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Interior Designers:

With today's prevalence of design shows and shelter magazines, many people feel that they have enough knowledge to design their own homes.  That is, until they start to realize just how many choices and decisions are needed in designing one small room.  Interior Designers are trained professionals that have taken classes in Color Theory, Space Planning, Textiles, Lighting, Materials, and Residential and Commercial Design to assist the client in making those design decisions.  They are the design experts trained to help both residential and commercial clients.  Listed below is information about ASID, the professional organization for Interior Designers. 

Professional Organizers:

The organizing industry has seen steady growth in recent years as people all over the world attempt to gain better control of their lives. Facing more and more demands with less and less free time, consumers are struggling to manage their days and conquer the clutter and chaos building up in their lives. Increasingly, they are turning to professional organizers for help.  Listed below are some of the questions and answers regarding the profession of Professional Organization. 

 Aging-In-Place Specialist:

To be a certified Aging-In-Place Specialist by the National Association of Home Builders requires membership in a sister organization such as ASID, specific college courses, certification classes and an exam.  Certification is renewed every three years by the NAHB.  Listed below is information about what CAPS specialists do and why to hire them.

 

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  What is ASID and why is it important to hire an ASID designer?
ASID stands for the American Society of Interior Design and is a professional organization for Interior Designers. ASID members must abide by a Code of Ethics and offer the highest standard of service in their profession.

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  Will you serve as the contractor or the supervisor on a remodeling or design job?
No. Contractors are licensed professionals and they are responsible for the work of any work completed on the job site. Interior Designers and Professional Organizers are not licensed as contractors. Installers of drapery, flooring, cabinets, etc. are responsible for the product as well as the installation of that product. To maintain your warranties, the installers are reponsible for supervising the product installation.

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  What is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) and why should I hire one?
A CAPS professional assists you in making your house your home for a lifetime. The majority of Americans over age 45 would prefer to continue to live in their home throughout their maturing years. By engaging an Aging-in-Place Specialist, your home can be modified so you can age-in-place safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability. These modifications can range from the installation of grab bars to the installation of elevators. Working with an aging-in-place specialist will help you identify those areas of your home open to modification so you may chose how long you live in your home and not have the choice made for you!

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  What is NAPO?
NAPO refers to The National Association of Professional Organizers. It is a professional organization and its members are dedicated to helping individuals and businesses bring order and efficiency into their working and home lives. NAPO's vision is to have the world recognize the value of organizing and turn to NAPO as the leading organizing authority. NAPO's mission is to develop, lead, and promote professional organizers and the organizing industry. For individuals or businesses looking to conquer clutter and chaos, NAPO offers advice and insight on organizing as well as a way to connect with the most valuable organizing resource of all--the professional organizer.

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  Who are Professional Organizers?
Professional organizers come from a variety of backgrounds and professions. Some have previous corporate experience or are professionals who made a career change and others selected professional organizing as their first career. There are professional organizers who work solely with residential clients, and others who focus on helping businesses. While their experiences and backgrounds vary, the following are the abilities and qualities common to all successful professional organizers: •Ability to ask the right questions to understand what a client wants and needs •Ability to listen and infer what a client means •Ability to customize organizational systems to meet client needs •Ability to teach and transfer basic organizing skills •Ability to visualize spatially and see the big picture •Ability to break goals down into manageable steps •Ability to categorize and plan ahead •Ability to use technology to support organizing efforts •Physical and mental endurance •Compassion •Responsibility •Professionalism

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  What do Professional Organizers do?
Professional organizers use time tested principles and expertise to enhance the lives of their clients. By teaching organizing skills and designing custom organizing systems, professional organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their time, their surroundings, their piles of paper, and their lives! A professional organizer’s services range from designing an efficient garage storage system, to organizing a kitchen, to handling a family's cross-country move. For homeowners, organizer's may handle space planning and reorganization, estate sales and garage sales, organization and management of paperwork and computer files, new systems for managing personal finances and other records, plus coaching in goal-setting and time-management. For businesses, the professional organizer can increase functionality, productivity and profitability by improving installing new paper-filing and storage methods, the use of electronic organizing (scanning), space planning, and more. Many professional organizers specialize. Some of those specializations include: work with people with Attention Deficit Disorder, the chronically disorganized, children, seniors, relocating seniors or families, paper management, small businesses.

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  What are the benefits of hiring a Professional Organizer?
A Professional Organizer will help the client: - Save time by spending less time searching for things - Free-up time for friends, family and fun - Increase productivity by being able to find papers/files quickly - Increase income by not wasting time - Create functional and efficient space - Recover space through clutter reduction - Save money by not buying more of what you already have - Restore tranquility throughout your space through organization.

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  What method should I use to get organized and why can't I organize myself?
There is no best way to get organized. Because each person is different and has different needs and ways of doing things, organizers identifies the system that will work best for the client. The organizer will assess what areas need improvement and come up with a plan to address those needs over time within the budget set for the project. Organizing is a skill like any other skill that can be learned by reading an organizing book and then putting what you have learn into practice. Or, it can be learned by working along side of a professional organizer. Many people are so overwhelmed by the size of an organizing project that they keep putting it off and putting it off so long it never gets done. By hiring a professional organizer your organizing projects receive the importance they deserve and a schedule for their completion.

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