Shannon Upton wants to help you clear out your spiritual clutter and make room for joy!
Shannon is an organizer who, as a child, used to dream of perfect closets. Once she married and became a mom, she started learning about the benefits of functional, realistic organizing! Now she’s a dedicated wife and mother of three with a passion for living life intentionally for Christ—but she knows that we all face the stumbling blocks of insecurity and anxiety.
During her four-year struggle with a clinical anxiety disorder, Shannon began using organization as a tool to fight anxiety and usher peace into her home and heart. Through this experience, she developed the concept of spiritual clutter and learned how to overcome it with a little organization…and a heart of surrender to the Lord. Now she loves to help women just like you become just “organized enough” to truly enjoy life.
Her favorite ministry role by far is that of a speaker, informing and entertaining audiences while sharing her ministry message. Shannon is a teacher at heart—as a former high school teacher, she’s trained to guide you as you clear out the clutter in your schedule, home, and spirit.
Shannon is the author of Organizing You and Building Your House, Biblically-based self-help books that will teach you how to clear out your own spiritual clutter. She has written two Organizing You group Bible studies, blogs, and offers several tremendous resources to help you live in Christ’s abundance. She’s also an encourager who loves to share organizing ideas, prayers, and scriptures through social media. (She admits to being slightly addicted to Pinterest.)
Shannon believes that the Lord allowed her to struggle with clinical anxiety, and then healed her of it, for His purpose. She wants to help you clear out your spiritual clutter so you can fully enjoy your family and grow closer to the Lord.
My Song (Keynote)
This presentation is Shannon’s story. More inspirational than educational, “My Song” is a thirty-minute keynote presentation about living in Christ’s abundance. You’ll learn how the Lord took Shannon on journey from a clinical anxiety disorder to a speaking and writing ministry. You’ll also hear her main ministry message about how we all have spiritual clutter that we can clear out with a little organization and a lot of prayer. You’ll leave this talk feeling uplifted, blessed, and ready to clear out your spiritual clutter! Note: This presentation is for any Christian audience—including the guys. “My Song” is perfect as a stand-alone presentation, or it will easily combine with one or more of Shannon’s other presentations to create a wonderful women’s retreat.
5 Organizing Stumbling Blocks—And the 1 Way to Overcome Them (Informal Organizing You Workshop)
When you try to organize, do you just get stuck? We all trip ourselves up when it comes to organizing—but we can all learn to do better. In this unique 60-minute workshop, Shannon will challenge you to discover the spiritual clutter that blocks your organizing progress… and encourage you to embrace the truth behind any organizing success. Note: This presentation is a great additional session for a women’s retreat with Shannon. Or, if you’re hosting an outreach event for your entire community, Shannon can modify this presentation for an audience with varying backgrounds and beliefs. However, she’ll still shares her faith a bit (she just can’t help but talk about Jesus!).
Dressing to Impress … Whom? (Wardrobe Organization)
Often, we women have spiritual clutter about our appearances that keep us from fully enjoying each day. Whether you love to shop or love your sweats, this is the talk for you! Shannon will challenge the women in your group to take at look at their wardrobes in the light of Jesus. She’ll start by looking at what God says about what we wear (and it’s a lot more than what you might guess!). Then she’ll help you take your wardrobe up a notch by clearing out, filling out, and laying out the clothes in your closet. By the end of this session, you’ll be excited to feel uplifted and confident each day as you dress your body—and your spirit.
Should Christians be Minimalists? (Organizing Belongings)
Are you overwhelmed by your material blessings? Actual physical clutter can seriously cloud a woman’s spirit! You can save time, money, and hassle by organizing your belongings in a way that’s realistically maintainable. Shannon will challenge the women in your group to view their “stuff” through the eyes of Jesus—without the guilt trip. Then she’ll share about how much stuff to have in your home, how to sort through your things (even the most sentimental ones), and how to organize any space in a way that will bring peace and contentment into your home.
