Episodes
When someone dies, it's up to the people left behind to piece their lives together using only the clues left behind. What if the person who died was the one who paid the bills? Or, what if you haven't spoken to them in a really long time? Jan Fran meets Kate, who's in her forties and at a complete loss about how to piece together her estranged father's deceased estate. Enter financial advisor Donna Lee Powell, who came out of retirement to help other people navigate their financial woes when...
Published 02/25/20
Chances are, you'll have to arrange a funeral at least once. When a loved one dies, and suddenly it falls to you to organise things, where do you even start? It's time to learn all the things most funeral directors don't want you to know. Like: is it gauche to ask how much something costs at a funeral parlour? Jan Fran visits family funeral director Carly to learn about cardboard coffins and meaningful DIY funerals, and is like, totally, completely cool when she sees a real-life deceased...
Published 02/18/20
Here's what you need to know immediately after someone has died, because a tsunami of decisions is about to hit. How the heck do you get a death certificate? Will there be an autopsy? Um, literally, who are you supposed to call first? That's the quandary Emma Gray found herself in, when she woke one day to discover her husband had died and her entire world had changed. We'll also meet Jodie Leditschke, who talks us through what happens when a deceased person reaches the Victorian Coroner's...
Published 02/11/20
If you died tomorrow, would the people around you know what to do? Nah, of course they wouldn't! We get it. It's heaps easier to keep the dinner table convo flowing re: your latest TV binge than having an in-depth discussion about which sister inherits your RAV4 after you die. It might be hard, but it's important. That's why The Pineapple Project is tackling death. Because literally everybody is doing it. Get it? Join us as we learn the simple steps to master the logistics of death. Because...
Published 02/04/20
A new day has dawned. It's time. Hitch your wagon back onto The Pineapple Project's star and get ready to conquer a new frontier. And this time, we're doing it with total kween Jan Fran leading the way. New episodes coming your way in January 2020, but in the meantime, enjoy this ridiculously extra handover episode we've prepared for you, and the tricky little clues we've embedded for you about our new season. Hint: it's relevant AF and something every single one of us will need to deal...
Published 11/17/19
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Published 11/12/19
It's the heart of the home. It's where you eat, cook, plan holidays, store things, stick things on the fridge. And everyone in the house uses it slightly differently. Like Claire Hooper, the kitchen might be your clutter pain point. But yippee ki-yay mutha clutters, that changes today. Claire and her husband Wade are at the mercy of organiser Kelly Bainbridge (so you don't have to be). Put on the cleaning gloves, it's time to learn the power of the 'magic triangle', why grouping food will...
Published 11/02/19
Garages, sheds, junk rooms, this is the space of the house that stores everything ELSE. Don't just shut the door and hope one day it spontaneously combusts; even this place can be a haven for order! Join Claire Hooper and organiser Anita Burges as they help Carly quickly sort through years of stuff (and multiple cake platters). Have you moved or downsized and put all your crap in the garage? We got you! Yes, it can be a wilderness. But with your new 'zoning' method and declutter genie Peter...
Published 10/26/19
Bills, fines, statements, invitations, newsletters and report cards. Each one comes with a new list of decisions for you to make. Blerrgh! If you're drowning in life admin, Claire Hooper's meeting with decluttering goddess Carol Martyn will help you breathe again. You'll learn what to do with every bit of paper that enters your orbit at the home of Kariyn as she wades through the paperwork spilling out of her office, down the hall and into every crevice in her house. These are the simple...
Published 10/19/19
Everyone needs clean bodies and clean clothes, but without a game plan in place, bathrooms and laundries can quickly become the grossest rooms in your home. Say goodbye to wet towels, mould and never being able to find an ear bud when you need one! Organiser Susanne Thiebe prefers practical over pretty. She helps stay at home Dad Will Owyong win back some space and peace of mind in his verrrrry crammed rental apartment through smart storage systems and the 'four bucket challenge'. The...
Published 10/12/19
Walk in. Have a look around. Now take a seat on the couch. Does it feel like your stuff is closing in on you? Books, dishes, bags, shoes, argh! The living room is for living, so here's how to make it worth living in. Claire Hooper takes professional organiser Helen Stanley to the home of Deb, Karl, their three children and one giant cat, to make an overwhelming situation manageable. Don't know what to do with sentimental items? We got you. Is there a golden rule for collecting books? There...
Published 10/05/19
It should be your sanctuary. The place you go to recharge. So why are we dumping all our stuff in our bedrooms? If you have a floor-drobe (or a chair-drobe) if you're sleeping next to white goods, or you can't remember the last time you made your bed, welcome to your new happy place. Claire Hooper meets organiser Lissanne Oliver who shares a rapid-fire method for getting bedrooms under control at the home of Karen and Gary (they have two sets of twins and weirdly their bedroom isn't the...
