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Fees Charged by Professional Organizers

by Vickie Dellaquila, Downsizing & Hoarding Expert
January 14, 2016

Question: How do professional organizers usually charge?

Answer: Professional organizers can charge by the job or by the hour. It is up to each organizer to decide their fee. Fees vary by region, level of experience of the organizer, and if they are a certified professional organizer. Certification requires additional education and continuing education to serve our clients better. Specialized certifications also exist, for example in hoarding or aging. I am a CPO-CD (Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization). After receiving my CPO, I decided to specialize in chronic disorganization and took a year and half very intensive course on mastering more skills to work with my clients.The course was through ICD (Institute for Chronic Disorganization) and the CPO (Certified Professional Organizer) is also an accredited course through NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers). Both certifications require continuing educational credits as most certifications in any occupation do. Some professional organizers will use two or more organizers on a job depending upon the extent of the job. Be sure to ask the professional organizer about their level of experience, areas of specialties, and if the organizer belongs to any national associations such as NAPO and or ICD and certifications.

Vickie Dellaquila is western Pennsylvania’s only Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules® Inc. Organization Rules provides compassionate organizing services for every stage of your life®. She is the author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move.

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