Organize Drawers in Your Kitchen {organize now challenge}

organize drawers

So if you have been following along in the Organize Now Challenge your kitchen surfaces and cupboards should be looking good!  It’s time to organize drawers in your kitchen.

What do you store in your kitchen drawers?  

Are they cluttered?  

When was the last time you went through them?

This week I get down to the knitty gritty about kitchen drawers and what should and shouldn’t be store in them.

  • Ideas of what can be stored in kitchen drawers:
    • Pots & Pans (lids if possible separate)
    • Plastic Ware
    • Silverware & Cooking Utensils
    • Pyrex and Baking Dishes
    • Pot holders, Wash Cloths & Towels
    • Essential Oils
  • Junk drawers say what?
    • Eliminate, eliminate, eliminate!
    • The new name of your “junk drawer” and what should go in it.
    • What should go in the drawer? And what should NOT!
    • Storage ideas for all those little things you don’t know where to start.



Once you have finished this week’s challenge please post your pics in the Facebook group (Organize Now Challenge) or here under the podcast.  Don’t be nervous!  We are all in this together.  The group is really kind and full of encouragement!

If you still need the book here it is:

Jennifer Ford Berry

How to Get Organized in 2017!

how to get organized

Do you want to learn how to get more organized in 2017?  

I am calling all of you that need a little boost in the organization department to commit to the 2017 Organize Now Challenge.

How does the 2017 Organize Now Challenge work?

  • 1. Listen to the podcast.  Every Friday I will be on The 29 Minute Mom Podcast.  There are 3 different ways to listen:
    • Click play on the podcast episode from the website
    • All podcasts will be posted on the Facebook page
    • Subscribe on iTunes (just click the link and hit “SUBSCRIBE”
    • Subscribe to the Organize Now mailing list and the podcasts will be sent to your inbox
    • Note: you can listen to the podcast any day after it goes up on Friday. So pick a day that is convenient for you.  However, we did plan Fridays in hopes that you could get that particular organizing task done over the weekend.  Some tasks will take you longer than others so I recommend that you go at your own speed.
    • In the podcast I will share some of the steps and tips that I cover in the book along with tons of inside knowledge and motivation!
  • 2. Follow along with the book.  I have written out checklists for each area we will organize in the book.  So for example if one week we are covering “How to Organize Your Kitchen Cupboards” the book has a step by step guide written out for you.  It also has a list of how to maintain that area throughout the year (maintenance is KEY my friends).  You can find the book anywhere books are sold including:
  • 3. Ask your questions during the Facebook live videos.  Facebook videos will be posted on the 29 Minute Mom Facebook page.  Dates and times for videos will be posted as we go.
  • 4. Join our private Organize Now Challenge Group on Facebook.  There you will be able to interact with others on this quest to get more organized.  It is also a great place to share ideas, ask questions, get inspired and receive support!

Some of ways the 2017 Organize Now Challenge will change your life:

  • You will learn how to purge things that you don’t love or use.
  • You will be able to find homes for the things you are keeping.
  • Your home will be simplified.
  • You will waste less time looking for things.
  • You will save money because you won’t buy things you already own.
  • Your mind will become clearer and it will become easier to focus on other goals.
  • You will start to feel proud of the home you have created.
So I hope you have decided to commit to getting more organized!  I think this format will be perfect not only for teaching but to offer support to each other.  I mean who doesn’t like some extra motivation when you decide to reach a new goal, right?
I am here for you! I am telling you 2017 is YOUR year! No more wondering what it would be like to have an organized home and an organized life.  This can be your reality!
Join me! Learn how you can live your dreams instead of your things!
Would you like to win a FREE, SIGNED copy of the book?  Here is how you can enter:
  1. Share this post on your social media accounts along with #organizenow2017
  2. Answer this question in the comment section below:  What chapters in the table of contents do you want to focus on the most in 2017?
I am so excited to go on this journey with you!
Jennifer Ford Berry
why its hard to part with things

Why Is It Hard To Part With Things? {Podcast}

Episode 2: Why Is It So Hard To Part With Things

Do you find it hard to part with things? Getting rid of stuff is very hard for many people to do.  It takes time; it can be very overwhelming, and most of us never know where to start or exactly how to go about it.  Furthermore, most people don’t realize that are specific reasons why parting with things is so hard for them.

In this podcast Life’s Organization Expert, Jennifer Ford Berry, shares the top 6 reasons it is hard to part with things.  You may be surprised by some of them!  But hopefully by knowing these reasons you will be able to quickly and efficiently handle your clutter next time.

Jennifer hopes that by hearing the knowledge in this podcast you will be aware of which reason stops you in your tracks when you are trying to clear clutter in your life.

Click Play!
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The 29 Minute Mom

I Can Finally Share My Big News {and a holiday giveaway}

The 29 Minute Mom

Oh my gosh I can hardly contain myself…I have been working on a new project and I finally get to share my big news with you!! I am so excited!!  

For the past year or so I have been wanting to do something that would enable me to help more women and specifically more moms.  

