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I am super excited to have a special guest on the show, another fellow professional organizer. Her name is Amanda Sullivan. Welcome to the show, Amanda.
Thank you. I’m happy to be here.
Amanda is coming on from Manhattan and we are both trying not to freeze our butts off because we are in New York, in the tundra. I want to go ahead and welcome you to the show. Thank you so much for being here. I want to let everybody know that Amanda, besides being another organizer since 1999, is the Founder of the Perfect Daughter: Chaos Control. She is also the author of Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist’s Guide to Getting-and Staying-Organized which we’re going to chat about. You live in Manhattan with your husband and your three children. How old are your kids, Amanda?
The oldest one is nineteen. He’s not around so much. I have fourteen-year-old twins.
Are they boys or girls or one of each?
One of each.
Let’s talk about that. I have a five-year-old son and a seventeen-year-old daughter. How are you handling these twins at fourteen?
With all the wisdom I gained from my now nineteen-year-old. It’s a lot about anti-perfectionism and letting go. My work and my personal life have a lot of relation to one another. Breathe, have faith, don’t be too controlling.
I feel like that’s so funny that you said that because I’m starting to learn how to let go of some of my control with my seventeen-year-old but I’m not going to lie, it’s hard.
It’s hard but sometimes they rip off the Band-Aid for you.
I get this question all the time. Which ones are like you that are organized?
I find it fascinating because despite the fact that I’m organized but my husband is not, each kid is totally different and unique. I used to say my older son was pretty organized for a boy. My younger son is neat. He’s not perfectly neat. He’s a fourteen-year-old boy but there’s methodicalness to him. My daughter is super creative and when she was little, she would gather from all over. I’d say to my son, “It’s time to put away the toys.” He’d put all the Legos back in the Lego basket. I’d say it’s time to clean up to my daughter. She would throw herself down and sob. I’d look and I think, it’s much harder for her because on this doll stroller she has a doll, my evening bag, a whisk, her brother’s Lego, she spent the entire game gathering from all over the house. It was much harder to put it away. She’s super creative. They’re all their own people.
It’s good practice for clients, right?
That’s right and vice versa.
You started your business in 1999. I started my business in 2001. We’ve been doing this for a long time and so much has changed. One of the things I was cracking up, I have to tell you this, on the back of your book, Organized Enough, it says, “You don’t need a sock drawer that brings you joy or a kitchen that looks like it came out of a design magazine. What you do need is to be organized enough to feel in control and serene.” I totally relate to that. What cracked me up when I read that is how much things have changed in the twenty years that we’ve been in this industry. When I read that statement, it reminds me of this whole debate over Marie Kondo and everything needs to bring you joy. People are also comparing themselves when you said about the design magazine, we’re looking at perfect pictures every day because of Pinterest and Instagram. Let’s talk about that. What’s your take on how far we’ve come? Has it gotten better or worse for people?
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When I first would tell people in the playground that I was an organizer, they’d say, “Labor union.” Now, people know what I do. People say, “Do you work with Hoarders? Have you been on TV?” People get what I do. Honestly, when I started doing this, I thought I’ve made it up. I didn’t think it existed. Marie Kondo is a great yardstick for jewelry, tchotchkes. Why keep a tchotchke if it doesn’t bring you joy? Your screwdriver, your car seat, that’s the perfect example. Does it bring you joy? No. Would you have a tragedy if you didn’t use a car seat? Maybe. You have to keep the car seat but it’s changed. When I was young and all the girls were starving themselves and they said, “Don’t even look at Vogue. It doesn’t help you,” it’s the same thing. People are looking at all these images and thinking their houses should look like that but those images aren’t real. I’m sure you’ve been on those photoshoots where I organize the garage but outside of the frame of the picture, there’s still a whole other pile that is either going to go back or it’s not really what they show you on the photo shoot. The photoshoot is unrealistic. It’s a myth. We need more realism.
