Professional organizing

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Professional organizing emerged as an industry in 1984 within Los Angeles.[1] A professional organizer assists individuals and businesses to improve their organizing systems and process.

Basement, before tidying
Basement, after tidying

This industry has been popularized by a number of television programs produced on the subject, beginning with Life Laundry in 2002. This was followed by other programs, such as Clean Sweep, Neat, Mission: Organization, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and Hot Mess House.


Professional organizers achieve the goal of creating and maintaining organizational systems by teaching others the basic principles of organization. Writer Julie Morgenstern suggests communicating these principles by using the acronym "SPACE", interpreted as: S=Sort, P=Purge, A=Assign a Home, C=Containerize and E=Equalize.[2] The last step ("E") consists in monitoring how the new system that has been created is working, adjusting it if needed, and maintaining it. This principle is applicable to every type of organization.

As one of their main jobs, professional organizers help clients reduce excessive clutter (paper, books, clothing, shoes, office supplies, home decor items, etc.) in the home or in the office.[3]

Professional organizers offer a wide variety of services, from designing a functional closet, to organizing a cross-country move. For homeowners, a professional organizer might plan and reorganize the space of a room, improve paper management, or coach in time-management, or goal-setting. In a business setting, professional organizers work closely with their clients to increase productivity by stream-lining paper-filing, electronic organization, and employee time-management.[4]

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  1. ^ "About NAPO – National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO)". Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  2. ^ Julie Morgenstern (1 September 2004). Organizing from the Inside Out, second edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life. Henry Holt and Company. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-4299-5536-2.
  3. ^ Buck, Claudia (February 3, 2013). "Personal Finance: It's time to tame paper tiger". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Our Profession". Retrieved 14 April 2013.

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