From Clutter to Clarity | Kerry Thomas | TEDxAshburn

  • Опубликовано: 19 апр 2017
  • Clutter is not just “stuff.” Clutter can be physical, digital, mental, emotional or spiritual, and each type can be overwhelming. Learn the number one cause of clutter in any area of your life, and how to bust through for lasting results.
    Kerry Thomas attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Special Education. After teaching for eight years, a career change brought her to Professional Organizing, and Conquer the Chaos, LLC was launched in 2007.

    After years of organizing "a little of everything" from closets to kitchens to offices to garages to classrooms, Kerry decided to further combine her two passions (teaching and organizing) and specialize in helping small business owners with ADD create and maintain order in the midst of their disorder.

    Kerry completed a rigorous training program, and is now a Certified Productive Environment Specialist™. This certification adds another dimension to her organizing and productivity consulting services.

    Kerry enjoys helping others find the peace of mind and increased productivity that come from and organized workspace.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Комментарии • 240

  • Monica Karam - Life coach
    Monica Karam - Life coach 13 дней назад


  • Simone
    Simone 13 дней назад

    Overhelmed? Over what? I don't understand the word she say.

  • Barry Chandler
    Barry Chandler 13 дней назад

    Thank you 🙏🏻 I could really use your help, everything in my life is a big mess, there is clutter everywhere but no one knows it but me.

  • Samra P
    Samra P 18 дней назад

    Please help me.

  • Sterling Solomon
    Sterling Solomon 23 дня назад

    She definitely conveys emotion in her talk, and it reminds us of our power to change as it simultaneously allows the feeling of "sinning" and missing the mark and the guilt that can disable action.
    I actually came into the video with a bit of judgement and now I have to say this is one of the best TedX videos I've ever seen.
    I'm working on a technology interface(app ecosystem) to allow humans to reconnect to natural law and natural interaction and reset/reconnect that attention/ dopamine /hormonal circuitry that has been hijacked by commoditized social networks.
    We are cluttered with concerns, and made impotent by our borrowed fears.
    I am dedicated to deep wealth solutions, and Kerry Thomas hit on so many of my motivations in this talk. She also poignantly hit how my arrow of intention has sinned, and I'm sitting right now in Bali in a room with far too much clutter, typing on a computer with far too much clutter and appreciating how she tied it all together in this moment..

  • Cody Polar
    Cody Polar 26 дней назад

    The part about cluttered iphones makes a lot of sense. When I truly listened to some of the songs I had, I discovered that I didn't like them anymore, never did, or they made me feel emotionally like I didn't want. So, I deleted over half my large song library. The criteria for keeping the ones I kept was "does it make me feel good". Now, there are a few that make me feel sad, but those are ones that are written to do that.

  • i.tsune
    i.tsune Месяц назад

    'change is the result of action and action is the result of decision' loved that

  • Barbara D'Ascenzo
    Barbara D'Ascenzo Месяц назад

    This has been helpful to me: for anything that comes in... something goes out. Throwing out raggedy clothes is a stickler for me. Getting past the wash/ wear, one more time, ritual. ( Suprise,I was raised, in near poverty.... hmmm.) Good talk.

  • Baby Baby
    Baby Baby Месяц назад

    So true. It inspires me to think deep about me myself

  • Beth Bartlett
    Beth Bartlett 2 месяца назад

    Environment ...
    Does it Reflect: your present *Thoughts* condition?
    (are your *Thoughts* in the: present, past, fears, hopes, desires, Future)?
    "Change your *Thoughts* - Change your Life"
    Dr Wayne Dyer
    Help your *"Thoughts* Focus" by "Changing your Environment"
    Create your "Current Environment" to reflect your Desired Life Goals -
    In doing so, you begin living your Desired Life Goals NOW -
    Learning through Feeling - in the Now - that which you are *Accustomed to being in the Future* -
    If you don't learn the feeling of "Experiencing
    the Desired" - it can/will/does - remain in the Future in Thoughts, rarely to never *Experienced in the Now*

    You're welcome. Live your Dreams - Today 🎆

  • Charles George
    Charles George 2 месяца назад

    This talk is cluttered. Although it is worth mentioning emotional, mental, and spiritual clutter, the value and importance of tackling physical clutter as an initial step toward clearing inner types of clutter. Just think of how you feel once you have cleaned one messy room. The tangibility and simplicity of a tidy room is a more effective illustration of the positive results of decluttering than to focus more upon clutter as it exists within the psyche.

