Most Organized Home in America (Part 1) by Professional Organizer & Expert Alejandra Costello

I am Alejandra Costello, creative organizing
expert from Color-Coded Organizing, and we are here in Arlington, Virginia and today
I am going to give you a sneak peek inside my house and show you that organizing can
be easy and can be fun. Lets go. I am so excited you’re here. I am going to show you some of the coolest
spaces in my house, all of which are very easy to do and very fun. I love this pantry. There is so much you can do inside of a pantry. What I have done up here is I have used these
Lazy Susans to store all the oils, vinegars, and condiments, which makes it really easy
to access and find exactly what you are looking for. Down here I did the same concept. I used a Lazy Susan for vitamins, spices,
then some of the bigger spices. It works perfect. And then down here is where I keep all of
my canned goods. The perfect way to store canned goods is on
a tiered shelf because you can see all of the labels from standing outside of the pantry. It is perfect and it makes it so easy to grab. Down here is where I keep all of the dry goods. Dry goods should be stored in air-tight containers. They last a lot longer when they are stored
properly. And let me show you something cool we did. I put these chalkboard adhesive labels on
the very front and I used a chalkboard marker to label the contents. When the contents change you can easily wipe
this off and then write the new label. And then on the very back I cut out the nutritional
facts or the recipe and I stuck it inside this clear pocket adhesive sticker. Down here is where I keep all the snack foods,
dinner foods, and beverages. Basically you want to keep all the stuff that
is difficult to contain in drawers, which makes it a lot easier. So like all the snack foods, they just get
dumped inside this bin. Same thing with the dinner foods like the
pastas, the grains, the seasoning packets. And then over here is where I keep all of
the beverages, like the juice packets, the coffees, the teas. This is one of my favorite products. It is this tea bag organizer. It has six different sections and you can
organize the teas by type. And then the last part of organizing the pantry
is labeling all the shelves so when you get back from the grocery store you know exactly
where to put everything back. And so I made these cute little labels for
the drawers and the shelves out of a red and white picnic print since it is the kitchen. There is so much you can do in the pantry
and these are just some of the ways I like to organize my pantry. Now lets go over to the cabinets. Something I always see in the kitchens is
when you open a drawer and the silverware organizer slides back. Let me show you. I put this drawer divider next to the silverware
organizer and it does not move. It stays in place even as hard as you open
the drawer or close it. Now let me show you the upper cabinets. As you can see here the kitchen is not very
big, but if you maximize space you can fit so much inside your cabinets. Up here I used a double shelf to store big
plates on the bottom and small plates above. And I did the same thing with the bowls. The small bowls on the bottom and then the
big bowls on the top. I hung sheet metal inside of my kitchen cabinets
to take all the fridge clutter off the fridge and into the cabinets. So I still see the pictures and I still see
the magnets, they are just not cluttering up the fridge. If you have a narrow corner cabinet in your
kitchen, you can install a 21 inch Lazy Susan to make everything in the back corner that
is hard to access very easy to reach. Flat baking pans should never be stacked. Instead you should store them vertical with
vertical shelf dividers kind of like this. It makes it really easy to grab what you want
and then put it away when you are done. You have seen the kitchen and pantry. Lets go to the home office. This is my home office, which also serves
as my craft space. Lots of offices have paper floating around
the whole office, but I am going to show you that if everything has a home you can be more
productive. This is most of my craft supplies up here
and then I keep more of it on this pegboard. I love organizing with pegboards because they
are so cost efficient. You can paint them, you can design them. You can add so many different hooks and store
all kinds of different tools. My favorite thing to store on pegboards are
ribbon. It pulls so nicely and then you can just cut
it. Over here is where I have my mail center. I have a section for incoming, outgoing, processing,
stuff to file, work stuff, and then coupons. I am a very out of sight, out of mind person,
so when I designed this mail center, it was so important that I could see everything. Over here is where I keep my filing cabinet. I used colored file folders to store all the
different types of documents. When it comes to wrapping presents, I love
storing gift wrap on a vertical organizer like this. A lot of times I see gift wrap in the corner
of a closet and all the ends are torn or the paper is wrinkled, which defeats the purpose
of wrapping a pretty gift. This area was designed to hold a lot of my
work binders and my reading books. I also store half of my office supplies over
here, like my file folders, my note pads. There’s filing kits for when I work with
clients. I love using stickers when I write cute cards
or letters to friends or family. I sort all my stickers by type and I keep
them in Poly envelopes so they don’t get wrinkled or torn. I use these binder rings to hold them in place
and then I just hook them on this hook. Time management is so important when it comes
to organization. I love to track my daily chores and my exercise
goals. So I use two different types of checklists
here and every time I do, every time I complete a chore, I get a sticker and it sounds so
silly, but it works for me. You just have to find what works for you. I keep the other half of my office supplies
in these drawers. I have lots of pens and lots of markers because
I love using different colors, but everything has its own compartment here so it is really
easy to find. I keep some of my bulky office supplies on
this side like the notepads, the rubber bands, the staplers, the flags for the binders. If you can organize your office and find a
home for everything you are storing, you can really be more productive. At any given time I only keep twelve magazines
in the house. I do not have any subscriptions and I only
