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America's "Most Organized Woman" Reveals Her 10 Best Tricks

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Is your home a mess? That was a trick question. Whether we admit it or not, we're all unhappy with how cluttered and unorganized our homes are.

Unless, of course, you're Alejandra Costello. Named one of the 5 most organized people in America by HGTV, this self-dubbed "creative organizing expert" shares brilliant home-tidying tips on her YouTube channel.

Be sure to check out all of her great advice, but if you're ready to simplifying your life right now, we've collected Alejandra's 10 best tips so you can get a head start.

1. Choose function over looks

Alejandra Costello

This is a photo of Alejandra's purse from her video on keeping your bag organized. Notice anything? Yes, it's not exactly glamorous, but it's full of pockets to help keep the inside tidy.

Just like when it comes to purses, sacrifice looks for usefulness pretty much anywhere in your home and you'll cut a lot of hassle out of your life.

2. Use a splash of color

Alejandra Costello

There's a reason Alejandra organizes everything from her home office to her closet and dresser by color: it's the easiest way to spot just what you need with one look.

Buy a pack of colored folders for your filing cabinet and you won't have to dig through every scrap of paper to find something.

3. Get serious about your pantry

Alejandra Costello

The pantry is probably the most intense part of Alejandra's home, and for good reason.

A change as small as moving dry foods into clear containers will make things much neater, but to go the extra mile make some homemade lazy susans using marbles and baking pans.

4. Work a little bit every day

Alejandra Costello

After seeing pictures of her home you may be wondering, how did Alejandra manage all this?

Well, Rome wasn't built in a day. She spends 30 minutes before bed tidying her home. Imagine the results you could get if you tried the same thing!

Click the next page to see 6 more organization tips!

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