Vacations in theory are wonderful. I especially enjoy them when I have no phone or computer. I feel such freedom and aliveness.

Then I must return home. All vacations end, right?

I soon realize I am a bit behind. The laundry is piled up.  My emails and Social Media Messages are over 500. The suitcases are unpacked- but the ‘stuff’ is all over the house. My paperwork, mail, and lists are spread everywhere. In short, I am overwhelmed.

How does one escape this chaos?

Well, by addressing one thing at a time. My list may not be exactly like yours, but it may be similar. Take what applies to you. Add more of what you need. Stay focused. Remember, your goal is to get a grasp on your previous productivity and efficiency, and to De-Clutter all of that stuff that surrounds you. This is my list with given my prioritization:

1. Unpack suitcases and bags. Put away immediately what you can, or at least put it in the room or area it belongs

2. Put clothing in wash machine- load by load

3. Go grocery shopping for some easy items.

4. Check my calendar to ensure I do not miss anything in the next week.

5. Go through all of my emails.

6. Check all of my social media

7. Blog

8. Go through my mail

9. Go through all of my notes, lists and actionable emails

10. Make a new ‘to-do’ list, and begin ‘DO-ING’.

This is only a start, basically to de-clutter the immediate environment and organize my thoughts and actions.

I wrote this blog partially for you, but also partially for me.  Sometimes a Professional Organizer needs a reminder 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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When I graduated from college I became a Social Worker. I worked with Juvenile Delinquents recovering from drug & alcohol abuse. I then went onto being a Medical Social Worker Director at a Rehabilitation Center/Nursing Home/Alzheimer’s Care Unit. From there I did a stint at Event Planning, Marketing and Business. Through it all, i worked 50-60 Hour work weeks. Through it all I developed my Organizing skills, productivity and efficiency.  When we moved abroad I managed a Fair Trade Store with 40 volunteers.Currently I own my own Organizing Business which I’ve been doing for well over 20 years. I fly all over the U.S. I speak, do trainings, and juggle my clients in between it all. I De-Clutter other business’ and individual’s stuff. I put ‘order’ to it. I implement systems and structure.

Despite the fact that this all seems fairly demanding on some level- it pales in comparison to my job as MOMMY! Working 60 hour work weeks was a breeze compared to the balancing act of maintaining a balanced home life, a productive business to support my  and a decluttered organized home so we can all be productive and happy. I’d never give it up- But KUDOS to all your MOMMIES out there!

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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If you are one of those people that has the privilege of working at home, you are also one of those people who know how hard it is to separate your balanced  home life with your productive business life.

One way to do this is to have a definite division of your business environment with your home environment. This includes the location and use of your computer, laptop, iPad, iPod, iPhone and the like. When you are ‘at work’ you use these things. You also leave or store these things there. Ideally you have a separate room or location in the home for your desk and work supplies.

Another way to balance these areas of your life is to keep your clutter and ‘stuff’ related to your business tidy, organized, and at a minimum. At least clean off your desk daily, and cross off your ‘to-do’ list at the end of the day. De-cluttering your work environment frequently will help you maintain productivity at work. It will also help you to leave work stuff at work, and allow you to experience a balanced home life while at home.

Simple tricks to keep a productive and decluttered work environment

Regardless of the type of job you have, it is always beneficial to stay organized. Being organized applies to your ‘stuff’ or supplies, your schedule, your immediate surroundings, and your head.

In order to maintain balance at your workplace (this can apply to your home as well), consider the following:

1. Keep a daily ‘to-do’ list for work and personal. Cross off what you’ve accomplished at the end of the day, and write up a new one for the next day. You will be more productive this way.
2. Answer all phone calls and emails immediately in a time that you’ve blocked off for such activities.  This will aid in your efficiency.
3. Choose a calendar that works for you: a wall calendar, a desk calendar, electronic or on your computer. This will help you remain organized time-wise.
4. Realistically map out your day and stick to your schedule.
5. Turn off all buzzers, blinkers, alarms, bells and whistles while working. Each distraction causes you surprisingly many minutes of your productivity.
6. Keep your desk, your files, and your immediate surroundings free of clutter.  This will help clear your ‘head-space’ as well.
7. Devise a system that works for you for paperwork. Most importantly, get rid of it quickly (recycle, address, file or take action). This helps in proritization.
8. Do one thing at a time. Gone are the days of ‘multi-tasking’! I suggest Mono-tasking! You will get more done in a thorough manner.
9. When you wake up in the morning, feel your feet on the floor and breath. This will give you at least a few seconds before your mind is off and running.
10. As always, eat well, exercise, and surround yourself with good people. Toxicity and clutter comes in many forms

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

The above Photo is the office of Catherine & Company Interior Design.  It is her home office.  Catherine hired the Organized Connection to help her organize her home office. Catherine can be reached at  949-378-6501 for your Interior Design needs.

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I just returned from a trip to NY City. Talk about activity, chaos and clutter! Before I explain, let me state that I that I thoroughly loved this city! The people, the cultures, the points of interest and the food well exceeded my expectations.

That said, it’s no wonder why amidst chaos and clutter we tend to all conform to the category of crazed- or at least ‘neutral’. Everyone is running around getting to the next thing, the energy of ‘hurry-up’ surrounds you, and you go on auto-pilot. This isn’t a criticism, but an observation of our society. Of course this was magnified in New York City.

How in a world such as this can we maintain a balanced and a productive home life and business life?  The answer? With INTENTION.

1. Keep ‘stuff’ at a minimum. Shop little. Buy only the necessities.
2. Keep your surroundings ‘de-cluttered’. Get rid of what you don’t use, need or love. This way you remain productive.
3. Organize your schedule realistically to maintain efficiency.
4. Maintain a daily ‘to-do’ list- and DO it- This helps with prioritization
5. Say ‘NO’ to maintain a balance in all areas

Keep in mind this is not a ‘cure-all’ or magic list- but it will get you on track, or at least cause you to take pause. Then if you intentionally go about your day and in turn, your life, just maybe you won’t go into neutral with everyone else who hasn’t read this blog.

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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