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5 Things We Learned From The Most Organized Home In America

Get your space in order with the help of these handy tips and tricks

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Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

Having a perfectly well-kept home is the ultimate goal of every dedicated dweller. However, given our hectic schedules and responsibilities, it can be quite difficult to maintain a working organizing system let alone a spic-and-span space.

Don't worry, professional organizer Alejandra Costello is here to save the day! In the video below, she takes us on a tour of her new house. Dubbed as "one of the most organized homes in America," it features countless organizing ideas that you can incorporate in your own routine. Check out our favorite ideas below: 

1. Utilize metal sheets as a makeshift message board. 

For most of us, we use our fridge door as a communication center for the family—however, not all refrigerators are magnetic—if you have something similar, you can utilize the insides of kitchen cabinets to serve as a message board with a few metal sheets. Simply cut the sheet into the right size and stick it to the cabinet using double-sided mounting tape! 

RL Tip: Aside from important notes and class schedules, don't forget to add a directory of doctors, utilities, and relatives to contact in case of an emergency! 

2. Use round things to organize circular objects to maximize space. 

Instead of packing your pantry to the brim, consider using lazy susans to hold bottles and jars instead. Not only will this help you save shelf space, it will make everything accessible and easy to grab—no need to go through the hassle of reaching for things at the back of the shelf anymore! 

RL Tip:
If you have a lot of bottles and jars to store in different lazy susans, consider organizing them by category and how often it will be used. This way, you're able to save time and effort in trying to find what you need. 

3. Use tension rods as alternative drawer dividers. 

The secret to having neat drawers is to break up the space with acrylic and plastic holders, however, these store-bought organizers can be quite expensive. Try using tension rods instead—it's less expensive, it's easier to find and it can be customized to fit different drawer sizes. 

RL Tip: Save more money by buying tension rods in bulk instead of purchasing a few every time you need to fix a drawer! 

4. Set up a donate bin. 

Make decluttering sessions less taxing by leaving a corner on your top shelf for a working donation box. Whenever you find an article of clothing that doesn't fit or is no longer comfortable, feel free to toss it in your bin. Once it's filled up, you can take a trip to your local center and leave it for people who may enjoy it more. 

RL Tip: You don't need a fancy storage unit–you can use anything from an old appliance box to a standard laundry bin. 

5. Label everything. 

Do you ever wonder how clutter rapidly piles up around your home? Believe it or not, it's probably because we tend to forget where our belongings are supposed to go. Consider labeling everything—you can use a standard label maker or go with something more artsy—to help you remember where to get and return your things. 

RL Tip: If you don't like having a lot of labels in your house, consider using peel-off stickers instead. Remove the temporary labels once you've memorized your organizing system.

Watch and get ready to discover more helpful tips below:

Source: Home Organizing by Alejandra.tv on YouTube 

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