The professional organizing field is relatively new, pioneered in the early 1980s by a handful of Californians, who created what is now the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). In the 30+ years since then, the field has grown to several thousand professional organizers throughout the world. As the profession has grown, so have the areas in which we work. As well as the “traditional” residential organizer, there are personal photo organizers, small business organizers, senior move managers and productivity consultants. Some organizers specialize in working with students or the elderly; some specialize in working with people who have ADHD, or anxiety or hoarding disorder. Some are organizer coaches.
There is not yet a required education path and credentialing for organizers, as there is for other helping professions such as the physical therapy and mental health fields. But that is changing. NAPO and other associations such as the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and Coach Approach for Organizers offer courses that can lead to certification (as a Certified Professional Organizer, a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization, and as a Certified Organizer Coach). I’m on the path to become a Certified Organizer Coach. I love learning new ways to support my clients, and want to provide the best service I possibly can.
It’s exciting to be part of this growing field. I think that over the next decade, successful organizers will be those who choose the path to certification. Eventually, education and certification will be required if you want to be a professional organizer. Perhaps colleges will offer degrees in organizing by the time I’m ready to retire!
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