By Trish Walsh of Conquer Clutter
As we begin the new year, many people have added "get organized" to their list of goals. The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) has designated the month of January as National Get Organized Month, or "GO Month." With this in mind, I've outlined below some things to consider as you interview Professional Organizers to help with your organizing projects and clutter.
- Look for an organizer who will respect your confidentiality and is non-judgmental – someone willing to listen to your needs and goals, and work with you to get there.
- Patience. The organizing process can be physically and mentally overwhelming. It’s important to find an organizer who will work at your pace.
- Is the organizer an active member of NAPO or the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD)? Not only do these professional organizations offer relevant continuing education classes and seminars, affiliation shows commitment to the field.
- Ask about the organizer’s area of expertise. For example, some organizers specialize in clients with ADD or ADHD, seniors, or students. Others specialize in wardrobes and closets, or paper management and file systems.
- What services does the organizer offer? Will he or she remove donations and trash, or simply coordinate removal? Does the organizer offer a shopping service for supplies and materials? Is there a fee for the additional services?
- What are the organizer’s fees? Is it hourly or by-the-project? Is there a minimum number of hours required per booking? Does the organizer charge for cancelled appointments? What forms of payment does the organizer accept?
- Does the organizer carry liability insurance? This is particularly important if your project involves packing and unpacking or a move.
Lastly, the NAPO website defines a professional organizer as someone who uses tested principles and expertise to enhance the lives of clients. By designing custom organizing systems and teaching organizing skills, they help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper piles, their lives!
Armed with this information, you are now prepared to find a Professional Organizer that best meets your needs.
© 2012 Trish Walsh, Conquer Clutter. All Rights Reserved.
Trish is a writer, speaker and owner of Conquer Clutter. She holds a Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization from ICD and is a Golden Circle member of NAPO. She offers personal, non-judgmental assistance to empower homeowners and small businesses to reclaim their space and gain a more ordered life.