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



you I'm Alejandra Costello creative organizing expert from color-coded organizing and we're here in Arlington Virginia and today I'm going to give you a sneak peek inside my house and show you that organizing can be easy and can be fun let's go I'm so excited you're here I'm going to show you some of the cooler 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've done up here is I've used these lazy susans to store all the oils vinegars and condiments which makes it really easy to access and find exactly what you're looking for down here I did the same concept I used a lazy susan for vitamins spices and 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 the pantry it's 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 airtight containers they last a lot longer when they're 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 of the snack foods dinner foods and beverages basically you want to keep all the stuff that's difficult to to contain and 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 coffee's the teas this is one of my favorite products it's 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's the kitchen there is so much you can do in the pantry and these are just some of the ways that I like to organize my pantry now let's go over to the cabinets something I always see in kitchens is when you open a drawer and the silverware organizer slides back I put this Georgia biter next to the silverware organizer and it doesn't 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 isn't very big but if you maximize space you can fit so much inside your cabinets a paring is 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 in 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're 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's 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're done you've seen the kitchen in pantry let's 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'm 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 PEG boards because they're 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 peg boards are ribbon it pulls them 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'm 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 use 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 notepads there's filing kits for when I work with clients I love using stickers when I write cue 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's 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're storing you can really be more productive at any given time I only keep 12 magazines in the house I don't have any subscriptions and I only buy magazines if I see them in the store and I know I'm gonna go home and read it that day and if I read it that day I'll put a flag on the page for anything that I want to save and then I'll 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 gonna go in this rack one is gonna come out we're done in the Home Office and now I'm going to show you another problem area the closet we're here in my closet and there is so much stuff that I want to show you let's start with the jewelry I keep all of my jewelry in this pull-out organizer that's built into the closet I have my bracelets on this side and then I have some 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 my clothes by type so I keep all the dresses in one section all the long sleep in a separate section and then I use these closet dividers to mark each 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 pull your clothes back on the right hangar I reused a towel rack from the bathroom to hang all 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's often other places to store your 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's an easy way to organize it the door the medicine cabinet can sometimes be magnetic and if it's 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 everyday so like tweezers scissors nail clippers – tips it makes it really accessible since I live in a condo I don't 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 don't 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's a shower curtain liner with storage it has 5 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 they can also look pretty now that we've seen most the areas in my house let's go to the balcony we use 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 we 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 the nails and screws gets contained in a tackle box just like this each type of screw in 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 use painters tape to attach the label to the box over here I use 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're looking for and then put it back these shelf labels go with this with the 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've seen how I organize my kitchen home office closet bathroom and garage these are just some of the ways you can organize your home for more creative ideas to do in your house visit us at color-coded mess I'm low on Joe Costello organizing I messed up all the nails in school so that I think that was bad and then also my awesome I'm Alejandra Costello with or over here is where I have my filing cabinet I use color coded file photo folders I use color cook over here is my filing cabinet I color coded file photos all this light colored since I live in a condo I don't have a launcher since I live in a condo space can sometimes be limited since I live in a condo I don't have a laundry room instead I have a laundry closet which makes it kind of difficult to air dry some of those which makes it kind of difficult to air dry some of my clothes but I if you hang we created matching shelf labels so you could see exactly where to find everything okay and also if you pillow these are just some of the ways you can organize your home if you need help that's on cheesy like if you need help so we'll come back and we'll figure out if anything didn't work we'll tweak that and then figure out and then we come up with the perfect we're gonna and then we come up with the perfect and then we come up with the perfect solution for you you

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

  1. This is a dream home, honestly! I love how you can find everything so easily! I like keeping things tidy myself because clutter makes me quite anxious and this video gave me quite some good ideas. Like the kitchen cabinets, I have spent forever trying to figure out how to make it tidier. Thanks for the video!

  2. If someone want to prank her, they just need to misplace some of her office supplies, ramdon hang her clothes… honestly I’m jealous of her bathroom

  3. Ok I literally watched half the vidio paused it started organising every single piece of ting I own in my bedroom sounds like not much but it took me 3 to 4 hours cause I've got a messy bedroom and I had to label everything and colour corded my school books and now I come back for a rest 5 hours later and sees what started my new life?

  4. God this is so amazing holy shit except the vibe in the office is really weird. Like bare and I inviting kinda but god the organization. Honestly, NUT,,,

  5. Really, purple snaps, orange snaps, to make sure you're putting your clothes on the right hangar??? I didn't know there was a wrong hangar. Dude, just hang it up. It….. will….. be….. ok…. Now back up slowly and step away from the closet ma'am.

  6. Why do I feel a sense of relief when I see this, but get anxiety induced attacks when I see my messy apartments.

  7. People who keep making fun of her are just jealous. That includes me too. I want to be organized like you when I move out.

  8. Alejandra – if you're reading this, I think you are really amazing and doing people a great service and I agree that you are successful because you're so organized . . . but I bet even you, have laughed out loud at some of the comments below ! They're hilarious ! Iv loved reading the funny comments, as much as iv loved watching your actual videos ! And im sure a lot of them are from people who actually do admire you . . . but you have to admit, it is really funny ! In your Most Organized Home In America Part 2 video, I suddenly saw a dog bed, halfway thru . . and then got worried about where the dog was actually organized ! I thought you might suddenly pull out a large secret drawer and the dog would be sprawled out in there, with his dog bowls and toys, neatly stacked around him haha ! So funny ! The Greetings Card organizer actually made me do a sharp intake of breath ! This is like Organisation Porn !!! One question though . . . how come there is a gap of 5 years between videos ? Im taking it, that you were just THAT thorough in going through your whole house and organizing it in the finest of fine detail, that it took 5 years to complete ! Over in the UK, we have a woman called Mrs Hinch on Instagram, who everyone loves watching, and im telling you . . . you'd give her a run for her money ! I am going to get up in the morning and google LAZY SUSANS ! You Are Epic !!!!

  9. Excellent Video clip! Forgive me for butting in, I am interested in your opinion. Have you heard about – Mahorrla Control Clutter Method (search on google)? It is an awesome one of a kind guide for decluttering your home without the headache. Ive heard some amazing things about it and my mate after a lifetime of fighting got excellent success with it.

  10. Your hard work has helped me organize my home and work space. I have told others of your channel. Let the nasty comments go and stay in the game. Maybe the discouragers will be motivated to pursue the things that they are good at.

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