Professional Organizers National Referral List
This is a select referral list of professional organizers nationwide. While we recommend professional organizers in California, Texas, Colorado, New York, and other states, it is a very select list of National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and NSGCD members.
We have closed this list.
Not all who ask to be on our referral list of professional organizers are included. Mike Nelson personally interviews the organizers or they were referred by clutterers or members of Clutterless Recovery Groups. Although these professional organizers pay a small fee ($50 a year) to be listed, it is a very exclusive list.
Click for your area of the country for a professional organizer in your area.
When I (Mike Nelson) spoke at a meeting of the NAPO (National Association of Organizers) Houston chapter, it was heartening was that most of the professional organizers in Houston had my books, and some organizers used Clutter-Proof Your Business in their organizing work. Professional organizers are caring people and they want people to get help with this problem. They thought Clutterless Recovery Groups can help those who try and try to follow the systems the organizer sets up, but just can't. It's hard for clutterers to understand, but most people don't agonize over each piece of paper or old clothes like we do. And there is reciprocity. Some people who come to Clutterless meetings (or visit the web sit) are ready to hire an organizer and follow her suggestions. It's a two-way street.
A professional organizer will be the first to tell you she cannot "do it" for you. If you are not ready to make major changes in how you view and relate to your "stuff," you will be wasting her time and your money. If, however, you are ready to deal with the "why" of your clutter, an organizer can help with the "how not to" aspect.
In the course of writing my three books on cluttering, I interviewed several organizers. They are dedicated and caring people who believe in what they do. They all advised anyone considering hiring them to make sure that there is a "fit" between you. Your organizer will know more about you than your best friend. Because of that, you will need to make sure that your personalities can work together. Ideally, you will find one who is sensitive enough to your needs, but firm enough to do you some good. She will not be judgmental or overwhelmed by your clutter. She has seen it all.
The organizers listed here "get it" about clutterers and have had success working with us. But remember, you cannot expect an organizer to waltz into your house and make it ready for a photo shoot for House Beautiful. You are going to have to do a lot of work. She will guide you, direct you and help you change your way of looking at things, but you are going to have to maintain it. If it is someone else's clutter that is affecting you, please, please, do not ask an organizer to come in while they are gone and fix things up. They don't work that way. They understand the serious psychological damage that something like that can do. And do not expect (as you may have seen on TV shows) that an organizer can come in and make a house neat forever. Unless you are really able to deal with your clutter. it will get just as cluttered in a few weeks or months.
I've gotten a lot of emails from people who want to become Professional Organizers, or who want to find a Professional Organizer for themselves. Other than my individual recommendations, the national site for the National Association of Professional Organizers is www.napo.net.
For those who want to find an organizer who specializes in Chronic Disorganization, check out http://www.nsgcd.org/index.html
Organizing Matters, Linda Durham, 281-304-0695, web site: www.organizingmatters.com email: OM@OrganizingMatters.com Linda was kind enough to speak at a Clutterless meeting and the members gave very positive feedback. She understands us. Linda is a top-notch professional organizer.
Let's Get it Together, Debbie Williams, 281-286-9512 www.organizedtimes.com Specializes in families.
Nooks and Crannies Professional Organizing in Katy, TX is the best organizer for a clutterer to work with that I know. She provides the services of small business and residential organizing for those who want to make a positive change in their workplace or lifestyle. Janine Godwin, Personal Organizing Consultant, will work with you to dispel the myth that you will never be organized. Let’s focus on the clutter-free environment you envision! As an accredited member of both NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and the NSGCD (National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization), her focus is to guide you through the steps necessary to understand your disorganization, not just deal with the ‘stuff’ cluttering your surroundings. Web site: www.Nooks-and-Crannies.com
Organizethis is a professional organizing company that knows the needs of your busy lifestyle. organizethis serves Southern California with clients primarily in Malibu, Westlake, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Woodland Hills, Santa Monica, the San Fernando Valley, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, and Ventura County. I've talked to the owner Teine "Dana" Kenney and she is a pleasure to work with .
Caring Resources For Collectors
www.collectorcare.com - (925) 548-7750
Rachel specializes in people who term themselves collectors as well as seniors. She seems sincerely devoted to helping people, not just organizing their stuff.
officiency, K.J. McCorry, 305-517-5300 web site: www.officiency.com email: KJM@officiency.com K.J. is the former P.R. director for NAPO (National Assn. of Professional Organizers) and contributed to our book. She's pretty busy, but a real jewel of a person.
NW (Vancouver Area)
Barbara George, Clean Slate Organizational Consulting
I've talked to Barb and really believe she understands the special needs of clutterers.
Clean Slate Organizational Consulting, based in SW Washington State (Vancouver area) is owned and operated by Barbara George. A Professional Organizer since 2002, Barb is able to bring humor and comfort into your home and office while maximizing your space and time. Working with families and small businesses, Barb specializes in working with adults and children with ADD and other organizational issues. Contact Barb George at 360.281.5332 or visit her web site at:www.cleanslateconsulting.com Member, NAPO and NSGCD
Syosset, New York
My name is Donna Jaroslawski. I am a Professional Organizer. It is my belief that getting organized will create more harmony in a person’s life. The act of clearing clutter and getting organized can transform your life by releasing negative emotions which will generate energy and create space in your life for the things you want to achieve. This is what I call Liberty.
I have received
my Certification as a CD (Chronic Disorganization) Specialist from The National
Study Group on Chronic Disorganization and am currently working on my ADD
Specialist Certificate. I am also a
member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and enrolled
in the Optimal Functioning Institute Coaching curriculum. Mike Nelson’s teachings have been so valuable
in my life and I draw from them often. Donna Jaroslawski, Liberty Organizing
516.635.2007, www.libertyorganizing.com,Your Organizing Buddy