(formerly The Professional Organizer Training Institute)

Monday, July 7, 2014


Over the long holiday weekend I was flipping through our 2013 client practicum photos and decided to create a video of them for the participants and to share with others interested in starting their career as a professional organizer.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I love what I do!

Today I’m preparing for the July 15-17 Layer 2 Seminar training and client practicum. I was reviewing the May participant’s remarks to capture improvements to the training curriculum and thought I would share with you their feedback:

Jenee - Anne and her 3 day seminar really are amazing! Her program was beyond what I expected, she goes the extra mile for every part of it. The only thing I would change is the distance that separates us (Florida-Oregon). Anne truly has so much to offer to this industry, I'm glad I had the opportunity to learn from the best! As I continue in this field I'm excited to have her as a mentor.

Elida - The training seminar, was rejuvenating! It exceeded my expectations and experience! Anne is extremely professional and of course organized!! I love when things just flow and stay on track, and the seminar did just that!

Marie - I found the Institute for ProfessionalOrganizers training to be invaluable in taking my business to the next level. Although I had already worked with several clients on my own, the hands-on client practicum was an excellent experience. It gave me the opportunity to ask questions from an experienced organizer in the midst of working with the client. I really enjoyed the in-class review of our business plans, etc. I love that kind of small-group brainstorming and I get ideas when I hear others talk about their plans. Since I need to work on being more comfortable around presenting my business, having us stand up and present our plans using the video screen, would have been great practice. I would definitely recommend this training to others.

(l-r: Elida, Jenee, Marie, Debbie, Susan, Deanne)

Debbie - I couldn't be happier with my training with the Institute for Professional Organizers. Each layer is very thorough. The information provided on business basics and needs assessment is priceless. It has given me the needed knowledge to start my business and serve the client in a sensitive, educated way. I highly recommend this training.

Deanne - The experience that was generated in terms of exposure to a random work environment with little to no information on the client with a team of people you know little to nothing about was a uniquely valuable training exercise. It's an opportunity to "think on the fly" without carrying the full burden of responsibility for the project as you implement the concept of team work. It's an opportunity to be exposed to varying methods of approach and thinking that will either force you to think outside the box to learn a new way of approaching a problem or it will confirm the practices you already implement when working with a client and be that silent confidence boost we all need as we grow our services and professionalism.

Susan - There are not enough words to express how grateful I am to have Anne Blumer of the Institute for Professional Organizers as my professional organizing mentor.  Anne's achievements and expertise, and her willingness to share, is invaluable.  Anne has an incredible talent for inspiring others.  My deepest thanks!

I learn so much from each seminar and every participant.  I can't wait for the next seminar. I love what I do!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

NAPO Conference Sparks New Affiliate Program

At the NAPO 2013 Conference Expo I had the opportunity to talk with several NAPO Chapter Presidents and other chapter board members. After I explained the Institute for Professional Organizers™ (IPO™) training program they expressed it is of value particularly to those first entering the profession.  It was exciting to receive validation and support from so many in the Professional Organizer industry!

Whenever I attend conference I discover ways to expand and grow my business.  This year, my expansion will directly benefit you. I have created an IPO™ affiliate program for you to earn passive revenue. As a past IPO™ participant you will earn higher commissions. For those of you involved in a NAPO chapter this is an opportunity for your chapter to earn revenue too.

For each IPO™ Fast Track Method™ Training Self-Study Program sold through an affiliate channel, revenue is shared as follows:
  • General Public/Organizations/NAPO Chapter affiliate earns 3% commission
  • IPO™ Trained affiliate earns 5% commission
  • IPO™ Certified affiliate earns 10% commission
  • IPO™ Master Professional Organizer™ affiliate earns 15% commission
  • Anyone who sells 50+ Fast Track Method™ Training Self-Study Programs earns 50% commission
Complete details are available online. If you have any questions, please call or email me. I look forward to sending you and/or your NAPO chapter affiliate revenue monthly!

