We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittney Northrup and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittney, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When the pandemic hit, I was the first to lose my job. With the hiring freeze and the economy in a state of panic, I worried about providing for myself and my children. With encouragement from my sisters, I reached out to our community to see if my passion for organizing could be profitable. Minutes after advertising on Facebook I had over twenty inquires! More than a year later my hobby of decluttering and beautifying spaces is a thriving business!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Organizer B offers professional organizing and decluttering services. Organization can lead to a happier, calmer, and more productive lifestyle. Organizer B is all about making your life simple and your space planned. I believe in not only making your area look beautiful but more importantly make it functional. Your home should not add to your daily stresses of life. I think your space should be a relaxing place that you enjoy being in and looking at. Organizing your space will save you time, reduce stress, and be your best investment.
I want the world to know about my business because I want to keep doing it! I not only LOVE what I do but I love how what I do helps others. I create peace and beauty for my clients. I simplify their life one label at a time!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston is a city bursting with wonderful places to visit. A tourist could make a week’s long itinerary with nothing but places to eat. First stop would be at the “Breakfast Klub” to get the restaurant’s famous Chicken and Waffles. Be prepared for a long wait because that place is always hopping! Next I would have to say you can’t visit Houston and not experience Tex-Mex! You honestly can’t get it outside of Texas. “El Tiempo” is one of my go-tos. The food, drinks and atmosphere create the perfect trifecta of happiness. If you’re a friend of mine then that means you like to have a good time and enjoy unique experiences. With that being said we would have to hit up “Hamburger Mary’s” for dinner and a show. The talented Drag Queens strut their stuff and lip sync to popular songs while guests munch on juicy burgers washed down with fruity cocktails. One of the fan favorites being the “Pride Punch” a mix of all flavors of vodka, topped with Swedish Fish, served in a “fish” bowl with two straws. “Hamburger Mary’s” is located in Montrose, an offbeat neighborhood known for its gay bars, vintage stores and eclectic mix of eateries, which range from quaint cafes to Mexican cantinas and Mediterranean bistros. A whole day could be spent walking the streets, taking photos in front of the several abstract murals, stopping at bars and shopping.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The year 2020 was no doubt the hardest year for me personally and not just because of Covid-19. On top of the Global Pandemic I was dealing with my own personal hardships. I sought out comfort and advice from family, friends, authors, celebrities and complete strangers on the internet. I was at a total loss of what to do next. I was scared and lost confidence. The biggest supporter in my life has always been my older sister, Melissa Marshall, and during this difficult time that was no different. She helped me pick my self up. She encouraged me to focus on the things I enjoy and have confidence in my skills. Melissa motivated me to be authentic to myself and go for what I want even if it seems hard or impossible. Melissa forced me to find my strength and challenge myself.
My neighbor and friend, Kristi Nelson, gifted me the book “Didn’t See That Coming” by Rachel Hollis. It’s an inspiring book about putting your life back together when the world around you falls apart. Not only was I inspired by the author but I was also inspired by the woman who gave me the book. You might recognize Kristi from the Houston news for she was an influential figure during the Covid-19 epidemic. Kristi, a very talented artist, honored our frontline workers with colorful portraits of themselves and compiled them into a book, “Masked Heroes”. Kristi, a wife and mother of three young children, found time and motivation to not only care for her family, train for a marathon but also spend her “free” time drawing strangers to help lift them up during a difficult time. She is the most selfless person I know and she has helped me in ways she doesn’t even know. Moments where I felt weak or had self doubt, I reminded myself of Kristi. I forced myself to channel her strength, tenacity and passion.
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