Don’t you feel like we try to show this Pinterest-perfect world? Everybody’s getting exhausted from doing that and they’re starting to become more real. We’re starting that beginning of the next climb up the hill where we’re going to say, “We’re done being perfect and we’re going to start showing the real side of everything, whether it’s wearing no makeup and taking a selfie.”
I always have had that aesthetic. The more I’ve done this, the more I’ve become an environmentalist hippie because I feel like I’ve thrown so much stuff out on behalf of my clients. We try and try to give it away. Sometimes, a client will look at me and she’ll say, “I can’t make another trip to the Goodwill. Can we throw some of this out?” It’s hard when people are going through 40 years of clutter. It’s exhausting. At a certain point, does Goodwill can even get rid of all this stuff? I am practicing trying to help the clients on the other end. How do we not take so much into our life? How do we change our habits so that we consume more carefully and more responsibly? How do we say it’s okay if something is weathered? Does everything have to look completely new? I grew up in the ‘70s, so there was a weathered aesthetic that was okay. Now, you just throw it all out and buy new. I feel sad about that.
It does make you definitely more of environmentally aware. I’ve noticed that a lot of people don’t know where to give it besides Goodwill or Salvage.
They become pickier. Mostly, I work in Manhattan where they have a lot of rules for storage like wood furniture because of bedbugs. They don’t control how much you can bring because people tend to bring a shopping bag at a time. I’ve worked for some clients out in New Jersey where they were very strict about what you could bring because people would come up with trucks. They’d move and they’d load up a truck and try and dump it all on the thrift store and the thrift store couldn’t handle it. When the thrift stores don’t want your stuff, we’ve got a problem.
Out of curiosity, as a professional organizer for several years, what do you think the answer is to getting the right things in the people’s hands that the people that need it the most? I constantly am saying there’s no reason in this country that anybody should go without. I see how much stuff that’s sitting in the closets, attics, and basements.
There are a couple of things. Sometimes people think, “I should sell this because I spent a lot of money on it.” I say, “Take a week. If you can sell it in a week, sell it. If you can give it away in your neighborhood listserv, that often works better, so give it away. If you can’t give it away there, then take it to the thrift store,” which is tricky. There are some places like Dress For Success, there are organizations in the city and all over that take your old bridesmaid’s dresses and use them for prom dresses for low-income kids. I was talking to a friend who’s a social worker and she says, “First of all, it’s so cheap to go to Target and buy stuff for somebody who’s moving into new housing. Second of all, they feel much better if they’re moving into their first house that’s actually theirs to have some actual new stuff, not just everybody’s secondhand cheap stuff.” It’s complicated and I don’t want to say you’re poor so you have to have cheap China. I’m a hippie so I should have cheap China. It’s a tricky question but I do think you have to look. Again, there’s exhaustion when it’s years’ worth of clutter. If you can get on top of it. Sometimes I’ll say to clients, “Let it all go to the thrift store now and then going forward, you can be more careful about taking that to textile or cycling, that to electronic recycling, that to the housing works and that to Salvation Army.”
In your book, you start out with chapter one talking about Go With The FLOW. The first part of FLOW is to forgive yourself. The FLOW stands for Forgive yourself, Let stuff go, Organize what’s left, Weed constantly. The first is to forgive yourself. I want to talk about that. What we’re talking about is these perfect images and all of the things that have happened in this industry growing to show behind the scenes. Has that made so many people feel like this is supposed to be easy, they’re supposed to be able to do this in their sleep? Is that part of forgiving yourself?
It predates that. I’ve been doing this for a while and a lot of my clients are older, so a lot of my clients aren’t on any of this media. A lot of women struggle with perfectionism. I have male clients too but I’d say that my female clients are more riddled by the problems of perfectionism and they think they should be doing it right. A lot of times, there’s perfectionism that’s getting in the way like, “I should be keeping these papers and this file the way my father told me to in 1940.” The world has changed but people are still hanging on to ideas about saving paper and documents from a different era or perfectionism about how they look and the shoes that have to match the bag and this thing that we don’t do so much anymore, at least not in Manhattan. Forgiving yourself predated the Instagram thing and it will go on. Some of my clients are so hard on themselves. They live in New York City. Most of them are pretty successful and they will speak about themselves in a way that you would think that they were living on the streets from complete failure because they don’t understand their inability to conquer this problem when they are so successful in so many other areas.
