022: Cleaning Strategies for the Naturally Messy Mom // Candi Kidd of Operation Organization

Since I was a little girl, I have left a “wake” behind me everywhere I go–cupboards left open, shoes kicked off in the middle of the hallway, and spills on the kitchen counter that should’ve been wiped up immediately but I didn’t even notice them.

Luckily, I have a very wise friend who is teaching me better habits. Candi Kidd (who was our guest in Episode 001!) teaches moms who are naturally messy like me how to keep their lives more tidy and orderly. And her tips can really help any mom, even if you are naturally a neat-freak (P.S. you amaze me), because we all live with children…and children bring chaos and confusion along with them everywhere they go.

Join Candi and me as we dive into these three takeaways:


1) Be a detective to find and then solve the messy spots in your home.

2) Lower the “activation energy” it takes to get started with cleaning.

3) Focus on completing one J.O.B. per day.


Show Notes:

Candi’s new Instagram account, operation_organization: https://www.instagram.com/operation_organization/

Candi’s first episode, “Getting Unmotivated Kids to Help”: https://3in30podcast.com/unmotivated-kids-to-help/

The House that Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark: https://www.amazon.com/House-That-Cleans-Itself-Solutions/dp/0736918809

Jordan Page who came up with the acronym J.O.B. (just one bite): FunCheaporFree.com

Shel Silverstein poem about Melinda Mae who ate the whale: http://shelsilverstein.yolasite.com/melinda-mae.php


About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.


  1. Hillary Hickey on 03/20/2018 at 9:20 AM

    Love the podcast! So helpful, and I love how Fun Candi makes life chores. Great job!

    • Rachel Nielson on 03/20/2018 at 9:53 AM

      She makes everything fun! Love her! Thanks so much for listening!

  2. Tara Freeman on 03/20/2019 at 7:56 AM

    I used to post on my blog often (before I worked 30 hours a week and felt like I was drowning) and I used to scrapbook like once a month or so. Or make crafts. Then I felt like I actually finished something that the kids didn’t mess up or that didn’t need to be redone in 5 minutes. It’s so therapeutic to have a project that has a start and a finish. I think that’s part of why I love reading so much. I start it and I finish it and no one can take it away or mess it up. I’m loving these podcasts! My sister told me about them last week and they are really giving me hope and so many great ideas I am so excited to try with my family. Thanks so much!!!

    • Rachel Nielson on 08/26/2019 at 10:55 PM

      Oh I’m so glad you found the podcast!! Thank you so taking the time to comment!

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