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Clutter takes up space. Whether it is physical, emotional, or mental, clutter takes away the time and place that we would rather have to be more productive. Laurie Palau, the author of the book, Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized, sets us up for a more organized life as she motivates us to become more organized through her advice and tips. As a mother herself raising teenagers who also juggles being the host of the weekly podcast, This Organized Life, and the Founder of Simply B Organized, Laurie is very familiar with the struggles women have of trying to integrate multiple roles in their lives. She shares her own way of achieving work-life integration and keeping her time organized in the midst of it all. On the parenting side, Laurie lets us in on how she makes her kids stay organized – from parental controls to keeping their stuff.
I am going to be bringing you a very special guest, my organizing friend, Laurie Palau. She is going to come on and we’re going to talk about everything from organization to raising teenagers. Welcome to the show, Laurie.
Thank you so much for having me.
Laurie is the author of the book, Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized. She also is the host of the weekly podcast called This Organized Life. She’s the Founder of Simply B Organized where she speaks, teaches, and works one-on-one with clients to help them reduce clutter and increased productivity. Laurie’s advice has been featured in the New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, Home & Table Magazine. She can also be seen sharing tips on 6ABC and WFMZ in addition to other radio and podcast interviews. When she’s not organizing the world, Laurie can be found at home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, Josh, same as mine, two girls, two dogs. She loves coffee and Tito’s Vodka. In her spare time, she is actively involved in St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises funding for pediatric cancer research. We already knew that we had a lot in common, Laurie. I did not know that you have a husband named Josh like me and loved Tito’s like me.
Those are two things we did not discuss. I don’t know which was the bigger shame. I think it’s probably the Tito’s.
We met through another organizer, Jen Kilbourne I think the first time we talked on the phone and it’s just one of those things when you meet somebody and you’re like, “Where have you been my whole life?” I want to talk about your book. I want to talk about organizing. I love having other organizers on the show because although we are very similar, hopefully there’s another spin on something that the audience can know from you. I think you’ve been doing organizing for several years.
As my day job, I’d be doing it for several years but like so many other people, it’s something that you’ve been doing for a lot longer. I’ve had Simply B Organized. I started the end of 2008 and made it official. In 2009, a totally different landscape of the industry but I love it.
Tell me why did you get into professional organizing?
I’ve always enjoyed working with people. I was an executive recruiter for several years. I always found it very fascinating and interesting to figure out why. What motivates people, whether it’s for a job change or whether that’s dealing with stuff that they’re dealing with in terms of clutter and struggles that they’re having in their home. For me, I had a husband who traveled when my kids were little and I needed to have some structure, order and routine in my life in order to stay sane. These habits that I was establishing were a way for me to try to reclaim as much time as I could because I know with little ones at home it was so precious.
I was like a single mom with a paycheck because my husband was gone quite a bit. He left early, came home late and traveled a ton. In order for me to get all of the things done, I needed to be structured. I saw so many of my friends struggling with the day-to-day tasks to keep up with them. Forget about your deep dive spring cleaning and purging, just life in general. I saw them struggling with that. Certain things came naturally to me. In 2008, 2009, a girlfriend of mine who’s an interior designer said to me, “People hire me to make their spaces pretty and they think that’s going to be a cure but it’s not.”
I think that you have a lot of value that you could bring in. I started helping her with her clients consulting, giving them some strategies and it evolved from there. People thought it was crazy because for those of you who are reading, if you remember that time period when we were going through a recession and people were losing their jobs and we were right in the middle of the housing crisis. I was starting a luxury business during this volatile time in the industry. I looked at this as allowing people to recycle, repurpose, reuse things. Whether it was, “How can we convert a changing table and make it a bookshelf for your kids?” or if people were struggling, what’s a way for them to make money from their clutter? It’s evolved over time for sure. That’s how I got started and it’s grown organically from there.
We mentioned how different the industry is and I know that I’ve talked on the show and some other organizers about this and I find it very interesting. One of the things that I have seen is I feel women especially have found that it’s harder than ever to achieve balance in their life. Do you agree with that statement and if so, what do you think we can contribute that to?
I think that’s super relevant and I will find myself falling into the trap of using that word. I’ve been made a mindful switch to talk about what I call work-life integration because I think balance is something that’s difficult to achieve. I know it might seem semantics, but if you can reframe it and start thinking about how am I integrating these different aspects of my life as opposed to trying to balance it and have it be even? That’s not realistic. It’s unrealistic to say I’m going to be able to do 50% work, 50% home or 25% work, 25% kids, 25% this. Life doesn’t work that way. For me, the better question is how you can integrate these things? We all see the snapshots of people’s curated lives on social media. I use social media for my work. I go on it recreationally.
I think we all have to be mindful and put it in perspective that we are looking at a very one-dimensional side of somebody else’s life that we can then create this narrative into our own lives and tell ourselves these stories of how we’re not measuring up. Seeing people at different points of the journey from where they are can be damaging. I think that there’s a real epidemic of us being overworked. In my podcast, I finished up a series where I was talking about what I identify as the five main clutter pitfalls. The last one that I ended with is about time and that’s the one commodity that we are all on the same playing field with. How can you reclaim time? What does that look like for us? If you can look at the clutter, whether it’s physical clutter, emotional clutter, calendar clutter, digital clutter, whatever that is, how is that sucking us from the time that we would rather be spending with somebody else or doing something else that’s more productive?
That time is the precious commodity that we have to guard. Have you ever read that Boundaries by Henry Cloud, Laurie?
No, but I will.
He talks about how a boundary isn’t about keeping the bad out, like a fence around your property line. It also keeps the good in. We need to have those boundaries around our time. We need to be okay with saying, “No, this isn’t going to take my time but this is.” Not feel guilty about it as women. A lot of times women, if you look at their schedule or you look at how they’re spending half of the time, it’s not even the stuff they want to do but they feel guilty or they feel they have to do it. I think time needs boundaries just like so many other areas of our life.
I think for your kids, but specifically for your teens to be leading by example because there’s so much expectation on them for all of the things to do that if you are trying to juggle it all and you know that eventually some of those balls are going to drop. What is the example that you’re setting for your teens as they are trying to navigate life, extracurriculars and a job and all of the things that they have to do? I think that’s important from a messaging standpoint as parents, for us to be able to not just for ourselves but for the people that are in our world that are watching.
We talk about moms trying to achieve balance or work-life integration. I am scared of these teenagers because we’re talking about time. You and I are both mothers of teenagers. You have two girls: eighteen and sixteen. I have a daughter, seventeen and a son who’s fourteen. One of the things as a professional organizer that I’m very sensitive to and maybe you are too is wasting time. I feel like, “Is it me? Am I crazy or do kids struggle with time management?” They’re wasting a whole lot of time on those little devices called cell phones where when I was a kid, I remember doing homework in my room. It was silent. I wasn’t allowed to take phone calls in the middle of homework. They’re using their phones for homework and it’s a constant distraction. There’s this world of constant notifications. I can’t even imagine the number of interruptions that provides our kids on a daily basis. I’ve noticed that with time management, what have you seen in your home? Have you noticed it that it’s getting harder and harder for these kids to control their time?
