Apply These Secrets To Overcome Your Obstacles


Do you come up against obstacles while organizing that stop you in your tracks? Then get discouraged and give up. Identifying some of these obstacles beforehand can help you avoid this situation.

Do you have clear goals? Before you start an organizing project you need to be clear of the finish line. Take some time to write down what you want in the end or else how will you know when you have achieved your goal?

Are you sure you can do it? If fear of failure is keeping you from getting started, take a deep breath and jump in. If you move forward, you haven’t failed.

Do you need perfection? If you are trying to “do it” perfectly, you must realize that this is un-achievable. You will never find the perfect organizing solution, just one that works for you right now.

Are you a sentimental fool? Having a strong attachment to your things doesn’t make you a fool. It make you sentimental, but it can keep you from achieving an organized space.

Your space is very personal. This is way it’s easier to help someone else organize their space rather than your own. There are no obstacles in a space that is not your own. It’s the same for an organizer. I come up against obstacles when working in my own home, but I know to keep the finish line in sight and move forward.

By identifying the obstacles in your way, you can work around them as well and you will also end up with an organized space.


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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Diane N. Quintana on March 18, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Good points made here, Janet

  2. Seana Turner on March 18, 2019 at 8:30 am

    You have to have priorities in order to make good decisions. It is difficult to decide what to keep and what to shed if you don’t have a goal you are moving towards. When I work with clients who are equivocating on a decision, I always suggest we harken back to our stated goal (e.g. “Have a clear desk” or “Reclaim this room for a guest room.”) It is helpful to add context to decisions, and often that context comes from remembering what we are working toward. Excellent!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 18, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      You are right Seana. Having a stated goal and reminding yourself what it is certainly helps get around obstacles. Thanks.

  3. Stacey Agin Murray on March 18, 2019 at 10:40 am

    You offer a comprehensive selection of obstacle types that your reader could relate to. The first step towards overcoming those obstacles is to identify them. When I think of obstacles, I think about driving my car on a road and there being a huge boulder blocking the way. If one takes the time to figure out what their personal ‘boulder’ is, the act of moving that boulder and moving forward becomes easier. Love your video!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 18, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Stacey. I think you are right. If people can identify what their boulder is then they can move it.

  4. Nancy Haworth on March 19, 2019 at 9:41 am

    You make some very good points. Obstacles such as fear of failure and perfectionism do tend to stop people in their tracks. Hiring a professional organizer can help people to overcome these obstacles. Great video!

    • Janet Schiesl on March 20, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Nancy. Yes, I agree. Working with someone who is neutral, like a professional organizer make it easier to overcome those obstacles.

  5. Linda Samuels on March 19, 2019 at 10:47 am

    In life we encounter obstacles. Perhaps just knowing that up front is part of what can help us move forward. Sometimes we fight those blocks, and it causes us more stress and challenge than necessary. Instead, embrace the challenges with curiosity. That will alleviate the beating ourselves up part and help us more easily see a way forward.

    • Janet Schiesl on March 20, 2019 at 9:11 am

      My favorite clients are the ones who respect my experience and let me lead them through the process. We can help people get over they blocks. Thanks Linda.

  6. Janet Barclay on March 19, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    The longer I live, the more I recognize my tendency to become attached to various objects. Some are used every day, such as furniture that belonged to my parents, but others are tucked away in boxes and only seen when I’m in the mood to walk down memory lane. It’s a slow process, but I’m beginning to let go of a lot of them.

    • Janet Schiesl on March 20, 2019 at 9:06 am

      I agree Janet. Memory filled items can be the hardest obstacles to overcome. Starting slow and giving yourself time is smart.

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