The fact that you work in Manhattan, I know that means you work with a lot of people that live in smaller spaces. I’m just wondering because it’s funny how a lot of times people want bigger homes and then they fill it up with more stuff so the story goes. Is it easier for people to live in a smaller space now? How can you be pickier about what they keep?
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There is a way in which living in New York City keeps you honest because even if you have a very big for New York City apartment, it probably doesn’t have an attic or a basement. You have to call the organizer before things get too bad. I’ve occasionally gone to a house in the suburbs and thought, “I could spend a year here because there’s so much stuff in the attic or the basement.” It keeps you more honest but people clutter and sometimes there’s a logistical problem to it being so small. If you have so much stuff, it’s hard to even box it up. It slows us down because the stuff that’s going out to the thrift store becomes an obstacle in the middle of the living room or whatever. That’s challenging but it keeps people more honest. Sometimes when people moved into a bigger apartment before they had kids, they didn’t really have a plan. When people move into a tiny apartment, it makes them think about, “What’s going to go where?” Whereas when they move into a big apartment, they’re like, “I’ll throw this in this closet.” Ten years go by, and now there are three kids and there’s no rhyme or reason to any of the closets even though there are plenty of closets. Sometimes, a smaller space makes you more conscious.
I can see that for sure. That leads me to my next topic I want to discuss and it’s a simple one for getting organized but it’s an important one to mention. You talk about it in the book, Organized Enough. It’s the power of one. I see that a lot. You mentioned in the book how a lot of people are keeping more than one of something and when you narrow it down, you’ll always know where that one is. Let’s talk about that.
There’s this idea like it’s everything. One time, I remember I thought to myself I’m down to my last hair elastic, I should get some more. It was summer. I was busy all summer long for three months. I knew where that one hair elastic was because I only had one. You keep track when you only have one. I also see it with papers. I would have clients thinking, “I should make a copy and put one in X file and one in Y file.” I say, “No if you can’t remember, look into files. It’s better to just have one because otherwise, you’re expanding how much volume of stuff you have, whether it’s paper, hair ties, black sweaters or whatever.” I really believe in less is more. It often comes from fear too. “I have to have two in case one breaks,” alarm clocks, whisks, or whatever it is. I say, “Don’t be so frightened. You won’t die if you don’t have an alarm clock for a day. You won’t die if you don’t have a whisk for a day.” I have people to try and live with less.
That goes into the fears you mentioned in the book, fear creates clutter, which is absolutely true. You talk about the fear of waste, the financial fear, the fear of relocation, the fear of not being able to find it again, which is so funny, the fear of needing it again. There are so many fears that do create clutter. What do you think after all these years doing this? Where’s all this fear coming from and how do you work with clients that are facing the fear? What is your best piece of advice for those that are reading?
First of all, identifying it as a fear and saying, “That’s a fear.” Is it a rational fear? Can you call the accountant and find out how many years they think you should keep your back taxes because you need to keep the return forever but you don’t need to keep all the other stuff forever? Sometimes, we’ll do that. How many years do you need to keep your retirement fund statements and all these different things? I asked them and we went through and looked at the fear and sometimes, it’s more emotional and less rational. We could talk through it and they can say, “I can see your point and I can’t let go of this, but maybe I’ll let go of that.” I can’t get all the way there, but I can get them a little bit further and to look at the fear.” Often, what happens is the first time I’m with a client, they’re very resistant and they’re very nervous and then they realize they didn’t miss anything, nothing changed. Everything was okay. They didn’t need to be afraid. They’re much more willing to let go the second time.