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I have a lot of opinions about this whole subject. I think that there are a few things. First of all, the big yes is I agree. There are many distractions that are in our kids’ faces at all times. Their mode of communication is through their devices. I feel like my grandparents, where they’d be like, “Back in my day, we used to do it like this.” I think it’s unrealistic for us to think that kids are going to be able to function the way that we did it. The bigger question is how they can adapt? I think understanding your kids’ personalities and motivations is a key component. I’m sure you can attest that your kids are different and they respond differently to different stimulation and motivation. When my older daughter was younger, she’s a rule follower. She’s an obliger and will come home from school, would do her homework, have a snack, and would play or watch TV or whatever she would do. My younger daughter, God bless her heart, she’ my ADD kid. I have her permission. She allows me to talk about this and she’s very open about even talking to other kids about this. I would try to force her into this model of having everything off and everything quiet and to sit down to do her work. I found it to be counterproductive.
For me, I think you need to be able to understand the balance of how your kid’s going to function the best, but not abuse that. I know for my daughter, Logan, in her case when I would force her to reduce those distractions, it made the process that much longer because she’d be drifting off into somewhere else. When I was able to figure out a way for her to maybe listen to music versus watching TV, she was able to use her device in a way that was actually productive and more efficient with her time management. Understanding how you can use your device to your advantage, knowing your own strengths and weaknesses is important. It’s important to have those honest conversations with your kids. Ask them where they feel they’re struggling, but also sometimes they don’t have the perspective to say, “This is where I could use some guidance.”
It’s important as parents to not helicopter by any stretch of the imagination but to observe and guide and provide tools for our kids to say, “We’ve got to figure out something that works because what you’re doing currently is not productive.” The other thing that I also think when it comes to that whole time management piece or priority management is allowing your kids to develop some life skills. I’ve had this conversation with friends of mine. I’m a believer of my kids’ both work whether they babysat. They both have part-time jobs and I’ll probably get some push back from this. It’s important for kids to have responsibilities around the house. It’s important for kids to be able to manage a part-time job or have other responsibilities because one day when they go off on their own, they’re going to have to be able to integrate getting their job done or their schoolwork is done and doing their laundry. At some point being able to teach them the skills that they’re going to have to maybe not go out on this night or maybe do something at a different time allows them to develop those skills of learning when to say no.
If you’re reading this and you have little kids, this seems like so far off in the distance, but take it from Laurie and me, you’re going to blink and you’re going to be right where we are. It goes so fast. You go from constant reminders because they’re little and they forget, and then you start to phase it. I always tell myself, “I’m raising somebody’s future spouse, somebody’s future employee.” Now that we have teenagers, you have to start holding back a little and seeing what they’re going to do on their own. Once they leave and they’re out there, they’re going to have to figure out how to juggle all the things that are going to be part of their life, whether it’s college, homework, a job or taking care of their bodies and eating healthy. Making sure they have time to exercise or their friends are going to say, “Can you go out?” They’re going to have an exam to study for. It’s a fine line in this in-between stage where right before they leave your house, you have a small window to get it all in there and you’re last parenting lessons. Also taking a step back and saying, “What would they do in this situation?” As far as what your rules are, do you use parental controls on their phones? Do you limit their screen time? What do you do in your home?
What’s your reasoning?
I’ve limited their screen time, but I have to say I’ve gotten a little bit more relaxed. My kids being sixteen and eighteen, they didn’t get smartphones until ninth grade and maybe seventh grade. Nowadays, kids are getting smartphones in fifth grade and they’re playing with their parent’s smartphones when they’re two. My kids were still a little bit older. My husband and I believe that we were trying to teach our kids good boundaries and to make smart choices. I don’t read my kids texts. They know that I can, but I try to respect their privacy. I’m not afraid of letting my kids fall on their face. When they were younger, I did keep their phones downstairs and say you have to be off your device at a certain point, but now it’s sixteen and eighteen.
They have them in their room and they know that they have to get up for school in the morning. If they are going to be up late texting with their friends or Snapchatting, they’re going to be the ones to pay the price, but that wasn’t always the case. When they were younger, I definitely managed it more. My kids, when they first started, they had flip phones and it was a way for them to communicate with me if I was working and they had an afterschool activity and needed to be picked up. It was used for a different purpose than it is now. We have open and honest conversations about what is acceptable and what our belief system is. I know all kids do, I’m sure they make mistakes. I’m sure they do things that are testing the waters. I would like to believe that we have this, we’re going to give you trust until you break it. That’s how we have chosen to parent our kids.
Since you’re a professional organizer and you have these two girls, what are some of the things that you have found that maybe another mother can implement to teach your kids how to be organized with their stuff? Not necessarily their time, but their stuff.
There are a couple of things. I wanted to answer the questions starting with the device since we’re on it and then we can talk about the physical stuff. I know that you do some speaking to kids and I do a teen workshop as well as early as elementary school kids. I think because kids are getting devices younger and younger, it’s important to be able to say that this device is there as a tool to help you as well as it is a recreational device. We use family-centered apps. I use AnyList for my shopping. I use Wunderlist as a note-taking app. These are shared apps that we use within our family for different things. I use Google Calendar, which our family also has. I make sure that if our kids get themselves an afterschool snack and they say, “I finish off the milk or I took the last milk out of the container.” You have to add that to the grocery list. They have accountability to be able to manage stuff for the household as well.
What was the app you said you use for groceries?
I use AnyList. I’ve tried a few, but I like them because as soon as you add, it automatically zones the grocery store for you. It will group your dairy together, your canned goods together, your meats together. It’s free and it’s a shared app and you can cross it off and customize it. It’s super easy. My kids are older, if they’re like, “How come we have no more fruit snacks?” I’m like, “I don’t eat fruit snacks. If you’re the last one to take fruit snacks, it’s your responsibility to put it on the list and I’ll happily buy it. If it’s not on the list, I’m not going to go in there and do a deep dive necessarily.” They have ownership of that. As well as with their calendars. If there’s something going on and if we make an appointment, it’s on there and it’s their responsibility, especially that they’re teenagers and they have their own social life before they make plans to do something to make sure that there isn’t a conflict. It is so easy in this digital era for us to be able to have these checks and balances, there’s no excuse.
My younger one has struggled with a lot of executive function and she’s struggled in school with that. Using apps like the myHomework has been great for her to be able to write down and check her homework and allow it when she was younger for it to be shared with me so that I could keep a pulse on it, but not have to micromanage the process. We talk about how quickly kids grow up, where do you draw the line? That was a big thing that when I talked to a lot of moms, they say, “When do I start having my kids get involved? When do I have them start making their beds? When do I have them start cleaning up their rooms around the house?”
From an occupational hazard, I’ve always had my kids getting involved on a smaller scale even when they were younger, whether it was, “You read this book, you put it back on the shelf. You play with your toys. When you’re done playing at the end of the day, you put them away.” Those are the things that we instilled. What I’ve seen with my friends who were a little bit more controlling over the situation where they wanted to make their kid’s bed because they would make it nicer or they would pick up the toys because they could do it quicker. Things like that. All of a sudden, they were faced with a teenager that didn’t know how to do anything because it wasn’t second nature.
