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About NAPO

The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals™ (NAPO®) has approximately 3,500 members dedicated to helping people and organizations bring order and efficiency to their lives. NAPO’s mission is to be the leading source for organizing and productivity professionals by providing exceptional education, enhancing business connections, advancing industry research, and increasing public awareness.


NAPO defines Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant as follows: 

  • Professional Organizer: supports evaluation, decision-making, and action around objects, space, and data; helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding function, order, and clarity. 

  • Productivity Consultant: supports evaluation, decision-making, and action around time, energy, and resources; helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding goals, effectiveness, and priorities.


 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®).


Click here for a detailed timeline of NAPO's history

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