The Basic Commitment to the Environment



Our Commitment to Protecting the Environment

Basic Organization recognizes that we each have an important role to play in protecting the environment. We work with each individual client to support their desire to do the same. Our company, located in Northern Virginia and serving Washington DC is committed to being green. 

“We educate our team of professional organizers and clients about ways to recycle, reuse products and reduce waste in order to protect our environment”. – Janet Schiesl, owner of Basic Organization

Here at Basic Organization we are committed to reusing products and materials you already own. We will offer suggestions on ways to recycle paper products, glass and plastic materials. For instance Basic Organization also helps clients responsibly dispose of electronics, batteries and other hazardous materials. We recognize that one way to recycle is to donate good items to charitable organizations.

In conclusion, our team encourages home and office organizing clients to help. We maintain our continuous commitment to keep items out of our landfills. A great resource that we use is the Basic Organization resource page. But for more assistance, please contact Basic Organization for help.

In addition, to read more on the subject, please look here.

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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. Linda Samuels on October 14, 2019 at 9:07 am

    What an admirable mission you have to educate your clients and employees about helping the environment through reusing, recycling, and reducing. I know that often, my clients can become overwhelmed when letting go becomes too cumbersome. So it’s essential to both be environmentally conscious and also not get intimidated by the process. What is the one strategy you’ve found to be most successful or implementable?

    • Janet Schiesl on October 14, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Linda. Recycling rules have been changing in our area and it’s different in each jurisdiction too. So educating our clients on these changes and what is offered in their neighborhood is important. We also like to help client finds “just the right home” for the items they no longer need, whether by donating or recycling. We keep a list of resources that we share with our clients.

  2. Janet Barclay on October 14, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Knowing how to properly dispose of items is a real asset to offer your clients. I think many people hold onto things because they don’t want to send them to landfill but don’t know what other options they have.

    • Janet Schiesl on October 14, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Yes, I agree Janet. As I mentioned to Linda. We keep a list of resources for our clients, that offers them choices of what to do with different items they no longer need.

  3. Nancy Haworth on October 14, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    It is wonderful that you are so committed to protecting the environment. My professional organizing business also helps clients to recycle items, responsibly dispose of electronics and hazardous waste, and donate clothing and household goods to local charities. Reducing the amount of trash that ends up in landfills is a great way professional organizers can help the environment. I love the detailed resource page by NAPO-WDC.

  4. Janet Schiesl on October 14, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Thank Nancy. I took the NAPO-WDC as a starting point and we offer a must more detailed resource page to our clients.

  5. Seana Turner on October 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    I think the Professional Organizing community has made a wonderful commitment to being as green as possible. Offering alternatives to putting things into the landfill is one of the services I offer, just like you. One option I love is textile recycling, a growing alternative that gets as much life as possible out of textiles. I love that various chapters are sharing this information with their communities. If we each do our own little bit, it adds up!

  6. Janet Schiesl on October 15, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Thanks Seana. We offer alternatives and suggestion for clients, as often as possible, but also learn of new sources from our clients. It’s great.

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