This article on LifeHacker is the most straightforward description I’ve seen to date of professional organizers’ work and why you should consider hiring one: What Professional Organizers Really Do and How They Can Help
I’ve seen the benefits in action with my clients, whether it’s offering a way to keep a particular category of items organized that they haven’t tried before, enabling them to make decisions that have previously paralyzed them, or helping them make time for things that really matter.
A client looked up at me the other day, midway through sorting a stack of paper, and said, “If I were doing this by myself, it would take three times as long.” Your time is valuable! By hiring a professional organizer like me, part of what you’re paying for is the time you’ll get back that you would have spent if you tried to get organized by yourself.
The professional organizers quoted in the article all hold the CPO (Certified Professional Organizer) title, a designation given by NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers). It’s a demanding program requiring 1,500 hours of documented work experience before you even start taking the classes to prepare for the exam. Since I just launched my business last year, I’m not even qualified to sit for the CPO certification yet! However, the program is on my radar, and as I built my experience and expertise, I hope to work towards my own CPO.