Spring also means Spring Cleaning! Are you feeling the stress that comes along with the nice weather? Be sure to tune into Channel 10 news at 6:15am tomorrow morning to catch Birdie Brennan of Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers helping you dial back the stress just by getting organized!
Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers has the 2015 Decorators’ Show House all wrapped up. The show is open now through May 10th and benefits The Columbus Museum of Art. Check out how Birdie transformed a regular linen closet into a girt wrapping paradise! For more information on the home and/or designers or details about purchasing tickets Click Here.
Watch Birdie Brennan of Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers talk with NBC 4 Columbus’ Mikaela Hunt about some of her favorite organizing products! Some are new and some are old stand by’s with a new twist!
It is January and we all tend to reflect on the past year and then more importantly our New Year’s goals. Simplifying and getting organized usually tops the list!
First, how do you know where to start? Start small! Break down projects or areas to small doable tasks. Write those tasks down in your schedule. It’s always good to start in an area that will make a big difference; an area that bugs you or an area that you use every day.
Here are a few simple steps to help make that first organizing session a success.
If you don’t love it or use it, it’s clutter!
Toss the trash and group the donates together and clear everything that doesn’t belong.
Give what’s left a home close to where you use it and the more you use it, the more convenient it has to be. Give it a great container that has a little room to grow.
Here are a few great containers or organizing products that I love to use. (The first few are favorites with a new twist!)
All Access Organizers- When I go into client’s home and see a stack of bins, I usually see a pile around the stack. Let’s face it, it is hard to put something away in the bottom bin and when it’s hard you don’t do it. Hence, the start of a pile. Not anymore with All Access Organizers, you can easily open a front panel and no more piles!
Bento Bins- These are decorative bins that you can use anywhere in your home. The twist is the built-in dividers that flip out from the corners when you need them. Brilliant!
I love Over the Door Shoe Holders in every room! They hold gloves, hats, toiletries, office supplies, Barbie’s and shoes! The twist is bigger pockets. Using the usually wasted space on the back of the door to hold those larger items is a great way to gain space.
Another win is a behind the door jewelry organizer. Who doesn’t need a full length mirror and what women doesn’t need to check the finishing touches like your jewelry? Now you can combine both; a mirror that opens to store a ton of jewelry. I love the double duty!
Another fashion statement (and necessity) we have this season is boots. There are boot shapers to take care them but they can be hard on the budget. I love this cheap and easy idea. Use the summer swim noodles and a serrated knife. Cut the noodles to the desired length, insert them in your boots and you have a cheap and easy way of take care of the boots that you depend on to take care of your feet.
Being organized is all about being able to find what you need when you need it. That is made easy with FileThis. This tech solution fetches your statements and puts them where you want them on your computer. I know it’s January but April 15th will be here before we know it. With FileThis, there is no more hunting for statements. They are all in one place and organized!
Here’s wishing you’re a happy, healthy and organized 2015!
It’s time to organize your medicine cabinet with National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday September 27, 2014 from 10AM-2PM
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Click Here for more information or to find a collection site near you!
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click here for more information!
Spring organizing your closet! The goal in your closet is to feel good in every piece of clothing that is in there. The result will be that it is much easier to get dressed in the morning! So what’s the first step? Look through your clothes. It’s easy to pull out those items that don’t fit, have stains or are in need of repairs. It is great if you have time and room to empty the closet completely. If you can do that, then now would be a great time to put on a fresh coat of a light color paint.
Another thing to look at is your lighting. It is always nice to know that what you think is navy is really navy. Good lighting can help!
Get all like items together, tops with tops, pants with pants. Then break it down even further into sleeveless tops, short sleeves, long sleeves, etc. It is also good to get colors together. I always go light to dark. Do you remember the Rainbow Song? You might want to relearn it! Once like items are together you can see exactly what you have. Then come the hard questions like do you need 10 pairs of black pants. Get rid of everything you don’t love. You want to feel like a million bucks when you get dress in the morning!
Give yourself permission to donate those “bad purchases”. Everyone makes them, pass those items on to someone that will love them.
Next we need to look at the closet itself. If you have more clothes than closet, you have to make the most of the space you have. There are great products that can help. This one doubles the amount of hanging space you have quick and easy!
Adding a second shelf above the existing one is also a quick and easy way to make more of your space. If you are handy, you can do it inexpensively with a trip to a home improvement store. If you aren’t too handy, you can still do it easily with a trip to The Container Store or Target.
If you have plenty of hang but need additional storage for accessories or additional shelving, you are in luck. There are tons of products to store scarves, belts, ties, jewelry, etc.
Here are a couple of quick tips when working in your closet. Coordinating hangers can make your closet look more organized without doing anything else. If you are struggling with deciding what you actually wear, turn the hanger around. At the end of the season, you will easily see the items that never got worn. No question, it is now time to donate them. An easy way to gather those donations is to put a shopping bag in your closet. If you put something on that doesn’t feel quite right, take it off and drop it in the bag. When the bag is full, it is time to donate and get a new bag!
It is time to put your clothing back in an organized fashion. The items you wear more should be more accessible. After the clothing, put in the accessories you are going to store in your closet. You will be out the door quick and feel great! Happy spring organizing!
Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers talks with Gail Hogan about New Years’ Resolutions and how to set goals in order to keep them!
Watch how Birdie of Birdie Brennan Professional Organizers uses all available space to maximize your storage in a very small kitchen!