So You Think You Know What a Professional Organizer is!


I’ve been the president of Colorado’s NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) chapter since mid-May. Since then, I’ve met most of our chapter’s members and learned a lot more about our fast-growing profession—and I’ve been surprised by the wide range of services and business models that constitute professional organizing!

Did you know …

  • that not all organizers work with people who have a hoarding disorder?
  • that some organizers rarely do “hands on” organizing, but work with clients over Skype or the phone?
  • some don’t provide residential organizing, but work only with businesses?
  • some never touch paper or other physical “stuff,” but work only with digital clutter?
  • some specialize in relocation (moving and unpacking), and some in “Senior Move Management” (helping elders downsize)?
  • and some call themselves productivity specialists, rather than professional organizers!!

I already knew that organizers (and productivity specialists!) who belong to NAPO  take courses in …

  • ethical behavior with our clients,
  • basic principles of organizing,
  • how to teach our clients those basic principles,
  • how to work with different populations (children, elders, disabled, ADHD, for example)
  • and how to run our businesses

 … but maybe you didn’t know that!  In fact, NAPO defines what professional means for our field.

So, when you think of hiring a professional organizer to help you with whatever, make sure you choose a NAPO member. Go to to find a NAPO member who’s in your area.

… And since this is my blog, I’ll add that Boulder-area people should give me a call and see if I might be the right choice for you!

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