Becoming an Organizer

The field of professional organizing is growing fast, and so are the
opportunities for becoming a well-educated and well-trained organizer.

Here are a few tips to get you started on the way to becoming
a valuable addition to the profession.

  1. Join the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).
    Delve into their website to learn more about the profession, educational opportunities, annual national conferences and the certification program. {}
  2. Join the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of NAPO (NAPO-SFBA).
    You’ll meet organizers from all over the Bay Area, and get involved with the largest chapter in the country.  {}
  3. Subscribe to the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).
    ICD offers a certification program and weekly tele-classes on topics affecting our clients and how best to serve them, including: ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Asperger's Syndrome, Compulsive Hoarding, physical and mental disabilities.  {}
  4. Look for educational opportunities in your area.
    Seek out classes or workshops for new or experienced organizers offered in the Bay Area.

As members of the North Bay Organizers and Coaches (NBOC), we take our businesses very seriously. We each have a special talent for organizing and we believe in transferring those skills to our clients. 

Ethical considerations are very important, and privacy and confidentiality are number one. Please read the NBOC Code of Ethics to familiarize yourself with these ethical standards.

Organizing might seem simple and straightforward to some, but we caution new organizers. Some clients have serious issues that need to be dealt with carefully and with great sensitivity and without criticism or judgement. It is possible to do more harm than good if you don't know what you are doing or you are not able to recognize serious issues. We encourage new organizers to take workshops from experienced organizers to learn about the best practices of organizing.

Good luck and have fun! 
     ~ from the members of NBOC