Professional affiliations with the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) are a good place to start. A professional strives to continuously improve their knowledge so they can better serve their clients. Certifications such as Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) is another indicator of professionalism and experience. Many people may possess natural organizing abilities and skills that work well for their own personal lives. However, an experienced Professional Organizer or Move Manager is someone who applies organizing principles to achieve their client’s desired outcome, not their own. They’re excellent listeners and watch for subtle clues, shifting gears when needed, and have an innate ability to know when to push and when to back off. They focus on solving the unique challenges of the client and put judgment aside so it’s a safe and supportive environment.