How to Become a Professional Organizer

Are you a highly organized individual with a knack for neatness? Do you agree with the statement: “A place for everything and everything in it’s place”? Then now is the perfect time of year to become a professional organizer.

That’s because spring is the season many people embark on the ritual known as “spring cleaning.” Once they do, they quickly realize how much work is involved in getting organized. That’s when a professional organizer can step in to help with tasks such as controlling clutter, space planning, and developing filing systems.

Here are tips to breaking into this dream career, based on the FabJob Guide to Become a Professional Organizer, the textbook for IAP Career College’s Professional Organizer Certificate Course.

What is a Professional Organizer?become-a-professional-organizer-certificate-course-online_IAPCC

A professional organizer is an individual who helps other people get organized for a living. They apply advanced understanding of organizational systems and processes to other people’s chaotic situations, and help them develop solutions that work in their lives.

So essentially, they are specialized troubleshooters and problem-solvers. Those who become a professional organizer can earn $35 to $50 per hour or more, giving people ideas to help them get organized, or doing hands-on organizing.

What to Expect When You Become a Professional Organizer

A typical day for a professional organizer can be many things since they are the ultimate organizational entrepreneurs. On the job, they are often working hands-on with clients who need their help to get their lives, their homes, and their businesses organized.

People hire organizers to help with things like choosing, purchasing, and installing organizing equipment (filing cabinets, storage containers, racks, etc.), designing time schedules that help them get things done, sorting out files on a computer that have gotten overwhelming, purging an overgrowth of knick-knacks, paper, and other clutter from room to room, or developing systems that maximize the use of time and resources on a personal or business level.

Skills of a Professional Organizer

Depending on the specialty, professional organizers might physically rearrange furniture and computer files, or might simply provide knowledge and give clients systems they can implement themselves. They offer guidance, support, and might even hold the garbage bag!

Professional organizers use their talents to teach others to get their lives in order. They help people live personal and professional lives full of peace, beauty, and most importantly, organization. To become a professional organizer, you will need to develop these skills:

  • Thinking about organizational challenges
  • Listening to clients
  • Creating solutions with tools and ideas
  • Communicating organizational concepts to clients
  • Planning organized systems
  • Testing and refining new ideas
  • Meeting people and explaining service offerings

There are so many different ways to be a professional organizer that you can easily refine your own skills to create the sort of business that fits you, your strengths, and your personality. If you have the desire to help people get organized in their homes and businesses, you can become a professional organizer.

To learn how you can get started in a dream career as a professional organizer, check out the Professional Organizer Certificate Course offered by the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College). For more information, visit