Thank you for your interest in the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-LA). Our chapter is proud to be the founding chapter of NAPO and the start for many chapters around the country, and the founders are lifetime members of our chapter. NAPO-LA offers several categories of membership for professional organizers as well as a Business Partners program for businesses that provide related products and services to organizing & productivity professionals and their clients.

NAPO-LA's Mission. NAPO-LA is an organizing industry leader committed to providing the public with resources, professional organizers with education and support, and related industry professionals with unique channels for their products and services.

If you are interested in joining the field of professional organizing, the NAPO-LA Board of Directors and the Chapter membership invite you to a monthly meeting to learn more about this exciting industry. Please click here for the calendar of events, which lists upcoming Chapter meeting details. (There is a $15 guest fee for attending a Chapter meeting.)

Professional Organizer Membership

Benefits of NAPO-LA Regular Membership

The following benefits are specific to NAPO-LA. Please visit NAPO National's website for information on the benefits of National Membership.

  • Monthly Meetings. Ten chapter meetings a year are held in West Los Angeles. Chapter meetings provide an opportunity to network with other organizers, learn from educational speakers, engage in problem-solving discussions, and discover new products and business resources. 
  • Online Referral Directory. All members are included in the Professional Organizer Directory. This resource is searchable by the general public interested in hiring a professional organizer.
  • Members-Only Discounts. Members receive discounts for seminars and workshops, such as the Professional Organizers Learning Academy (POLA) classes.
  • The Los Angeles Organizer. NAPO-LA publishes a bimonthly e-newsletter. Enjoy informative articles about upcoming events, local industry and association news, advice, profiles of professional organizers, and advertising opportunities.
  • Professional Development. We offer training sessions, workshops, and seminars on topics essential to your business. Outside speakers and long-time organizers share their wisdom, resources, and encouragement to chapter members
  • Leadership. NAPO-LA is recognized as an industry leader. Members have the opportunity to gain exposure and possible new business, as well as to affect the future of professional organizing, by volunteering in chapter activities. Acquire new leadership skills at the annual Leadership Forum.
  • Member Businesses. Our Associate Members are industry business partners who can help with organizing solutions and products. Joint cooperative marketing efforts build awareness of the organizing industry in all areas. Some Associate Members offer special discounts and promotions exclusively to NAPO-LA members.
  • Regional and National Special Events. NAPO-LA hosts several events throughout the year, including the Leadership Forum and Get Organized (GO) Month.
  • Members-Only Section of the Website. This section includes access to NAPO-LA’s membership directory, chapter forms and documents, the chapter’s annual budget, and advertising opportunities.
  • Member Forum. Our online chat group is for chapter members only. Exchange resources, ask for advice from experienced chapter members, get help solving a problem, and find opportunities to assist organizers seeking to hire other members for their teams on large jobs
  • Assist Veteran Organizers. Experienced organizers frequently hire assistants on large projects. NAPO-LA members look first to hire other chapter members using the Member Forum. New members especially will benefit from hands-on experience with veteran organizers.
  • New Member Orientation. All new members attend an orientation program to familiarize them with the Los Angeles Chapter and the many benefits of membership.
  • NAPO-LA Chapter Logo. Add professional credibility with the NAPO-LA logo on your marketing materials, letterheads, and business cards.
  • Neighborhood Groups. Informal bimonthly meetings are held throughout the Los Angeles area offering education, business tips, and networking with other organizers from your area.
  • Chapter Library. Books, CDs, and DVDs from NAPO-LA and NAPO National’s annual conferences are available to chapter members through our lending library.
  • Announcements from the Board. Mini e-newsletters feature up-to-the-minute news and tips from the NAPO-LA Board of Directors.
  • Volunteering. When you volunteer in one of the many available areas, you work alongside other professional organizers to continue to make NAPO-LA a great chapter. Benefits are helping a deserving cause, professional and personal growth, an opportunity to learn about organizing from veteran members, a supportive environment to expand your skills, networking opportunities, possible business opportunities, great friendships, and much more!