  • Janie Super
    Janie Super 2 месяца назад

    she is talking too slow for my tastes and its annoying me

    • Conquer the Chaos, LLC
      Conquer the Chaos, LLC Месяц назад

      I have several feedback slips from other presentations (before and after this one) that say, "speaks too fast, please slow down" :-) so your comment made me chuckle. On a serious note though, it's not a bad idea for TEDx producers to offer a written transcript of the talks as an option.

  • Albert Barcellos
    Albert Barcellos 2 месяца назад

    Very sad story . I hope she is ok Good talk

    MINI MENON 2 месяца назад

    Think...cluttering required especially in the Digital pave way for more peace and read and gone through...need to be deleted.../but for closely significant ones!!

  • Eddie Fittes
    Eddie Fittes 2 месяца назад

    Would owning 6 acoustics and not moving forward in playing them as much as you would 1 or 2 and just playing them side by side be in this category? I just want to learn as fast as I started and keep moving forward. Everyone else says its fine and love what ive got.

  • Wasiul Farabi
    Wasiul Farabi 2 месяца назад

    Minimalism 🔥

  • Bonita Smith
    Bonita Smith 2 месяца назад

    Why does all Tedx talks sound like they coached by the same person

  • lily loves unicorns
    lily loves unicorns 3 месяца назад

    great video , I needed this

  • Claudia Morales
    Claudia Morales 3 месяца назад

    I have mental clutter and emotional clutter too. I have to learn to kick it.

  • snip tip
    snip tip 3 месяца назад

    I'm here listening for much more.... then bland! the video ends. smh

  • Zahra Amanah
    Zahra Amanah 4 месяца назад

    Excellent presentation, thank you Kerry

  • WhereTheLionsRoar
    WhereTheLionsRoar 4 месяца назад

    Love this!

  • Brenda Rain
    Brenda Rain 4 месяца назад

    What a beautiful talk! 🙌🏻

  • Cyndi Gallo
    Cyndi Gallo 4 месяца назад +1

    I know what i want in life since i was a kid, and got it, it was simple stuff, but family members always trying to get in the way. They made their life kaotic, pursuing their dream, but they are not happy, so they want to make me unhappy too. Im artistic, creative, resourceful, and Spiritual minded and happy. They try to bring me down, thru out my life, becuz they are not happy. And they don't get me at all. I'm ok, with the fact, that they don't get me, they are not meant to............get it..

  • Cyndi Gallo
    Cyndi Gallo 4 месяца назад

    My closet is organized, since i was a kid. It's the people i live with that are disorganize with their life.

    MARINA WILKINSON 4 месяца назад

    Excellent talk. Thank you 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • Toughen Up, Fluffy
    Toughen Up, Fluffy 4 месяца назад

    I thought it said, "From Cutler to Cutlery," which is a better title, if you ask me, being all drunk as I am. :0)

    PROTXS EMF HEALTH 5 месяцев назад

    I can tell you that these problems can be solved by seeking Christ.

  • Just Coni justme
    Just Coni justme 5 месяцев назад +1

    "The quality of your life is determined by the decisions you make." Wow! Those are powerful words I mustn't forget.

  • Shuri
    Shuri 5 месяцев назад

    "The key is: make a decision" type 9 sorry

  • Wisepersonsay
    Wisepersonsay 5 месяцев назад +1

    I used to be sympathetic, emphatic, compassionate, whatever you like to call it - supposedly a human virtue. I decided some years ago to declutter this feeling and not to mix with people who expect sympathy and mercy. I'm much more refreshed now. Instead, I show these people how to fulfill their life by demonstrating it with mine. I don't talk/preach to them. I only show it.

