Frequently Asked Questions:

› What does a Professional Organizer do?

Professional organizers educate clients on organizing skills, and use their knowledge of organizing principles, methods, and products to design and implement systems and processes to help clients achieve order.

› How do I find or hire a Professional Organizer?

Finding and hiring a professional organizer is similar to hiring any service professional, like a fitness trainer or consultant. The professional organizer you hire should have the skills, expertise, and personality that best fit you and your goals.

To find an organizer in the Houston area, use our Organizer Search. You can search by name, company name, speciality, or geographic location. To find an organizer outside of the Houston area, go to NAPO’s Professional Organizer Directory.

Suggested questions:

  • What services do you specialize in?
  • How long have you been in the organizing business?
  • Who is your typical/usual client?
  • What is your organizing approach/process?
  • What is typical session like?
  • What is your fee structure?
  • Can you provide references?
› Do Professional Organizers specialize in different kinds of organizing?

Some professional organizers offer a wide range of services, while others specialize in a particular niche. For example, some organizers work with only residential clients, while others specialize in working with business or corporate clients.

› How much do Professional Organizers charge?

Fees can vary according to location, expertise, services provided, and scope of the project and can be charged hourly, daily or per project. Organizers may offer different pricing options and services based on your needs and budget.

› Are Professional Organizers certified?

While there are currently no required licenses or credentials to become a professional organizer, most professional organizers are skilled, experienced professionals. NAPO membership, while not a guarantee as to quality of work, is an indication that a professional organizer is committed to continuing education and an industry code of ethics.

Organizations such as the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO) and Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) provide certification that a professional organizer has the knowledge and experience to meet specific minimum standards.