House Peace


HOUSE PEACE exists to organize and simplify homes all over the Birmingham, Alabama area and beyond.

Name of Business: House Peace LLC

Founder: Tara Bremer

Established: 2013

There are so many things I want to ask you all because I’ve had my own home and office organized by your team, and I am a huge fan of House Peace. So thank you for making the time. Tell us how House Peace was born?

House Peace was born because I realized that, for me, organizing helped me feel accomplished and less stressed. I knew that other women could feel the same if I offered my services. My background in counseling and psychology influenced me as well. Organizing can be a form of soul care. 

House Peace is the perfect name for this type of service. How did you come up with the name?

Might sound crazy, but God give me that name in my heart. In so many areas of life, we are all searching for peace and happiness… the home is no different.

Who are all the lovely partners on your team?

Lead organizers: Stacey Booth, Ashley Bryant, Michelle Shunnarah, Kristin Solomon, Elizabeth Redding, and myself. We also have Kendra Knowles in Atlanta! Our assistant organizers are Loren Leigh Baggett, Abbie Bender, Grace McGaha, Heather Patridge, Penny Thomas, and Stephanie Young.

Can you explain the process in a short paragraph?

We work with the client to identify what is causing stress in the home — is it too much stuff? Not enough storage? Kids are anti-helpers? No adequate organizing supplies? Then we make a custom plan with them to help them get rid of excess stuff, sort the things they keep, then organize in a thoughtful and neat way. We can even help with getting kids going with their own habits to be part of the solution at home. We also do one-hour walk-throughs or online consults to help people who are motivated to do the work themselves, but don’t know where to start!

When it comes to organizing a home in 2020, what’s one thing people should consider? 

All of us at House Peace have the mindset that simple is better. Because it’s easier! And it makes running a household and family that much more enjoyable. My advice to readers would be to pare down, don’t wait til you’re in a crisis. Simplifying and decluttering is the most impactful way to decrease possession stress.

Tell us how you create flow systems for clients?

We ask tons of questions! No two families are the same, so it’s really important to take into consideration all the variables : square footage, ages of kids, hobbies, special needs, recent trauma or death in the family. Organization is going to look really different from person to person.

 What’s the top request you’re now receiving from clients? 

I’ve seen an uptick in online consults, and those are really fun. Just had a client in North Dakota! In Birmingham and Atlanta, we’ve noticed that pantries are a popular place to get organized.

What have been some of the most surprising transformations you’ve seen in people’s lives as a result of them eliminating clutter?

I have seen people become more simplicity-minded and intentional, even to the point of downsizing to smaller homes! This is a tremendous change which impacts not only stress, time, and energy, but also financial freedom. Organizing really does give people space and energy to be able to focus on what really matters to them! 

What’s the biggest mistake people make when it comes to tidying?

It’s often a mistake to try to organize say, a junk drawer or a pantry, without removing everything first. It is easier to take a look at your stuff and your space after you empty it out. I promise, this is magical.

Did anything about the experience of going through people’s homes surprise you or change your perspective on minimal living?

No question! I have seen many patterns over the years of being in so many homes and it has changed even my self-talk while shopping. I see something beautiful and want it, but instead of impulsively buying (and possibly regretting it later), my inner dialogue says something like, “You literally have no shelf space to display that thing.” Or, “You already have four pairs of black pants, so put the leggings down.”

I have to ask, have you ever regretted throwing something away?

 I have one pretty random regret. I donated a backpack that I thought we didn’t use at my house. My husband came home that day and realized it was gone. Turns out, he actually used it for specific types of hiking and traveling and I felt terrible for getting rid of it. I even went back to the thrift store where I donated it, but it was nowhere to be found.

If you grew up holding onto things because they made you feel financially safe and secure, how do you downsize with that in mind?

This is a very relevant issue. Many average-income people live as if they need every item that has come into their possession. Or they live as if they aren’t within a short drive to the grocery store hardware … meaning they hold on to countless odds and ends that they could easily and cheaply replace in the unlikely event that they need it in the future. It is powerful to be able to talk out loud about those kinds of habits with us at House Peace or even a trusted friend — it is so clarifying to hear ourselves articulate these illogical thoughts! All of us do this, including me!

What authors, books, or ideas have influenced you and your team?

The Minimalists (google their 20/20 rule), Tsh Oxenrider (look up her idea about using the thrift store as your auxiliary storage unit), Charles Duhigg (his books about habit formation are life-changing), Myquillyn Smith (she wrote about being a “cozy minimalist”), and so many more! I often talk about the books that have made an impression on me on our Instagram page (@house.peace).

How can readers find you?

Web: www.housepeace.net

Blog: www.housepeace.net/blog

Email: [email protected]

Instagram: @house.peace

Facebook: Birmingham House Peace

 

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