Downsizing & Living Clutter-Free
This is a video of a virtual presentation I gave in September, 2020 for the Kingsport Senior Center. It’s a practical class that gives you perspective in the ideal way to view your possessions, how to keep them from occupying too much space and attention, and how to plan ahead for eventual downsizing. I talk about the consequences of clutter, how to negotiate common decluttering obstacles, and the importance of making a plan for your possessions.
Invisible Clutter: Cluttered Kitchen Countertops
September 2, 2020
In this segment on Daytime Tri-Cities, I started a series on Invisible Clutter. Clutter can be invisible when we’re so used to it that we don’t really see it objectively . In this segment, I talk about cluttered kitchen countertops. Which items deserve the prime real estate of your kitchen counter, and which items are clutter?
Organizing Clothing in Drawers
August 5, 2020
Folded in stacks, folded Marie Kondo style, regular rolled, or army rolled—which is best? And what do you do if you need to separate a drawer into several areas for different contents? This organizing demo is all about organizing the clothing in your drawers so that you can quickly find what you need.
Organizing Your Pots and Pans
July 9, 2020
How do you store your pots and pans? In this video, I share lots of options for organizing your cookware in a cabinet, in a drawer, on the wall, or on the side of a cabinet. There are probably some options you’ve never even considered. You’ll learn about organizing products as well as inexpensive alternatives.
Some of My Favorite Organizing Products
June 11, 2020
Organizing is so much more than just having the right supplies. But sometimes, the right product really can make a big difference. In this Daytime segment, I show a few of my favorite organizing supplies from my home.
I’m So Overwhelmed! 5 Tips to Go from Paralysis to Progress
May 7, 2020
Have you ever had so much going on that you were completely overwhelmed? Instead of getting busy, that overwhelm can often paralyze us so that we get absolutely nothing accomplished! In this podcast episode, I share 5 tips to help you go from paralysis to progress during those seasons of overwhelm.
Accomplish those Home Projects during the Pandemic
May 6, 2020
We all have tasks that we put off because we don’t have time. We have plenty of time at home now because of the pandemic, but you may still be having trouble using the time productively. In this segment, I share tips for figuring out home projects that need to be completed, prioritizing the list, and getting the projects accomplished.
Organize Your Photos during Safer at Home Time
March 31, 2020
Now that we’re all having extended time at home with COVID-19, we finally have some time to tackle projects that we’ve been putting off. In this Skype session from home, I share a simple approach to finally getting your printed photos organized that you can even do while watching TV.
Spring Cleaning Tips
March 4, 2020
With the change of weather, our thoughts often turn to Spring Cleaning. On this segment, I share tips for organizing cleaning supplies, explain how decluttering makes cleaning easier, and demonstrate a few unique cleaning products.
Give Those Shipping Boxes a Second Life with the Give Back Box
February 5, 2020
Since most of us do a lot of online shopping, we end up with a lot of empty boxes. Here’s a great way to give those boxes a 2nd life and put them to good use! With the Give Back Box program, you can fill your empty boxes with any unneeded clothing or household items, print the free shipping label, and drop it off at a post office, UPS or Fed Ex drop-off site. You can even schedule pickup of your box. Get your unused items into the hands of someone who needs it! Watch this video for all of the details.
A Basic Decluttering Demo with Coffee Mugs
January 1, 2020
Many of us have “get organized” on our list of New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes we have so many areas we want to organize that we don’t even know where to start! While organizing is wonderful, what most of us need to do more than anything is decluttering. What does that mean? How do we decide what to get rid of and what to keep? In this Daytime Tri-Cities segment, I demonstrate a simple decluttering task with coffee mugs. Apply these same techniques in many areas for decluttering success!
Don’t Give Clutter for Christmas Gifts!
December 16, 2019
Don’t you just hate that awkward moment when you open a terrible gift? Watch as Chris on Daytime opens my terrible gift, and then learn some tips to prevent giving Christmas gifts that contribute to other people’s clutter.
How Organized is your Refrigerator?
October 9, 2019
What does the inside of your refrigerator look like (and smell like)? Keeping it organized can help you find things more quickly, save money by preventing wasted food, and keep you healthy. Watch this episode for a step by step plan for organizing your refrigerator and for suggestions of helpful organizing products.
Tips for Organizing your Spice Rack
September 4, 2019
Where do you store your spices? Can you find what you need quickly? Without a good organizing system and regular maintenance, spices can easily get out of control. In this Daytime episode, I highlight several options for spice organization from Bed Bath & Beyond.
An Organized Car
August 7, 2019
Part 2 of my Organizing Your Car podcast on Smead’s “Keeping You Organized”
July 31, 2019
Most of us spend so much time in our car that it can sometimes seem like a second home! Since we spend so much time in our cars, it only makes sense that we would want to keep them neat and organized! As a guest on Smead’s “Keeping You Organized” podcast, I give step by step instructions on getting your car organized and keeping it that way.
Reclaim your Garage
June 17, 2019
Garages are definitely a household hot spot. They commonly become a dumping ground for anything that you can’t find a proper home for elsewhere. If you deposit enough stuff in there, you end up with no room to park one (or both) of your cars, and you end up avoiding the area altogether because it only brings you feelings of guilt. Watch this video for practical tips for organizing your garage, including how to utilize wall space to get items off the floor and what to do with all of those partially used paint cans.
