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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.
support evaluation, decision-making, and action around objects, spaces, and data, helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding function, order, and clarity.
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)
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.
Hear from Our Members
The education I have received from NAPO has helped me over the years. The live webinars, conference sessions, recorded classes, and my local chapter meetings have provided me with so much valuable information.
Sara Genrich, member since 2011
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I joined NAPO for the marketing aspect, education, and community. I feel it is important to have colleagues that you can share information with and learn from. For instance when they can steer you away from costly mistakes or help you with an encounter that we as new organizers may never have faced before.
Timothy Brennan, member since 2019
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I am new to NAPO and am so deeply appreciative of the wealth of resources available AND of the connection to such a generous, lively and inspiring group of people!
Shira Sameroff, member since 2018
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As the years have gone on, I've made it a priority to give back to NAPO through volunteer work wherever possible. I now teach workshops to new organizers for my local chapter, and also contribute to NAPO at a national level. The connections that I make as a result of my volunteer work have directly contributed to my bottom line through referrals,
Wendy Buglio, CPO, member since 2007
In addition to our referral services and hiring guide, NAPO strives to be the leading resource for all things organizing and productivity. We continuously work to increase public awareness and advance the Organizing and Productivity Professions through public outreach, national news campaigns, online presence inclulding an ever-increasing social media following. In addition, NAPO serves as a conduit for our members to connect and contribute their knowledge and expertise through engaging online content, including our blog and podcast series.
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