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What Does a Professional Organizer Do?
What Does a Professional Organizer Do?

People often ask me what a Professional Organizer does. Does a PO come in and straighten all my pencils and color code my spices? Does a PO clean my house while putting all my DVDs in alphabetical order? In general, the answer to both questions is no.

Here is what a Professional Organizer generally does NOT do:

  • Insist that you get rid of 50% of your possessions.
  • Throw away things that they may see as trash but are of value to you.
  • Come in and tell you exactly how s/he is going to fix your problem.
  • Clean your home. There are cleaning services for that.

 

The National Association of Professional Organizers (www.napo.net) defines professional organizers as “us(ing) tested principles and expertise to enhance the lives of clients. By designing custom organizing systems and teaching organizing skills, they help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper piles, their lives.”

In my mind a Professional Organizer is a compassionate, professional, responsible person that helps you, the client, by:

  • Being a professional service provider, ensuring your confidentiality and following the NAPO code of ethics. https://www.napo.net/our_profession/ethics.aspx
  • Talking with you to discover your goals, values and needs.
  • Working with you to develop personalized storage systems that work with your goals, needs and lifestyle.
  • Encouraging you to develop a maintenance plan to keep your new systems in order.
  • Helping you see the bigger picture instead of getting overwhelmed by the details.
  • Making suggestions for products that might work for you.
  • Helping you find other resources as necessary such as cleaning services, haulers or handymen.
  • Being a support for you during your organizing journey.

 

I truly love what I do as a Professional Organizer. When a client is tense and nervous at the beginning of a session but at the end she is smiling and relaxed, that means the world to me. Together we’ve made a positive change in her life in just a few short hours. It doesn’t get much better than that!

If you are interested in finding out more about working with a Professional Organizer, please visit www.napo.net to find one in your area.

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Andi Willis is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Good Life Organizing based in Perry, GA.  She is passionate about helping people find creative solutions to organize their homes and simplify their lives. From piles of old photos to files of digital pictures, bedrooms to playrooms, home offices to kitchens, no project is too large or too small to tackle. Working with clients from busy moms to busy executives, Andi can help you get past the clutter and get on with your life!

Andi is a proud member of National Association of Professional Organizers, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, Association of Personal Photo Organizers and the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce. She also is a Certified Personal Photo Organizer and holds Certificates of Study in Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization.

Find Andi at Good Life OrganizingFacebookTwitter and Pinterest. You can also contact her by email or (478) 550-1969.

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