About Basic Organization

Professional home organizers in Washington DC, Basic Organization provides organizing services for families, busy professionals, seniors and home-based business owners. Our passion is helping people achieve peace and simplicity in their lives by organizing homes, routines and lifestyles. Let our team of personal organizers help you regain control of your environment by organizing the living and storage areas of your home, including the garage, kitchen, basement, office, bedrooms and closets.

"Our passion is helping you achieve peace and simplicity in your life," -Janet Schiesl

About Janet - Certified Professional Organizer

A Certified Professional Organizer, and a published contributor of the book Get Organized Today, Janet Schiesl is the owner of Basic Organization–a leading professional home organizing services company in Northern Virginia. A personal organizer since 2005, Janet loves using her experience as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at the areas of a home differently. Recognized as the 2016 Washington DC Area Organizer of the Year by NAPO, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals where she served as president, Janet specializes in managing large organizing projects and working one-on-one with clients who need help organizing their home or office. Contact Janet at 571-265-1303 or click to schedule a discovery call to find out what Janet and her team can organize for you!

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Meet Our Team of Professional Home Organizers at Basic Organization. We help people, homeowners and busy executives in DC get organized to live a better life!

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Denene has enjoyed organizing since she was a kid and spent many years helping others stay organized in their professional lives by working as a legal secretary in Boston and Washington DC.

She is constantly dreaming up new ways to organize her own home to make it run more efficiently for her family.  She enjoys helping clients deal with the clutter of everyday life. Whether it's bills, children's schoolwork or a drawer, closet or room. 

Denene believes that bringing order to the space makes it easier to maintain your life.

Whether you are setting up a new home, downsizing or staying in your current home, she can help you create a comfortable and functional space.



Patti has been organizing her family since childhood. She believes that an organized life is a happy life.

In addition to being an organizer, Patti is a free-lance theater director, teacher and playwright. She co-founded the organization, ArtStream, and served as the founding Executive Director for ten years.

Patti loves working on large projects, making an immediate difference in a client’s space. She has personal experience staying organized during home renovations, having completely renovated her own home. 

She especially loves helping people get their paperwork and photos in order and can help you go digital.

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Sue is our numbers gal. She worked in the banking world as a young adult and managed her family’s finances while her husband served in the military for 25 years.  She has always liked working with numbers and balancing accounts.

Working for Basic Organization and keeping the books is another great way to keep things orderly.

Sue also has a creative side and does a lot of our visual marketing and social media for the team. She manages all types of administrative tasks that keep the “Basic” operation moving.

Sue has always been one to keep things organized and now that she is no longer on-the-move with the military, she still loves to keep things in their proper place.



Lori’s organization experience began as a child taking on the weekly task of organizing the family home. She's worked as an administrative secretary and she currently manages her family of six making sure the household runs smoothly.

Lori is also a doula and helps guide moms and their partners throughout pregnancy all of the way until the birth of their baby and beyond. Lori has a special place in her heart for busy moms. She enjoys helping families become more organized so that their lives can be a little less hectic.

It doesn’t matter if it’s organizing a playroom, an office, a kitchen or a garage.

Lori is ready to help you live a more efficient and stress-free lifestyle!

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From a very young age Chiara has always found herself organizing the spaces around her. Including decades of her grandparents cherished items.

Her academic background in psychology offers her insight into how people think, feel and act. She’s interested in human-centered solutions and with her unique perspective she can help people develop their own organizational techniques.

Chiara also believes in the importance of reducing our environmental impact and creating sustainable solutions. She is passionate about the way individuals can help reduce their waste.   

Organizing with the Basic Organization Team lets Chiara achieve some of her goals for sustainable living.

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Chay has been passionate about organizing a far back as her memory will take her. 

She was always the "go-to girl" when a family member or friend was in need of decluttering an unruly closet or an out of control space that was overwhelming for them.  Maybe they were in need of space and function but didn't know how or where to begin.  So she naturally found herself focusing her love for organizing into her life path.

And hands-down best decision ever!

The satisfaction and positive feedback received from others, along with reaching their goal set is amazing! 

She is looking forward to adding to your quality of life.

All of our experienced home organizing team members are affiliated with the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and have earned certificates to become professional home organizers and space planners in Washington, DC.  We make education a high priority to ensure that we stay ahead of the trends and provide better service for our clients.  Ready to get organized? Call Basic Organization at 571-265-1303.


Marketing Products for Professional Organizers

Marketing Products for Professional Organizers

Time to Organize offers ready-to-use, effective, efficient marketing products for professional organizers and those in related fields, including a client newsletter, client postcards, and Articles on Demand™, ready-to-use business development tools, such as client forms, organizing workshop kits, marketing plan kit, and marketing tip sheets.

ABLE Moving

ABLE Moving

Whether you are looking for residential or office movers, or short or long term storage, there is no better value than Able Moving and Storage. An independent, family-owned, local company with a global reach with more than 30 years servicing clients in the DC area.


Pathways in Aging

Pathways in Aging strives to support families through Aging Life Care Management®. Offering individualized and person-centered solutions, honoring what matters most to elders, having the agility to flex with a variety of changing needs.



Sell your goods from an estate, downsizing or relocation easily and profitably with MaxSold. Both the MaxSold Managed (their local team doing all the work) and Seller Managed (they do the advertising, buyer communication, tech and payment collection) sales are proven to get the result you're looking for.

Academic Planners and Accessories

Academic Planners and Accessories

Order Out of Chaos, provides time-management products designed with your student in mind.  Working with students and their parents to develop organizing and time management skills that don’t come naturally to everyone but can be taught. Giving students an easy way to see time so they can learn to manage it.

Alexandria Auctions

Alexandria Auctions

At Alexandria Auctions, their mission is to liquidate estate and business assets with honesty and professionalism. Many of their clients are facing important life transitions. To help in transition, they offer gallery auctions, estate sales, appraisals, pick up and clean out, liquidations and private sales.



123JUNK is a Full Service Junk Removal Company that is ready to serve all your hauling needs. They carefully remove items from wherever they are located within your property. The only finger you have to lift is the one that points us to the junk!

Sue Rosenbaum Designs

Sue Rosenbaum Designs

Sue loves to create unexpected solutions for problem areas in your home or office. She’ll fine tune your style, adding a kick of surprise to make your space feel polished and pulled together. She takes the stress out of interior renovation or furnishing projects.


MI-BOX Mobile Storage

Delivering self-storage units right to your home or business. There's no need to rent a delivery truck or make multiple trips to your local self-storage unit. Keep it on-site at your location or have us pick it up and store it for you.