Christmas: Eliminate Clutter That Steals Your Joy


Christmas should be a time of year where we eliminate clutter and increase our joy!

I recently did an episode on my podcast, The 29 Minute Mom, introducing the No More Christmas Clutter series that is taking place starting on November 10th!  To hear the whole episode click here.

Clutter can come in many different forms and many times during the holidays “Christmas Clutter” steals our joy!  I want to teach you how you can reduce this type of clutter in your life in order to find more space, time and energy for the things that matter most.  Things like giving, building memories, hospitality and spreading the real message of this special season.

I would like to encourage you to join me in being more intentional with YOUR holiday season this year!

Are you tired of feeling stressed out during the holiday season?  

Would you like to know the secret to eliminating that clutter that steals your joy?  

If so, please join us for the No More Christmas Clutter  Challenge!

For joining this challenge you will receive:

  • No More Christmas Clutter Audio Series:  tips and tricks for eliminating the clutter that can steal your joy during the holiday season. The series will walk you through what to do before, during and after the Christmas season to stay organized. (choice of MP3 version or CD mailed to you)
  • No More Christmas Clutter Checklist: a step by step checklist for what to do before, during and after the Christmas season in order to stay organized and maintain your sanity.
  • Holiday Thyme Cook Book: quick and easy recipes for entertaining during the holiday season.To Learn More or To Order Your No More Christmas Clutter Package     CLICK HERE






mother's day

Mother’s Day: Give The Gift Of Time

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

Most moms I work with say they are “overwhelmed”.  I think they just have so much to do on a daily basis that they never know where to start (or when to end for that matter).  This truly makes me sad because it is not the way to live life!  I have taught hundreds of moms how to stop feeling overwhelmed and start feeling empowered, productive and happy just by their time organized.

I love helping moms get things done in less time! Why? Because I know they have an extremely long To Do List that never ends and they feel guilty taking any time during the day for themselves.  

My Time Management Coaching Program is a step by step program that reinvents how we use our time.  By learning how to manage your time correctly you can actually get more done in less time AND still have time for the things you love to do!

This Mother’s Day give your mom what she REALLY wants this year…more time for HER! I am offering all moms this course for HALF price this week only! Program starts on Monday, May 15th. 

Sign up here or give as a gift:

Podcast Time Management 101:

Listen to a recent podcast I did on The 29 Minute Mom show about time management basics.

Jennifer Ford Berry

organized meal planning

Organized Meal Planning

The following is a guest post from Jennifer Dempsey, Food Expert, from The 29 Minute Mom.  Meal planning is one of those things that I personally want to get better at so I am SUPER excited that Jennifer is going to be my new personal meal planner! Why not let her be yours too?  All we have to do is check in with her every Sunday and she will do all the work for us.  I am so in on this one!

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to get better with menu planning then we’re here to help! Every Sunday starting January 1st we’ll be featuring family friendly meal plans that are easy, healthy and ready in 29 minutes or less! What we love about our meal plans is they feature delicious recipes from around the web that are not only easy to prepare but everyone will love! Each week we will feature 5 recipes including links to the recipes so you can easily print and save. All you need to do is print the recipe and decide what day you want to make it!

So you might be thinking why are we only featuring 5 recipes instead of 7? Good question! After years of meal planning and thinking I had to plan a meal every single day I realized I was wasting food, primarily leftovers because I felt I needed to cook a new meal everyday. I quickly learned that you don’t have to have every day planned. I like a little flexibility in my schedule because let’s face it schedules change, things come up and most importantly leftovers happen. If I can get two meals out of one I’ll take it! It’s a total timesaver!

So you definitely have to have room in your meal plan for change. That’s why the meal plans I design are not based on the day of the week but just a meal for that week. Make it on Monday, Wednesday or Sunday. You choose. The point is to have 5 recipes ready to go for the week and the ingredients on hand so you can prepare them any night of the week. And if leftovers do happen, try not to recycle it the next day on the menu. Wait a day so there isn’t burnout.

Also, consider freezing leftovers. If you make a big pot of chili instead of eating it five days in a row freeze some so you have it on hand to incorporate in another weekly menu on one of those off nights. Plus, it totally saves you time in the kitchen from making dinner! Casseroles are perfect freezer meals too. When possible I’ll make one and freeze one to pop in the oven on a busy weeknight. Typically I know ahead of time if I’m going to incorporate a freezer meal in my menu planning so it helps with planning. I also usually use them within a month, two at the latest.