  • Love Music
    Love Music 5 месяцев назад +1

    Yes we fill up every aspect of our more aspect...we [over]fill our schedules. Sadly, many of us over fill our childrens' schedules as well.

  • marilyn gandhi
    marilyn gandhi 5 месяцев назад +1

    "I can't lose weight" is a sign of Diabetes type 2 - See the Doctor and have the OGTT test :)

  • marilyn gandhi
    marilyn gandhi 5 месяцев назад

    "I can't lose weight" is a sign of Diabetes type 2 - See the Doctor and have the OGTT test :)

  • Sherri Cimoch
    Sherri Cimoch 5 месяцев назад

    I’m so glad you made the DECISION to make this video. It was the push I needed. You make a difference.

  • hanalei02
    hanalei02 5 месяцев назад

    This is eye-opening! One of my favorite Ted Talk!

  • Wendi Watson
    Wendi Watson 6 месяцев назад

    Wow! So relatable, you have such positive energy, and i love that shirt.

  • Jules Harger
    Jules Harger 6 месяцев назад

    Overwhelmed..,... overwhelmed r distractions!!!!! Ahhh this is hard stufff!!!! Clutter that's another story!!! I threw away 20 color books away and 10 shirts this is CRAZY stuff! Can we say Chaos literally!!

  • Sheonagh Butcher
    Sheonagh Butcher 6 месяцев назад +3

    My husband and I moved into our home 2.5 years ago and have not had any friends around for dinner because I cannot bring myself to unpack the remaining boxes in the formal lounge. It is stacked with boxes and furniture that we cannot use. I feel all of those things that you described at the beginning of the podcast. I am overwhelmed and have to get out of the room if I go in and try to sort it out. We are also paying for two storage units.I am getting sicker and sicker physically too. I stay at home in "lockdown" most of the day and surf for things to buy going to the PO box every week day to pickup something else. I listed all that companies that I am waiting for deliveries from. There are 12 at the moment
    Thank you so much for you talk. I needed to see and hear this. Funnily enough, yesterday, I had unfollowed quite a few streams on facebook and had decided to to actually unsubscribe to many email sales subscriptions today. It is perfect timing to fall across your podcast. I am not going out of the door without taking A BAG or two to the charity shop. My family (who have no idea how this is REALLY effecting me) will be very please but most of all I will gradually be released. I will be am avid follower until I get well. So scared to press the Comment button as I am very private person eeps!!!

    • Life tobelived
      Life tobelived 3 месяца назад

      My friend is moving out of the country to stay with her family for awhile. I helped her sort and pack a some things the other day. She and her sister posted furniture online and she was able to sell a lot of her furniture be it at low prices but they went fast. It was funny because I had all the organizational skills to help her that i never use on myself. My big problem has been severe fatigue due to medial issues. I was surprised how fast we go through almost 2 rooms. I just brought stuff over in front of her and she saved, boxed, recycled and gave away.

    • Helene Bennie
      Helene Bennie 6 месяцев назад +1

      That's a great start. I decided at the beginning of the year that I really don't want ALL of my possessions anymore. I haven't really started to cull much but I have got rid of some stuff. Little by little and you'll get on a roll.

    • Conquer the Chaos, LLC
      Conquer the Chaos, LLC 6 месяцев назад

      I am so glad you commented! This is actually the first time I've read my comments in 18 months because I felt awkward, so it's perfect timing. It sounds like you have a good plan to make small, incremental changes, and I bet those will give you momentum. Best of luck!

  • Sandeep Kumar
    Sandeep Kumar 6 месяцев назад +1

    Wow.. amazing talk

  • Sandi Small
    Sandi Small 6 месяцев назад

    Oh thank you. I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one with computer clutter.

  • Mitchell Rose
    Mitchell Rose 7 месяцев назад +1

    Procrastination is the doorway to too late!

  • Sheer
    Sheer 7 месяцев назад +1

    I listened to every word Kerry said. Thank you. Among the clutter in you tube, this talk of Kerry was a game changer.