To answer your question on a broad scale, the best thing you can do for your kids is start to empower them early in spaces that they have control over. Assigning whatever task is something that is in their wheelhouse, and it could be something that contributes to the overall family help. Whether it’s taking out the trash or it could be stuff that’s in their own spaces. The key to a lot of people is to be very specific. All the frustration that I see that parents have is they’ll say, “I told my kid to go up there and clean their room and all they did was shove all of those stuff under there bed or in their closet and shut the door.”
One of the things that I talk about is the power of setting a clear expectation. What does a clean room look like? What does that actually mean and what are the steps that you need to take to get there? Organizing is a learned behavior. For people like you and I, it is something that comes a little bit more intuitively to us but for many people out there, it doesn’t. They need strategies. For me, I always say start small and be very specific. If it is, “I want you to take this basket of toys and I want you to go through the ones that you no longer play with. I want you to put them in a pile for the kids who are less fortunate that we’re going to donate or take all the ones that are broken pieces and put them over here so that we could put them in the trash.”
You need to be very specific over what your expectation is for my “clean room.” Our clients primarily are adults, many times other moms and we see the overwhelm that our clients have. It’s understandable that our kids are going to face that same overwhelm. Starting small by doing a drawer or a shelf in their closet. Ask them to do their shoes or their clothes if you want to work with them to do that. Give them specific strategies of what is it that you’re looking to do. Arbitrary, “Go up there and clean your room,” could leave somebody’s head-scratching like, “What does that even mean?” The feelings of anxiety and stress and overwhelm, “I want this to be done. I’m going to get it out of sight, out of mind.” That’s not solving the problem.
It’s wonderful always to hear advice from other moms how they’re doing things. Even if people don’t adopt everything that you suggested, we as parents filter through what works for us and what doesn’t, what we would like to improve on, what we feel comfortable. Where are you doing a great job at? I’m going to ask you as a mom, what do you think is the thing that you excel at and what do you think is the thing that you would like to improve upon?
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I’m a Google Sheets master. I am super productive when it comes to organizing stuff and being able to retrieve it quickly because that for me is the biggest priority. When I talk to people about organizing their stuff, I always say go with the intention of how easy is it going to be for me to retrieve it when I want it. I have to say when it comes to all the things that I juggle, whether it’s my personal life or with my business. Being able to be organized to keep all the ducks in a row, I use Google Sheets a lot and I happen to be loving that. I’m strong in that productivity area.
Where I’m struggling is giving myself permission to have a little bit of downtime for my own self-care. I know that sounds a little hokey, but it’s true. I find my most productive content that I’m able to generate for my audience. Some of the stuff that I’m proud of comes from the moments that are quiet. I don’t often carve out enough time in my own schedule to have those moments. I cherish them and I need to be more disciplined to be able to create those pockets of margin in my own life because I preach it all the time to people, but I don’t always subscribe to it.
You feel you want not just to talk the talk. You want to walk the walk too. It’s healthy always to want to improve upon something in our life and we get better as we get older.
That’s what I’m hoping.
I want to let everybody know that the name of your book is Hot Mess: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized. They can find it on Amazon. The cover is hilarious. Any women when they see the cover, I’m not going to give away, but you can totally relate. The name or your website again is SimplyBOrganized.com. If they want to find out more about you, they can go to your website. You also have a podcast that is called This Organized Life. Check out Laurie’s podcast. Check out her website, check out her book. If you liked this show, as always, please leave us a review. Podcasters like Laurie and myself, that’s what gets the word out about the show. That’s what makes it worth our time. If you have liked this episode, if you like The 29 Minute Mom, please make sure you tell all your friends and leave us a review.
I will be reading reviews that come through on the show. If you have a specific question or you want us to give a little love to your business, make sure you put all the details in the review and I will be reading them. I want to say thank you so much, Laurie. I appreciate it. I’m grateful that God brought you into my life. I’m grateful that we’ve had these awesome times to connect. I think that a lot of the moms are going to get good advice, not only on raising teenagers and keeping them organized but how to get it all done themselves. Thank you.
Thank you so much for having me and letting me share this time with your audience. I’m so appreciative of you and everything that you’re doing out there. I can’t wait to hug you in person.
Thank you, moms, for reading. We know we’re going to have a lot to get done, so I’m going to let you go. Once again, thanks for reading The 29 Minute Mom. Have a great day.
Laurie Palau is the author of the book HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized, host of the weekly podcast, This ORGANIZED Life, and the founder of simply B organized where she speaks, teaches and works one-on-one with clients to help them reduce clutter and increase productivity. Laurie’s advice has been featured in The New York Times Parenting Section, Family Circle, and Home + Table Magazine.
She can also be seen sharing tips on 6ABC, and WFMZ, in addition to various radio and podcast interviews. When not organizing the world, Laurie can be found at home in Bucks County, PA with her husband Josh, 2 girls, and 2 dogs. She loves coffee and Tito’s Vodka (not together), and in her spare time, she is actively involved with The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises funding for Pediatric Cancer Research.
