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February
10

Organize Your Life at These 8 Places Around Northeast Ohio

Professional Organizers - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

What's our number one New Year's Resolution? Getting organized! 2020 was quite a chaotic year, and we'll admit that we let our orderly habits fall to the wayside. If your home, office, or life could use a little organizing, too, you should definitely look for a helping hand from these Cleveland small businesses specializing in professional organization.

Organizing 4 U

2272 Woodmere Dr., Cleveland, OH 44106

Making life simple shouldn't be difficult, which is why Organizing 4 U makes home and business organization effortless. Their team works with you to accomplish your organizational goals three times faster than attempting to complete them on your own. Organizing 4 U has been featured in newspapers and magazines, as well as radio programs and TV shows around the nation. They'll help with overwhelming home projects like room optimizations, managing paper flow, and storing your photos and memorabilia. Moving soon? Let them help you find a "home" for everything in your new space.

NEO Custom Closets

5400 State Rd., Cleveland, OH 44134

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Raise your hand if your method of "organizing" involves stowing away your clutter in the closet. Don't worry, you're not alone. NEO Custom Closets doesn't want you to find a new storage space; on the contrary, they want to redesign your closet for maximum streamlined storage. They offer a free in-home design consultation to help you determine which type of closet storage solution will match not only your lifestyle needs, but your individual taste as well. A customized closet is also an investment, as it may even increase your home's value if you choose to sell.

FAB Simple Spaces

854 Wye Rd., Akron, OH 44333

Simplify your everyday living with a helping hand from FAB Simple Spaces. This Akron home organization company simplifies, organizes, and restores order to your home, one space at a time. One reason we think FAB is absolutely fabulous is that they take care of some of the most chaotic rooms in the house: kids' spaces. Playrooms, bedrooms, closets, and craft rooms for growing children, tweens, and teens will all be decluttered and organized so they can have fun without you having a mess on your hands.

Master My Space

3626 Berkeley Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Getting organized is one thing; staying organized is a different beast altogether — especially when others in your home may make it seem impossible. Master My Space knows all too well that your home deserves an effective yet unique organizational method that works for your whole family. They take an individualized approach to organizing, which takes into account your family's specific needs. When they've finished mastering your space, you'll have more time for what matters most: enjoying a calm, stress-free space with the ones you love.

Lakeview Professional Organizing

6 Lakeview Ct., Norwalk, OH 44857

Sort. Edit. Contain. Label. Sound easy? That's the joy of working with Lakeview Professional Organizing. Bathrooms, bedrooms, basements, and more; no space is off-limits. Lakeview Professional Organizing will declutter your space and destress your mind, leaving you with a home or office that you can be proud of. Are you someone who likes to complete these projects on your own? They offer a DIY Organize365 100-day home organization program that is effective yet affordable. You'll receive virtual help from professionals, printable labels for your space, a planner, and other exclusive perks that help you live a more organized lifestyle.

Organization With Style

701 Patriots Way, Medina, OH 44256

It's never too late to redesign your home, especially with a little assistance from Organization With Style. With so many families working and learning from home, now more than ever it's important to have a functional space where everyone can live without clutter. Bring peace and harmony into your space with their affordable organization packages. From the 12-hour Calm package to the 48-hour Bliss package, Organization With Style can tackle everything from kitchens and pantries to bedrooms and closets.

In Its Place Organization

40 W. 4th St. #8, Mansfield, OH 44902

Everything has its place, but when you've got places to be, it can be difficult finding the time or energy to get and stay organized. In Its Place Organization doesn't just straighten up your home, they make sure you're comfortable with the entire process and results. Trade the moaning and groaning for smooth moving and great results. No subcontractors or substitutes; just one professional organizer dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

Sartori Solutions

1700 W. Market St. #124, Akron, OH 44313

Working from home? Being a small business owner working remotely can be a tough task. Sartori Solutions specializes in business development, including professional organization services for small businesses. The best part is you won't need to leave your home; you can schedule virtual consultations to bring their expertise to your home on your schedule.

Everything In Its Place

What some of your favorite tips and tricks for keeping your home and life organized?

July
25

How to Keep a Sustainable Home

It's important to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle and be friendlier to the environment. This doesn't have to be complicated––maintaining a sustainable lifestyle can easily start right at home. When you're outside of your own space, you're not completely in control of your environmental impact, but ensuring that your home is as eco-friendly as possible gives you a big head start in the sustainability game. 

Of course, it takes more than a commitment to recycling to create a truly sustainable home. Here are a variety of tips for reducing your home's eco-impact.  

