It’s that time of the year again! Spring Cleaning time!

Often I post about organizing and maintaining your home or business.  Often a garage will house the ‘clutter’ or ‘stuff’ that is related to a business, or associated with the home.  It becomes a dumping ground.

In order to de-clutter a garage, it’s really quite simple.

  •  Take everything out you know you don’t need: Recycle, Toss, Donate
  •  Put everything that you are keeping, but goes back into a car or home, back where it belongs
  •  Sweep out the garage, use a shop vac if you have one, and clean where able.
  •  Put everything in groups or create systems so that it all has a ‘home’; gardening, car, cleaning supplies, etc.

It is as important to create balance in a garage as it is in any room in your home.  Often our garage is what we see and feel before we enter our house.  It will set the tone before you even open the door to the house.  Let’s make it a clean, clear and free flowing one!

Organized Garage Cupboard

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

 

 

 

 

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Organizing for a Garden is like Organizing a Business or a home.  To some of us, it is even more important.

A garden must be prepared, just as systems are set up in a business or a home.

A garden must be de-cluttered and maintained as well.

Most importantly, balance must be struck in a garden if you hope to have any productivity.

I suggest you begin by preparing the surrounding earth. It may be too cold to dig yet, but you can begin clearing out the downed branches and dead stuff from your garden or lawn. You can look and see what seeds you have. You should also get your gardening tools fixed, oiled and prepared. You may also want to plan what you will plant, where and when you will plant it, and carve out time by setting a calendar.

Your ducks must be in a row in your garden too

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

 

 

 

 

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These days, our children are involved in numerous activities outside of the home that require you to store an overabundance of ‘stuff’ whether it’s hockey equipment or dance apparel.

I suggest organizing a closet at your would an office supply closet when organizing your business, or your own personal clothing closet when organizing your home. A balanced and productive environment is as important to your children as it is to you.  In addition, your children can help you maintain this area as you would maintain your business or home.

If you teach them this at a young age, it take pressure off of you, because they know where to find everything.

As always, have them help you set up the area.  Have them help you maintain the area.  Have them go and the their ‘stuff’ when it’s time to pack up and leave. Will you forget hockey skates?  Maybe once.  But the lesson is invaluable!

Ballet Closet set up by a youth

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

 

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Many people have a hobby or a craft that they enjoy, but often don’t find time to get to it.

Keep in mind, that it is always good to de-clutter, maintain, and organize your craft ‘stuff’, even if you don’t get to it as often as you’d like.  It will keep it fresh in your mind and encourage you to have fun with it.

It is also nice to have a balanced craft or hobby area- especially if this craft is a part of your business. Then organizing this space is even more important.

Most people who engage in such hobbies are creative.  They enjoy ‘seeing’ their stuff. Putting it into containers or bins will only insure that it is never utilized.

I suggest using attractive, visual ways to display your craft items. That way, it looks appealing when you aren’t using it.

Attractive and Visible Way to Store Ribbon

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

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Often my clients’ problematic area are their kitchens. It seems that is is more straightforward to organize a business than it is the home’s main living area.

Unfortunately, if a kitchen is not de-cluttered, not maintained, and not organized, it is hard to be productive in all other areas of your life.  There is no balance if you eat poorly and are surrounded daily by a cluttered environment.

I suggest for a quick fix, to use jars or containers that you already have. Buy in bulk. Cook in large pots and pans, and make extra. Freeze one or two meals worth, and label these.

Then you will know where your unprepared items live, and where your next meal is coming from.

Antique Jars for Storage

 

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

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Often when I work with clients in the home office, desk or at their business, they complain because they need to have access to papers, but want them anywhere but in a file, or in a pile on their desk.

Of course, we first de-clutter the papers and stuff that they don’t need, we discuss how they see a productive life in this business, and we discuss how we can create balance.

More times than not, we simply create categories: IN, OUT, ACTION NOW, Clients, and Appointments (for example).

Next- instead of shoving them in a file, so we can address the things that were forgotten, we put them into drawers or horizontal or vertical files. This really depends upon my client’s way of viewing and touching things.

A great compromise are strong file drawers. They can sit on your desk, but look attractive.

Metal File Drawers for Paper

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

 

 

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Although Children don’t have to organize or maintain a home or a business, they do have spaces that they can play a role in.  Their bedroom and their play space must have systems created, be de-cluttered and be maintained.  Who better to do this than the children themselves?

If you teach children the importance of organizing and having a balanced environment now, they will know exactly what to do as adults in the home or workplace.

Have them put different categories in large bins.  It is best to have them label the bins.  You can often find ones that have chalkboard labels.  These are fun and also teach children writing and spelling.

Chalk board labels on bins in a Toy Closet maintained by Children

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

 

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The number one rule in Organizing a Business or Home to know where everything is.

Make sure you continuously de-clutter, and maintain your home or your business. Remember, no one is perfect, but striking a balance is always important if you want a productive life and a calm environment.

I like to put things away in categories.  I also like to design furniture or spaces where I can store like things.  For Example, in a game room or child’s toy room, I put puzzles together, boards games together, and craft items together. This way, you always know where it is, and where to return it so it can be found and your environment maintained.

Creative Seating and Puzzle Storage- built by www.barnboyfurniture.com

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

 

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I realize I usually post about organizing your home or business, or maintaining a home or business, but one area that bears mentioning is a child’s toy room.

Children need to learn to create systems, to de-clutter their belongings, and to create balance in their areas too. A play room is a great place to begin!
Encourage them to help you set up the area, so they take some ownership of it, and so they remember the systems that they’ve established:

  •   Use large bins or boxes that are open on top- That way they can toss things back where they belong, or locate them easily
  •   Have the children label the bins or boxes. It’s a great way to teach spelling, and for children to learn to read
  •   Have the children help determine categories- What toys fit together?
  •  Apply the ‘one in, two out’ rule. If a new toys comes in, two get donated
  •  Most importantly, have the children assist in picking up each day

creative and attractive storage made by barnboyfurniture.com

 

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA. Missy’s blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household. If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link. If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

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While thinking about Spring Cleaning, the outside surfaces and ‘stuff’ is not the only area you must address.

Your goal is to have a balanced home or a productive business. In order to create systems that work for you, you must de-clutter and organized inside of all drawers and cupboards as well. Then of course, maintain your home or business.

But first, begin here. In the same way you went around your home and began de-cluttering the ‘stuff on all of the surfaces, you should do the same in each room, but open all drawers, closets and cupboards. Get rid of things you no longer use or need, things that are expired or have had a good life, and things that you don’t recognize as yours.

Donate these things, toss these things, or recycle these things.

The key here is to do only one area at a time- room by room.  That way, you won’t get overwhelmed, and you go about it in a systematic approach. Know that it can be overwhelming. Know that once you pull out all of the things, it can get worse before it gets better. BUT KNOW that you will get finished. You will be de-cluttered. You will be organized once this is all through.

A sweet dedicated client

Missy Bystrom is the owner of The Organized Connection located in Cleveland, OH and Orange County, CA.  Missy’s  blog gives weekly tips and tricks on becoming more organized and having a more peaceful household.  If you would like to become a certified professional organizer, follow this link.  If you would like to get more extensive information on organizing your household, business or personal, follow this link.

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