Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is NAPO?

2. Why hire a NAPO member?

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?


1. WHAT IS NAPO?
The National  Association of Professional Organizers is “The Organizing Authority”. Founded in  1985, it is the largest national association of and for organizers with approximately 4,000 members throughout the world.

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.

2. WHY HIRE A NAPO MEMBER?
NAPO members dedicate themselves to their profession and educate themselves through conferences, chapter meetings and teleclasses. When you hire a NAPO Professional  Organizer, you are hiring a skilled professional. NAPO members sign a Code of  Ethics to insure your personal information will remain confidential. A  Professional Organizer who is a NAPO member has made a commitment to their  business and thus to you, the client.

3. WHAT DOES THE NAPO SEATTLE AREA CHAPTER DO? 
We hold regular monthly member meetings featuring guest speakers. Topics include Hoarding Disorder FAQs, Understanding Chronic Disorganization, How to Dispose of Things Responsibly, The Professional Organizer as an Agent for Change, and much more. We also meet with representatives from major organizing product retailers.

Each January we  participate in GET ORGANIZED MONTH which lets us focus on giving back to the community using our professional skills to help a local charity. In the past, we have worked with Ronald McDonald House to organize their food storage and office space and are looking forward to helping with other charitable events in the  future.

4. HOW DO I HIRE A MEMBER OF THE CHAPTER? 
Please visit our Find an Organizer Directory to find an organizer in your area. 
 
5. HOW CAN I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE SEATTLE AREA CHAPTER? 

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?
Professional Organizers and Productivity Consultants combine tested principles with expertise to help our clients improve their lives. We work in homes and businesses. We teach organizing skills and design systems tailored to our clients’ needs. We help people take charge of their surroundings, their time, their paper piles and their lives!

A professional organizer can:

  • Design an efficient closet
  • Organize a cross-country move
  • Plan an organized home room by room 
  • Organize an estate
  • Creating systems for file management 
  • Maintain personal finances and records
  • Help with time management and goal setting
  • Help a business increase productivity and profitability

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.
 
All Professional Organizers and Productivity Consultants share some important abilities. A good Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant knows how to:

·       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
Every Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant is different, depending on his or her own style, personality and specialization. There are some things, however, that you can always expect, including:

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.

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NAPO Seattle Area Chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organizations, and contributions are tax-deductible.  Your contribution will support education and community outreach programs.

NAPO-Seattle  is a legal entity separate and distinct from NAPO, Inc. (the National Association of Professional Organizers) and is not entitled to act on behalf of or to bind NAPO, contractually or otherwise.

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