Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) are good. Very good. I’m one of them, I know. But participants in the Institute for Challenging Disorganization‘s (ICD) programming are skilled for clients with more demanding needs: clients with brain injuries, ADD, hoarding disorder and the like. ICD-certified Professional Organizers are VERY VERY VERY highly trained. Just the prerequisites course of study for ICD’s five levels of Specialty Certification involves six classes.

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There is considerable joint membership between the two societies. And many people don’t join both, but take classes from both. ICD also offers marvelous resources for “civilians”: pamphlets to help people consider whether their disorganization is situational or more deeply-seated; techniques for starting conversations about disorganization; facts about procrastination, and many more. And there is, of course, a Directory of providers.

If you step into a home or business place of a friend, neighbor, colleague, client, family member and go “EEK, UMMM, URGH”, ICD members may be for you. I had dinner with one of the Hall of Famers in the NAPO AND ICD worlds last night, which prompted this post today.

About Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Virtual Professional Organizer®