in the media

I love to share tips and wisdom gleaned over the course of more than 16 years and hundreds of organizing clients’ projects. A selection of online and print media for which I’ve been a contributor or in which I’ve been mentioned are below. If you’re an editor or writer seeking expert advice for an upcoming feature, please give me a call.

Best of San Francisco
PBS Newshour
KQED Forum Tips on Decluttering
Food Network Organizing Rules
Cole Hardware San Francisco Newsletter Organizer

Homes & Gardens, May 27, 2023 – What fun to be quoted and highlighted across the pond in Moving house checklist – essential tips and timeline for packing to move.

Reader’s Digest, February 1, 2023 – Find my refrigerator tip in 50 Organizing Tips You’ll Wish You Knew All Along! (Updated from previous versions)

The Kitchn, December 14, 2022 – Tickled to find one of my daily space-creating hacks called a “super-smart tip,” in 6 Ways to Make Room in Your Pantry for All of Those Holiday Goodies.

It’s Relatable with Kari O’Driscoll (Episode 6), November 18, 2022 – Talking with Debra Baida About Stuff (why we love it and whether we need as much of it as we think we do). Grab a cup of tea and have a listen wherever you tune in for podcasts.

The Kitchn, October 19, 2022 – Check out my zero-waste organizing tip in Things You Should Do Right Now to Prep Your Kitchen for Holiday Baking, According to Pro Organizers., March 28, 2022 – Decluttering for Dummies: How To Sort and Organize Loose Papers in Your Home includes my practical tried and true ways to keep and minimize uninvited papers from entering your home.

Woman’s World, December 9, 2021 – I contributed a couple of insights for 5 Easy Tips to Organize Your Fridge Fast Ahead of the Holidays. It’s one of the most highly trafficked spaces in the home, so giving it a little reset before things get busier than usual can be helpful.

The Kitchn, October 27, 2021 – In 6 Best Ways to Arrange Your Cookbooks, According to Professional Organizers, my recommendations are inspired by clients who choose to have their cookbooks accessible but not where you think they’d be stored.

StorageCafe, October 22, 2021 – What an honor to be included in 10 of the Best Home Organizers in San Francisco. &, April 2, 2021 – I loved contributing both practical and zero-waste tips for Decluttering for Dummies: Our 5-Step Guide to Making Your Junk Drawer Functional. And what a surprise to learn the article ran in the print version of the SF Chronicle’s Real Estate section, too!

Cole Hardware’s Hardware Hotline, Spring 2019 – For more than a decade, I was one of the skilled tradespeople Cole Hardware highlighted in their newsletter. I remain grateful for their partnership and this generous feature.

San Francisco Magazine, July 2018 –  Liberated Spaces was chosen as the best professional organizer by the magazine’s editorial staff for their annual Best of San Francisco issue. Thank you!!!

Women’s Environmental Network, July 6, 2018 – A short but sweet interview in WEN’s July newsletter.

Food Network, February 2018 – 13 Kitchen Organizing Mistakes – And the Easy Way to Fix ‘Em, includes my handy tip for keep food items at your fingertips.

Cole Hardware’s Hardware Hotline, January 2017 – My article, Make Room for What Matters in 2017, offers powerful questions and tips for creating forward momentum. Moving Blog, December 2016 – As the last organizer interviewed for How to Pack Boxes Efficiently for Moving, my challenge was to come up with some less obvious tips., June 11, 2106 – What fun to be listed with a couple of my friends in 10 Best Professional Organizers in San Francisco.

KQED’s Forum, January 8, 2016 – KQED Public Radio’s live call-in program featured a segment called Tips on Decluttering Your Life (and Desk). The full audio (run time 51:28) is available for listening and download.

Cole Hardware’s Hardware Hotline, January 2016 – I provided readers with the steps and tips to managing papers coming into and going out of your life in How to Tame Your Paper Piles., June 1, 2015 – Hoarding for the Environment? Zero Waste Experts Bea Johnson and Deb Baida Respond. Why is there resistance to letting go of things especially when they occupy valuable mental and physical real estate in our lives? The reasons are many, and I loved being part of the dialogue.

Natural Health Magazine, November/December 2014 – A few of my solutions for prepping and decluttering the home ahead of holiday festivities are included in the cover story, Pure Peace & Joy! (page 82).

PBS NewsHour, January 25, 2013 – In San Francisco on Track to Become Zero Waste City, a television crew squeezed into my kitchen to film for a feature story about residential composting.

Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, by Beth Terry, June 2012 (first edition, plus updated edition from April 2015) – What an honor to be quoted in this seminal book.

The Noe Valley Voice, December 2010/January 2011 – When the editor of one of San Francisco’s most avidly read newspapers called and asked if I’d write an article about getting organized for the new year, I was more than happy to oblige with Slow Down to Make Room for What Matters in 2011.

My Plastic-Free Life, February 2010 – In Carrying Our Own Containers: Powerful Action or Pointless Inconvenience?, I offered Beth Terry, anti-plastics crusader and activist, recommendations and tips for organizing (and remembering to use) a “to go” system at home.