I see that too. We can provide as professional organizers freedom from that fear. Like the one example you just gave about the taxes, once people know the facts that fear doesn’t play and they have more freedom but a lot of times they don’t know. You’ll be teaching them.
It’s education and also there’s so much more paper. Their parents may indeed have kept everything to do with their taxes forever and ever but they had much less paper. Our world has become so much more. I give my clients little tips. FLOW is not only an acronym, it’s also a metaphor. It’s this idea of things that come in and things that go out but everything comes in and goes out on a different schedule. There are certain papers that might go out once a year. What is your trigger? I talked in the book about habits and a habit needs a trigger. When you do your taxes, is that also a good time to get rid of various other papers that you are holding on to for a little bit but you really need to keep them even if they aren’t specifically tax-related? What’s your trigger to get rid of your old insurance policy when the new one comes? Getting these into FLOW so that things are coming in and you have a time at which they leave, whether that’s in a week for the school fair notice that’s on your fridge or in seven years for your backup taxes, whatever it is.
It’s a very good point. Knowing these simple little tips and tricks that will stick in your mind is what keeps you organized throughout the year. On page 29, I’ve been thinking a lot how you mentioned that we rush to make money. We rush to buy, we rush to organize our possessions and then we start over again. You say it’s like being on a hamster wheel, which I 100% agree with. We’re working so hard to make money to buy more things and when we get these things, it doesn’t always bring us happiness. It just brings us more work and more stress and it takes up more time and space. Now, we’re starting to understand that. It’s better to face our fears and let go of some stuff in order to gain valuable things in life. I feel like that was a really good way that you put it in the book. Do you want to speak about that?
The first half of the book is ways of thinking about clutter. That chapter is about slowing down and trying to be more present and more conscious because it’s almost like eating junk food and you’re not even thinking about it. You’re not even tasting it. That’s how our consumption is now, so I want people to be more careful. I try to throw up roadblocks. Can you say you’re only going to buy stuff made in the USA? Can you say you’re only going to buy stuff that that doesn’t need to be dry cleaned? It’s whatever bar that you want to put up. It’s you put an obstacle to shopping because it’s too easy with the internet and you can do it so quickly. You get this little rush, but then why? There’s this slow-food movement about food that’s grown organically and then you cook it slowly instead of everything popping in the microwave and slug it down on the way to practice. I’m into this idea of can you be more conscious? Can we have less but better? Can we be more conscious consumers? I’m not saying you can’t buy anything but slow it down and think about it rather than making it that it’s almost like a reflex.
You’ll be more intentional if you stop and even spend 30 minutes thinking about what you want in your life to look like and writing down a picture of that, a vision of that. When that client goes on, comes up with the Google search bar, whatever you’re looking at, you’re not just clicking the button. You’re like, “That doesn’t go along with my new intention or the new vision for my life.”
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I forget which some blogger that did a thing on don’t buy anything for 24 hours, just put it in the shopping cart and go away. Nine times out of ten, you’ll be like, “I don’t really need that.” There’s a great book called A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy that I mentioned. She was in debt. She’s an artist. She decided to draw something every time she wanted something. She painted a picture of it and wrote about why she wanted it. It was like, “I think this dress reminds me of a dress I had when I was sixteen and it was great summer. That’s why I’m attracted to this dress.” She didn’t buy it as she made this beautiful artwork out of all the things she didn’t buy. It’s so great because sometimes, “Why do I want that? Why do I think I need that?” You don’t really. I also am big advocate for myself of going into the store to try on clothes because what happens is if you order them online, you get them and it was so easy. Maybe they don’t fit quite right but they’re fine. You go into the store and you’re looking in the mirror and you’re like, “I could do better and you don’t buy it.” Whereas once they’re in your house, it takes more effort to return it. I say, go into the store and you’ll buy less than the first place.
I 100% agree although you have a lot of good options where you live.
This is where the perfectionism can play your way. None of the jeans look good enough when I’m in the store. Therefore, I only have two pairs of jeans.