buy magazines if I see them in the store and I know I am going to go home and read it that
day. And if I read it that day, I will put a flag
on the page for anything I want to save and then I will put it on this rack if I want
to go back and reference it in the future. I use the one in, one out rule, so if a magazine
is going to go in this rack, one is going to come out. We are done in the home office and now I am
going to show you another problem area – the closet. We are here in my closet and there is so much
stuff that I want to show you. Lets start with the jewelry. I keep all of my jewelry in this pull out
organizer that is built into the closet. I have my bracelets on this side, and then
I have some of my smaller jewelry like my rings and earrings on this side. The second half of my jewelry is over here. I keep some of the longer necklaces on hooks
and then some of the bulky bracelets get thrown in the basket up here. I organize all of my clothes by type. So I keep all the dresses in one section,
all the long sleeves in a separate section. And then I use these closet dividers to mark
each section. So like long sleeve will go in front of the
long sleeve section. I love to use color-coded hanger snaps for
all my clothes. For example, for all my long sleeve shirts,
I use purple snaps on the hangers, and then all my dresses get yellow hanger snaps. It makes it really easy to put your clothes
back on the right hanger. I reused a towel rack from the bathroom to
hang all of the scarves in the closet. It can be so easy to go green. Bathroom cabinets can often be black holes
for clutter, but if you get creative, there is often other places to store you bathroom
products. For example, if you use door pockets on the
back of the door, you could store your small makeup or your small hair accessories. A lot of times people have a lot of stuff
in their medicine cabinet. Luckily there is an easy way to organize it. The door of the medicine cabinet can sometimes
be magnetic, and if it is not, that can easily be solved by mounting sheet metal to the interior
door. For example, everything that you see here
is magnetic. And all the stuff you see here is stuff that
I use every day. So like tweezers, scissors, nail clippers,
Q-tips. It makes it really accessible. Since I live in a condo, I do not have a laundry
room. Instead I have a laundry closet, which makes
it kind of difficult to air dry some of my clothes. If you do not have a laundry room, you can
hang these clothes valets on a small wall in your home. So I like to create a double hang with these
valets, or you can just have one long hang, for longer garments. This next product is one of my favorite bathroom
products. It is a shower curtain liner with storage. It has five different pockets where you can
store all kinds of stuff like soap, or brushes, or conditioner for your hair. It works perfect for the extra bathroom clutter
that you have floating around. A lot of people have a lot of bathroom clutter,
but if you organize it the right way, you can really maximize your space. This is the linen closet, which is one of
my favorite spots in the house. Typical linen closets usually have the sheets
and the towels. However, I keep that stuff in the bathroom. In this closet I keep lots of medications,
and cleaning supplies, and then I keep the sheets at the very bottom. I love this space for two reasons. The first one is, I love these photo labels. It makes it really fun and really easy to
find exactly what you’re looking for. The second reason why I love this closet is,
we put wallpaper on the back of the closet, and then we created matching shelf labels
with the same wallpaper. So not only can the space be functional, but
it can also look pretty. Now that we have seen most of the areas in
my house, lets go to the balcony. We used our sunroom to create a garage to
house all of our sports gear, tools, and hardware. Let me show you around. Over here is where we have all of our small
hardware, like our nails and our screws. And down here is where I have my battery kit. I love this thing. We keep all of our batteries sorted by size
and they have yellow labels. All of the nails and screws get contained
in a tackle box, just like this. Each type of screw and each anchor gets a
different section. These are my favorite labels in the house. I used paint swatches from the hardware store,
and then I used painters tape to attach the label to the box. Over here I used bungee cord to create a cage
to house all the sports gear so nothing will fall out, and it makes it so easy to grab
exactly what you are looking for and then put it back. These shelf labels go with this shelving,
and you can dress them up by adding cool colored paper or cool textured paper on the background
and then creating a label with your label maker. You have seen how I organize my kitchen, home
office, closet, bathroom, and garage. And these are just some of the ways you can
organize your home. For more creative ideas to do in your house,
visit us at I am Alejandra Costello, organizing…I messed
up. All the nails and screws. Was that bad? I think that was bad? No, it was good. And then also my office some… whoops. Sound test number two. I am Alejandra Costello with org… Over here is where I have my filing cabinet,
I use color-coded file f…folders… I use color-coded… I cannot say that. It is my own business name. Over here is my filing cabinet. I use color-coded file folders… I do not know why I cannot say that. I will just say colored. Since I live in a condo, I do not have a laundry…oh. Since I live in a condo, space can sometimes
be limited. I messed up again. Since I live in a condo, I do not have a laundry
room. Instead, I have a laundry closet, which makes
it kind of difficult to air dry some of the… which makes it kind of difficult to air dry
some of my clothes. But if you hang…Do that one more time. It is difficult. Um. We created matching shelf labels so you could
see exactly where to find everything. Does that make sense? Do the, do the back, do the wall paper again. OK. And also if you pillow… These are just some of the ways you can organize
your home. If you need help… Does that sound cheesy? Like, if…if you need help? So we will come back and we will figure out
if anything did not work, and we Will tweak that, and then figure out… um. Let me do that again. And then we come up with the perfect organize… And then we come up with the perfect. And then we come up with the perfect solution
for you.

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