RESOURCES

The following resources for locating assistance for chronic disorganization and hoarding behaviors can below.

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER ASSOCIATIONS

Finding a PO who is right for you and your personal organizing journey is easier than ever with online directories in the following associations’ websites:

INSTITUTE FOR CHALLENGING DISORGANIZATION (ICD)

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) is an association composed primarily of professional organizers, productivity specialists, and other service providers who recognize and wish to alleviate chronic disorganization in their clients. ICD provides education to facilitate a better understanding of what causes CD, such as hoarding disorder, and what techniques and strategies are most effective when working with a client. ICD offers classes to members and nonmembers once a week throughout the year. Click here to learn more!

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRODUCTIVITY
& ORGANIZING PROFESSIONALS (NAPO)

NAPO was founded by a small group of professional women in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The group became a destination for those who wanted to become POs and launch new careers. NAPO has since become nationally recognized as a leading organization for productivity and organizing professionals. The association has the authority to bestow the Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) credential to qualified members. NAPO offers yearly conferences and learning materials to drive continued education. Click here to learn more!

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SPECIALTY
AND SENIOR MOVE MANAGERS (NASMM)

NASMM is the leading association of Specialty and Senior Move Managers in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NASMM offers continued education opportunities to its members through its A+ accreditation and training program. NASMM members recognize the need for extra care and attentiveness when it comes to Senior Move Management and downsizing. Changing homes can be a difficult time, and seniors need additional support. NASMM provides a platform for professionals to educate themselves and provide the assistance the senior community needs. Click here to learn more!

JAPAN ASSOCIATION OF LIFE
ORGANIZERS (JALO)

JALO, based in Japan, has been training organizing professionals since 2008. The organization provides and extensive list of

courses to its members and trains them to be Life Organizers®. A Life Organizer is someone who helps a client organize their mind and lifestyle as well as their space. JALO members believe that an organized life will lead to an organized home. Click here to learn more!

NEDERLANDSE BEROEPSVERENIGING VAN
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS (NBPO)

NBPO, based in The Netherlands, was founded in 1997. Its mission is to gather and share knowledge among its members. Members are offered regular training opportunities and occasions to work together. There’s also a Members Only section of NBPO’s website that contains additional educational materials. NBPO associates work together to enhance every member’s skillset and further each professional’s education. Click here to learn more!

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS IN CANADA (POC)

POC gathers organizing professionals from various backgrounds and provides professional organizing training. POC organizes an annual conference and training programs to complement its members’ educational objectives. POC members work together to enhance their organizing skills and offer better support to their clients. Click here to learn more!

ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL DECLUTTERS
AND ORGANISERS (APDO)

APDO was founded in the United Kingdom in 2004. The association maintains an online directory to help clients find POs. It also offers training, mentoring, and networking to its members to facilitate educational and industry growth. APDO members gather together to educate themselves on professional organizing practices, because they understand their clients rely on their expertise. Click here to learn more!

L’ASSOCIAZIONE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS
ITALIA (APOI)

APOI provides educational and professional support for its members, including newsletters and blogs to increase interest in organizing. APOI assists clients in finding local POs and supports its members through educational resources and training opportunities. Click here to learn more!

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION WEBSITES

The following websites offer information about various diagnoses and addictions that can coincide with or complicate hoarding disorder.

ADD/ADHD

ADDitude Magazine is a physical and digital magazine that focuses on the daily struggles someone with ADHD may face.

The magazine offers support in recognizing ADHD, finding reputable doctors to diagnose ADHD, and provides insights into the lives of people with ADHD. The publication includes personal stories, vetted resources, and tips and tricks for living with ADHD or supporting a loved one with ADHD. The magazine’s writers and its readers are dedicated to normalizing ADHD, while providing assistance to any who may need it. Click here to learn more!

CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

CHADD was founded in 1987 because living with ADHD can be an isolating experience. CHADD offers ADHD assistance  through their information, support, and advocacy groups. CHADD has been petitioning lawmakers and school boards to create better ADHD compliance in home life and school life. CHADD welcomes new members and gives them a place to belong. Click here to learn more!

CHRONIC DISORGANIZATION (CD)

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) is an association composed primarily of professional organizers, productivity specialists, and other service providers who recognize and wish to alleviate chronic disorganization in their clients. ICD provides education to facilitate a better understanding of what causes CD, such as hoarding disorder, and what techniques and strategies are most effective when working with a client. ICD offers classes to members and nonmembers once a week, throughout the year. Click here to learn more!

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) began in 1986 when a group of people affected by OCD came together to offer each other aid. This tradition has continued as IOCDF and has created a community of mutual support and understanding. The organization offers assistance to those seeking help for OCD. Members and site visitors are offered free  OCD education that breaks the stigma behind OCD. IOCDF

intends to be a safe space for anyone affected by OCD and anyone who wants to support their loved one with OCD. Click here to learn more!

SHOPPING AND DEBT ADDICTIONS

The Shulman Center offers a Shopaholics Anonymous support center. Available educational materials explain common sources of shopping addiction, discuss common trends in shopping addiction, and post warning signs of regression. The Shulman Center also provides access to therapy, consulting, and other support groups for people who experience shopping addiction. Shopaholics Anonymous provides a comprehensive resource list for anyone affected by shopping addiction and anyone looking to help a loved one. Click here to learn more!

Debtors Anonymous is a coalition of people dedicated to supporting others affected by shopping and debt addiction. Debtors Anonymous provides help finding support groups, educational materials, and professional help through their website. Due to the nature of debt, there may be countless legal forms someone has to sift through while trying to get a handle on their life. Debtors Anonymous will help connect debt professionals with people who require their assistance. Members of Debtors Anonymous understand that debt can be an addiction just like alcohol or drugs, and they’re determined to support one another until they feel confident in themselves again. Click here to learn more!

 

Hoarding Task Force

The OCD Foundation has published a state by state guide to Hoarding Task Forces. Whether you want to join one, get information from, or start your own, this is the page to explore.