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Have you ever wondered “where can I donate stuff near me” after you have started an organizing project? I know many people automatically give to Salvation Army or Goodwill but today I really want to encourage you to look past these two large nonprofits and look for the smaller agencies in your neighborhood. Places like […]
Well, it FINALLY feels like spring here in New York. I don’t know about you but the nice weather and the sunshine always make me feel more alive, energetic, and ready to clean and organize like crazy!! Spring in New York is a huge time for people to list their homes for sale, people […]
Do you know how to plan your time correctly? Maybe you think you are planning out this precious resource correctly but you could be better at it. You probably feel like you are busy every single day, but are you really being productive? The key to productivity is planning out your time correctly […]
Today Jennifer will teach you how to stage your home before you sell it! If you are planning to put your house on the market it is crucial that you stage it before you sell it. Not only can you get more people to come through the home when it is staged but you will […]
Small business owners: would you say you are an EFFICIENT small business owner? As we all know there is a huge difference between being busy and being efficiently productive. If you are a small business owner or are considering starting a business you do not want to miss this episode. As women business owners it […]
Do you want to know how to be a happier mom? Moms everywhere are feeling overwhelmed with everything they need to get done! They are productive, hard-working, great moms. But what does it mean to be a happy mom? What does happiness feel like? My guest today Toni-Ann Mayembe, host of the Real Happy […]
I am absolutely thrilled to announce my new online community for women, The Created Order Neighborhood. The neighborhood is a community of women, JUST LIKE YOU, that I have built in order to help women learn how to declutter and organize their life so that they can free up more space, time, energy, and money! […]
How to Feel Less Overwhelmed, is the goal for today! Are you feeling overwhelmed and burned out? Do you long for more peace, order, and contentment? Would you love time to just sit down and read a book without feeling guilty? If so, you are not alone. Women are constantly telling me how overwhelmed they […]
My guest today is Helen Smallbone, author of Behind the Lights, mother of seven creative children―including Christian music artists for KING & COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James. In this episode, she shares an inside look into their uniquely talented family along with mothering wisdom that can benefit all mothers in their journey. In her […]
Today Jennifer talks about how to organize after a death. This may be the hardest job you ever have to do. If organizing is tough for you to begin with, coupling this task with grief can make it feel insurmountable. As an organizing coach, I have had the experience of doing this for many people […]
Companies create mission statements to keep them on track with their goals, to let others know why they are, and to help them measure their success. If you create a family mission statement you will give your family clarity and direction. We take the time to set goals for our careers but usually overlook setting […]
Christian life coach Amberly Deavours is with us today talking about all things to do with life coaching. Coaching is an amazing resource we all have at our fingertips these days. You can find a coach to help you with just about anything! One of the best things about working with a coach is that […]
Learning how to increase your ability to focus will help you become a more productive human being. We all have times when we find it difficult to focus. It’s easy to let our minds wander, but if we used this as an excuse every day we would never get anything done or reach our goals! […]
Stop making excuses and start making progress toward a life that you would be proud of living! Many people complain about the life they have and what they don’t like but they never make progress toward changing it. You have the power to choose differently at any moment! If you want a life free of […]
I was recently a guest on the Organized & Energized Podcast with Kathi Burns. It was great to talk with a fellow organizer that has been in this business as long as I have. Click the photo below to listen. Kathi Burns 0:04 Hi there, I’m board-certified professional organizer Kathi Burns. I’m really glad […]
Learning how to navigate grief is never easy. But it is so important to learn how. There are many stages of grief and ways to get through them. Our guest today, Krista St-Germain has become an expert on grief after her husband was killed by a drunk driver. She has since dedicated her life to […]
We become our habits, and our kids become us. This is why habits for families are so important and probably the most spiritually formative thing parents do. Luckily our guest Justin Whitmel is here to explain how we can create healthy routines and habits as a family. He has even written a brand new book […]
It is a brand new year and that means it is a great time to learn how to be more productive with your time by learning some stellar time management skills. In this episode, Jennifer shares the 5 steps she uses every day in order to have stellar time management skills! You may want […]
The brand new Created Order Online Neighborhood is my new online neighborhood of friends who want to create a life of order and purpose and I want to invite you to move in today! For the past two decades, I have been helping people get their homes and their lives organized so that they […]
Today’s guest is Amy DeBrucque is talking about her new book: Embolden. Embolden means to give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something or behave in a certain way. Amy and her daughter decided to write this book together in order to encourage other women. This episode, and this book, will encourage women of […]
Are you overwhelmed by others’ unrealistic expectations of you? Do you feel torn in dozens of directions as you try to make everyone around you happy? If you’re ready to end the cycle of approval-seeking, New York Times bestselling author and recovering people pleaser Karen Ehman is here to help! When Making Others Happy Is […]
For all of you out there hosting Thanksgiving this year these tips are for you. This weekend is the perfect time to get a head start so that you do not end up stressed out on Thanksgiving Day. I hope this episode helps you to be present, organized, and enjoying the time with your […]
Today’s show is all about how to create a non-toxic bedroom. Our guest Deborah DiMare is a vegan designer on a mission! A mission to use 100% cruelty-free design options and specialize in the creation of organic, optimal spaces, and sourcing vegan textiles and sustainable furniture that bear zero-to-low toxins. Deborah will make you look […]
Today’s show will blow your mind! Whistleblower Deborah Conrad was a highly regarded PA at her local hospital UNTIL she started to ask questions and report the side effects her patients were experiencing from the COVID-19 vaccinations. Her story is one that we all need to hear regarding what is happening inside the health care […]
Fear not…something I keep telling myself over and over lately. Are you in the same boat? I would love to know. So many people are feeling worried, fearful, and full of anxiety. But we still have to remember all of the reasons why God says “Fear Not”. I hope this episode gives you some inspiration […]
“You should clean up your room when your mom says you have to”. –Bryceton Berry age 5 Organize A Child’s Bedroom Begining to organize a child’s bedroom can be somewhat difficult and even more difficult to keep that way. But it is extremely important to teach children the importance of being organized. Studies have shown […]
My guest today, Michelle Nietert, will really inspire and equip you to be the type of mom that is raising mentally healthy kids! Our conversation gets deep as we share our own struggles as mothers and how we overcame them. This pandemic has really taken a toll on our children and it is OK to […]
The bathroom is most likely the first thing you see in the morning. If you are beginning your day in a cluttered mess, you’re setting the stage for a stressed-out day! The bathroom is also usually the small- est room in the house but one in which you spend a lot of time. The only […]
About Susan Stutzel Susan is passionate about freeing professional women from self-sabotaging goals and helping them build a life of purpose and balance. As a Leadership Coach, she helps her clients ditch overwhelm by finding their voice through the process of rebuilding habits and expectations, so they can feel successful – […]
Dr. Aimee Trammell is back on our show sharing more COVID vaccine updates. She was previously a guest on Episode 88 and it was one of our most popular episodes. We love Dr. Trammell because she simply shares information based on medical information that has come out over the past few months. Our goal with […]