Save Energy

Sustainable Living

How many items in your house are plugged in right now? The answer is (probably) more than you would initially guess. Any average home contains around 40 electronic items that are continually drawing power, even after they've been turned off. While separately these items seem like they're using a minimal amount of energy, altogether the items that you leave plugged-in can add up to 10% of your home's total energy usage. Of course, you won't want to get in the habit of unplugging your refrigerator every time you leave the house, but devices like TVs, phone chargers, coffeemakers, and gaming consoles can easily be left unplugged overnight, or while you're out of the house during the day. Not only will this help you conserve energy, but it could also save you over $100 a year on your electric bill.

You can also cut down on energy consumption by developing simple habits like turning off lights when you leave a room and wearing sweaters in the winter instead of cranking up the heat. These practices might feel like small contributions, but when it comes to sustainability, every little bit counts. 

 

Reduce Water

Sustainable Living

Reducing water usage is often seen as a low priority in developed countries where access to water is taken for granted. Right now, there are over 2 billion people in the world facing some form of water scarcity, and with population, numbers increasing the issue will only get bigger. So what can you do? Besides simple things like turning the faucet off while you're brushing your teeth, washing your face, and shaving, there are several changes you can make to your home that will help you use less water. 

Utilize a rain barrel to collect rainwater that you can later use to water your indoor plants, lawn, or your garden. Rain barrels provide you with a natural supply of water that doesn't have to come from your tap! 

Install low-flow fixtures in your home that will automatically limit the amount of water you're using. You can find low-flow shower-heads, faucets, and even toilets. When these items are used in conjunction with one another, you can be saving thousands of gallons of water per year. If you're not able to purchase a new low-flow toilet, there is a pretty simple way to convert your existing toilet to use less water on every flush. 

Speaking of your plumbing, when you're saving water, it's crucial to fix any leaking faucet or appliance as soon as possible. Letting a leaky faucet drip can add up over time––in fact, the EPA notes, household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually across the United States. So just make sure there's a reputable plumber near you that can help you out when you need them.

 

Wear Natural

Sustainable Living

This may not be quite as obvious, but even your choice of clothing has a massive impact on the environment. When you consider everything from the pesticides used to grow the plants, to the amount of water used in production, and the chemicals used to dye the fabric, the conventional cotton industry starts looking rather unsustainable. 

You can do your part to counteract these practices by buying clothing made from organic cotton for you and your family. Organic cotton production uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton, while also using none of the chemicals or pesticides that are harmful to farmers, consumers, and the environment. 

Even if your wardrobe is already made from sustainable materials, you still have to find a way to keep them clean. We've already talked about water conservation, and while waiting to run your washer until you have a full load of clothes is certainly a big help, what about the detergent you're using? Many of the most popular laundry detergents are made with harmful chemicals, which over time can be damaging to both your clothes and your skin. At the very least, you should be using a plant-based, eco-friendly detergent. If you're really looking for an all-natural solution, try using soap nuts in your wash for a 100% zero waste solution. 

 

Eat Organic

Sustainable Living

Stocking your house with all-natural organic food is crucial for maintaining a fully sustainable home. Although these days it feels somewhat trendy for brands to put the word "organic" on every single product, you can actually rest assured they mean it. Any food that's marked as "organic" on their packaging, by law must be made with 95% organic ingredients. Companies who do not obey this law can face up to $10,000 in fines! 

If you're still not convinced by the supermarket labels, you can opt for the even more eco-friendly route of shopping local! Community farmer's markets are an excellent source of locally-grown produce, organic eggs, and homemade baked goods. By buying local, and skipping the middleman you're not only guaranteeing freshness, but also supporting local farmers and producers, by giving your money directly to them. 

 

What About You?

Making these sustainable changes to your home is important, but don't let yourself become overwhelmed. Old habits are hard to break, but if you stay dedicated to the cause, you will be able to implement these changes over time, creating a more sustainable, eco-friendly home for you and your family. What changes will you be making to mitigate your impact on our environment? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
June
11

The Best Garden Centers and Nurseries in the Akron & Canton Area

Whether you're looking to spruce up your yard, give it a complete makeover, or just want to learn more about gardening — you can do it all at a local gardening center! Not only does visiting a local nursery give you the best chance at purchasing plants that are perfect for your climate, but you're also helping support a small business. That's why we created a list of our favorite gardening centers and nurseries in the Akron and Canton area! Each of these businesses is teaming with expert gardeners and landscapers so no matter how big (or nonexistent) your green thumb is, they'll be able to assist you. Happy planting!

Boyle's Nursery & Landscaping

1745 Martin Road, Mogadore Garden Centers in Akron Canton Ohio

Photo courtesy of Boyle's Nursery & Landscaping

Located in Mogadore, Boyle's Nursery & Landscaping was opened in 1948 by William and Mildred Boyle to give their friends, family and neighbors a place to purchase high-quality plants at a low cost. They continue to do that today, providing a wide selection of Ohio-grown plants and a knowledgeable staff that can help you create the yard of your dreams.

