What is a Professional Organizer & Why do I Need One?
Updated: Mar 6, 2021
When I tell people that I'm a professional organizer, I usually hear stuff like "that's a thing?" or "what do you organize, people's lives or people's things?" Which makes sense, the title isn't super specific and it's not widely known that this is IN FACT a thing. 💁🏽♀️
So, let's start with a brief little history lesson. Professional Organizing has been around since the mid-'80s. It started in Los Angeles, which is no surprise. 🤪 And now it is a profession that is practiced ALL OVER THE WORLD❗️
Although this career may not be super well known in the United States, it is a BOOMING industry that is becoming more and more popular every year.
So what do we do? Well, there are quite a few different ways to answer that question.
The National Association of Professional Organizers defines it as:
A Professional Organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills.
A Professional Organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and resulting benefits. Professional organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems for life.
But, if you ask ME, I would say
A Professional Organizer is a specialist that comes into your space and teaches you the skill of organizing. This includes tips and tricks we have learned along the way to help you create & maintain organization in your space AND in your life.
Say that 5x fast 😅
Most P.O.'s specialize in a particular niche. Now, that does not mean that they can ONLY organize these areas. Organizing is a skill and once you've learned it, you can use it anywhere. A niche is more of a focal point of the person's particular skillset or areas that they prefer to work in. For example, I am a Home Productivity Expert, which I define as:
A specialist that helps you create a high-functioning system in the spaces of your home that you use the most.
I want to make your home a more productive space, that is why I focus on three of the busiest spaces: your kitchen, closet, and home office. These are my FAVORITE areas to organize in the home and the spaces that I think highlight my particular skills as an organizer.
That being said, there are MANY different types of organizers, in countless amounts of niches to help keep you organized. You have to find the right fit for you!
Another type of P.O. would be a Productivity Consultant, which I would define as someone that specializes in teaching time management, helping you delegate your priorities, and goal setting.
Now, I know what you're thinking... I can do this by myself, why would I need to hire a professional?
Honey! If you could do it all by yourself, you wouldn't be disorganized. 🤷🏽♀️
Yes, technically you could follow a bunch of P.O.'s online, copy their methods and do it all yourself. And if you have the skill of organization under your belt and the discipline to do so, feel free.
BUT, in my experience, most people haven't polished this skill yet. Like any other skill, organizing takes a lot of time and practice. Which you are TOTALLY capable of. Hiring a professional to help you not only gets it done faster and more efficiently, but it takes the stress off of your shoulders.
YOU DON'T NEED TO DO THIS ALONE‼️
I want to help support you on this journey. Let me be your organizing bestie!👩🏽🤝👩🏻 We can take this on together. You do not have to do this by yourself. I LOVE ORGANIZING. This is my passion. I love helping people and that is EXACTLY why I got into this profession. I want to help you succeed. Don't waste another minute feeling stuck.