Today’s episode is about a story that should be on Dateline or at the very least covered by the news. It is a story that will break any parent’s heart. Our guest, Laura Koepp, shares the story of what happened when her daughter Cassy, a young woman with disabilities, was deplaned for taking her mask […]
We often associate a ritual with religious or spiritual activity, but in the broadest definition, a ritual is simply a set pattern of activity. Making something into a ritual will inevitably place more importance on the activity. It will also help you be more conscious of what is happening, how it is happening, and how […]
In this episode, Jennifer is catching up about what’s been going on in her personal life including the tough times and an exciting announcement! Love the show? We would LOVE you to subscribe, rate, review, and share! Are you subscribed to The 29 Minute Mom podcast? If not, I want to encourage you to […]
At times, moms can feel like the weight of the world is sitting on our shoulders as we raise our kids. Some days we have it together, and others, we feel like we are losing control. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone, and our guest today, Jeannie Cunnion, wants us to share […]
In a world where unlimited information is constantly at your fingertips, many people have lost the curiosity about life. The places we go, the things we do, and even the people we love. Today, our guest, Lori Beth Auldridge, explains how she integrates lifeschooling with her family and how curiosity helps strengthen your relationships. […]
Have you ever considered a more natural approach to your beauty routine? What about actually making your own botanical beauty products? You don’t need to be a biologist to make this possible. Today’s guest, Lorraine Dellmeier, explains how indie beauty, including making your own natural products, can have a massive impact on your skin […]
With so much information being given out regarding the Covid-19 vax I felt it was my responsibility to share the knowledge I have learned from Dr. Aimee Tramm. I believe God put Dr. Tramm in my path for a reason. My listeners should know that I believe each American should be given free choice when […]
You may not realize it, but your environment impacts your behavior. What looks good on Pinterest doesn’t always feel good in your space. Did you know that the colors around you can help fulfill your psychological and emotional needs? Sound intriguing? This is the episode for you. Today Jennifer welcomes Mehnaz Khan, a color psychologist […]
We continue to dive deeper into Purpose Over Possessions as we turn the page to Chapter 3: Possessions. We all have them. Some more than others. But, do we need everything we have? So many of the items we have in our homes are no longer working, useful, or serving a purpose. We […]
The addition of a new baby can completely change the dynamic of a relationship. Even though the nursery is complete and the car seat is installed, nothing can quite prepare you for the drastic changes that come with adding another member to the family. These changes can be minor and easy to overcome, but […]
Do you want to know how to stop being an angry mom? In a year where nothing went as planned, we all might be dealing with extra stress, anxiety, and destructive anger. Beyond the past year, these things creep into our everyday life; from the terrible two tantrums that seem to pop up too […]
Did you know saving $7 a day and investing it with 7% returns can make you a millionaire? Finances aren’t necessarily something taught in school. How can we teach our kids to make smart financial decisions if we don’t know the best ways ourselves? Before you send your kids out into the world or […]
Clutter is bombarding our homes, our offices, and our life. We are told to get rid of it but what exactly defines clutter? How can you know what to keep and what you should let go of? You may be surprised by the answer. Today Jennifer helps us with this task. She explains how you […]
Most parents are interested in raising compassionate kids. But with so many outside influences impacting our children, it seems we have to work harder and be more deliberate to instill the values we want our kids to have. So many moms say above all else, they want to raise kind children; but how can […]
This week we are covering chapter 2 of Jennifer’s newest book: Purpose Over Possessions: decluttering your life so you can live on purpose. This chapter will get you PUMPED to start taking actionable steps toward finding your purpose and then living it out every single day. There is nothing more exciting or fulfilling than to […]
The journey of parenting teenage daughters can have its ups and downs. When you think you have it figured out, the relationship changes, the challenges change, and you have to adjust. Today, Jennifer welcomes Kari Kampakis, author and mom of 4 daughters. She shares her own experiences parenting her daughters, handling the tough moments, […]
Becoming a mom, especially of multiples, can completely change your life, but it doesn’t have to be why you don’t continue to chase your dreams. Today Jennifer welcomes Andra Erickson, busy mom and coach. She helps to empower moms to understand more about the challenges they face and the little changes they can make that […]
Most moms have questioned themselves during their parenting journey. Some days it leads to feeling defeated, while other days, it can lead to life-changing breakthroughs. Today Jennifer welcomes Lauren Vena. A makeup artist turned children’s author, who turned a bad morning into a literary journey. She talks about how she gets through the tough […]
You only have one life to live, and you need to make it count, starting today! Grab your copy of Purpose Over Possessions, a couple of girlfriends, and open your mind to what is possible for you. 2020 was a year of challenges, but don’t let the heartache and disappointment steal your hope for […]
Are you sick and tired of 2020? Are you ready to get your joy back and live on purpose again? If so this episode of The 29 Minute Mom is the inspiration you have been looking for! Jennifer shares how she has learned to let go of the pain of 2020 and dive headfirst into […]
Let’s face it 2020 has been filled with disappointments and with shutdowns happening around the country Thanksgiving could end up being the biggest disappointment of all IF we let it. This is why Jennifer wanted to record this bonus episode with her guest Christine Pittman, meal planning expert and author of COOKtheSTORY.com. Christine and […]
Time. It’s something we can’t get back. It’s limited and it’s valuable. How we spend our time dictates the life we live. Today we welcome Michelle Knight. She’s a busy mom and wife, running a 6-figure business, from her RV. She shares her advice for making the most of your time, by scheduling around your […]
The hardest part of parenting frequently has nothing to do with the kids. When you’re juggling work, school, home, and family, it can quickly become overwhelming. Finding calm amongst the chaos may seem like a never-ending, uphill battle. Not the case, according to today’s guest, Marielle Melling. As a busy mom of five, she’s […]
When you don’t know exactly where to put something in your home, where does it end up? The basement! It can easily become the dumping ground of your home, but it doesn’t have to. Taking the time to purge things you no longer need and organize the things you plan on keeping, will give you […]
Happy Halloween everyone! Wishing everyone a safe and fun Halloween, Lord knows we all need something to smile about this year! I hope this makes you laugh. It is my husband, friends and I dressed up as four out of the 6 Village People last night. What are you dressing up as this year?
Who doesn’t enjoy a good love story? Even better when it plays out on national television for the world to see. In this episode, catch up with the very first bachelorette (turned wife and mom), Trista Sutter. She shares her thoughts on the 15+ years of The Bachelorette franchise, how she’s handling parenting during a […]
2020 has been a difficult year for so many of us. But in the midst of it all God has taught me some very valuable lessons and I want to share them with you. I hope this episode will bless you and encourage you to keep going and not give up. Episode Talking Points: Do […]
Hey moms, are you new to this whole “kids doing school at home” thing? I know I am! My guest, Autumn McKay, has been doing this for awhile AND she has a ton of products that will help your children learn!. In this episode, Autumn shares her tips and tricks for teaching kids at home […]
Let’s face it 2020 has been REALLY tough on us working moms. Have you felt like pulling your hair out while stuck at home? Have you questioned your purpose this year? Does your purpose still fit you or have you decided to pivot? My guest, Molly Stillman, shares the ideas that have helped her navigate […]
