When I first started as a professional organizer, I did it mostly on my own. I learned everything I could from organizing blogs and podcasts, books, and other organizers - but I resisted joining NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers). I figured I didn't need some big bureaucracy telling me what to do. I figured I could learn everything I needed without them.
NAPO is, as it says, the leading source for organizing and productivity professionals. Begun in 1983, it now has about 4,000 members across the country. Through NAPO University, it provides the industry-standard education on professional practices, residential organizing, and workplace productivity.
So, why should you care about NAPO membership?
- Code of Ethics. All NAPO member professional organizers pledge to stand by the NAPO Code of Ethics. We promise to uphold certain standards in areas like working relationships, confidentiality, and fees.
- Knowledge. NAPO offers its members the latest, fact-based information for professional organizers through NAPO University and its annual conference. Plus, we've got access to all the other NAPO members online to ask questions. If you have an organizing challenge, we've got lots of great, field-tested ideas on how to address it.
I'm now half-way through the Professional Practices coursework, and I've already learned so much - so much that I'm applying every day as I work with clients. Conclusion: NAPO is a great resource for professional organizers - and for you.