NAPO-LA Professional Organizers Learning Academy (POLA)

POLA exists to provide resources for new, intermediate, & veteran organizers to become better professional organizers and business owners. POLA provides training in a variety of areas that will help our members teach, share, experience, and learn, thus bringing the profession of professional organizing to a higher level.

Benefits of Attending POLA Classes

  • Education and connections help you and your business to thrive.
  • Our classes are real time, lively, & hands-on and are taught by premier instructors, acclaimed experts in our field. You have the opportunity to interact with highly experienced professionals.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs). We offer the latest industry education and help you stay up to date on innovations in the profession. CEUs will be awarded for most classes, which may be eligible for certification credit. CEU-eligible classes are 60-minute live, on-site or online presentations that provide knowledge and/or skills to help better serve your clients. CEUs must be related to the certification skill itself—organizing and productivity. Certificates will be handed out or electronically distributed showing proof of attendance and credit. For more information on CEU eligibility and becoming a Certified Professional Organizer, visit www.NAPO.net.
Attendance at POLA classes enables you to:
  • Learn core concepts
  • Learn new skills and improve existing ones
  • Experience increased confidence from being well prepared
  • Increase your personal productivity
  • Network with others in your profession
  • Build relationships that nurture success
  • Be inspired and highly motivated

POLA received the October 2010 Committee of the Month.
Left to right: NAPO-LA Chapter President Katherine Macey with
POLA Committee members Donna D. McMillan, Dolores Kaytes & Jean Furuya


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NAPO-LA is offering recordings of our POLA Teleclasses and Webinars.

Recordings of teleclasses and webinars will become available as they occur. Please check our
Upcoming Events Page to see what exciting teleclasses and webinars are scheduled.

Keeping Life Balanced [Tanisha Porter, May 2016]

Organizing for the Holidays [Esther Simon, October 2015]

The Wide, Wide World of Aging Services [Mary Kay Buysse, August 2015]

Breaking Down the Brain: The Mental Side of Professional Organizing [Ramona Creel, February 2015]

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Recommended Reading


Do you want to be more organized or to become a professional organizer? Here is a list of recommended reading to help you on your way. [NOTE: Board of Certification Reading List]

Getting Organized

  • Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston
  • Clutter’s Last Stand, Don Aslett
  • Confessions of a Happily Organized Family, Deniece Schofield
  • Conquering Chaos at Work, Harriet Schecter
  • Conquering the Paper Pile Up, Stephanie Culp
  • First Things First, Stephen Covey
  • Get Organized, Stephanie Winston
  • Getting Things Done, David Allen
  • Home-Based Business Mom, Julie Shulem
  • How to Conquer Clutter, Stephanie Culp
  • How to Get Organized When You Don't Have the Time, Stephanie Culp
  • How to Get Organized, Stephanie Culp
  • It’s All Too Much, Peter Walsh
  • It's About Time, The Six Styles of Procrastination and How to Overcome Them, Linda Sapadin
  • It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys, Marilyn Paul
  • Let Go of Clutter, Harriet Schechter
  • Making Peace With the Things in Your Life, Cindy Glovinsky
  • Making Time Work For You (old and new editions), Harold Taylor
  • Organize Your Family's Schedule in No Time, Val Sgro
  • Organize Your Garage in No Time, Barry Izsak
  • Organize Your Office in No Time, Monica Ricci
  • Organize Your Work Day in No Time, K.J. McCorry
  • Organize Yourself, Ronnie Eisenberg & Kate Kelly
  • Organized to Be Your Best! Susan Silver
  • Organized to Last, Porter Knight
  • Organizing for Dummies, Elizabeth Miles
  • Organizing for the Creative Person, Dorothy Lehmkuhl & Dolores Lamping
  • Organizing for Your Brain Type, Lanna Nakone
  • Organizing from the Inside Out, Julie Morgenstern
  • Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain, Lee Silber
  • Organizing Plain and Simple, Donna Smallin
  • Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • Simple Isn’t Easy, Olivia Goldsmith & Amy Fine Collins
  • Streamlining Your Life: A 5-point Plan for Uncomplicated Living, Stephanie Culp
  • Taming the Paper Tiger, Barbara Hemphill
  • The Complete Organizer, Maxine Ordesky
  • The Floor Is Not an Option, Sheila McCurdy
  • The Organized Executive, Stephanie Winston
  • The Organized Student, Donna Goldberg
  • The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life, Kathy Waddill
  • The Simple Living Guide, Janet Luhrs
  • The Spiritual Art of Being Organized, Claire Josefine
  • Time Management from the Inside Out, Julie Morgenstern


Chronic Disorganization and ADD

  • Conquering Chronic Disorganization, Judith Kolberg & Dorothy Lehmkuhl
  • Driven to Distraction, Edward M. Hallowell, MD & John J. Ratey, MD
  • Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life, Mike Nelson
  • The Messies Superguide, Sandra Felton
  • When You Live with a Messie, Sandra Felton


Becoming a Professional Organizer

  • A Manual for Professional Organizers, Cindi Seidler
  • Fabjob Guide to Become a Professional Organizer, Grace Jasmine
  • How to Start a Home-Based Professional Organizing Business, Dawn Noble
  • Newbie Pitfalls—50 Obstacles on the Road To Success as Professional Organizer, Debbie Stanley
  • Organizing for a Living, Jackie Tiani


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