This one is for all of you mompreneurs trying to survive out there lately! Our guest, Stefanie Gass, joins the show today. What is God trying to whisper to you currently that you may be missing? How can you grow your audience? Stefanie shares all of the tips that mompreneurs are looking for. Episode […]
Is your relationship with alcohol a positive or negative one? Do you use alcohol to cope with hard issues in your life only to wake up in the morning with more anxiety? Our guest today, Rachel Hart, helps women who want to take a break from drinking so that they can reexamine their relationship with […]
Maintaining a happy and organized home isn’t always easy, especially during a pandemic. In this episode of The 29 Minute Mom, professional organizers: Jennifer Ford Berry and Jen Obermeier discuss how we can all make the most of this unprecedented time of being forced to stay in our homes. If you are currently feeling overwhelmed […]
Implementing a wardrobe capsule and time blocking into your life could save you tons of time and money in the future. Now that you are spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic you may have more time to focus on getting your life organized. One of the biggest benefits of getting organized is […]
Good health is so important but, now with the COVID 19 pandemic, so many people are more focused than ever on the best ways to stay healthy. There are so many things we can be doing in our daily lives to help our bodies function at optimal capacity. Today we are joined by Tina Anderson, […]
There is no doubt that we are all facing tough times. This is why this podcast is coming out at the perfect time. I hope the personal stories that my guest Hiddy Fletcher and I share with you will find you right where you are and lift you up in some way. I am praying […]
We all want to live a healthier life, but sometimes we think of the end goal and become overwhelmed, instead of focusing on the smaller steps we can take that will put us on the right path. In this episode, Jennifer is joined by Nutrition Specialist Eliza Gellman, who has made health and wellness her […]
We know at The 29 Minute Mom that every minute of your day counts. Who better to talk to about this with than a homeschooling mother of 5 and organizing expert? For this episode, Jennifer is joined by “messy perfectionist”, Kristi Clover. She shares her simple tips for making the tasks we tackle […]
There are many experiences you go through as a parent that put your parenting skills to the test more than others. In these cases, you must maintain your resolve and keep fighting through the experience, ignoring the temptation to question God. Karen Ehman is an author and a speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries. Karen talks […]
How to Organize Your Family Room: Your family room should be a place where you can relax, read, watch TV or spend time with family and friends. It is very important that everything has a designated home so that cleanup is quick and easy and you can be ready for company in fifteen minutes […]
Discovering Your Purpose: Do you feel stuck in life? Knowing you’re capable of more but unsure what the next step is? What if I told you that you could change that NOW! In this episode we are joined by Liv Chapman, who talks about her path from school teacher to COO and co-founder of […]
Do you have a dream for your life? Do you worry about leaving the stability of what you know to go and chase those dreams? Sometimes we get stuck in “survival mode” in order to keep things moving. We put our goals and dreams on the back burner because of the fear of the […]
I was recently a guest on the Redefining Balance for Working Moms Podcast with Jenny Stemmerman. I had a blast with Jenny and come to find out we have A LOT in common. She has a great show and amazing resources for working moms so be sure to listen to the show and then […]
Do you wish you had more work-life balance in your life? As a working mom balance is sometimes difficult to achieve. You can feel like you are barely getting through the day, let alone finding some sort of balance with all of your responsibilities. In this episode, Jennifer Ford Berry talks to her guest […]
We would like to welcome our new sponsor of The 29 Minute Mom podcast: Dipsy Dabber. How many of you are wasting space in your garage, basement or attic on paint cans? After building our house we had tons of cans in our basement and they were driving us nuts! We knew […]
Welcome to the Paper Purge Project! Paper, it seems like it is everyone’s nemesis. The number one question I get asked when I speak to audiences is: What should I do with all the paper? This is not a 5-second answer but I have finally written down the simple and efficient plan that I […]
Happy New Year everyone! I can not believe it is 2020! Crazy right? The first day of a new year is so exciting much less the first day of a new DECADE! I want to share some tips and motivation that will help you end this busy holiday season and start this new year on […]
Diane Boden is the host of the Minimalist Moms podcast and my guest on today’s show. This episode is going to air on Christmas Day. So I want to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and I pray that each of you is enjoying a day full of love, joy, and family. Episode […]
Whether you actually have ADHD or you just feel like you do, you are going to love this show! Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, an expert on this topic, is our guest today. She is sharing her best advice on how to live a very organized and productive life. Episode Talking Points: * Stephanie teaches us how […]
Today, we are going to go over some really useful tips for this busy holiday season. At this point in time, you are either ahead of the game, behind or right where you should be. I would love to be able to hear the answer so wherever you are whether you’re riding in the car, cleaning the house, baking cookies or chasing kids…give yourself a pat on the back if you are feeling good about where you are at this holiday season. The problem is that a lot […]
Discernment takes faith and lots of practice. It can be the most useful tool in the world for helping mom, as well as teens, make decisions and navigate this life. In this episode, Jennifer talks with Stacey Sumereau from Lifetime’s Reality TV Series The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns. Stacey is also the host of the podcast […]
When was the last time you took a good, long look at your home and thought it was as clean and organized as it could be? In today’s busy, fast-paced world, home organization often tends to fall by the wayside unconsciously. Amanda Sullivan, the author of Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist’s Guide to Getting – and […]
In this episode, Jennifer discusses the benefits of shopping at or selling with your local semi-annual consignment sale and how these sales can declutter your life. Episode Talking Points: * Why Jennifer fell in love with consignment. * Semi-annual consignment sales: what are they and how do they work? * Benefits of shopping a semi-annual […]
I recently spoke at the Uniquely Qualified Conference in Charlotte, NC. I wanted to do a quick post and share this clip that a friend of mine recorded. The one thing that will always stick out to me about this particular event is what one woman described as the “unbelievable caliber of love between the […]
If you can figure out what your purpose is and dedicate your time and effort on achieving it, then you will be a much happier person. As a season kickstarter, Jennifer Ford Berry gives us a teaser of her book, Purpose Over Possessions: Decluttering Your Life So You Can Live on Purpose. She gives […]
Francene Marie interviews Jennifer Ford Berry about her journey organizing our lives with her new book “Purpose Over Possessions”. Do we really know how much stuff we have in our closets, cabinets, pantries or attic? Take a listen to Jennifer explain how to ask ourselves the real questions: do we love it or […]
I absolutely adore Jennifer Obermeier, fellow organizer, and host of the Pro Organizer Studio podcast. It is always a joy to speak with other women in the organizing industry. In this episode, we talk about how professional organizers can get a book published as well as lots of other juicy tidbits. […]
Choosing the right path to fulfillment involves numerous obstacles including breaking work contracts and leaving your profession. Jacinda Jacobs took control of her life and walked away from her TV and radio life and went on a self-discovery journey with God. A motivational speaker and the author of Uniquely Qualified, she shares how she helps […]
Purpose Over Possesions I am THRILLED to finally share my newest book with you: Purpose Over Possessions -decluttering your life so you can live on purpose!!It has been over a year of writing, praying and quite frankly working my tail off! So today is a BIG DAY. This book is the most real […]
This week I was on the WBTA radio show called Genesee Life with host Lucine Kauffman. You can listen in by clicking the play button above. Thank you for having me on your show Lucine. It was a pleasure!