  • Susan Axelrod
    Susan Axelrod 7 месяцев назад

    This is stellar, bless you and thank you. here's to your continued good health and success!

  • vanessa scott
    vanessa scott 7 месяцев назад

    Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom. Well said and explained. Simple enough to apply. Make the decisions and move forward.

  • mm mmm
    mm mmm 7 месяцев назад

    I loved this. I am trying to find her online. Does she have a blog? Instagram? Twitter?

  • Pedro Alb
    Pedro Alb 7 месяцев назад

    hi everyone ,if anyone else trying to find out organization tips for home try Stiklind Fast Declutter Fixer (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my colleague got excellent success with it.

  • Melody Dlamini
    Melody Dlamini 7 месяцев назад


    TINA ULA 7 месяцев назад +8


  • I am NOT a hoarder, collector or other stereotypes, You, too, can get out of the hole

    play speed 2 works well to make this go faster...Thanks, interesting video.

  • Panda
    Panda 8 месяцев назад

    Her voice is like Brandi love

  • evans kariuki
    evans kariuki 8 месяцев назад +1

    Bottom line, Decide + Act.

  • Karen Castle
    Karen Castle 8 месяцев назад

    I want to thank you for your talk. I'm grateful. This may have just touched on why I always feel overwhelmed and helpless in changing it. It was starting to bring on depression. I couldn't figure out what the down feeling were. Now I do. Thank you again.

  • koit222
    koit222 8 месяцев назад

    I dont find taking big decisions reduce clutter at all. This talk feels really superficial, cause it does not explain what it states.

  • Gail Remp
    Gail Remp 8 месяцев назад +5

    Excellent. I would also highly recommend Mel Robbins Ted talk on how to stop screwing yourself up. It is really really excellent. Nothing to do with clutter except how we view what holds us back. I watched it several times, and something finally clicked in my brain about what I was saying outwardly and inwardly. And I have been working very diligently for the last two or three months in the house. And it is showing. If you add all these other Ted talks with it, you can do quite well. Anybody in here that has a one-word answer, DHD. ABC D. Whatever. Is obviously a perfect person. But for the rest of us humans that aren't, it's more than a one-word answer. It is digging deep to find out what is hurting you the most, taking stock of what you can do, and being able to put 1 foot in front of the other to change it. Blessings to all of you. Have a great memorial day weekend. This makes four years since my mom died on memorial day weekend. And instead of feeling sad, I am feeling very positive now. So take care.

  • Bereket Melesse
    Bereket Melesse 8 месяцев назад

    pray for archangel Michael for peace. spiritual warfare is real.

  • John Dyer
    John Dyer 9 месяцев назад +7

    Just like an oil change, you must declutter on a regular basis. It has to be a priority. Otherwise your life will always be a mess.

  • Ray Fletcher
    Ray Fletcher 9 месяцев назад

    Box it up. Bag it up. Take it the curb.

  • Vanessa DeCoursey
    Vanessa DeCoursey 9 месяцев назад

    👏🏽🙂 Great advice!

  • Climate Chaos
    Climate Chaos 9 месяцев назад

    Give God something to Bless

  • Dianna Sierra
    Dianna Sierra 10 месяцев назад

    Are you peeking into my life?

  • Wai Kay Au
    Wai Kay Au 10 месяцев назад

    My fats keep coming back

  • Mary LaFrance
    Mary LaFrance 10 месяцев назад

    Great lecture Kerry. The dizzy spells may be due to an episode where your blood pressure is too low, and the need for a nap may be because you're run down (deficient in vitamin Bs) your metabolism has tanked. I have had these problems and fixed them with help from my doctor and personal trainer.

  • DANNE George
    DANNE George 10 месяцев назад

    I got nothing out of this, 11+ mins!

  • Ms Mccoy
    Ms Mccoy 10 месяцев назад +1

    Excellent.. You seem like such a lovely person also.

