In The News

March 2018

Spring-Cleaning Survey: Top Chore Goals and Spending Trends

With the weather warming up, the excuses for postponing big cleaning projects melt away like the snow. It’s no longer “too cold” to clean out the garage and wash the windows. And the “I’ll wait until after the holidays to declutter” reasoning is also getting stale.

Sept. 2014 Kiplinger’s Retirement Report

Getting Rid of Stuff Can Be a Tough Job

Are you thinking of downsizing? It can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. Read some helpful tips in an interview with Janet Schiesl and an client of Basic Organization.

July 2017 Reader’s Digest

Household Chores You’ll be Glad You Did a Year From Now

Spend five minutes now and save hours of hassle and frustration later. Hint: One of these “chores” could get you to a beach.

April 2010 Washington Post

Home Front Design Ideas

Washington Post Local Living section writers Jura Koncius and Terri Sapienza, along with Professional Organizer, Janet Schiesl help you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. 

January 2015 Washington Post

Put your house on a diet: 10 New Year’s tips to declutter your life

It’s time for the post-holiday home diet, an annual decluttering that can be even tougher to begin and sustain than going paleo or vegan. So strap on your fitness tracker and get moving.

March 2009 Northern Virginia Magazine

Professional Organizers Assist in Reclaiming Life’s Spaces

Dominate Your Disorder: Janet Schiesl has been organized as long as she can remember. Even as a child she found peace in order.

Get Organized Today

Are you looking for ways to reduce the clutter in your life? Need doable solutions and examples that will make your busy life less stressful and more organized. This is the book for you!

A collaboration of many professionals, to provide inspiration that affirms the power and importance of getting organized. The book provides practical ideas that you can use immediately to live a better, more effective life.

Chapters include:

  • Capturing the Vision – Creating a Space You’ll Love
  • Conquering Your Paper Piles
  • Full and Busy Family Lives – Helping Your Child Learn to Organize
  • Building Your Perfect Closet
  • I Love My Office – Creating a Home Office that Works for You
  • Conquering Kitchen Chaos
  • Relocation and Downsizing – Ideas to Make It Easy

Here's what people are saying about the book

A must read

This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to get control and organize their personal or work space. I read ‘Create a Productive Environment in Five Steps’, and decided to give it a try in my office. Following the advice, I used the FAT system (File, Act, or Toss). Some hard decisions, but I can now locate needed papers and have some clear spaces on the shelving. You can do it, too!

Good practical advice

Good practical advice to organizing each room. Purchased for some family members in additional to myself. Now we will have organized homes – especially after we hire a professional organizer.

Helpful reminders

By nature I am a neat freak. I have always kept my home, closets, office and even workshop neat and organized. Some of the ideas in the book were helpful reminders of what I should be doing. Some were completely new ways of looking at an old problem. Thanks for the help.

Getting Organized - It’s Not About the Stuff!

So many people struggle with organizing the stuff in their life. But it’s not about the stuff. In this 60-minute recorded webinar, learn how to set your goal, avoid excuses and work with your organizing style to create the space you want.