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NAPO Then and Now

How It All Began...


The history of NAPO began in November 1983, when 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 fostering mutual support. They named themselves the Association of Professional Organizers (APO) in January 1984. For the next two years, the APO members continued to meet informally in their homes as the group gained momentum.

The sixteen original APO members moved to formalize their association in August 1985, after a spirited debate. During 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, the APO became the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).

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

Contact Us With Your Memories

We encourage anyone with anecdotes, recollection, photographs, memorabilia of the NAPO's early years to contact the NAPO Headquarters at napo@napo.net, and share your stories.