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What is a professional organizer? What do they do?

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Our website explains that professional organizers use a combination of coaching, teaching and providing hands-on assistance to help individuals get organized and regain control of their homes, offices and lives. They provide compassionate support to their clients and help them stay focused and motivated during the process.

The following fun and clever list that was recently compiled by the members of the National Association of Professional Organizers spells it out even better. Enjoy!

Big Picture Breaker Downer – Professional organizers can take your big picture thoughts and break them down into manageable steps to get you there.

Category Queen – Professional organizers help you sort all your stuff into neat and easy to find categories or groups.

Clutter Consultants – Professional organizers help you figure out how to tackle your clutter and how to change how you think about your stuff.

Coach – Professional organizers listen to the issues and help you figure out where or how you’re stuck. Then they come up with solutions that will help move you forward in the right direction to reach your goals.

Downsizing Specialist – Professional organizers put order to the past to make room for the future by helping you choose what to take and what to do with the rest.

Environmentalist – Professional organizers recommend thoughtful ways to donate or dispose of reusable belongings.

Evaluator – Professional organizers can assess current systems in place and determine what is working and what needs improvement with those systems. And then come up with a plan to make those systems more efficient.

Family Mediator – Professional organizers work with your entire family and help you come up with a solution or decision that everybody can live with.

Feeling Overwhelmed Tackler – Professional organizers know that clients feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. We know just where to start and where to go from there.

File Folder Name Brain Stormer – Professional organizers can help you decide on file folder names that make sense to you and to the way you look for things.

Green Guru/Economizer/Giver Outer – Professional organizers help you repurpose organizing products (bins, boxes, etc.) that don’t work in one area, but will in another.

Guidance Counselor – Professional organizers ask the right questions to help you meet your objectives.

Habit Changer – Professional organizers teach you how to work on changing your habits to incorporate organizing and time management techniques into your daily life.

Implementer – Professional organizers help you put new systems in place to manage your time, tasks and stuff that will work with your processing and learning styles.

Instigator (in a good way) – Professional organizers help you clear up and organize areas that are of concern to you. Often once clients feel the ‘high’ from organizing that area, they want to do more.

Interior Designer – Professional organizers can envision all of the possibilities of what a room or office can be. They not only help the client “see it”, but they also help you get there. Professional organizers help you decide what will stay or go and how to arrange the room to look bigger, inviting and more peaceful.

Investigator – Professional organizers can determine why the disorganization exists based on factors due to mechanical problems, emotional resistance, situational circumstances or system failures.

Laborer – Professional organizers don’t see any problem as too big or too small. We’ll dive in and tackle the situation at hand.

List Maker – Professional organizers help you capture the things you need to do, want to do or have to do on a list. They will even prioritize it for you!

Logic Lady – Professional organizers help you make decisions on what stuff to keep or let go of.

Maintenance Maven – Professional organizers help you set up systems that will continue to work for you long after we’re gone.

Non-judgmental, Impartial Friend – Professional organizers are there to help you make the tough decisions about your stuff.

Office Organizers – Professional organizers strike a balance between what’s coming in and what’s going out.

Paper Pile Destroyer – Professional organizers make paper management less painful.

Patient Listener – Professional organizers let you vent over who, what or when, and then they cheerfully coax you into what you really want to do.

Permission Grantor/Liberator – Professional organizers give you permission to part with things you don’t like, need or want. We help you realize it’s OK to let go of it.

Positive Nag – Professional organizers encourage you to keep going.

Problem Solver – Professional organizers quickly and easily help you determine where the problem lies and then they come up with solutions to solve it.

Product Advisor – Professional organizers provide information on organizing products & services that best meet your needs.

Purge Prompter – Professional organizers help you figure out what to do with things you decide to let go of.

Puzzle Piece Placer – Professional organizers help you figure out how to fit all of the pieces together to make your life simpler, your work more efficient and your time more manageable.

Referral Maker – Professional organizers can provide you with referrals to other trusted professional service providers for other needs you may have.

Researcher – Professional organizers gather all of the necessary details to find and recommend the exact product or service to meet your needs.

Social Worker – Professional organizers help you find new homes for your unwanted stuff.

Space Maker/Interior Designer – Professional organizers help you optimize and maximize your available space to make you more efficient and more at peace.

Storage Stylist – Professional organizers help you decide where and how your stuff should be stored so that it’s easy to find when you need it!

Tax Money & Stress Reducer – Professional organizers don’t do your taxes for you, but we simplify the process for you and your tax preparer by making sure you have the most complete list of items needed to prepare it for you. And we can set up a system so that you’ll always have the information ready at your fingertips going forward.

Teacher – Professional organizers teach you and your family new systems that make your life easier, and the skills to tackle any organizational problem with honors!

Therapist – Professional organizers are good listeners and sounding boards.

Vacation Enabler – Professional organizers can take care of your mail, email, bank deposits, getting rid of junk mail, paying your bills and lots more while you are on vacation. When you return home, rather than being greeted by a huge pile of mail and things to do, you return home to a list of what’s been taken care of for you, and the most important things you need to take care of.

Validator – Professional organizers encourage you on the importance of the progress you’re making, no matter how big or how small that progress is.

Visual Tour Guide – Professional organizers help you to see a new perspective with a fresh set of eyes.

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