Frequently Asked Questions:

› What do Professional Organizers and Productivity Consultants 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.

Productivity consultants support evaluation, decision-making, and action around time, energy, and resources. They help clients achieve desired outcomes regarding goals, effectiveness, and priorities.

› How do I find or hire a Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant?
Finding and hiring a professional organizer or productivity consultant is similar to hiring any service professional, like a fitness trainer or contractor. The professional organizer or productivity consultants you hire should have the skills, expertise, and personality that best fit you and your goals.

To find a professional 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 & Productivity Consultant 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 and Productivity Consultants 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 and Productivity Consultants 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 and Productivity Consultants may offer different pricing options and services based on your needs and budget.
› Are Professional Organizers and Productivity Consultants certified?
While there are currently no required licenses or credentials to become a professional organizer or productivity consultants, most are skilled, experienced professionals. NAPO membership, while not a guarantee as to quality of work, is an indication that a professional organizer and productivity consultant 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.