A garden is a lot like life. Neglect the little things and it will deteriorate into chaos. Tend to the little things and it will become a thing of beauty. —Maria & Joseph Garcia, Finally Organized, Finally Free It’s Time to Clean Up Your Yard Your yard creates a visitor’s first impression of your home. […]
Oh, the garage! I let my husband handle this area of our house. It is the one room he actually loves to organize! But I do put my two sense in and jump in when necessary! I hope these tips will help you organize your garage. Is it a dream of yours to […]
I would like to thank WCNC for running this story about the Created Order Conference! I am a HUGE fan of Rachel Hollis and I really admire Marie Kondo for helping to shine more light on the organizing industry. So with that being said, it was pretty amazing to see this news story! Marie […]
Your summer vacation is an important investment of your time and your money. In some cases, it may be something that you have dreamt about doing for a long time. All the more reason to start organizing your plans early so that you can make the most of the experience. Vacations are important […]
Hey guys, An interview came out recently that I recently did with the Video News Service. I wanted to share it here because the journalist asks a lot of different questions about my past and how I ended up where I am today. If you would like to hear more about my background listen […]
I absolutely love the summertime. Here in New York, we make every minute of summer count after our long, restful winters! A summer bucket list is a perfect plan to get the most out of your summer and your time with family and friends. But the key is to start early and plan ahead. Here […]
Last year we revamped my entire website and since then I have noticed that people were missing one of my top-ranked posts. It was the one about freshening up a bagless vacuum cleaner. This cracks me up because there are plenty of other long, well-written posts that do not get as much traffic as […]
There is something so hopeful whenever we think of possibilities. Matthew 19:26 says, “With God, everything is possible.” It is in this verse that we can be assured that we can always reach for what we want as long as we believe. However, our inner skeptic tends to shy away from this and create […]
Prep Your Summer Pantry Summer is coming and with that usually comes lots of parties and picnics! I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to waste too much of my time in the grocery store. I would rather be outside and having fun with my family and friends! This is why I always […]
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 […]
I want to bless three people with tickets to the Created Order Conference! A FREE General Admission ticket will be gifted to 3 lucky winners! The conference takes place on June 29th at the Embassy Suites in Charlotte, NC. To enter fill out the form below. What is this Created […]
As the Created Order Conference gets nearer, we bring you more spoilers of what is to come with two more of the speakers. Holly Pasut, an author, blogger, public speaker, and former real estate agent, gives us a peek into her session Choosing To Stand. Encouraging women to reflect and take control of their […]
Ladies, it is time to give ourselves permission to be better and fill ourselves up with the tools to grow. If you feel overwhelmed with life that you could not possibly imagine making time for yourself, then you need to hear from the great featured speakers of the Created Order Conference happening in Charlotte, […]
We are continuing on with interviews from the speakers of the upcoming womens conference: the Created Order Conference coming to Charlotte, NC this June. For more details click here. Holly Pasut is speaking in Session 3 about Choosing To Stand. Jennifer Burnham is speaking in Session 2 about Time Management. […]
Do you need a pep talk? Do you need some encouragement? Some community? Some organization in your life? Well, I know a lot of ladies JUST LIKE YOU…including me! As women, I think we all want more of these things. For the past 17 years 90% of the people I coach and help are women. […]
Spring cleaning is upon us! But this doesn’t mean you have to get stressed out or start feeling overwhelmed. You simply need a plan. Spring cleaning is one of those large projects that need to be broken down into small, doable tasks. In this video, I talk about how you can do that along with […]
While pregnant with their daughter, Audrey, Angie Smith and her husband, Todd, was told by the doctors that she would not survive. Angie began blogging to cope with the hurt and to update friends and family as they went through those difficult days, which eventually became a way to share her faith and her […]
Celebrating International Women’s Day on the Feed Your Brand podcast with Tracy Leigh Hazzard. To read the full interview click here. Facebook live on International Women’s Day for all of you women out there that need a little encouragement!
This month we are going to focus on toys and games in the Organize Now Challenge. f you have not already joined our Facebook community be sure to join today, it’s free! You can also follow along for organizing ideas on Instagram. Please use #organizenowchallenge. This month is not just for people with […]
While trying to figure out how to be a freshman in college, Layne Brookshire would spend her idle time organizing her space. That habit spilled out when she would go to other people’s dorms or houses where she would do the same thing. Layne is a professional organizer and the founder of Ms. Placed […]
Do you ever feel like you’re just completely overwhelmed by how much you have to do in every single day of your life as a mom? The list does not seem to end. We don’t even know how to give ourselves time anymore. Space, time, energy, and money (S.T.E.M.) are the precious commodities that […]
Since launching the Created Order Conference this year, I have had a lot of people ask me: “Why are you having the first conference in Charlotte, NC?” So I want to share my background with all of you so that you can see why Charlotte has a piece of my heart. Upon graduation from college […]
Bathroom organization is actually pretty simple. The bathroom is most likely the first thing you see in the morning. If you are beginning your day in a cluttered mess, you’re setting the stage for a stressed-out day! The bathroom is also usually the smallest room in the house but one in which you spend a […]
Yesterday my dear friend Kim hosted a “We Be Ball’n” party and let me tell you we had a blast! What in the world is a “We Be Ball’n” party you ask? Well, it is a class/party in which you learn how to make all sorts of protein balls. Perfect if you have a […]
February is the month we focus on beauty products in the Organize Now Challenge. If you have not already joined our Facebook community be sure to join today, it’s free! You can also follow along for organizing ideas on Instagram. Gather Up All Of Your: Hair Products: shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, gel, mouse Makeup […]
My daughter and I are totally in love with the TV series: This Is Us. I am not a big crier but for some reason every time we watch that show I cry! I cry happy tears, sad tears and for seemingly no reason at all. The show shares the entire story of a […]
Ever since Marie Kondo’s series came out on Netflix I have had quite a few people ask me about it. For those of you that may not know who Marie Kondo is she a Japanese organizing consultant and author. Many have asked me my opinion about her method known as the KonMari method. So I […]
Happy New Year everyone! If you want 2019 to be the most organized and purposeful year of your life I have a special invitation for you! For years it has been a dream of mine to host a personal growth conference that would be not only practical but also a spiritual experience that would […]
I believe that when Christmas is Christ-centered it is truly magical. It reminds us all that there is always something to put our trust in. There is a reason to believe and a reason to hope. As a child, I was blessed to feel the magic of Christmas and to have parents and grandparents that made […]
Happy Holidays everyone! I am sure this post is finding you somewhere in the world feeling stress-free, joyful and content with how far ahead you are on your holiday To Do list. You are probably cuddled up on your couch under your new, favorite cozy blanket you found on Instagram. You are probably staring […]
Jumping out in faith and starting as an entrepreneur working with an Inc. 500 company, Stefanie Peters was so excited about going after her dreams and paying that forward. However, very few people believed in her from day one. Instead of letting that get her down, it became the ammunition to ignite her […]
Thanksgiving is about so much more than stuffing our faces with turkey and lots of carbs. It is truly about being thankful. More importantly, it is about sharing our gratitude with those we love. Life can be so hectic and we all know we should be doing this more often so why not hang up […]
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In this episode, Jennifer speaks with Ashley Simmons about Chicktime. Chicktime is a grassroots movement meant to support and encourage women pursuing their passions with gusto. It is their belief that if each woman on the planet right now takes her place we can together accomplish the phenomenal! Episode Talking Points * What Chicktime […]
Learning how to be intentional as a mom is the most powerful act of love you can commit to. In this episode, Jennifer speaks with Danielle Macaulay, author and mom of two boys. Episode Talking Points * The different seasons of motherhood. * Choosing to be more intentional as a mom. * Easy meal planning […]
