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What Do Residential Organizers Do?


Residential organizers transfer the skills of organizing to their clients within the home. Whether you have an unruly closet, an overflowing garage, or a pile of unidentified paperwork, a residential organizer can help you sort it out and teach you the skills you need to keep it organized.

Professional organizers are great to have around the house! We're needed in every area of the home—from the garage to the bathroom, closets, and kids' rooms—and we have the skill, talent, and ability to transform any space.

How to Choose?

But how to choose the right organizer for your needs? While some people may need an organizer to help them through one of life's many transitions, others may want to work with an organizer with training and certification—for instance, chronically disorganized clients or people with ADHD or hoarding behavior—while others may find benefit from an organizer who is trained and certified as an organizing coach.

Decluttering and organizing your spaces, big or small, provide enormous benefits to your physical and emotional well-being. Your professional organizer will help you make the hard decisions about what possessions to keep and what to part with, so everything in your home will have a home, and you can put your things away with ease and find what you need when you need it.

Starting with your goal in mind, we will untangle, declutter, and rearrange your things, all with your understanding and permission, to help you decide whether to keep, toss, donate, or recycle items that no longer serve you or your family. Residential organizers will teach you important skills and strategies to help you maintain your newly decluttered spaces.

Causes and Cures

If your clutter is the result of a life transition—marriage, birth, death, aging parents, relocation—or you just need help getting organized, choose a residential organizer who specializes in your problem spaces (garage, closets, kitchen, kids’ rooms, etc.). There are many categories of residential specialties to choose from. You can also search for specialists in various populations, such as seniors, the disabled, hoarding behaviors, ADHD.

Others have clutter because they've always had clutter. If issues of chronic disorganization and a lifetime of clutter have a familiar ring, choose an organizer who has earned certifications through the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. Specialists who work with ADHD, hoarding disorders, and chronic disorganization will list these in their bio. An organizer who has achieved a higher level of training with these populations is designated with the initials CPO-CD® (Certificate of Professional Organizing in Chronic Disorganization).

Another approach for cluttered and disorganized people is to work with an organizing and productivity specialist who will coach you toward your desired goals. Look for organizers with the initials COC (Certificate of Coaching) if your goal is to make substantial changes in behavior or in how you relate to your space.

Ready to Get Organized?

If you're ready to contact a residential organizer, search our Member Directory. If you still aren't sure exactly what you need, scroll through our list of residential organizing specialties to see the depth and breadth of the work we can do!

Happy decluttering!

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