Organizing Tips for your Office
May 1, 2019
If you work in a public setting, have you ever considered that the way your office desk looks is a reflection on you? Your messy desk could not only turn clients away but affect the way your coworkers perceive you. In this segment, I give some practical tips for organizing your desk and making use of not only the space in your desk, but utilizing the walls of your office or cubicle as well. I also announce my partnership with Workspace Interiors, Inc. for the Messiest Desk in the Chamber Contest.
How to Effectively Use Space when Organizing
April 3, 2019
A common problem in organizing is that people often don’t use all of their available space. For example, a kitchen pantry shelf is usually designed to hold the tallest items that might be stored there (like a cereal box), but most of the items we store are much shorter (like a can of food). We need strategies and products that will prevent us from wasting space. This video provides practical tips for using all of your available space.
Do You Have any Homeless Clutter?
March 6, 2019
Are your counters crowded with “homeless clutter”? In this segment, I talk about common household items that become clutter because they haven’t been given a home. Watch to see if any of these categories apply in your home.
Marie Kondo Organizing Tips and Tricks
February 6, 2019
Lots of people are watching the new Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In this segment, I demonstrate some of Marie Kondo’s organizing techniques from the show.
New Year’s Goal: Declutter!
January 2, 2019
At this time of the year, many people make a goal to get organized. For the vast majority of us, the most immediate need is to declutter by getting rid of anything that we don’t love and use. In this demo, I explain how two very simple activities can pay huge dividends in our goal to shed the clutter.
Organizing your Gift Wrapping Supplies
December 5, 2018
The holidays may be the “most wonderful time of the year”, but it can also be the most stressful time of the year. Anything we can do to simplify and organize during the holidays is most welcome! In this demo, I explain how I’ve chosen to simplify my own gift wrapping for every occasion, and I share tips for organizing all of your gift wrapping supplies. Some of these tips make use of items you probably already have around the house.
Pantry Organizing Tips
November 7, 2018
An organized pantry can make a huge difference in the day to day functioning of your household. On this episode of Daytime Tri-Cities, I give a step by step plan for organizing your pantry. I also give suggestions for a few inexpensive organizing supplies (from the dollar store or Walmart) that can help with bringing order to this space.
Using the Container Concept to Organize Anything
What is the Container Concept, and how can it help you organize just about anything? As a guest on Smead’s Keeping You Organized podcast, I explain how this one simple concept could help you organize everything from coffee mugs to your schedule. I use this principle regularly for myself and my clients, and I know it could be helpful for you as well!
Got a Hot Mess of Photos? Here’s How to Organize Them!
October 3, 2018
Are you overwhelmed with a hot mess of photos and no plan to get them organized? Do you keep adding to the mess because you just know that someday you’ll have time to get to them, but someday never seems to come? It’s time to get started and get a plan! This demo on Daytime Tri Cities will help you with the motivation to get started with a step by step plan.
Bathroom Organizing Tips and Tricks
August 8, 2018
How organized is your bathroom? The bathroom is such a small space, but since we spend time there every morning and every evening, it’s critical that we keep it in order. We all want to begin and end the day in a calm and peaceful environment. So if you want to get all of those toiletries under control once and for all, watch this video for helpful hints.
Organized Tote Bags for all your Frequent Activities
July 3, 2018
We all have places we go frequently that require taking a tote bag with supplies. These destinations can be as varied as a trip to the pool, a sports practice, the library, the gym, or a theatre rehearsal. This video will help you get to your destination on time with everything you need.
Organized and Stress-Free Traveling
June 13, 2018
Organizing is particularly important when you’re preparing to travel. This video highlights practical suggestions to make sure you’re organized for your trips.
3 Hanger Tricks for your Closet
May 2, 20018
In this video, I show 3 quick hanger tips for organizing your master bedroom closet.
Organizing those Pesky Plastic Containers
April 25, 2018
Plastic storage containers can be helpful for storing leftovers, but how many do you really need? How organized are yours? I have a radical suggestion for solving this problem.
Organizing Kitchen Utensils
March 7, 2018
Kitchen utensils can be a source of frustration when we have too many, making the drawer and the countertop container with utensils jam packed. To really organize them well, watch this video and follow these simple steps.
Organizing your Purse
February 7, 2018
If you want to make a difference in your daily life, organizing your purse yields big dividends. It could mean the end of digging endlessly to find things and aching shoulders from carrying a purse that’s much too heavy. Follow this simple plan to get your purse organized and keep it that way.
From Piles to Files: Keeping your Papers Organized
January 4, 2018
Do you have piles of paper on your kitchen countertop? Do you have trouble keeping up with the endless flow of mail, school papers, forms to fill out, bills, and other active papers? This simple, practical solution could yield big results!
Keeping your Christmas Supplies Decluttered and Organized
December 6, 2017
During the holidays is the ideal time to organize your Christmas supplies. There are expensive specialty organizing products for this, but there are also easy and inexpensive alternatives.
Junk Drawer Driving You Crazy? Get it Organized for Good!
November 1, 2017
Most of us have a junk drawer in our home. Here’s a quick demo of how to organize that drawer and keep it organized!
Folding Like Marie Kondo
September 6, 2017
When t-shirts are stacked in a drawer, the bottom shirts are rarely seen and often wrinkled. Here’s my demonstration of Marie Kondo’s shirt folding technique so that you can see all of your shirts at once and keep them tidy.
The Most Organized School Year Ever!
August 7, 2017
Staying organized during the school year can be a challenge. Watch this for tips on how to start your year off on the right foot and stay that way!