Partner Highlight – NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers

Posted on: January 7, 2013

The Scan Man’s favorite partners belong to NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers. Modern Image is a NAPO Corporate Partner.

The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) was founded in 1985 to promote awareness of the organizing industry, educate the public about the field of professional organizing, and encourage the education and development of member organizers.

Currently, NAPO includes more than 4,200 members.

(Nat Hentoff)

Membership in the National Association of Professional Organizers is made up of organizers who provide hands-on organizing, consultants, speakers, trainers, authors and manufacturers, distributors and sellers of products used for organizing.

The Washington, D.C. Metro Chapter is one of 35 chapters of NAPO located throughout the United States.

If you are curious about working with an Organizer, here’s a few questions:

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 you want to reach?
  • What areas are causing the biggest obstacles in the way of your goals?
  • Is the disorganization chronic – you try, but standard systems don’t work for you?
  • 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?
  • Is it three-dimensional things – clothes, toys, videos, kitchen gear, etc.?
  • Do you need overall space planning and a storage layout structure plan first?
  • Do you need hands-on help working through every step of the process?
  • Do you need ongoing telephone coaching for time management?
  • Do you have ADD?

If you are interested in an introduction to a Professional Organizer, please contact me directly.