  • Liz Kelly
    Liz Kelly 11 месяцев назад

    I loved this talk! I took away several quotes, I love the focus on decision making

  • Brooke Melko
    Brooke Melko 11 месяцев назад +1

    I love what you said about Spiritual Clutter. Spot on!

  • Sams Randoms
    Sams Randoms 11 месяцев назад

    very good

  • Jennifer Radomski
    Jennifer Radomski 11 месяцев назад +2

    Thank you so much for this moving speech! Short, sweet and full of so many golden nuggets of truth.

  • jean schuler
    jean schuler Год назад

    Give god something to bless!

  • normal woman
    normal woman Год назад

    I have well over 100 coats. Shame, depressed, and overwhelmed.

    • Helene Bennie
      Helene Bennie 6 месяцев назад

      Why don't you give some away? You wouldn't feel so ashamed then. You may even feel joyful to be able to give to others and share.

  • Joyce Brower
    Joyce Brower Год назад +1

    Well said! Very helpful!

  • sparkimoto
    sparkimoto Год назад

    Postponed decisions! Absolutely. I already know. As long as you keep up on them, there is no problem. Once you get behind, that's how it starts.

  • GetA Job
    GetA Job Год назад

    Love the necklace, love the dress, I hate that there are no pictures of your journey from clutter to clarity. Shame, is not an option, when selling an organized peaceful life. Maybe TEDx, did not allow you enough time to give your speech on RU-clip to show your pictures? Why would you be holding a clicker otherwise?

    • Conquer the Chaos, LLC
      Conquer the Chaos, LLC Год назад +4

      HI GetA Job. Since April, yours is the first comment that prompted me to reply! I have zero shame of any part of my journey. The TEDx videos and speakers I enjoy most usually do not use pictures, so I did not plan any. I have the clicker because as I was walking up on stage it was handed to me. I was nervous, and instead of the awkwardness of denying it, I took it. I was then stuck with it. I'm mainly responding because I DO like the idea of showing visual representations of different part of my journey, and I appreciate the suggestion. It is something I will incorporate where appropriate in the future.

  • ramki glitz
    ramki glitz Год назад

    Good Talk got so much insights

  • Swankster
    Swankster Год назад +20

    "The Quality of your life, is determined by the decisions you make."

  • Anita Burke
    Anita Burke Год назад

    I Got Worms. I'm starting a worm farm. Seriously. Gotta give God something to bless amen sister!

  • Nancy Solari
    Nancy Solari Год назад +1

    Thank you for giving such an informative talk, your story was truly inspiring, and I will definitely be taking your advice.

  • Nihar Savala
    Nihar Savala Год назад

    Superb learnings! One of the better Ted talks.

  • Mary Prevoteau
    Mary Prevoteau Год назад +2

    Beautiful talk, thank you!

  • cloud day
    cloud day Год назад +6

    One of the most helpful TED talks I have heard.

    • cloud day
      cloud day 2 месяца назад

      Conquer the Chaos, LLC, Welcome. Wish you much love and health.

    • Conquer the Chaos, LLC
      Conquer the Chaos, LLC 6 месяцев назад +1

      Thank you!

  • Pamela Moore
    Pamela Moore Год назад +2

    A fantastic talk. I loved the simple, honest information she provided.

  • Asteri ETERNAL
    Asteri ETERNAL Год назад


  • Joost Kamphuis
    Joost Kamphuis Год назад

    In my opinion clutter is a lack of letting go not postponing a decision. However it doesnt matter what it is for you as long as it works for you.

  • Clara Fierro
    Clara Fierro Год назад

    great talk!

  • N fm
    N fm Год назад


  • Maxine F
    Maxine F Год назад +60

    I decluttered this weekend. Took a lot of things to Goodwill. I have a walk in hall closet that I can actually walk in now.

  • حدائق وبساتين حدائق وبساتين

    Thanks a lot . And I have to be aware of organized clutter bcz it is a clutter.

  • Susmita B
    Susmita B Год назад +44

    Emotional and spiritual clutter arise from unresolved issues, postponed decisions.....clutter not only creates overwhelm, but procrastination, guilt, shame, fear even depression...

