What Do Professional Organizers Actually Do?

Posted in Organization on Aug 16, 2021, tagged with preparing for your move

What Do Professional Organizers Actually Do?

While the job title “Professional Organizer” may seem pretty straightforward, its simplicity is deceptive. They do help you organize your home, but professional organizers also do much more.

According to NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing), a Professional Organizer “supports evaluation, decision-making, and action around objects, space, and data to help clients achieve desired outcomes regarding function, order, and clarity.” There are a number of circumstances in which these skills can be helpful, including:

  • When you are relocating
  • When you are downsizing into a smaller home
  • When you are consolidating more than one home
  • When you are clearing out a home for an estate sale
  • Senior moves

If you are considering hiring a pro organizer, you may be wondering if your organizational situation calls for the aid of a professional and with what they are able to help you. A certified professional organizer has an education and experience in the organizing field, and can help you with:

  • Consulting and planning
  • Home downsizing, clean out, and decluttering
  • The moving process
  • New home set up
  • General organization

Let’s take a closer look at how a professional organizer can help you.

Consulting and planning

One of the hardest parts of getting organized on your own is making a plan and figuring out how to achieve your vision in your own home. Or, sometimes, what that vision even is.

One of the services professional organizers provide is consultation and planning. They will meet with you (digitally or in-person) to gain insight into your goals, the root cause of your organizational problem(s), define your needs and wants, and review the areas of the home you want to organize. With this information, they can help you prepare a plan, break it down into actionable steps, and create a timeline to keep you on track.

Downsizing, home-clean out, and decluttering

Depending on the type of person you are, getting rid of belongings can be very easy OR incredibly hard. While it may “just be stuff”, the things we own can become imbued with meaning and sentimental value, making it hard to objectively evaluate and add them to the toss, donate, or sell pile.

Whether an object is connected to a treasured memory, was given to us by someone important, or is simply something we love, parting with belongings can be a tricky business, especially during an already emotional time such as a move or when preparing for an estate sale. A professional mover helps with the downsizing and decluttering process by assisting with:

  • Sorting through belongings
  • Arranging junk removal
  • Planning, arranging and facilitating donations or sales of items
  • Organizing estate sales

The moving process

From move day oversight to packing and unpacking, professional home organizers can help facilitate a smooth moving process, giving you more time and energy to focus on your family, and hopefully feel less stressed throughout the experience. Whether you’re moving for a new job and short on time, moving a parent into an assisted living facility, or moving into a smaller space, they will help you come up with a strategy for your move, as well as guidelines for clearly labeling boxes and a moving timeline, and even help direct the moving team on moving day.

New home set up

Another key task professional organizers can help you with is getting organized from the day you move into a new home.

It can be hard to come up with a plan for a new home when you’re just trying to get everything out of the boxes. A professional organizer can come in and work with you to create a space that will be easier to keep clean and organized from the beginning so you don’t have to move everything around again later.

With new home set ups, professional home organizers can help with:

  • Setting up storage systems and room layouts
  • Organizing drawers, closets, basements, attics, and other storage areas
  • Sorting and labelling
  • Determining what the functions of each space will be

General organization

Even if you aren’t moving into a new home or cleaning one out, a professional home organizer can help you get your current home and belongings in order. They will listen to your goals, assess your belongings, and set up the ideal structure for your home and family, helping you get your space tidied and creating the garage, basement, attic, closets, or any other space that you’ve always desired. 


No matter how organized you may be or what stage in the organizing process you are in, having a professional organizer come in can be very helpful. Professional organizers have the education and experience to assist with your home projects.

  1. Consulting and planning
  2. Downsizing, home-clean out and decluttering
  3. Moving, including supervising move day
  4. New home set up
  5. General organization

Learn more about our professional home organizer services or check out 6 reasons you should hire one.

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