; SIGN US UP!
Most of the time, you have more than you need.
Have you ever looked in the very back of a pantry for something only to discover 3 of the same item sitting there unopened? Yep, us too. We learned from The Home Edit that if you don’t see it, you don’t remember you have it. The perk of clearing out clutter and organizing your belongings is that you no longer have to wonder where all of your stuff is. It’s not hiding in the back of a pantry or smushed into the back of a closet. Their method of paring down what you own to only the things you love the most helps remove physical and mental clutter and keeps you seeing the items and keepsakes you actually love.
A tidy space is self-care.
There is a reason grandma told you to make your bed every day. Not only is it a good exercise in tidiness, but it just *feels* good to come home to a room that is orderly and ready for your next night of rest. It *feels* good to cook a meal in a clean kitchen and where everything is easy to find. Physical clutter = mental clutter. There’s no way around it. Research shows clutter can affect our anxiety levels, sleep, and focus. It can also make us less productive, triggering coping and avoidance behaviors that make us more likely to snack on junk and watch TV shows (like the Home Edit). So, yeah, an organized pantry is totally pretty, but it’s also good for your brain.
Did you watch The Home Edit on Netflix? We’d love to hear the tips and tricks you learned too! Leave a comment below with your favorite takeaways!