We're very excited to tune into the fireworks on Monday night when TCL's Jon & Kate Plus Eight features a visit from a real-live professional organizer. Keep? Toss? Donate? No? Maybe? Yes!
It's no secret that Kate Gosselin is considered an organizing expert herself. Even putting aside all the recent personal dramas, she enjoys 8 children, a large home and a busy life. According to Kate, "Maintaining a high level of organization helps any person or household-- supersized or otherwise -- run efficiently." We couldn't agree more.
Diane Albright Got The Job:
Our colleague, Diane Albright (pictured above), a professional organizer, motivational speaker and retail store owner of All Bright Ideas (organizing website, blog, store website) hails from Allentown, PA, an hours drive from the family's rural Pennsylvania home in Wernersville. Diane is the lucky gal who got to experience a glimpse of Kate's organizing prowess, up close and personal. We'll be there watching and cheering everyone on!
Here's the quick synopsis from the TLC official website. The episode premieres Monday night October 5, 9:00pm. Check local listings for exact time.
"Kate has always had a love for organization, but with such a full schedule and a house full of kids, she's had less and less time to organize. With the guidance of an expert, Kate and the children attempt to give the basement some much needed order."
After the show aired, Diane offered the following behind the scenes information:
"My associate, Paula Davis, and I had a blast on the show. Working with Kate and the kids was so much fun. I was naturally hesitant to work around a family that seemed uber organized, but in the end, it was fantastic teamwork. The organizing industry has really moved forward in helping just about anyone. No longer are the days when ONLY the “chronically disorganized” packrats called up on us. As we move forward, our job is like that of a personal trainer, we coach you through the tough parts so you can meet you goals, whether they are productivity, time-saving or aesthetic. In this case, the basement was the challenge and that’s where I came in as the organizing expert and project leader. We collaborated, made decisions, purged unnecessary stuff and installed systems to keep their storage maintained for a long time. What was the end result? Well, you’ll have to tune into the show to see what really happened."
Now to really put a spin on this story and prove 6-degrees of separation, Kate Gosselin contributed the "Tackle Your To-Do List" chapter alongside ours in creator Samantha Ettus' The Experts Guide To Doing Things Faster: 100 Ways To Make Life More Efficient (pictured below) which was published last October by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc. We have never met Kate but we sure have a lot of respect for her ability to keep up a house with eight children.
So all this leads us to ask our readers to weigh in on this question: Can organized people hire a professional organizer to help them? Are organizers only reserved for the messy, disorganized, cluttered, and hoarding? Or, are they a valuable resource for anyone in need, even with a small project? Let's hear what you have to say. We're going to see if Diane can weigh in on this subject herself. Check out the comment section below.
This post was updated (2/15)
- Kate Gosselin's organization tips - TLC website
- The Gosselin 10 - Family website
- Diane Abright's Blog and Website
- All Bright Things - Diane's retail products store
- Experts Guide To Doing Things Faster - Amazon
- Experts Guide Contributors
- Colin Cowie loves an organized kitchen
- Mary Louise Starkey is the first lady of private service
- New York Magazine article featuring Experts Guide contributing author John Trosko
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