What does it mean to be organized?

Do you want to be more organized? Has a spouse or boss criticized you for being messy? Here is a quick video defining organization, what it means to me and what I hope to achieve for my clients.    

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Maximize Space in your Closet

Sometimes organizing just comes down to maximizing your space. If you have worked with Space Matters in the past or taken one of my classes, you know the first step is to declutter. In this post I’m assuming you have pared down to the possessions you love and use and are now just trying to…

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Garage Organization For Summer Activities

With neighbor kids running in and out and friends and family visiting, summer is a crazy time in the home. What comes with this are endless beach towels, pool toys and flip flops. House guests are one reason to establish an organization method in your home. Use your garage space as an asset instead of…

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Organizing the Konmari Way– How is it Different?

The Konmari method of organizing was created by Marie Kondo , a professional organizer in Japan. The concept is simple. Imagine holding every possession you own in your hand and asking ,“Does this spark joy”?

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What goes where? Part 6: Recycling

After deciding which items are donatable, one of the most difficult parts of our job is deciphering what remaining objects are trash vs. which are recyclable. Every city has different rules about what can and cannot be recycled, and Richmond is pretty picky about what they will accept. Below is a guide specifically for the metro-Richmond…

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What goes where? Part 5: Trash

Landfills are the final option for unwanted goods. During your clean out and organizing efforts we encourage you to  donate, recycle, or free cycle as much as possible. However, in many of our relocation or garage jobs we are often left with paint, chemicals, petroleum products and other unwanted items destined for the landfill.

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What goes where? Part 4: Difficult Items

Have you ever been turned away by your local donation center because they don’t take everything that you cleared out of your garage, yard, or house? Before you dump it in the landfill, take a look at this list to see who DOES take those difficult (to donate) items.

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What goes where? Part 3: Specialty Items

As part of our ongoing effort to find a place for everything, we offer here additional resources to donate less common household items such as food, construction materials, and pet medication (just to name a few).  If you find yourself with an abundance of one particular kind of item, you may want to consider donating to…

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What goes where? Part 2: Hauling

Dropping off items at Goodwill is fine if you are only donating a few things, but what about situations where you have a large volume of items to remove, including donations, recycling, and trash? I mentioned in the last article that some charities are willing to pick up from your house. This service is great, but keep…

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What goes where? Part 1: Drop-off Donations

When it comes to letting go of unwanted items, sometimes the hardest part is determining where they should go. After many years of helping people clear out, Space Matters has compiled a list of resources in the RVA to take unwanted items and divided into a series of 7 posts.

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