The Secret to Finding Your Nook


Finding your nook when you think about organizing. What does that mean? There no secret to it. Let me explain.

Organizing doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Actually, it’s probably better in small bundles. A little here and a little there and you will see a difference in no time.

Look for your ‘Hygge”  when organizing your space. Have you heard of hygge? I started learning about hygge a few years ago and look at it as a way to find a comfortable level of organization in my life. Meaning, doing just enough organizing in my home, but not letting it overwhelm me.  Would that work for you? By focusing on a nook (or one small space) that doesn’t work and changing it in a way that makes you feel calmer and happy. That’s how I use hygge in my life. Here’s a definition of hygge I like from

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a danish word used to acknowledge a special feeling or moment. It can be alone or with friends, or home or out, ordinary or extraordinary, but it is always cozy, charming or special. – from… Click To Tweet

Where to start?

There are lots of small places that collect odds and ends that clutter up your home, your car, your office and your life. Here is a list of some of those nooks and crannies where you can make a difference in a short amount of time.

  • Closets – clothes, linen, front hall/coat, gift wrap, storage, craft, toy, pantry
  • Drawers – junk, kitchen, pencil, desk, dresser, end tables, bathroom, glove compartment, file
  • Cabinets – medicine, media, kitchen, file, craft, china, pantry, storage, bathroom, toy, office supply
  • Shelves – book, knickknacks, storage, closet, shoe, media
  • Chests  – toy, tool, jewelry, car trunk

I have learned a lot about how to practice hygge (which is very personal) from joining a couple of facebook groups. My favorite is The Hygge Nook. Check them or other out. See how people everywhere incorporate hygge and organization into their lives. Find your nook and get started!

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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. Seana Turner on June 29, 2020 at 9:32 am

    I am a bit of a bird fanatic, so I really enjoyed this video:) So many adorable homes!! I agree that often it is best to just begin, in a small space, and make a bit of progress (if you have the luxury of time in which to do so). Hygge is a very appealing concept… joyful and attainable!

    • Janet Schiesl on June 29, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      I agree. I love small spaces and also living hygge. I have been looking for simple pleasures through the quarantine. If you are intentional you can find small things to enjoy everywhere.

  2. Sabrina Quairoli on June 29, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Sounds wonderful, I never heard of Hygge before. I will be checking it out. Thank you for sharing, Janet.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 29, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      You can find hygge groups on facebook. That’s where I learned a lot.

  3. Linda Samuels on June 29, 2020 at 11:01 am

    Like you, I heard about the term “hygge” a few years ago. I love the idea of making your home a comfortable, cozy place to live, entertain, and relax. I read “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking. He described hygge as “an atmosphere and experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home.” The book shared other descriptions as “coziness of the soul,” or “taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things.” Soft fabrics, blankets, and candles are also part of the hygge-home.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 29, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Nice to hear that you are a fame of hygge.

  4. Amy on July 2, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Great advice. Start small. See success and gain momentum. Also, I love the book A Year of Living Danishly.

    • Janet Schiesl on July 3, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Thanks Amy. I’ll have to look into the book.

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