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How to Become a Professional Organizer in Canada

Do you love to declutter, tidy, and organize? Do you have a place for everything and everything in its place mentality? Do your friends often ask for tips or help with organizing? If so, then becoming a professional organizer may be just the job for you!

You may be asking what it takes to become a professional organizer in Canada. We’ve rounded up our top tips below to help you get started! There are a few different routes you can take depending on your goals and desires, and the great news is, there is no right or wrong way!

Do Research and Master Your Skill

You may be the type of person who has always been neat and tidy. Perhaps as a child, your room, desk, and locker at school were always organized. If this sounds like you, you may already be on your way to mastering your skill. However, as learning is ongoing, you will want to keep up with new styles, techniques, and tools used in the organizing world.

Researching can be as simple as scouring the internet for professional organizing websites such as The Home Edit and KonMarie, and following and connecting with professional organizers over social media. Head to your local library or bookstore to browse books such as 365 Quick & Easy Tips Home Organization and Beautifully Organized: A Guide to Function & Style in Your Home.

Armed with the skill and tools, you can start offering your organizing services to friends and colleagues to not only build your confidence but also get valuable feedback. Word-of-mouth advertising can go a long way, and your first customers will be happy to pass your name along to others.

Work Experience

Another way to get started is under the guidance of a mentor. Connect with local organizers and let them know you are willing to learn the craft from them. You can often start part-time, or on a per-contract basis, assisting with various tasks. You will obtain practical skills and knowledge from a more experienced organizer.

Get Certified

A quick Google search will reveal many online courses and certifications available to become a Trained/Certified Professional Organizer and it may feel overwhelming. One course that we would recommend is the Trained Professional Organizing Program through POC (Professional Organizers in Canada). Once you’ve completed the core courses, plus two electives, as a member, you will be eligible to write the Trained Professional Organizer Exam. Once successful, you will receive your graduation certificate as a Trained Professional Organizer.

So how do you figure out the right path to take? The best way is to talk to other professionals in the industry. Connecting on social media and in person will allow you to develop relationships and learn from others’ experiences.

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