    • Jo Montanee
      Jo Montanee Месяц назад

      Wow, so thought provoking saying.

    • elsa Grace
      elsa Grace 11 месяцев назад

      Smita B so actually Postponed Decisions is what cause overwhelm, depression and all that.

  • Random Kirks
    Random Kirks Год назад +4

    Great honesty and talk. Thank you.

  • Carolyn W
    Carolyn W Год назад


  • Paul Anthony Donahue
    Paul Anthony Donahue Год назад +1


  • Music Miracles Around the World
    Music Miracles Around the World Год назад +1

    Thank you for your honesty and words of wisdom Kerry. I'm a minimalist, but I've always struggled with physical clutter. I seem to do better with emotional and spiritual clutter, but I know they are all connected. "Let go and let go" seems to be a mantra that helps and also funny enough flipping coins to help me make decisions, even big ones. In Deep Gratitude.

  • Sharan Simmons
    Sharan Simmons Год назад +1

    great advice and insight -saving to watch again and again as necessary to take action

  • Gail Lewis
    Gail Lewis Год назад +6

    Where can I get the pattern to your motif sweater?

    • Conquer the Chaos, LLC
      Conquer the Chaos, LLC 6 месяцев назад

      HI Gail, I'm sorry I took so long to look at comments. I'm not sure about the top, but I purchased it at SteinMart. ;-)

  • Denise Simpson
    Denise Simpson Год назад +4

    Not making a decision is a decision.

  • Paula Street
    Paula Street Год назад +15

    I keep planning to spend half an hour per day clearing or sorting a pile of paperwork, and unused items in my apartment - - - must get around to starting that tonight and make it a daily thing - one area at a time

  • Brigette 5280
    Brigette 5280 Год назад +25

    I have overwhelming clutter in everything that she said..I live with a man who throws temper tantrums and gets mad so easily.. And very controlling. I don't make enough money to get out, my kids are grown and they are miserable.. Every one is miserable. I can't help myself and I can't help them.. There is so much clutter I feel as though each day is the same, nothing gets better.. I just want to feel free spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially, physically... There are a lot of wheels spinning in this brain...

    • Peter Cianci
      Peter Cianci 4 дня назад

      Give it to God in FAITH! I went many, many years thinking I could fix things on my own will, through my own strength, power and money. God showed me on so many occasions, through my own brokenness, that He is the one we should depend on and that He shows His love through miracles, complete surrender and FAITH. Who are we...but, God's children whom He adores but because of freewill, He awaits on us to come to Him. Why because He won't violate the gifts He's given us. Proverbs 3:5-6 Seek the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." God bless you!

    • Pat Gross
      Pat Gross 4 дня назад

      You can help yourself. You are powerful. Don't wait.

    • Nancy Clay
      Nancy Clay Месяц назад

      nature2rule that wasn’t nice. This many troubles tend to paralyze the mind. Bless Bridgette’s heart, I hope she has caught a break by now and can move ahead again.

    • Peter Cianci
      Peter Cianci 2 месяца назад

      Me too!! At least it use to be that way for me, until I gave it ALL to God. Sounds easier said than done? Have you tried it yet, with a broken, yet open heart? Try it and let Him speak to you and give it to Him in FAITH that the outcome WILL blow your mind away. He WILL give you immeasurably more than you could even ask for. We are not meant to be angry, anxious or discouraged. The "enemy" will whisper these defeating words/thoughts into our minds, but the Bible says to hold these thoughts captive and reject them! You have purpose and where purpose is "walked" there is promise. God bless you!

    • Sheila Healy
      Sheila Healy 2 месяца назад

      Gidgy Gold c

  • Amel sabri
    Amel sabri Год назад +5

    Decluttering and with Kon marie💗💗 method definetly clarifies and open up the mind

  • Atlanta718
    Atlanta718 Год назад +9

    Definite decisions need to be made to remove clutter or postponed decisions.
    Actions give God something to bless. It will give you momentum.
    Quality of life is based on the decisions you make. Have peace!