The job of a professional organizer—those who get paid to make sense of messy spaces—isn’t new but with the average American workday stretching out beyond the 8-hour mark, and the population spending double and triple the amount it once did on non-essential items, the demand for such services has grown exponentially. The National Association of Professional Organizers launched in 1985 with 16 members, for example, has approximately 4,000. The home organization retail industry, meanwhile, is worth a cool $16 billion and that number is expected to grow to almost $20 billion by 2021.
Within the world of professional home organizers, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit stand out from the pack. Their spaces, which range from kitchen pantries to shoe closets, aren’t just organized—they’re insanely beautiful too. Sure, it helps that the Nashville-based duo works with high-end clients, but from their elevated containers to their impeccably handwritten labels, they do more than line up Louboutins in order of color. Scan their ultra-curated Instagram feed, then watch their hilarious, down-to-Earth Instastories, and you’ll immediately understand how they landed a TV show with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, while their forthcoming book is the currently the #1 New Release in the Home Improvement section of Amazon. In short, this talented duo has the work ethic, taste level, marketing savvy, and personality to make a big splash in a growing field.
Get to know Shearer and Teplin a bit better, and learn more about what it takes to be a professional organizer, through our Q&A below.