When we think ‘professional organizer’, we don’t necessarily picture a hard hat or a license to practice. However, professional organizers are the real deal. Certified professional organizers need to take an exam to receive their credentials. They are peer-reviewed along the way and must keep up at least 45 hours of continuing education units every three years. Some of the first professional organizers in the country met in Los Angeles to form the Association of Professional Organizers in 1983. This became the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) only three years later. NAPO reported that by 2015, the organization industry (organizing consultants and relevant products) was valued at $1billion.
What Is a Professional Organizer?
Despite the Netflix illusion, professional organizers existed even before “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Mario Kondo simply showed us how relatable the families in her show were and how professional organization can be an actual life-changer. It is the job of a professional organizer to help homeowners, corporations, and businesses to manage time efficiently by implementing organizational principles.