After working closely with thousands of moms over the years, I am convinced that deep down we are really all the same.  We want to be the best moms we can be and to do that we must be committed to growth.  

I think moms love to learn, increase efficiency and wish they had more down time.  We get so excited when we find out something new that will improve or alter our life in some way.  Of course when we do we HAVE to share it, right?!  That just comes naturally as a mom.  We are givers that can’t help but share with our girlfriends and other moms, about that life changing book we read or delicious recipe we made from Pinterest!  I know I love when someone shares this stuff with me!

I do love working with moms one on one but I want to help even more women.  I have spent so much time praying and contemplating about what that looks like.  

I feel like I have been waiting FOREVER for the right answers to come to me and I was starting to get very frustrated.  

Then finally after more praying, contemplation and some fantastic mentoring, the idea of a podcast was suggested to me.  

I have decided to partner with a long time friend and HUGE food blogger, Jennifer Dempsey.  Some of you may follow her blog Motherthyme or remember her from our Pantry Crashers series.  We both have a heart for helping women so she was the perfect fit to launch this project with.  

We named our project The 29 Minute Mom because we know how busy moms are and we know that every single minute counts in a day.  

Why spend 30 minutes when you can spend 29 is kind of the inside joke!  But seriously deep down all moms have a desire to learn, grow and improve throughout their lives. This can be hard to do that when we are also juggling laundry, running kids, cooking dinner, working, building relationships, and keeping our homes clean.  Let’s face it some days there isn’t much time left over for us!  Our goal is to give you tools, resources, inspiration and ideas that will help you reach your fullest potential in this world.  

We are launching a podcast that will feature experts, authors, spiritual leaders, real moms and more!  And each podcast will be short so there is no excuse that you can’t find 29 minutes to listen!  

So this is for you mamas!  All of you ladies that give 150% of yourself each and every day to the ones of you love.  This is something you can do for yourself!  I pray that The 29 Minute Mom brings you joy, motivation, knowledge and laughter.

Here is an example of a podcast I did recently.  I would love to here if this is something you deal with.

the 29 minute mom

I can not wait to start this journey with you!!  We are giving away lots of goodies and a special holiday giveaway on the 29 Minute Mom website to celebrate our launch so check it out!  


Jennifer Ford Berry




MOPS Group Inspired Video to Get Organized


I spent this morning speaking to the MOPS group at the Brockport Free Methodist Church.  What a joy these ladies were!  

We discussed how to organize things like: toys, kids clothing, memorabilia and daily routines.  As moms we always feel like there is not enough time in the day.  But, I am here to tell you not to worry….all moms feel the same!  

Organization does save us lots of time but it doesn’t happen in one day.  Baby steps my friends.  One step at a time each day until you get there may be all you can do….and that is OK!  

But, I also want to remind you to appreciate the journey you are on.  Those toys won’t always be laying on the floor and I promise you when they are gone you will actually miss them!  I am serious! (well not everyday but you will have your moments) 🙂

Here is a quick video I did after my presentation that will hopefully motivate you to get started and keep going one day at a time!

Are you a mom that is struggling with getting organized?  
PLEASE, feel free to let me know what you need help with.  
I will be happy to share my tips with you.
Jennifer Ford Berry

Post-It Reminder Tags: 12 Days of Giveaways


Here is what you can win:

A FREE package of Post-It Reminder Tags ®


How to enter to win: 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winner will be drawn on December 23rd!  Good luck!

PS Click on the 12 Days of Giveaways Graphic above to enter to win all 12 prizes!

12 Days of Giveaways: Life in Case


Here is what you can win:

Life in Case Portable Document System


How to enter to win: 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winner will be drawn on December 23rd!  Good luck!

12 Days of Giveaways



I am pretty sure I have mentioned it before but I will say it again….


This is why I have decided to put together a fun little series I call “12 Days of Giveaways” and thanks to a bunch of AMAZING companies that have teamed up with me, YOU are going to have a chance to win some of my VERY favorite products!  Does that sound like a fun way to spend the next 12 days?? I sure think so!! EVERYONE receives a 12 month free subscription! One lucky winner will receive a gift set including: a grocery gift card, towel and a cutting board.

2. Fridge Coaster: Win a $40 GC toward their products!

3. Young Living Essential Oils: Win one bottle of Stress Away oil!

4. Smead: Complete Smead filing system!

5. Life in Case: a Life In Case portable filing box!

6. Organize Now: a signed copy of Organize Now! think & live clutter-free and 30 minutes of phone coaching!

7. Dipsy Dabber: Win 2 Dipsy Dabber containers!

8. Bulu Box: Win a FREE 3 month subscription!

9. Getting Organized Magazine: Win the entire library of Getting Organized magazines, a free subscription to the magazine and one for a friend!

10. Post It: Win a packet of Post It Reminder Tags!

11. Kidecals: $30 GC toward their online store!

12. Wrap iT Gift Bag Organizer: Win a wrap iT gift bag organizer!