Applying for Regular Membership

  • All new members are required to sign the NAPO Code of Ethics as part of their membership application.
  • NAPO National membership (separate from NAPO-LA chapter membership) is required in order to join NAPO-LA. Click here for more information and to join NAPO National. Regular members are entitled to NAPO National voting privileges and may hold office and serve on the National Board of Directors.
  • Processing of new members can take up to two weeks. 
  • Dues are prorated semiannually. Prices are detailed on the Membership Application Form.
  • Membership Levels. 
    Level 1. All benefits of membership except Chapter meeting fees [$15/meeting].
    Level 2. All benefits of membership including 10 Chapter Meetings. [NOTE: Level 2 membership is only available in October.]
    Neighborhood Groups. Includes attendance at any Neighborhood Group and two monthly Chapter meetings (not including Leadership Forum). Not included: website directory listing, access to NAPO-LA Member Forum, use of the NAPO-LA logo, POLA class discounts, leadership positions, or any other benefits listed above.

NAPO National Membership Categories

The following are categories of Regular Membership in NAPO National. For further information and to join NAPO National click here.
[Please note that these categories are not for NAPO-LA membership, only for NAPO National membership.]

Category   Description  Dues
Provisional New members must join NAPO as Provisional Members and may advance to Professional Member status after completing the three courses in the NAPO Professional Practices Curriculum.
Professional Level 1 [Without employees] Professional Members are entitled to the full range of NAPO membership benefits, including a listing in the Professional Organizer Directory, voting privileges, eligibility to serve as a Director on the Board and/or an Officer of the Association.
Professional Level 2 [With employees] Same benefits as Level 1; Professional Members with Employees must complete a paper application for their employees and submit it to NAPO headquarters for processing.   $230
Employee of Professional Not entitled to voting privileges and cannot serve as a Director on the Board or as an Officer of the Association.  
Emeritus Retired Professional Members who are no longer engaged in the organizing and/or productivity profession, are at least 55 years of age, and have been a NAPO member for at least 15 years.
Allied An individual employed by a government agency, postsecondary educational institution, nonprofit organization, for-profit entity, or self-employed and engaged as an organizing and/or productivity professional who does not offer services to the public.
Academic An individual employed as an educator, academic researcher, or writer engaged in an area of study within the organizing and/or productivity profession at an accredited college or university (but does not offer organizing or productivity services to the public).
Student An individual enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college or university.

For more information and to join NAPO National, click here

Associate Membership Benefits and Information

If you have questions that are not answered on the above pages, please contact our Director of Membership or Director of Associate Membership.

Golden Circle

NAPO’s prestigious Golden Circle was formed in 1990 to recognize members who have attained an elevated level of experience. Golden Circle acknowledges the expertise of members who have been engaged in the business of organizing for at least five years and have been a NAPO member for at least one year. For a full background about Golden Circle, please read the PDF, History of Golden Circle.

Membership in Golden Circle offers fellowship, camaraderie, and a "golden" opportunity to share experience and network with other accomplished professional organizers. Membership is complimentary, and each member receives a Golden Circle pin and certificate suitable for framing and for use with marketing materials. Golden Circle members are encouraged to use the Golden Circle logo on their websites, social media pages, and marketing materials.

For detailed information on rules and requirements, please visit the Golden Circle page on the NAPO National website. 

Golden Circle & NAPO-LA

NAPO-LA is the Founding Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, and the five Founders are still members of NAPO-LA, some of them very active in our Chapter to this day. For photos of past meetings and activities of NAPO-LA's Golden Circle members, please see our NAPO-LA Golden Circle Photo Gallery.

Golden Circle Logo Usage

Members of NAPO National and all Chapters who belong to Golden Circle are encouraged to use the logo below on their websites, Facebook and other social media sites, and marketing materials. Right-click on the logo to download it.

