Some people who struggle with disorganization feel that they should be able to tackle their problems on their own. Hiring a professional who can objectively evaluate your situation, design organizing systems based on established organizing principles and teach you how to use these systems can help you turn your organizing goals into realities. A Professional Organizer can also help keep you focused and on task and can provide invaluable assistance in making decisions as you work through the process of getting organized.
All organizing projects; such as clearing clutter, weeding through paper, or setting up a new office, require decision making. Professional Organizers help you make the necessary decisions by asking questions, offering advice, and providing hands-on help. Organizers provide their services onsite (e.g. in your home or office) often in multi-hour work sessions.
Many organizers also offer an assessment, which is a written or verbal overview of the work that needs to be done and plan for getting it done. This assessment is usually offered as an initial appointment or within the first work session. Professional Organizers may also offer phone or email consultation services.
Unike cable television reality shows which feature many hours worth of work in each episode, a "real life" organizing project usually involves fewer people and more time. Rather than providing a crew of help, which would be significantly more expensive, most Professional Organizers work in a one-on-one partnership with you to achieve your organizing goals during multiple work sessions. For this partnership to be effective it is important to choose an organizer that you "click" with in order to work well together during these sessions.
If you know of friends, colleagues or others who have used a Professional Organizer, consider asking for recommendations.
You can also use the free and confidential Find an Organizer search tool provided by NAPO-St. Louis. We recommend that you contact at least three Professional Organizers to find the one who best matches your organizing needs, personality, and budget.
NAPO-St. Louis members adhere to a strict Code of Ethics so clients can feel safe opening their doors to NAPO-St. Louis members.
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1985. NAPO is the premier national association dedicated to the field of organizing. NAPO serves its 4,200 members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public. By joining NAPO, a professional organizer demonstrates commitment to the professional organizing industry.
The St. Louis Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-St. Louis), the 24th NAPO Chapter, was officially established in 2006. For more information on our chapter history, see our About page.
By hiring a NAPO member, you know that you'll be working with a skilled professional with access to high quality education, exposure to the latest trends in organizing, access to manufactures of organizing products, and knowledge about and exposure to the latest organizing products. By joining NAPO, a Professional Organizer demonstrates commitment to growth within the professional organizing field.
The NAPO-St. Louis chapter consists of organizers who offer a variety of services. Our organizers offer residential organizing, home-based business organizing, small business organizing and organizing services for corporations. Our members offer assistance on organizing space, paper, and time. Some of our members use coaching principles in their business. Some of our members offer virtual consulting services via telephone or internet. Please visit our Find an Organizer page to find a local organizer who specializes in type of organizing you need.
There are no formal prerequisites for becoming a Professional Organizer. Many organizers enter the organizing profession because they have a natural organizing ability and a desire to help others. Some enter the profession because they have struggled with organizational issues themselves and want to share the solutions they have found.
Certification is not required to become a Professional Organizer. Opportunities are available for certification for the experienced organizer, and many training opportunities exist for new and experienced organizers alike.