HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - This week, WHNT NEWS 19 is taking action to help you save money by helping you save time.
There is a slew of local people who make their money by helping you get organized and uncover ways you may be wasting both money and time.
Case in point: Karen Wright. She is a certified professional organizer with special qualifications and experience saving money, time, and space.
Wright says she is the first and only person in Huntsville to be certified in this field.
Her secret to helping people save money is to teach them to live "Life Simplified."
If you visit Karen at her office, you'll find it neatly laid out with before-and-after pictures on the walls. Those images speak volumes about what she does.
"Time is money," Wright said.
She loves to save money and hates to waste time.
"A lot of my clients, ironically, are organized people in nature and it's just that they have life changes, major trauma that's happened and they just get off track," said Wright. "I'm not a big fan of spending a lot of money to accomplish their goals and to get them where they need to be."
Karen is always on the go with her own organizing tools, going into people's homes to attack the areas where they literally lose things, including cash and change.
"I can't tell you how much money I have found, you know, for people," she recalled.
She said the worst spots in a home are the closets, followed by the kitchen.
"We all have too much stuff," said Wright with a smile. "Which, is costing in the sense that you're taking up prime real estate in your home. I work with clients to assign value."
During her consultation, she helps pair things down, saving people from buying unnecessary organizers or things they have and just can't find.
"They save a lot of time and money down the road because again they're not repeating those same behaviors. What I encourage people to do is put value on your time. Put money on your time."
And there's a list online of more than a dozen other professional organizers in North Alabama who have their own secrets to help you save time and money.
Wright has some other tricks to help you save money by saving you time.
First, make a list of the errands you need to run and lay them out by location so you can be most efficient in running them.
Apply the same to grocery shopping, if you know the layout of your favorite store. That way you go straight to get what you need and get out of there.
Click here to see the Facebook page of "Life Simplified".