NAPO National & Other Chapters

We invite you to take a look at the NAPO National website as well as the many other NAPO chapters around the country, as well as the virtual chapter. These sites contain valuable information and resources for those looking to hire or to become a professional organizer.

 Arizona (Mesa)   Michigan (East Lansing)  South Carolina (Charleston)
 California (Los Angeles)   Minnesota (Plymouth)
 Tennessee (Memphis)
 California (San Diego)   Missouri (St. Louis)  Tennessee (Nashville)
 California (San Francisco Bay Area)    New Hampshire (Manchester)  Texas (Austin)
 Colorado (Boulder)  Northern New Jersey  Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth)
 Connecticut (Wallingford)  New York (New York City)  Texas (Houston)
 District of Columbia (Washington DC Metro)  North Carolina (Morrisville)  Virginia (Richmond)
 Florida (South Florida)   Ohio (North Coast Ohio)  Virginia (Washington DC Metro)
 Georgia (Marietta)  Ohio (Columbus)  Washington (Seattle Area)
 Illinois (Chicago)  Oregon (Lake Oswego)
 Maryland (Baltimore)  Pennsylvania (Greater Philadelphia)  
 Massachusetts (New England)  Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)  Virtual Chapter

Mission Statement/Code of Ethics

NAPO-LA Mission Statement

NAPO-LA is the organizing industry leader committed to providing the public with resources, providing professional organizers with education and support, and providing related industry professionals with unique channels for their products and services.

NAPO Code of Ethics


Working Relationships

  • I will serve my clients with integrity, competence, and objectivity and will treat them with respect and courtesy.
  • I will offer services in those areas in which I am qualified and will accurately represent those qualifications in both verbal and written communications.
  • When unable or unqualified to fulfill requests for services, I will make every effort to recommend the services of other qualified organizers and/or other qualified professionals.
  • I will advertise my services in an honest manner and will represent the organizing profession accurately.


  • I will keep confidential all client information, both business and personal, including that which may be revealed by other organizers.
  • I will use proprietary client information only with the client's permission.
  • I will keep client information confidential and not use it to benefit myself or my firm, nor will I reveal this information to others.


  • I will decide independently and communicate to my client in advance my fees and expenses and will charge fees and expenses which I deem reasonable, legitimate, and commensurate with my experience, the services I deliver, and the responsibility I accept.
  • I will make recommendations for products and services with my client's best interests in mind.


  • I will seek and maintain an equitable, honorable, and cooperative association with other NAPO members and will treat them with respect and courtesy.
  • I will respect the intellectual property rights (materials, titles, and thematic creations) of my colleagues, and other firms and individuals, and will not use proprietary information or methodologies without permission. [Note: If you are going to use a colleague's established methodology in your practice, get permission first.]
  • I will act and speak on a high professional level so as not to bring discredit to the organizing profession.
Please note that acceptance of the NAPO Code of Ethics is required for all those seeking membership in NAPO, whether National or any Chapter.


The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional association whose members include organizing consultants, speakers, trainers, authors, and manufacturers of organizing products. Founded in 1985, it is the largest national association of and for professional organizers, with over 4,200 members throughout the world. The association was founded in Los Angeles by Beverly Clower, Stephanie Culp, Ann Gambrell, Maxine Ordesky, and Jeannie Shorr. Some of these founders are still active members of the Los Angeles Chapter.

The Los Angeles Chapter

Mission Statement. NAPO-LA is the organizing industry leader, committed to
  • providing the public with resources
  • providing professional organizers with education and support, and 
  • providing related industry professionals with unique channels for their products and services.
Vision. NAPO-LA, comprising passionate and innovative professionals, is the premier authority on organizing, serving the greater Los Angeles area.

Membership. Over 100 Active and Business Partners.

Meetings. Held on the fourth Monday of the month (except in April or May, and December, as noted on the Calendar of Events) at 6:15 pm. 

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The National Association of Professional Organizers, Los Angeles Chapter, 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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