My Home Organization with Organize Bham
As Barnett and I welcome our first child in June, we knew it was time to get our home organized, and there’s no better time than the new year!
We teamed up with Alex of Organize Bham, guru of all things tidy, neat and accessible to help us achieve our organizational goals in our master bathroom and kitchen! As a Style Coach, I am weekly meeting with clients and helping them assess and cleanse their closets. But it was so therapeutic to have an expert like Alex help me toss items in my own home that are no longer serving me in the areas that needed some TLC. The small spaces like the drawers in our bathroom are now organized, and it makes for easier mornings when getting ready. I truly believe that when everything has a place and purpose, your mind is even clearer!
I’m seriously in heaven, and now I can nest away and decorate Baby Chenoweth’s nursery! Below are before and after photos of the master bathroom and kitchen. (Click on the image to see full size.)
Alex of Organize Bham is a joy to work with, and I look forward to her doing even more magic in my laundry room! She is also a fellow entrepreneur, and I was intrigued to know more about her passion for organization and what inspired her to start her business.
1. What motivated you to start Organize Bham?
I started looking around my own home one day and questioning why we had so much stuff. There was so much clutter and so many household items and goods we weren’t using. Why did I own 4 strainers? Why did I have 10 cookbooks I was never going to use? Then I went to my parents home and looked around with this same mindset. I quickly realized I couldn’t see the floor in the laundry room. I couldn’t see in the pantry. The office was unusable because of the papers everywhere. I knew I could make it better. I knew other families could benefit from the resource of Organize BHAM coming in and looking at the space and seeing how to improve which then improves lives, stress, anxiety, worry.
2. Have you always had a knack for organization, or did you realize it was an important habit to have later on in life?
I was born with the ability to organize. My dorm room was spotless. I always make my bed. My school notes were always written perfect with bullet points and color codings. But I didn’t realize how important this quality would be for my future. I now get the greatest joy in helping others become organized because I realize everyone doesn’t have it naturally. And that’s ok.
3. What are some practical, beginner tips you would give to the reader who struggles to get started on an organization project?
Start small! Start with a drawer. Empty it out. Eliminate what you don’t use or need. Categorize similar items together. Put those items back in.
4. How have you seen the power of being organized impact your life, as well as the people you help?
In my life, being organized, has helped my family see that everything has a home. When everything has a home, there are no piles. There is no mess. There is no clutter. Our home is never in disarray because we are in a constant state of pick up. We don’t leave our shoes by the door. We put them away. We don’t leave the mail in a pile. We take care of it right in the moment.
5. Which space in a house would you say is the hardest to keep organized, and how would you advise readers to take caution from clutter?
The pantry is hard for a lot of people. No matter the size, it’s tough. My biggest advice is to implement some type of system so you know what items you have, and therefore you don’t overbuy. We go into homes and find six bottles of soy sauce that are half empty. If we knew what was inside and if we could see everything, we wouldn’t overbuy.
There are so many deals constantly being shown at the grocery store too. Secret tip: In Publix when it’s “buy one get one free”, you can just buy one for half off.
6. Describe the feeling you get after you transform somebody’s space.
It’s a weight lifted off of their shoulders, and mine. I had a mom text me a few minutes ago saying what a difference the pantry was this morning because lunch took half the time to make. When systems are implemented and everyone is on the same page, life runs smooth.
7. Did you ever imagine yourself doing something like Organize Bham?
Honestly no. I never thought I would be a business owner.
8. What did you do before, and did it lead you to where you are today?
Before Organize BHAM, I have been in sales positions. I now have toddler twins, and I realized very quickly, I wasn’t being the best mom because of my work obligations. Running my own business has allowed me to drop what I’m doing and pick up my children if they are sick at school, or take them to a doctors appointment.
9. What is your favorite part about what you do?
Not everyone has time to go through the cans in the pantry to see what is expired. Not everyone has energy to declutter a playroom that has collected five years of toys. Not everyone enjoys cleaning out a junk drawer. But I do, and I love helping others. I enjoy it, I have the energy, and I have the time to help any one in any space.
10. What organization projects are you working with Megan on right now?
I am organizing Megan’s bathroom and kitchen. We are making the bathroom more functional and creating order to the kitchen.
Now that my kitchen and master bathroom are a bit more organized, I plan on maintaining those spaces by implementing Alex’s top tips HERE. (Download the handy guide).
To learn more about Organize Bham’s services, visit HERE.