Cindy Williams, the co-founder of Green jeans women’s consignment, a healthy living coach, and a Shaklee representative is my guest today. Episode Talking Points: * What Cindy and Jennifer have in common and how they met. * Do you know your “Why?” * Surrounding yourself with the right people. * Own your own authenticity! […]
In this episode, Jennifer speaks with Author, Speaker, and Minister Laura Dudek. Laura has written several amazing bible studies including her newest study called Written: Captivating & Cultivating The Blueprint Of Your Dream! Episode Talking Points: * Why Laura wrote the bible study: Written. * You may feel like you are behind in going […]
In this podcast Author Yvonne Lacey and Jennifer Ford Berry talk about Yvonne’s newest book: Taking Back Your Holidays: A whimsical guide to the holidays with tips, tricks, and trivia for a lighter, brighter Christmas! 🎄 Episode Talking Points: * Why did you write this book? * What used to “cheer” now becomes “chore”. * What […]
In this episode, Jennifer Ford Berry talks with author and motivational speaker Donna Partow. This podcast was meant to be a discussion about Donna’s inspirational book: Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be but it turns into a super motivating mentor session with Donna! Moms listen in as Donna shares her wisdom for being content […]
In this episode, Jen Kilbourne, of the Pro Organizer Studio, and Jennifer Ford Berry talk all things organizing. The ladies dish out the inside scoop on what it is really like to work as a Professional Organizer and how this industry has changed over the past 15 years. “THE FACT THAT I COULD JUST […]
Sally Gower, the owner of Eat Well Buffalo, shares her best healthy eating tips in this episode. She believes if you eat well you will be well. I could not agree more! That is why I truly enjoyed my conversation with Sally and can’t wait to share it with you because it is packed full […]
Today my guest is Erica from The World Wide Webers! Erica is a girl from the Washington, D.C. area who spent her 20’s living it up in the NYC, earned her stripes working for a global translations company, and fell in love with a Florida boy on an epic Sunday Funday. In what she […]
Hannah Keeley is the host of the television series, “Hannah, Help Me!”, the author of “Hannah Keeley’s Total Mom Makeover,” and the founder of Mom Mastery University. Hannah is also the host of the Crazy Blessed Podcast and mom of 8 children!! And she home schools! Hannah loves helping moms create better lives with […]
Note: Dolores was in a hotel room in Atlantic City when we recorded the interview without a strong Wifi connection so you will hear that her voice seems farther away then Jennifer’s on the call. Our guest in this episode of The 29 Minute Mom is Dolores Catania. Dolores is the newest cast member […]
Paul Peterson is a pastor at Church 180 and a personal trainer at Brutal Iron Gym. Paul is also a dad of SIX girls ranging in age from 5-14 and married to his wife Sherry for the past 20 years. Episode Talking Points * Paul’s Ministry Miscarriage * How Paul turned his hair cut […]
Siggy Flicker is a relationship expert, matchmaker, television personality and author of Write Your Own Fairy Tale: The New Rules for Dating, Relationships, and Finding Love on Your Terms. Siggy was on the Real Housewives of New Jersey and she gives us the inside scoop on the show, including her friendship with Dolores Catania, […]
Leaving the kitchen, we are moving on to the mudroom of your house, otherwise called the entryway. This is a high-traffic area where everyone comes in and out every single day. It is also the place where clutter tends to pile up. Make this part of your home the prime real estate asset it […]
Jill Savage, Author of No More Perfect Kids is back again to talk about her brand new book: No More Perfect Marriages. Marriage is such an emotionally charged topic to discuss. During the years of a marriage, you can feel like you are on a wild roller coaster ride experiencing extreme highs and extreme lows […]
Traveling is usually super exciting but it can also be a lot of work! Luckily there are several travel tips, apps, and websites that can do much of that work for us. Our guest today Rachel Gault of Small Towns and City Lights is here to fill us in on all of the latest resources […]
An organized pantry is essential for saving time and money. It is also a crucial piece for feeding your family healthy foods! By spending a little time this week organizing your pantry you can set up a simple, efficient system that will work for you the entire year. No more buying items you don’t need […]
You may be surprised to know that approximately 1 million expectant mothers suffer a pregnancy loss every year just in the United States alone. 1 out of 4 pregnancies ends prematurely in miscarriage, stillbirth, or tubal pregnancy. Why do some people bounce back after a tragic loss when others don’t? What is it that empowers […]
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 kitchen drawers and get them looking just as clean and neat! What do you store in your kitchen drawers? Are they cluttered? When was the last time you went through […]
Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging families. She is the author of seven books including Professionalizing Motherhood, No More Perfect Kids, My Hearts At Home, Real Moms…Real Jesus, Living With Less So Your Family Has More and her most recent bestselling release No More Perfect Moms. Featured on […]
We are back again with another week of the Organize Now Challenge!!! This week we are going to organize kitchen cupboards! Would you be embarrassed if I looked into your kitchen cupboards? If so, this is the week for you because we can fix that. I want you to be proud of your cupboards. I […]
Dr. Jaime is the guest today on the podcast. Dr. Jaime Kulaga is a “yes” woman turned Superwoman who has learned all about fulfillment. She is the author of The SuperWoman’s Guide to Super Fulfillment. As a licensed mental health counselor, coach, and inspirational speaker, she has dedicated her life to helping women find balance […]
What does it mean to choose joy? We all want more joy in our life but how exactly do we find it? Life is hard and it is inevitable that we will face hard times. But, even in the midst of life’s crummy circumstances, we can learn where to look for Joy, how to get […]
Welcome to the Organize Now Challenge!!! Woo hoo…super excited!!! I don’t want you to just look at this challenge as another thing on your To-Do List. I want you to get excited! I promise if you stick with me this WILL be life-changing! How do I know this? Because I have been […]
In every home, there are things that matter and things that really don’t. In this podcast Life’s Organization Expert, Jennifer Ford Berry discusses the stuff in our homes that truly matters, even after we have left this earth. She also shares her very personal story of helping people she loves to move out […]
Can you imagine being the mom of four boys? How about adding in a husband all under one roof and still keeping the house organized? Well, Angela Mancini sure can…she lives it! In this podcast, Jennifer sits down with Angela and asks her to share the ways she is keeping things simple and organized in […]
Is toy clutter driving you crazy? Do you have a handle on toy organization in your home or do you feel like the toys are taking over your home? When your kids are small and it can feel like toys are swarming your house! All those dolls, cars, puzzles, games and don’t even […]
In today’s episode, we are talking about one of my favorite topics: home renovations and design! My guest is Christy Biberich of Christy B Design. Christy has appeared on The Style Network as a guest expert and her award-winning color concepts have been featured on Dwell.com. Christy’s projects and expertise have been published with The Crave […]
For more than 25 years Donna Otto, home and life management expert has shared inspiration and practical wisdom. She is an Author and founder of Modern Homemakers, a national organization that offers weekly teaching for a new generation of “counter-culture” women who have made the choice to stay at home. To hundreds of young homemakers, […]
Donna McLain is a life coach and founder of the Essential 5 Foundations of Life. She is passionate about sharing these 5 foundations to empower people to transform to the best, healthy, balanced version of themselves! She is committed to helping others achieve vibrant health. In this podcast, Donna tells us how to be aware […]
Would you love a stress free Christmas this year? The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. For some, it can also be the most stressful. 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 […]
Do you wake up in the morning feeling overwhelmed? Instead of grabbing your phone and scrolling through social media while lying in bed, feed your soul with goodness and take 15 minutes to connect with God by reading a devotional, a few passages from the Bible or a spiritual book that lifts you up to […]
Laura Koepp is the author of the book Broken: A Mother’s Story. Her book is an emotionally driven roller coaster ride of ups and downs and the countless struggles they endured after their daughter was in a car accident. She begins her story by retelling us what happened, on that cold wintry night when her […]
Why is it so 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 […]
Do you feel buried in a pile or mountain of laundry that seems like it is never-ending? WE DO! As mom’s, we hear you high above the laundry mountain tops and know the challenges mom’s face in conquering the never-ending pile of laundry. Managing laundry can sure feel like a full-time job but there are […]