Professional organizing

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Professional organizing is an industry that has been developed in order to help individuals and businesses design systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring skills. Professional organizers aim to help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper, and their systems for life..

There are approximately 5,200 professional organizers in the U.S. and 8 other countries who are members of the trade association, the National Association of Professional Organizers.[citation needed]

There have been a number of television programs on the subject, starting with Life Laundry in 2002, and followed by others such as Clean Sweep, Neat, Mission: Organization, Hoarders, Clean House, and NeatTV, as well as magazines like Real Simple.


Professional organizers achieve the goal of creating and maintaining organizational systems by teaching others the basic principals of organization. These principals are often communicated by using the acronym "SPACE" or some variation of it. "SPACE" which is: S=Sort, P=Purge, A=Analyze, C= Contain and E=Evaluate (I tend to replace "Evaluate" with "Maintenance" it is easier to understand and is precisely what is intended). This principal is applicable to every type of Organization.

One of the main jobs of a professional organizer is to help clients reduce an excessive and disorganized accumulation of paper in one's home or office.[1]

Professional organizers help redirect paradigms into more useful cross-applications that ensure properly co-sustainable futures for their clients' spaces and processes.

Professional organizers offer a wide variety of services, anywhere from designing a functional closet to organizing a move. For homeowners, a professional organizer might plan and reorganize the space of a room, improve paperwork management, or coach in time-management and goal-setting. In a business setting, professional organizers aim to increase productivity by improving paper-filing, electronic organization and employee time management.[2]


There are several categories and specializations of professional organizing:

  • Ergonomic, feng shui, office-commercial
  • Office-home, storage/warehouse, closets
  • Garages, attics, basements
  • Kitchens, office and filing rooms, inventory/atorage areas, paper organization
  • Photographs, memorabilia, collecting, time management, moving techniques and labeling
  • People with physical disabilities, senior citizens
  • College students and dorm rooms, downsizing, home staging, clutter control,
  • Retirement organizing, paper and document organizing, attention deficit disorder
  • Organizing workflow, space planning


  1. ^ Buck, Claudia (February 3, 2013). "Personal Finance: It's time to tame paper tiger". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Our Profession". Retrieved 14 April 2013. 

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