FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a professional organizer and what can a professional organizer do for me?
According to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), the official definition of a Professional Organizer is someone who “enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills. A Professional Organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and the resulting benefits.”
More specifically, professional organizers have the skills, the knowledge and the expertise to address your organizing needs. We provide clients with organizing ideas, information, and suggested solutions to organizing problems. Ultimately, it’s you, the client, who decides which suggested solutions will work best for you.
How do I select a professional organizer?
Two major considerations for selecting a professional organizer are:
• Does their area of expertise match your organizing needs?
• Do you feel comfortable with their personality?
Interview several organizers, ask them about their background, find out how long they have been in business, inquire about their areas of expertise and ask if they are a member of NAPO.
Why would I want to hire a NAPO organizer versus a non-NAPO organizer?
Being a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) demonstrates the organizer's commitment to providing their clients with a professional level of service. NAPO provides its members with ongoing educational opportunities and up-to-date information on organizing products to expand an organizer's skills and knowledge.
I've always been disorganized, is there really hope for me?
Of course! The basic principles and formulas of organizing can be learned and new habits can be developed. A professional organizer will work with you to set up an organizational system customized for you, and then teach you how to maintain your system on a regular basis.
Will a professional organizer make me throw away all my "stuff"?
No. You decide what, if anything is thrown away. A professional organizer asks questions, shares information and gives advice and suggestions. During this process, the organizer helps you decide what is or is not important to you.
Does the professional organizer do the work or tell me how to do it?
This is a client's personal decision. While some clients prefer to work alongside their organizers, others need only a consultation with an organizer in order to identify the best direction and strategy for them to take.
I am a very private person. Will my sessions with a professional organizer be confidential?
A NAPO professional organizer recognizes the high level of trust placed in them by their clients, and they are guided by a code of ethics that emphasizes confidentiality, honesty and integrity.
How much does a professional organizer charge?
Fees range from $40 an hour to $200 an hour, according to a 1998 NAPO survey. Where you live, the kind of organizing service(s) you need, and the amount of experience the organizer has, are all factors that affect a professional organizer's fee.
Is the most expensive organizer the best?
No. The best professional organizer for you is the one whose area of expertise matches your organizing needs and whose personality suits you.
How long will it take to get me organized?
Each organizing project is different. Most often, the length of a project depends on the size of your home or office, the amount of clutter and paper that has accumulated, and how quickly you make decisions about what stays and what goes.