I know meal planning can be a daunting task but honestly you should spend no more than 29 minutes a week planning your weekly menu. And that’s why we’re hear to help! 

For tips to help you with your meal planning and to listen to the podcast about meal planning click on the image below:

How to Get Organized in 2017!

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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
stay calm and organized during the holidays

5 Ways To Have a Calm and Organized Holiday Season

Christmas is by far my most favorite time of the year.  I love the feeling of celebration, love and hope that we should be experiencing.  It is sad when I talk to other moms that don’t feel the same way.  I think our society needs to be careful before all of the Christmas magic is sucked out! It is being replaced with over the top gifts that create debt and families that are so caught up in their individual selfish desires that they forget the point is to create memories together!  If we are not intentional with how we spend our time this month we will feel depressed and let down when it’s over.

I try not to get too overwhelmed with the details of the season.  It really helps me to start early so that I am more present when the holidays arrive. This also give me more time to do the things that bring me joy when the season is in full swing.

I have to admit I become a little obsessed with the Hallmark channel this time of year.  I love to take it a step farther by attending real life holiday events that make me feel like I am living in a Hallmark movie.  There I said it!  (please don’t judge me)

But seriously, when I was a kid I cherished the traditions that we did every year and my kids are now the same way.  If I am stressed out, overwhelmed and too busy getting things done I will miss these very important memories.

I think being proactive with organization and not procrastinating is the key to getting the most out of the holiday season.

Here are 5 ways to stay calm and organized during the holidays:

Be Intentional

Grab your calendar and spend a little time reserving time in your schedule for the things that matter most to your family. 

What activities do you want to do together?

Who do you want to see and spend time with this year?

When will you get your shopping done?

What traditions do you want to continue?

Make Card Sending Easy

I absolutely love receiving holiday cards in the mail, especially ones with photos!  It warms my heart to see pictures of our friends and family in the mail during November and December!  However, over the years I feel like less people are taking the time to keep up with this tradition.  It could be the money it costs but I also think it is because people 1) don’t plan ahead 2) over think!

There are ways to make this tradition easy:

Don’t over think the card or photo, it doesn’t have to be perfect

Create an excel sheet of addresses that will print labels. You can reuse every year.

Use return address stickers or have the address printed on the envelope.

Create your card on a website that will mail them for you.

Decorate & Purge Decor At The Same Time

The perfect time of year to clean out your holiday decoration is while you are decorating!  Nobody wants to look at the Christmas decor in July!  So while you are looking at these items decide what you don’t want.  I will give you a hint: the decorations left in the bottom of the bins are the ones you don’t love.  If you loved them then they would be displayed. Let them go now and save storage space the rest of the year!

Clean and Label the Bins

Now that you are finished with your decorating and have removed the items you no longer love or use, your bins should be nice and empty.  This is the perfect time to wipe them out and label them.  I don’t know about you but I am always more excited to pull out my decor then pack it away. I like to have the bins ready to go so I can just toss it all back in after the holiday season.

Pinterest Pantry Prep

It is a good idea to stock up on ingredients and snacks that you will need on hand during the holiday season. Here is one of my favorite holiday tips to share with you: spend about 20 minutes on Pinterest and pick one or two easy recipes that you can make for all holiday parties or gatherings you get invited to.  Save it to your board and make a list of all the ingredients you will need.  Next time you go grocery shopping stock up on these ingredients.  This will not only save you time running to the store it will take the guess work out of making something next time you receive an invitation.

Happy Holidays!!

Jennifer Ford Berry

maintain your sanity during the holidays

Holiday Sanity: How to Not Loose It During the Holidays

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. For some it can also be the most stressful. Holiday sanity might even sound like an oxymoron. Trying to get everything done from baking, shopping, Christmas cards, and going to holiday parties can get overwhelming! We know!

If the holiday season totally stresses you out then this podcast is for you! In Episode 5 we chat about ways to maintain your sanity during the holidays. From doing Christmas cards NOW to not having to go to every holiday party will help you find time to just sit back and relax with a hot cocoa and watch the Hallmark channel because we all know there’s nothing better than cuddling up on the couch watching a good Hallmark Christmas movie!

In this episode
  • Creating and sending your Christmas Cards now!
  • You don’t have to go to every holiday party.
  • Easy holiday recipe and cooking tips.
  • Enjoy the holidays without stressing that your house is messy.
  • Wrap as you buy!

So pour a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy Episode 5 of The 29 Minute Mom – Ways To Maintain Your Sanity During The Holidays!

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Jennifer Ford Berry