Chaos Tamers Professional Organizing

Resources and Links

The following are professional and personal organizing links, information on health conditions related to personal organization, and special resources about and for the elderly that may suffer from chronic disorganization. Since our philosophy is that organizing should first be about understanding people’s behavior with disorganization, we only select companies that follow our philosophy. All of these links are excellent resources for understanding personal organization and getting better organized with your life, and helping out others with being organized, be you a newbie to personal organizing or an experienced organizer.

National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)

This is the largest group and leading authority of professional organizers and the organizing industry, serving professional organizers, consumers, and those interested in being professional organizers. They offer programs, information, and guidance for each of these groups.

Some of their features include: how to hire a professional organizer, organizing tips, a professional organizer directory (an easy way for consumers to find professional organizers in their local area), the professional organizer code of ethics, and information on events such as Get Organized Month in January and September’s National Preparedness Month.

NAPO Chicago Chapter

If you’re local to the Chicago area, then also check out NAPO’s Chicago chapter for a local directory of Chicago area organizers, and a local calendar of events.

Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD)

A non-profit organization whose mission is to educate professional organizers and related professionals on the issues relating to Chronic Disorganization. This site provides helpful information about chronic disorganization and hoarding. Also includes a referral program for organizers, recommended organizing publications, useful links and resources, code of ethics, and can download 10 free fact sheets such as:

·         Are You Chronically Disorganized?

·         Time Management for the Chronically Disorganized

·         Should I Hire a Professional Organizer or Work with a Friend?

·         How Do I Find a Professional Organizer That's Right For Me?

ICD Clutter Hoarding Scale

This is a free-download, assessment measurement tool that won the 2009 “Best Service” NAPO Organizer’s Choice Award. It was developed by the ICD to give professional organizers and related professionals definitive parameters. These parameters relate to health and safety.

Children of Hoarders

For the adult children of compulsive hoarders. Here you’ll find a state-by-state (and international) directory of resource lists, information on understanding the behavior of hoarding, personal stories, self-help tools, videos, how to help hoarders, and much more.

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Inc. (OCF)

Useful information and links on Obsessive Compulsive Hoarding Disorder (OCHD).

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Hoarding Disorder (OCHD)

Useful links to news articles by established professionals on OCHD including subjects such as: hoarding by the elderly, and animal hoarding.

Squalor Survivors

The site offers encouragement, support and advice to people who are living in squalor, and who have decided that they want to change their behavior, beliefs and attitudes, and clean up their houses. Here you’ll learn what is squalor, read personal stories, view photos of before-and-after squalor situations, community hubs, information resources and help on overcoming squalor, and much more.

Messies Anonymous

Support for Messies who struggle to control clutter and organize for order at home and work. Organizing help and tips to eliminate clutter and junk, organize your house, and simplify your life. Also includes information on support groups, books by the site author, and helpful tips for overcoming messiness.

Clutters Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem with clutter and help each other to recover. They achieve this through a 12-step program, with each step embodying a set of principles for living life effectively, inside and outside CLA.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. ? Alzheimer's is a disease that attacks the brain, and is the most common form of dementia. One of the leading causes of disorganization in the elderly is also dementia. The site offers information, education and support for people suffering from dementia, and their family members affected by it.

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