We continue our motivational Clutter-Free January with an interview from organizing Pro, Jill Yesko Diana! We are thrilled to be introducing the new Live segment of Cathi’s pics, which will be broadcast monthly on YouTube.

With over two decades of experience in the field, Jill Yesko Diana of Discover Organizing brings a unique perspective. Her top 10 tips offer some great advice on how to get started with de-cluttering of any kind! Let’s get started!


Jill operates with a mission to empower individuals. Her approach encourages people to dream big while breaking down their actions into manageable chunks. She firmly believes in personal empowerment, echoing Darla DeMorrow’s sentiment that anyone can organize well with the right mindset.


One remarkable aspect of Jill’s work is her dedication to the community. The nonprofit she founded, Safe Moves for Seniors, reflects her commitment to giving back. This organization provides moving services for economically disadvantaged seniors, With the help of Jill’s team, seniors are ensured a smooth transition to safer housing without leaving cherished belongings behind. Jill’s commitment to this underserved population is truly inspiring. It also serves as a testament to the positive impact professional organizing can have on diverse communities.


Jill’s Top 10 Clutter-Free Tips


In her recent interview, Jill shared invaluable tips on decluttering, a process that many of us find challenging. Here are Jill Yesko Diana’s top 10 de-cluttering tips:


  1. Work When Your Energy is Good: Align your decluttering efforts with your peak energy times, whether it’s in the morning or evening.
  2. Get Help: Enlist the support of non-judgmental friends, family members, or professional organizers to make the process smoother.
  3. Set a Timer: Manage decision fatigue and attention spans by setting a timer for focused decluttering sessions.
  4. Set Up Bins and Receptacles Before Starting: Ensure you have areas for Keep, Donate, Sell, Garbage, and Not Sure.
  5. Work on One Area at a Time: Break down larger projects into smaller, more manageable sections to stay focused.
  6. Work Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Approach decluttering systematically, treating each space like a book to be read.
  7. Only Handle It Once (The Ohio Technique): Make decisions about items as you come across them to avoid creating more work for yourself.
  8. Determine Frequency, Value, and Need: Assess the importance of items based on how frequently you use them, their value, and your actual need for them.
  9. Contain and Label: Give everything a home and label items to make spaces easily navigable for everyone in the household.
  10. Do Another Pass: Revisit decluttered spaces after some time to ensure that the items you’ve kept are truly essential and useful.


To see Jill’s full interview, and the rest of the Clutter Free January guest speakers, watch the full video on YouTube.