Making Changes

In order to make changes and eliminate clutter in your life you need to make two changes. The two changes are environmental and habits. Most people who want to declutter focus on their environment. This is important and needs to be done, but you also need to change your habits in order to maintain your new, organizing environment. How is this done?

  • Identify your bad clutter habits. Do you buy too many clothes, do you start project that you never finish, do you spend too much time in front of the TV?
  • Now, list one decluttering goal for each bad habit. Shop only once a month for clothes, work on only one project at a time, watch only one hour of TV a day.
  • How do you get there? It’s time to make a plan. Write down how you will change your environment to help you create these new habits.
  • Be conscious of factors that can affect your efforts like depression, mental fatigue or shame.

You are ready to change your clutter habits! You have identified your bad habits, made goals to change each habit and have a plan to change those habits. This is how you will change your environment and keep it that way. As you work to eliminate the stuff you don’t need or want anymore you will also be changing you clutter habits.

Now work your plan.

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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. Janet Barclay on May 5, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    One of my clutter habits has been to leave small objects loose on a shelf or in a drawer instead of containing them. They may be organized, but they are taking up far too much space. I recently put a small three-drawer unit in my linen closet and freed up a ton of shelf space when I put all the small stuff in there.

  2. Janet Schiesl on May 5, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Great idea Janet. I’m trying to create an exercise routine for myself first thing in the morning. This change is challenging for me, but I’m trying.

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