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Alejandra Costello is a Certified Professional Organizer who teaches individuals through videos and webinars how to become more productive and more organized on a daily basis by setting up systems in their home and life. Alejandra started her company, AlejandraTV, in 2008 at the age of 23 and to date has shared her organizing expertise with thousands of people in over 60 countries around the globe. Named 1 of the 7 most organized people in America, Alejandra's organizing expertise has been seen on HGTV, NewsChannel8, Family Circle, The Washington Post Express, The Washington Times, and Woman's Day to name a few. If you have organizing ideas for videos you’d like to see on Miss A, please visit Alejandra's YouTube channel and request your topic in the comments.

Organizing Made Easy For Kids! (And Mom Too!)

If you have kids, you understand the frustration when it comes to organizing. Luckily, our organizers have proven solutions that fit your home and lifestyle!

Dress-up Accessories (click on the image for a larger view)

Do your kids have small accessories hiding in their closets? Sort small items by category in clear labeled shoe boxes. Storing accessories in clear boxes allows your children to see and find items easily. To make organizing more efficient (and more fun!) add a photo on the outside which contains the contents of the inside. No more excuses for the kids’ not knowing where to put their play jewelry back!

Accessible Closets (click on the image for a larger view)

If your kids’ have dress-up costumes, try sorting them by type (as pictured to the right).

Add labeled closet markers to the hanging rod so the kids know exactly where to hang costumes back up when finished playing. Closet markers can be labeled on both sides. If foreign languages are spoken in your home, try English on one side and another language on the other side. When installing a custom closet for your children, don’t forget to consider the height of the hanging rod. After all, wouldn’t you hate to have to clean up after the kids because there excuse is they can’t reach?! For higher shelves, try keeping a mini step-stool on the floor in the back of the space for easy access.

Barbies, Barbies, Barbies! (click on the image for a larger view)

Do your kids have an overflowing collection of Barbie clothes? If so, try sorting the collection by category (Barbie dresses vs. Barbie accessories). When everything has its own place, it easy to find and put away. Sorting by category also works well for other small toys like cars, trucks, trains, animals, balls, etc. Label bins by color. For example, use pink for labeling Barbie bins. Here at Color-Coded, we’re convinced adding a splash of color makes life more fun! If you don’t have a label maker and want to get creative, spend some quality time with your kids and draw pictures of each category contained. Attach clear plastic adhesive holders to the outside of each box. Slip each picture in a plastic holder. Viola – you just created-your-own-label and spent quality time bonding with your children!

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