What is a Professional Organizer?

Professional organizing is an industry that has been developed in order to help individuals and businesses design systems and processes using organizing principles and transferring skills.

There are approximately 4,000 professional organizers who are members of the trade association, the National Association of Professional Organizers.

There have been a number of television programs on the subject, starting with Life Laundry in 2002, and followed by others such as Clean Sweep, Neat, Mission: Organization, Hoarders, Clean House, and NeatTV, as well as magazines like Real Simple.

Principles

Professional organizers achieve the goal of creating and maintaining organizational systems by teaching others the basic principles of organization.

Writer Julie Morgenstern suggests communicating these principles by using the acronym “SPACE”, interpreted as: S=Sort, P=Purge, A=Assign a Home, C=Containerize and E=Equalize. The last step (“E”) consists in monitoring how the new system that has been created is working, adjusting it if needed, and maintaining it. This principle is applicable to every type of organization.

As one of their main jobs, professional organizers help clients reduce an excessive and disorganized accumulation of paper in the home or in the office. Professional organizers aim to help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems for life. Professional organizers help redirect paradigms into more useful cross-applications that ensure properly co-sustainable futures for their clients’ spaces and processes.

Professional organizers offer a wide variety of services, from designing a functional closet to organizing a move. For homeowners, a professional organizer might plan and reorganize the space of a room, improve paperwork management, or coach in time-management or in goal-setting. In a business setting, professional organizers aim to increase productivity by improving paper-filing, electronic organization and employee time-management.

Typical costs:

A professional organizer typically cost between $30 and $80 per hour, with appointments ranging from a few hours to straighten up a small room up to several days to work on a cluttered office or a particularly challenging garage.

Estimates for the average room can vary from 3-12 hours.

For large or unusual jobs, an organizer might charge a daily or per-project rate. These rates vary depending on the type and amount of work performed, and they can range from about $200 to$375 or more. These costs can be negated by new systems created in the home.

How can a Professional Organizer Help

Organizing is an easily overlooked part of life. It’s costs are nearly invisible. Most people believe they are good organizers, but organizing is a learned skill that requires training. Many of us have some systems in place. Usually in one or two areas of our lives. A failing system or missing system can be costly.

Poor organization can cost us our health if our home is polluted, if our appointments and papers are not functioning.
Poor organization can cost us money. We will spend more buying lost items, throwing out food, upsizing our home, and so many other areas you will learn about.
Poor organization is hard on our relationships. It can be less time with our kids. Or tension with our spouse. It is costly.
Poor organization is the cause of “busy-ness”. Running the treadmill day after day.
Poor organization takes a toll on our mood, and our overall productivity.

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Down-sizing?

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  • House to apartment
  • Independent to assisted living

Up-sizing?

  • Additions to the family
  • Moving to a larger property
  • Addition of an extra property (summer or winter get-a-way)

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Mobility Changes?

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  • Surgery

Little time to keep organized?

  • Raising kids
  • Cairing for aging parents
  • Working and community commitments

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