How to Hire a Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant

Hire a Professional

Constant clutter and disorganization can drain your energy and contribute to unwarranted stress, frustration, and anxiety. In a professional setting, it can lead to lack of productivity and loss of revenue. It’s okay to get help! Finding and hiring a professional is no different than choosing an accountant, personal trainer, doctor, or other service provider. You'll want to work with someone who takes the time to get to know you, understands your needs, and has the expertise to advise you and help you achieve your goals.

Organizing and Productivity Professionals can help you achieve your short-term goals and provide you with the tools and knowledge necessary for long-term success. They can offer you judgement-free assistance by breaking down overwhelming tasks, managing your time, decluttering your living and work spaces, and putting systems in place to help you be more productive and eliminate distractions.

Professional Organizers

support evaluation, decision-making, and action around objects, spaces, and data, helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding function, order, and clarity.

Productivity Consultants

support evaluation, decision-making, and action around time, energy, and resources, helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding goals, effectiveness, and priorities.

Frequently Asked Questions About Working with a Professional

Services can include:

Organizing and decluttering your home (kitchens, pantries, closets, living room, bedrooms, playrooms, home offices, laundry rooms, garages, basements, attics)

Organizing or downsizing estates

Organizing your move (decluttering/downsizing, packing, and unpacking)

Supporting individuals with chronic disorganization and ADD/ADHD

Help with a hoarding disorder

Coaching in time management, organizing, and productivity (professional or personal life)

Paper, electronic files, information and data organization

Photograph and multi-media organization

Cataloging and displaying collections and memorabilia

Workflow and technology organization

Organizing for seniors (computer assistance, bill paying, prescriptions, insurance forms and tax document organizing)

The NAPO Professional Directory lets you search by type of service, distance from your location, or both. You’ll receive a list of professionals in your area, along with information about their businesses, including links to their websites and contact information. Search the Professional Directory.

Formal training, education, and experience can vary widely among organizing professionals. You should consider the individual’s experience in your particular problem area or project, how many years they’ve been in business, any certifications or advanced training they may have, and how they work with clients (approach, time-frame, availability). Download our Hiring Guide below.

NAPO members are organizing and productivity professionals who value education and professional development and stay current on trends and advancements in the industry. All NAPO members must adhere to our Code of Ethics, which encourage fair and equitable practices, including working with clients and colleagues, handling client confidentiality, and how they assess fees and expenses. Find a NAPO member near you.

The decision to hire a Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant can be a very personal one. Avoid choosing strictly by price. Instead, focus on finding someone with the personality and skill set that matches your needs. It’s a good idea to have an initial interview to get to know them and consider getting referrals to help you make your decision. Download our Hiring Guide below for more suggestions.

As with most professions, fees will vary widely based on the professional’s experience, your geographic location, and the services you are requesting. Many will charge by the hour, while others offer packages or charge by the project. It’s best to establish a budget that is comfortable for you and keep this in mind when choosing who to work with. Be aware of any initial consultation fees, additional costs for needed materials and supplies, and disposal fees that may or may not be included.

The CPO® credential distinguishes professional organizers who have documented a specific number of paid hours in which they are transferring skills to their clients, passed the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO®) examination, and agree to adhere to the BCPO Code of Ethics.

CPOs demonstrate a strong commitment to continued learning and maintaining ethical business practices. To maintain their status, recertification is required every three years through continuing education or re-examination. Find a CPO in your area.

NAPO issues digital badges to Specialist Certificate holders, CPOs, and Business Stamp of Approval holders to make it easier for members to provide validation of earned certificates and credentials to their clients and colleagues. A digital badge is a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality, or interest that can be earned in many learning environments.

These digital badges can be shared via digital media platforms, as part of professionals' email signatures, or on their websites. When you click on the badge image, the link will bring you to their personal validation page on the NAPO Digital Badging website which provides official confirmation of the certificate's status.

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