HGTV’s Baeumler shares tips for spring cleaning, decorating
If you’re a fan of Canadian DIY shows, you’ve probably seen Sarah Baeumler in action.
The Toronto- based interior design enthusiast and mom of four is married to HGTV star Bryan Baeumler, whose hit TV shows House of Bryan, Disaster DIY and Leave it to Bryan have aired around the world.
Sarah first came to the attention of Canadians on House of Bryan in 2009, when she and Bryan built a home together.
They’re currently filming Bryan Inc., a new show that follows the entire Baeumler family; it’s set to air in early fall on HGTV.
“It’s ‘ bring your wife to work year,’ ” she says with a laugh.
“We’re actually building two homes on the show that are investment properties.
“The show follows our day-today life, complete with children and work, and trying to balance that work-home life.”
Sarah Baeumler holds degrees in political science and English, and spent several years running a dance studio in Oakville, Ont., before turning full-time to help her husband expand his TV empire and raise the couple’s four children, who range in age from three to 11.
Baeumler was recently in Calgary to offer home decor and cleaning tips, just in time for spring.
Here a few of her suggestions:
Hang all of your clothing on hangers in the same direction. When you wear something, flip it around. “When you look at your closet six months, eight months down the road, it will be a good way to see what you’re actually wearing, versus what’s just sitting there,” she says. “That’s a sign it’s time to shed those items, to donate them and make room for new things.”
When you replace or buy new cushion coverings, ensure they’re machine washable. And use a shot of OxiClean, she recommends, to ensure colours stay bright. “If you buy things that are easily washable, they’ll stay looking fresh and radiant for years to come.”
Pick items that have a dual function if you’re buying decor items for your living space. “Smaller accessories can look cluttered quite easily,” she says. “If they can’t be repurposed in another way, or have more than one function, stay away.”
Consider decorative boxes on your shelves. “It’s important that your purchases work, not just to look pretty but for being functional,” she says. “That’s why I use a lot of boxes that have removable lids, so I can store the kids’ crayons, extra remotes, that kind of thing.”
When redoing your shelves, keep only a handful of items on each. “Place some vertically and some horizontally. That gives you more room to layer in accessories, and you don’t have to get rid of as much. You just have to tuck them away.”
Get the kids to help “put away” their unused, broken or outgrown toys in a bin in storage. While it can be difficult for a child to part with anything, they typically forget once the item is out of sight. “After six months, I revisit the bin and if they haven’t requested any of the toys in the bin, I know they can be donated or discarded,” she says.
Last but not least, declutter. Often. “I’m not a fan of clutter,” she says. “Brian and I both have very busy schedules and with four kids, our life would be very disorganized if we didn’t get rid of clutter.” She recommends decluttering regularly, so you don’t have to tackle a massive mess once a year or so. “It’s harder to do it once a year than to just stay organized throughout the year,” she says. But if you’re new to the process, start upstairs and work your way down, she says. “Work your way from room to room to declutter and organize and bring fresh new life to your space for spring.”