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Best Way to Hire a Professional Organizer

by Vickie Dellaquila, Downsizing & Hoarding Expert
January 26, 2017

Question: What is the best way to hire a professional organizer?

Answer: One of the best ways to hire a professional organizer is by doing a little research and getting a referral from a friend, family member, or professional colleague. There are organizations that many professional organizers belong to and that may help you find one. Many professional organizers belong to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and their local chapter if one is available in their area. You can search on their website for a professional organizer by entering a zip code and a listing will come up for an organizer near you. It is important to research the organizer by asking a few questions:

How long have you been in business?

What type of organizing do you specialize in?

What is your experience, education in the organizing industry, and do you have any certifications such as a the Certified Professional Organizer designation (CPO®)?

Are you insured?

Many professional organizers specialize in different types of organizing such as downsizing and moving seniors, chronic disorganization, hoarding, and more. Another organization that can help you find a professional organizer is the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). ICD has many members that specialize in different types of organizing and members take many educational courses related to organizing. They also have certification programs and they have the designation of CPO-CD® (Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization) which is comparable to a master level in organizing.

The National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) also has members that are senior move managers and professional organizers that specialize in senior services such as moving, downsizing, aging in place and more. You can also find someone through NASSM and ICD through their websites.

Asking for help can be difficult for some people, however help is available. You need to feel comfortable with the professional organizer you may hire and feel that they are the right fit for you.

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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