Professional Organization: Cleaning the Right Way

Anyone with a mess at home must have thought at some point about how wonderful it would be if someone could swoop in and clean up the mess for them, or even help them to do it. In fact, there is a professional service that does exactly this. Professional organizers have made it their mission to help others organize all sorts of clutter, from stacks of paper to entire spaces. Read on to learn more about professional organizers and what their jobs entail. 

What Does a Professional Organizer Do?

Most professional organizers are also entrepreneurs, so they have to deal with a host of different aspects in their jobs. At the core is the actual organizing that they do for clients. This typically includes client consultations, plenty of planning, organizing, clutter control, and maximizing the potential of a space. Apart from this, there are also the day-to-day jobs that come with running a business. This can range from setting up marketing or sales promotions, to updating accounts, organizing trade show booths, booking new contracts, and networking.

The Professional Organizing Industry

Professional organizing is an industry that has been rapidly growing in recent years and has the potential to branch out into different sectors. Today, professional organizers and related associations exist all around the world. The National Association of Professional Organizers is a central trade association that brings together around 4,200 professionals. Apart from offering them support in various ways, NAPO also helps to regulate the industry and set certain standards.

  • NAPOThe National Association of Professional Organizers offers education and support for businesses and individual workers in the industry.

Types of Professional Organizing

Within professional organizing, there are several different niches. Home offices are a large sector, and can involve ergonomics to improve efficiency, general home office organization and design, or organization of paperwork or digital files. For general interior spaces, feng shui, a Chinese organizational system, has become quite popular for its focus on harmony. For some, a more specific approach is needed, such as closet organization, or design and installation of efficient storage systems. Finally, professional organizers are also hired to help with events, or to teach people about time management.

  • Feng ShuiSee how Feng Shui is directly related to good organizing techniques.
  • ErgonomicsSmall office spaces requires a high level of organization and reduced clutter in order to be efficient.
  • Paperwork Organizing (PDF)Find out what paperwork organizing involves and what is needed.

The Organizing Process

The basic organizing process is usually comprised of five steps. It starts with sorting all of the clutter and deciding what to keep or discard. The organizer then decides how to arrange and store items in the cleaned area. Based on these decisions, they may choose to install extra storage options. Once this is done, they can fill up the new storage area with items that are to be kept. Finally, they get rid of unwanted items by donating, recycling, or selling.

Professional Organizing Tips & Advice

One of the best-known tips from many professional organizers is to have a plan in place before starting, and then to work on one room at a time. This helps to maintain focus instead of flitting from each room and becoming even more disorganized. They typically also advise clients to be ruthless in sorting through the clutter. If an item is useless or of no further value, resist the urge to simply hold on to it for old times’ sake.

  • Strategies for OrganizingLook through a series of articles on organizing an office or a home office.
  • Hiring an OrganizerAnyone interested in hiring a professional organizer should do their research first.
  • Organizer GlossaryLearn the various terms and phrases that are often used among professional organizers.