Published 09/28/19
"Do I feel like have control of the stuff in my life? Why is letting go of things so darn hard? And is clutter basically a dark wizard exercising secret control over my moods and mind?" If you answered no, I don't know, and yes to the above — then welcome aboard! It turns out (surprise) that most of your mess actually starts in your head. And then spreads to your bed! And the rest of the house. WARNING: this episode will make you re-evaluate your relationship with the things you own. Join...
Published 09/21/19
See ya later, clutter! If the stuff around you is giving you a stress migraine, or if you're just completely out of places to put things, we got you. Come along with Claire Hooper and a team of no-nonsense experts to rummage through people's cupboards and learn the secrets of the super organised. Save yourself time and money, declutter your brain, recycle the gimmicky life hacks and inform your belongings they do not own you, thank you kindly. It's time to take back control of every room in...
Published 09/14/19
BAD SEX. Now that we have your attention, here’s a cheeky little podcast recommendation for you, with love from us here at Pineapple HQ. A couple of quick questions first — are you a lady or do you identify as one? And do you have questions and a deep desire to dish the dirt about all of that secret lady business? Join Yumi Stynes as she once again tears open the sealed section on life, talking about everything from discharge to birth control and how to make new friends. Oh yeah! And they...
Published 05/06/19
It’s a takeover! Since Claire Hooper is taking a well-earned break from bringing you all that work and money knowledge goodness, we know you’ll have a pineapple-shaped whole in your pod catcher (and your hearts). So let us introduce you to one of the Pineapple team’s personal favourites — Bang On. And while you’re putting all the stuff you learned in the latest season of The Pineapple Project into practice, put Myf Warhurst and Zan Rowe into your earholes as they debrief on all the music,...
Published 04/08/19
You’re leaning in with your growth mindset, you’re managing your workday like a pro, and you’ve said a HARD NOPE to impostor syndrome and your toxic colleagues. You’re feeling about as motivated as you can be in the job you’re doing... but what if that’s not enough? When you know, deep down, it’s time to change direction, how do you even begin? It’s time to solve the greatest puzzle of all — finding and landing a new job that’s right for you. Claire Hooper is putting it all on the line to...
Published 03/30/19
“Have a baby,” they said. “It’ll be great!” they said. Ummm... except they forgot to mention how it can really put the skids on your career! Hold on to your teething rusks as Claire Hooper wrangles parents and experts like Annabel Crabb for tips on how to tell your boss you’re growing a human, manage your leave and re-enter the workplace #likeaboss even with a spew-stained shirt.
Published 03/23/19
There’s a point when a cruddy boss or colleague can cross the line into #metoo territory. So if you find yourself in that situation, what can you do? Claire Hooper chats with Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins about the million ways sexual harassment can play out in the workplace — and where you can turn if it happens to you.
Published 03/16/19
You never forget your first bad boss. You know the one — they take the credit, play the blame game, micromanage, criticise and undermine. Claire Hooper asks what makes a horrible boss, how to cope if you’ve got one, and what we can learn from the best ones.
Published 03/09/19
There’s a certain amount of workplace stress that’s normal. Then there’s burnout. So what’s the difference? No really — Claire Hooper wants to know. If you’re feeling exhausted and cynical, or if you just can’t see the point of the work you’re doing — you could be burnt out. Recognise the warning signs and get a plan in place to vanquish the ‘noonday demon’ with Australia’s leading burnout expert, Professor Gordon Parker.
Published 03/02/19
There’s a certain amount of workplace stress that’s normal. Then there’s burnout. So what’s the difference? No really — Claire Hooper wants to know. If you’re feeling exhausted and cynical, or if you just can’t see the point of the work you’re doing — you could be burnt out. Recognise the warning signs and get a plan in place to vanquish the ‘noonday demon’ with Australia’s leading burnout expert, Professor Gordon Parker.
Published 03/02/19
Tina Fey has it. TV journalist Leigh Sales too. That creeping feeling you’re not quite good enough at your job, and that EVERYONE is about to find out. Impostor syndrome. What a prick(ly situation). It doesn't matter how competent or how experienced you are, that nasty little voice can strike at any time. Claire Hooper’s determined to find out how to deal with it.
Published 02/23/19
Bad breath. Bagging your old boss. Straight up lying. The list of what NOT to do in a job interview is long and cringeworthy. Claire Hooper finds out how to turn a bunch of stone-cold strangers into a room full of your biggest fans, clamouring to give you the job. And hear other people's worst interview fails ... to make you feel better about your own.
Published 02/16/19
Networking. Yuck. If the thought of doing it triggers your gag reflex, you’re not alone.  But, done right, networking is actually less 'vomit in your mouth' and more 'hello golden job opportunities'.  Claire Hooper tracks down the world’s most persistent and successful networkers to find out what they know that we don’t.  And it turns out you don’t need a briefcase, heels, or even business cards to do it — some of the best networking can be done without leaving your couch groove. 
Published 02/09/19