Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is NAPO?
3. What does the NAPO Seattle Area Chapter do?
4. How do I hire a member of the chapter?
5. How can I become a member of the NAPO Seattle Area Chapter?
6. What do Professional Organizers and Productivity Consultants do?
7. Why would I need a Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant?
8. What can I expect when working with a Professional Organizer?
9. What is the best way to get organized?
10. How long does it take to get organized?
NAPO’s mission is to develop, lead, and promote Professional Organizers, Productivity Consultants and the organizing industry. Its members benefit by connecting to others in their field throughout the world, as well as having corporate relationships to major vendors.
Membership gives professionals access to first-rate educational opportunities through conferences and classes led by accomplished Organizers.
All NAPO Seattle Area chapter members must first be members in good standing with NAPO National. To become a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, visit napo.net. Go here for more information on NAPO Seattle Area chapter membership, including Membership categories.
6. WHAT DO PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS AND PRODUCTIVITY CONSULTANTS DO?
Some Professional Organizers and Productivity Consultants work with specific populations such as those with Attention Deficit Disorder, the chronically disorganized, children, seniors or students. You can find a complete list of organizing services in our Professional Organizer Directory.
· Ask the right questions to understand the client
· Listen and infer what a client means
· Customize organizational systems
· Teach basic organizing skills
· Visualize spaces and see the big picture
· Break goals into manageable steps
· Prioritize and plan ahead
· Use technology
· Stay mentally and physically strong and focused
· Maintain compassion, professionalism and responsibility
7. WHY WOULD I NEED A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER OR PRODUCTIVITY CONSULTANT?
The more information we have, the less organized we become. Our desks are covered with paper. Our computers are cluttered with data. Our precious belongings become “stuff.” The more disorganized we are, the more stressed out we feel. Sound familiar? Then you need a professional organizer.
A Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant can help you take control. Organize your paperwork and your professional responsibilities. Take charge of everything from your filing system to your invoicing system. Learn what to keep, what to toss, and where to take action.
8. WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN WORKING WITH A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER OR PRODUCTIVITY CONSULTANT?
1. Confidentiality - Our code of ethics emphasizes the importance of protecting the privacy and identity of our clients.
2. Non-Judgmental Attitude - Professional Organizers and Productivity Consultants will act in a respectful way toward the client and their environment. We understand that there can be a lot of emotions connected with a client’s possessions, and we do not judge or criticize our clients.
3. Fun! Organizing isn’t always easy, but it can actually be fun. Through humor and understanding, an organizer can make tasks that seemed daunting and overwhelming feel manageable and even enjoyable.
9. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET ORGANIZED?
Professional Organizers and Productivity Consultants agree there is no “cookie cutter” solution. What works for you may not work for your business partner. The system that works at the office may not work at home. There are plenty of organizing products on the market, but without expert advice, you could end up with nothing but a pile of receipts.
A National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) member can help you:
• Take charge of your files
• Control clutter
• Manage your time
• Make the most of your storage space
• Juggle your projects
10. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET ORGANIZED?
Think of it as “staying organized” rather than “getting organized.” A NAPO member can help you set up an organizing system in a few days. After that, staying organized takes time and practice. The good news is that the right system makes developing organized habits easier. With time and effort, life will seem manageable again.