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How It All Began

In November 1983, a small group of women offering organizing services in the Los Angeles area gathered in a living room to network and exchange ideas.

As early participants in an emerging industry, these organizing pioneers quickly recognized the value of sharing their knowledge and encouraging mutual support. In January 1984, they named themselves the Association of Professional Organizers (APO), and for the next two years they continued to meet informally in their homes as the group gained momentum.

After a spirited debate, the 16 original APO members moved to formalize their association in August 1985. Over the next four months, the group elected their first six officers, secured a permanent meeting space, and established a dues structure. They chose a new name to reflect the broader geographic scope of their growing membership, and in January 1986, APO became the National Association of Professional Organizers® (NAPO®).

Today, with close to 4,000 members, NAPO is recognized worldwide as The Organizing Authority®.

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