Hostessing with Love ... and Organization! (Party Organization)
We know that our homes are a gift from God, and that He calls us to show His love through hospitality … but it’s hard to be “the hostess with the mostest.” With Shannon’s help, you can host get-togethers without all of that overwhelming prep work—and without developing a weary, frazzled spirit by the time the party is over! Shannon will start with a practical, Biblical view on hosting, then discusses organizing get-togethers where Jesus’ presence can be felt. Allow her to encourage the ladies in your group to deepen their relationships and further the Kingdom of Heaven through hospitality!
Where is Your Time Going? (Time Management)
Time management is the cornerstone of all organization—after all, how can you clean out that closet if you can’t figure out when to do it? And in terms of spiritual clutter, few things keep a woman’s mind and heart more distracted than persistent feelings of being in a hurry, or being too overwhelmed to get to the things that matter most in her life. Our time here is a precious gift from God, and with intentionality and planning, you can make the most of that gift! Shannon will share about goal setting (and realizing that some goals—even great, worthy Christian goals—can wait). Then she’ll guide you through specific, adaptable ways to tackle your goals, prioritize tasks, and enjoy your gift of time.
Organizing for Christmas
Why do Christian women dread the Christmas season almost as much as they look forward to it? (You know you do.) It’s all that work. Sadly, our Christmas Spirit can be overshadowed by our holiday to-do lists. Shannon’s holiday plan is to help the women of your group discover what clutters up their hearts at Christmas, and then clear it right out! She’ll challenge them to use their holiday to-dos to as a way to grow closer to Jesus, by planning ahead, creating meaningful traditions, working prayerfully, and cultivating a receiving spirit (and, no, she’s not talking about getting presents).
Family / Parenting Events
Organized Spontaneity (Organizing Family Fun)
Can you plan to be spontaneous? Can you organize family fun? And can you do it without being overwhelmed? Absolutely! Newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, and well-meaning friends barrage moms with ideas for all that family fun they’ve just got to have—talk about your spiritual clutter. Shannon will help the women in your group focus on what they actually want to do by finding their Mommy Contentment Point (no more comparisons!). Then she’ll share practical, adaptable ways to organize those fun ideas—and actually enjoy doing them. The Lord wants us to enjoy this life, so let’s get to it!
"Shannon did an amazing job! She was an engaging speaker and was well received by our audience. Our event was a one day mini-conference where Shannon did three speaking sessions. The focus of the event was helping moms refresh and emphasis on the Word in order to restore the joy (or provide endurance) of motherhood. Her sessions did exactly that! She did a great job discussing organization and hostessing. We administered an anonymous survey at the end and she had a 100% satisfaction rating by our attendees. We highly recommend Shannon!" ~ Holly Everette, Shelbyville, IN
“It was pure joy having Shannon Upton as our featured speaker at this year’s fall and spring conferences. We had nothing but great positive feedback! The women were greatly moved by the honesty and sincerity with which she shared her story and ministry message. Shannon is an amazing woman of God, a gift, and most importantly, a true believer in Jesus Christ.” ~ Pattie Holley, Greater Ohio District Women’s Ministry Director of the Wesleyan Church
"When you meet Shannon, you’ve made a friend! Her professional manner and bubbly personality will be evident as she enlightens your group with God’s truth. I would highly recommend her for any women’s event. We’ve had her come speak to us twice, and we can’t wait to have her back!"
“Shannon spoke to women ranging in age from their 30’s to their 80’s at our Spring Conference—what a success! Shannon’s talk was inspirational and informative from start to finish: no awkward moments, well-placed humor, appealing and valuable universal truth with a wonderful incorporation of scripture. Shannon is a blessing for many.” ~ Anita Tiller, Ohio Child Conservation League
“Shannon Upton makes the ladies of any group feel at ease, loved, and deeply valued. She helps bring a heart of hope and unique refreshment to the ladies of any gathering. Book her! You will be so blessed!” ~ Nicole Doeringer, Hillside Chapel Women’s Ministries Director
“I would love to hear more of her presentations. This one was well worth it! I heard nothing but wonderful comments from those who attended. One in particular: ‘I’m so glad I came. She changed my life.'”