I’m feeling it a lot lately. It’s so funny. I was at a clothing swap with a bunch of girlfriends. We usually do it once a year. It’s so funny how I seem to have better luck doing that because I’m around stuffs so much that when I go shopping, I’m not excited anymore. To get myself to purchase something and pay for it, I won’t even like it in six months or a year. It’s not worth it to me. The clothing swaps are something that we have fun with. We get sick of our clothes but we like each other’s clothes. It’s a win-win.
Clothing swaps are great and that whole idea is great and also into the more meaningful thing, we’re coming up to Christmas time and I believe in this idea of can we give experiences rather than stuff? Can you ask grandma for a museum membership instead of another plastic toy that maybe they’ll play it with for a couple of weeks if you’re lucky and then we’ll add the landfill? What can we do to make it more about experiences and can we make things, can we go someplace special together rather than having more and more stuff?
I talk about that all the time because as the grandparents pass on, these are the memories you’re going to have. I have no recollection of any Christmas presents I got from my grandfather that passed away. I only think regularly about the memories and we need that when we have grandchildren in our lives too. Let’s wrap up with a couple of things. What’s the biggest blessing of this career path that you’ve chosen that you didn’t even see coming?
All my clients are so interesting. I love all my clients. They are the yes people. They’re creative people. A lot of them are very aesthetic, they have great design sense. I just love spending time with them and being close and getting to see the insides of their lives. There’s another blessing in that a lot of my clients are a lot more affluent than I am. I get to see if the grass is never ever greener. They have different problems with their teenagers and kids that I have with mine. We all have problems and their stuff is more expensive but everybody has too much stuff. It’s a challenge for all of us. There are so many blessings, not to mention all the technicalities of getting to control my own schedule and all that. I love what I do. I’m happy when I go to work. I’m happy to help people. It’s fulfilling. I always tell my kids when they were little and I’d help them clean their desk and they’d resist, I’d say, “People pay me money to do this and they’re grateful and you’re getting it for free and you’re whining.”
I’ve got to 100% agree with everything you said. In my opinion, it’s the best job in the world. One of the things that you said is so true and everybody needs to hear it. The grass isn’t always greener and just because you might have better cars, a nicer house or better paying job doesn’t mean you’re necessarily happier. We’re all trying to find our piece of contentment in this world. We’re all on the same page when it comes to that. Tell the audience where they can find you if they want to learn more about you or if they’re in the Manhattan area.
The easiest way is to go to my website, which is ThePerfectDaughter.com. I also have The Perfect Daughter Facebook page. Down at the bottom of my homepage on the website, you can link to my Twitter and my Instagram. That’s easier than listing them all. I send out a weekly newsletter which people love because it’s different things I’ve been thinking about organizing. The 314th is going out so if you like one, there’s a whole lot more to come.
I’m sure there are a lot of amazing organizing tips. I thank you for being on the show, Amanda. I wish you the best with your business and with your book. Keep up all the good work out there in Manhattan. Thank you so much for being on the show.
You’re welcome. For everybody reading, I hope you have a wonderful day and that you enjoyed this episode. Take care.
Amanda Sullivan is a Professional Organizer, Founder of The Perfect Daughter, and author of Organized Enough: the anti-perfectionist’s guide to getting- and staying- organized. Amanda has been creating order out of chaos since the seventh grade when she tackled lockers and desks before dreaded inspections.
After college, she segued from working for a temp agency to organizing the temp agency. In 1999, she went into the organizing business full time, founding The Perfect Daughter: Chaos Control. She has since helped hundreds of clients, from hoarders to celebrities.
Amanda has appeared on Good Morning America and Living it Up with Ali and Jack with Jack Ford and Ali Wentworth Stephanopoulos. Her advice has appeared in national print magazines such as Woman’s Day and Fit Pregnancy, as well as on popular Web sites such as Next Avenue and About.com.
Amanda also leads workshops on de-cluttering to try to empower more people to let go of clutter and embrace her Organized Enough philosophy. Amanda lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]