Why do people need to get organized?
There are several reasons:
People need simplicity. They are paralyzed by their environment and want to simplify their lives; this includes learning to manage their time and their belongings.
Traditional roles in the workplace and family have changed.
With growing technology including e-mail, faxes, cell phones, and instant messaging, the world operates at a faster pace. Individuals are finding a need to be more organized to keep up with this new, fast-paced culture.
How long does it take to get organized?
It depends on the type of services needed and the commitment level of the client. Most professional organizers provide consultations to assess what is needed to improve individual homes and/or company systems.
What do organizers specialize in?
Organizers have a wide range of specialties, including computer consulting, closet designing/closet organizing, estate organizing, event meeting and planning, filing systems, financial/bookkeeping, garages/attics/basements, home offices, information management, kitchen designing/organizing, moving/relocations, office organizing, procedures and policies manuals, records management, space designing/organizing, and time management/goal setting.
Some professional organizers work with specific populations, such as those with Attention Deficit Disorder; the chronically disorganized; children; seniors; or students.
Which do more people want to organize, their homes or their offices?
Based on a 2004 NAPO member survey, the top source of revenue was residential organizing. However, there was also a high need for office and home office organizing.
How much do organizers charge?
Fees vary based on geographic location, types of organizing services needed, and experience of the organizer. Some organizers charge by project rather than by the hour. Ask about fee structures and discuss your budget when soliciting a proposal from a professional organizer.
How do you choose the right organizer?
The process of hiring a professional organizer is similar to that of choosing any provider of professional services. It is important to feel comfortable about anyone with whom you choose to work.
What are some questions you should ask when hiring an organizer?
- How long have you been in business?
- What is your background and/or training?
- What is your specialty or particular area of expertise?
- Are you a member of NAPO? How long have you been a member?
What type of education and training do organizers have?
Professional organizers represent a large and diverse segment of the professional and business community. Their education and professional experience is varied and may include business administration, management, entrepreneurial, financial, and legal background. Most organizers utilize their prior education and experience to transition into an organizing career.
With respect to specific organizing education, NAPO offers its members continuing education programs at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels at its annual conference, regional seminars, and local chapter meetings. A Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®) program is also available.
Several veteran professional organizers offer training in specific organizing specialties. Many business training and higher learning institutions are exploring the possibilities of developing a standardized formal education curriculum focused on the development of organizing skills that can be offered to professional organizers.
Adapted from information provided by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).