The one thing Jessica Alba needs in her home

The Sin City actress and soon-to-be mother of three is clearly in nesting mode.

Expectant mum Jessica Alba told Architectural Digest that her ultimate home must-have – wait for it – is a top-notch organisation system.

“If it looks good, and it’s organised, there’s nothing that makes me happier,” she said.

“I have always been an organisation junkie. And my husband, Cash, is like, ‘You’re a hoarder!’

“I’m like, ‘No, I label and organise and have a place for everything! It’s not hoarding, babe!'”

Her top organising tip: “I do love a good label-maker. Even in my pantry I label stuff, and certainly in my vanity.”

Her interest in the home isn’t a new phase: she co-founded The Honest Company, a toxin-free, eco-friendly brand that sells everything from nappies to vitamins and make-up.

And unsurprisingly, it also stocks some organising solutions: “We have a gift set — it’s a beautiful wooden crate and I love it because you can use it under the sink, or you can use it in the kids’ room. You can put anything in a crate or in a box and there’s less chaos.” 

The Honest Company gift set comes in a handy crate. Photo: The Honest Company

Her company’s eco-friendly ethos is carried through into her personal life, she says. “I grew up with my grandmother, who survived the Depression era, so I love when I can find two or three purposes for a piece of packaging that normally you would throw out. I have been DIY since I was 11 years old.”

She’s excited to get her teeth into some DIY projects as part of her upcoming nesting phase: “When I go on maternity leave, I’m probably going to go through a rabbit hole of DIY. And I’m also thinking of writing a pregnancy and baby book! Just because I’ve learned so much along the way, and I have so many tips. Just how to streamline the whole process and make it not so scary. A more modern take to it.

“That will probably be my first one, but then I also want to do home and cooking, and beauty and fashion as well.”

As if all that weren’t enough, Alba has also just released a new line of cleaning products via The Honest Company, whose chief benefit, she said, is “Peace of mind. Not having to worry that if I keep this on the counter, if my kids drop something and I wash it with this, it [will] cause them to have a rash.”

The working mum isn’t averse to getting a helping hand around the house: “I encourage my kids to clean with me. I had to clean the dishes when I was a kid, I had to clean my room, I had to clean the floors with my mom. Taking care of the house was a family thing, especially on the weekends. When I’m there, I get the multi-surface cleaner and say, ‘Let’s clean up!'”

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