Frequently Asked Questions About Finding an Organizer

How do I pick an organizer with the specialties I need?

Some organizers are generalists; others specialize. Some specialize in paper management, others in kitchens or closets, some in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Many organizers have more than one specialty.

Our local Washington, DC Metro Chapter includes experts in many specialties. The members’ database lists the specialties of each of our members. Click here to search the database now.

What if I want to find a veteran organizer with a lot of experience?

There are several ways to find a veteran organizer when using our Find an Organizer system. The year the organizer joined NAPO is listed next to the name, and there are also 3 logos that appear showing further distinction or training.

The Golden Circle (GC) logo indicates that the organizer has proven 5 years of professional organizing experience. The other two logos are for certification programs for organizers that provide proof of advanced learning and testing programs.  One is CPO® or the Certified Professional Organizer for the program designed for NAPO members, and the other is the CPO-CD® or the Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization for members who also belong to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.

Who would be the best organizer for someone with ADD/ADHD?

If you have a specific need for an organizer who works with clients who have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or who are chronically disorganized (CD), look for the appropriate abbreviations among the specialties listed. The certification program that focuses on these two areas of study is the CPO-CD® designation.  It is earned through a program conducted by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (

I’m organized. I want to work for an organizer.

Most organizers run sole practitioner businesses and do not hire employees. A few do hire employees or use occasional sub-contractors. Look for the code EMP in our members’ database.

What should I think about before calling for help?

To determine what is right for you and your situation, ask yourself these questions. You may not know the answers yet, but organizers you contact can help you determine the answers –

  • If organizing is a means to an end, what is the end I want to reach?
  • What areas are causing the biggest obstacles in the way of my goals?
  • Is the disorganization chronic – you try, but standard systems don’t work for you?
  • Or is the lack of order unusual – due to a life-changing event?
  • Is most of the problem due to things that are two-dimensional — papers, magazines and books?
  • Or, is it three-dimensional things – clothes, toys, videos, kitchen gear, etc.?
  • Do I need overall space planning and a storage layout structure plan first?
  • Do I need hands-on help working through every step of the process?
  • Do I need ongoing telephone coaching for time management or for ADD?

If you need any more information, contact us by email or phone at 202-596-2761.

DISCLAIMER: Referrals from NAPO do not imply endorsement of the service or product provided. NAPO is not liable for the performance of any Professional Organizer you choose to hire. Our members set their own fees and policies.