Canton Road Garden Center

1881 Canton Road, Akron Canton Road Garden Center is a family-owned nursery, greenhouse and gardening supply store that has been serving Akron growers since 1980. You can visit their 12,000 square foot greenhouse and three-acre nursery anytime for all of your rose bush, perennial, annual, tree, herb, vegetable and flower needs! If you are not sure what you're looking for — don't worry. Their friendly staff is made up of growing experts and will be happy to help you find exactly what you need.

Dayton Nurseries

3459 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton A beloved nursery in Norton, Dayton Nurseries is one of the most beautiful garden centers in the area, specializing in rhododendrons and azaleas. Along with their diverse inventory of native plants, hardy trees, shrubs and grasses, they also offer everything you need to plant them, including fertilizer, mulch and gardening tools. Make sure to visit their blog before you go and get an inside look into ongoings and new stock at the nursery along with tips and tricks to grow your green thumb!

Donzell's Flower & Garden Center

937 East Waterloo Road, Akron

Donzell's Flower & Garden Center is one of the largest garden centers in the United States, offering over 25,000 square feet of building space, 13 acres of land and parking for more than 300 guests. This massive nursery was founded in 1953 by Sam (Salvatore) Donzelli who had come home from serving in Korea and decided to open up a business on his father's land on Waterloo Road. Today, you can get lost for days exploring their spacious facility that is full of trees, flowers, houseplants, vegetables and so much more.

Graf's Garden Shop, Landscape and Farm Market

1015 White Pond Drive, Akron No matter what you're in the market for — herbs, roses, vegetable plants, succulents or a landscaping consultation — you can get it right here, at Graf's Garden Shop, Landscape and Farm Market. In addition to their locally grown plant offerings, you can also shop at their in-house farmers' market which offers fresh produce, homemade baked goods and so much more. And if that wasn't enough, they even provide special classes for those who want to learn more about plants and gardening. Make sure to check out their calendar and get ready to learn everything from plant potting to annual container design and maintenance.

Greens & Things Nursery

4004 Applegrove Street Northwest, North Canton The team at Greens and Things Nursery boasts one of the area's largest selections of local plants, evergreens, mulch and landscaping stone. In addition to their on-site staff experts — who can help you whether you're a first-time homebuyer or an avid gardener perfecting your yard — they also offer a gardening how-to blog, where you can a weekly dose of gardening tips and how-tos.

Moyer's Nursery & Landscaping

10992 Millersburg Road Southwest, Massillon Garden Centers in Akron Canton Ohio

Photo courtesy of Moyer's Nursery and Landscaping

Bruce Moyer started Moyer's Nursery and Landscaping with just five acres of land and trees planted in syrup buckets. Today, this Massillon favorite is home to over 25 acres full of trees and landscape plants and four greenhouses. While Moyer's is booming all year long, we can't wait to visit during Christmas when they start selling stunning trees, poinsettias and other holiday decor.

Petitti Garden Centers

5656 Dressler Road, North Canton In the 1960s, Angelo Petitti thought he had his whole life figured out. He had immigrated to the United States and was attending Kent State, pursuing a political science degree while working as a landscaper's assistant part-time. A few years later, he was partnering with his brother to begin Petitti Landscape Company. Today, they have several garden centers all around northeastern and central Ohio — all offering a wide selection of live plants and gardening tools. In addition to having one of the best plant selections around, Petitti's is also committed to making Ohio a better place by only growing plants locally, using eco-friendly practices and by giving back to the community any way they can.

Reedurban Nurseries

2540 Genoa Avenue Southwest, Massillon Step into a gorgeous natural oasis when you visit Reedurban Nurseries. This full-service garden center offers a huge selection of trees, shrubs, flowers and so much more. It's the perfect place to get inspiration for your dream lawn, purchase a gift for a special someone or just to spend a sunny afternoon with family. Don't forget to follow them on Facebook for special sales and offers throughout the month!

Rohr & Sons Nursery Inc

5357 Everhard Road Northwest, Canton | 7211 Portage Street NW, Massillon

Photo courtesy of Rohr & Sons Nursery Inc.

Family-owned since 1958, Rohr and Son's is a local nursery and garden center providing the Canton area with locally grown plants, trees, shrubs and unique greenery (including a few venus fly traps!). Whether you're looking to add a few touches to your garden, have a professional design and install your yard, or are interested in putting in a pond, you can do it all at Rohr and Son's. And, be sure to mark their workshops, Bonsai Show and open house events on your calendar so you don't miss these popular events!  

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We're so re-leafed it's finally planting season! What will you be potting this summer? Let us know in the comments or tag us on Instagram using #CutlerExplores.

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