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Downsizing Sentimental Items

Downsizing sentimental items can be one of the most emotionally challenging aspects of decluttering. Whether you’re moving to a smaller space, simplifying your life, or just looking to reduce clutter, letting go of cherished belongings can evoke a mix of emotions. However, with a thoughtful approach and some time, it’s possible to downsize sentimental items while preserving the memories they hold. Here’s how to navigate this process with grace and love:

1. Start with a Plan

Before diving into the decluttering process, take some time to create a plan. Identify the areas of your home that are overflowing with sentimental items and prioritize which ones you want to tackle first.… Continue Reading

Plastic or Glass Kitchen Containers?

We’ve been hearing about plastic’s environmental impact for some time. Swapping out plastic storage containers for glass is a eco-friendly alternative. It’s not just about being eco-friendly; it’s about health and what works for you.

Why We Need to Rethink Plastic:

Plastic pollution is harming marine life and ecosystems. From oceans to landfills, plastic sticks around for ages, releasing harmful chemicals into the environment. By cutting down on plastic containers, we’re taking a stand for a cleaner, healthier Earth.

Say Hello to Healthier Eating:

Glass containers are a game-changer when it comes to keeping our food safe.… Continue Reading

Benefits of Exercise

Exercise isn’t just about staying fit; it’s also about keeping your brain healthy. Research shows there is a connection between physical activity and mental well-being underscoring several crucial aspects.

  1. Neurotransmitters at Play: When we exercise, our brains release neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which are associated with feelings of happiness and contentment.
  2. Consistency is Key: While a single workout can boost your mood temporarily, the real benefits come from consistent exercise over time. Studies have shown that people who work out several times a week tend to have higher cognitive test scores compared to those who are more sedentary.
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A Less Wasteful Move

Three easy ideas to eliminate waste during your move

1. Do your best to declutter and donate. This way you won’t waste time, money or energy moving items you don’t need, use, or want anymore.

2. “Dress” your things in outfits and bags.If you’ve got a bunch of suitcases or totes, then use them to wrap your things inside. Your clothes, socks, and towels can also be used for cushioning delicate items.

3. Properly protect your belongings. Keep your things in the best shape possible by carefully wrapping everything. Use items like mattress bags and shrink wrap to keep everything clean during the move.… Continue Reading

The Most Valuable Player in Your Garage



Three reasons why your garage floor may be its greatest asset:

1. Protect Your Car
Do you have so much stuff in your garage that you can’t park a car? If you do, you’re in good company as this is the case with 1 in 4 Americans. Consider the value of the items in your garage. Is that value the same as the $30,000 investment that you have parked unprotected in the driveway? 

2. Room to Process
Any clear open space is always great to see and have! Clearing unwanted and unused items out of a space is known to relieve anxiety and stress.
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Love Your Kitchen!

Small kitchen or large kitchen. Recently updated or not. No matter what you have, Organized Matters loves kitchens and can help you make the most out of yours. 

Kitchen Rules:

Group like items together
This isn’t just a kitchen rule but a great rule for organizing in general. When you group like items together you will always know where to find what you are looking for and it eliminates buying duplicates.

Make things easy to get to
This is especially true for things you are using everyday or multiple time a day. A utensil holder next to your stove is a great example.… Continue Reading

Organizing Paperwork



Having a home for everything is one of my principles for organizing and it applies to paperwork too. Have you ever gotten a request from someone asking for a copy of a certain document? If you know where your documents are, it’s an easy task. If not, you may be searching for hours in multiple places often with no success. This can leave you frustrated and anxious. Take the initiative to get your paperwork organized – you will feel so much better knowing everything is in an easy to find place.

These four categories are the basics for organizing paperwork, not including wastebasket and recycling.
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5 Organizing Tasks for Fall

Welcome to Fall! Here in Buffalo, New York we love the four seasons and Fall is one of my favorite. In between apple picking and football games, or whatever your favorite activities are, mix in a few organizing tasks.

  1. Bring patio furniture inside or at least cover it to keep snow and ice off. Find a tote or box for seasonal items, such as wind chimes and garden ornaments. When it’s time to bring these items out next spring it will be so much easier to find them if they are in one place.
  1. Clean out your garden.
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Four Tips to Reduce Your Use of Consumables

  1. Think twice about printing something. Sometimes taking a photo with your phone or saving it as a PDF will work just fine. There are also apps that let you scan a document and save.
  1. Have microfiber cloths and rags available in your kitchen and bathroom. Most cleanup jobs are actually pretty clean and can be accomplished with a microfiber cloth or rag that can be easily washed and reused. Cut up old t-shirts and other items and have some rags that you can use for really dirty jobs and just toss them when you are done. 
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Don’t let your photos live on your phone!

Let’s talk about preserving your memories! We are constantly taking photos with our phones and creating an archive of all the fun places we have been, the things we have seen and the people we have spent time with. But, your phone or digital camera shouldn’t be the storage spot for months or years of photos.

We all know that accidents happen to phones and everything stored on it can be gone quickly. Don’t let this happen to you. There are a number of photo storage applications that you can use, most likely one that is already on your computer or available for free.… Continue Reading