Monday, April 29, 2013

One Hour Business Strategy Call Winner - NAPO 2013 Expo Drawing

The winner of the one hour business strategy call with me is …. Sarah Bounds, Seeding Simplicity in Austin, Texas! (watch the drawing here) Sarah, call or email me to set up your business strategy call.

Everyone can be a winner with our NOLA2013 discount! $50 off our Fast Track Method™ Layer 1 Self-Study Program and $150 off our Layer 1, 2, and 3 Seminar Program. The discount code and our July 15-17 seminar early bird registration ends May 31st

If you, or you hear of someone, who wants to develop skills and confidence to work with clients and manage a business, our training program is the place to start or restart a Professional Organizer business.  We launch you now, we launch you well, and we launch you fast with instant credentials.

Connecting with other organizers from all over and at varying levels of experience is what I love most about conference.  Thank you to all who stopped by and connected with me at #NAPO2013.

See you in Phoenix!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Get Organized Month Event - Solving Your Paper Organizing Dilemmas

GO Month is dedicated to raising awareness to the benefits of hiring a professional organizer and being organized as you begin a new year. Join me at a New Seasons Market near you for an interactive organizing workshop addressing ways to organize and preserve your child's art masterpieces and other paper organizing dilemmas.  If you have a specific paper organizing dilemma you want me to address, please email me prior to the workshop. There is no fee for this workshop. To register for a workshop email class@newseasonsmarket.com or call 503.280.5177.

Progress Ridge, January 9th 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Orenco Station, January 11th 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Seven Corners, January 23rd 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Happy Valley, January 30th 9:30-10:30 a.m.
I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Announcing our New Name and Web Site

Drum roll please...The Professional Organizer Training Institute™ is pleased to announce its new name, Institute for Professional Organizers™ (IPO) a better reflection of its new mission: To be the premier global resource for Professional Organizers providing the most comprehensive and affordable training, education, and resources to individuals entering the field of professional organizing.

Effective October 26, 2012 the Professional Organizer Training Institute™ became the Institute for Professional Organizers™. 

Our new web address is www.instituteprofessionalorganizers.com Please visit us to see our new web site and training, education, and resource offerings.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

June Seminar

June Seminar participants and practicum photos. The team (Margallee, Kaye and Lisa) organized a performing artists home office transforming it from a space she used to only store materials, to an inspiring space she can't wait to create in.

Client Practicum Before and After Project Photos

Recent Participant Photos

Sampling of Partcipant Comments

“I thought the presentations, materials, knowledge of speakers, pace of the program, etc. (all of it) all fully met my expectations. They were all good, well thought out, documented, in an orderly manner as I thought they would be from a professional business.

I felt the overall program exceeded my expectations because most teachers/classes would nickel and dime you for the extras which you did not do. It was so nice to get your book, two instruction manuals (Unit I and II), access to the class videos for repeats/reviews, book by Chris Crouch, File Solutions Home Filing System, the Professional Organizer Training Institute™ Logo to add to our business cards and brochures, a reliable resource for webmaster services, a resource/mentor (you) for asking questions after the completion of the class, a lawyer and CPA guest speakers (and to be able to ask questions), a small class (better for special attention/questions and getting to know others), hands-on experience and with instructor on site (for questions/help/review), able to have access to the before and after pictures for our portfolio, able to have access to the client's testimonial for our portfolio, word attachment/documents sent to us so we can download, tour/field trip of container store, fantastic lunches, and on-and-on. I felt like I got so much extra items (as listed above) than I thought I would get. It was these "extras" that pushed the overall program to exceeding my expectations rating.

I thoroughly enjoyed the class. I felt like it helped improved my confidence. The class gave me the reassurance I needed to go forward and to know I was in the right career. Thanks Anne for all you do. You ae a blessing to the organizing Industry. Teresa February 2010

“My deepest thank you to you for an amazing training and life learned information. I truly am so appreciative of your time and the relationship we will form as I look to you as my mentor for advice. The training was awesome and I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate your time and this class.” Tonya Polk, Colorado - August 2009

“Thank you so much Anne for the wonderful time and information you shared with us. I look forward to a new chapter in my life and I am grateful to know I have you as a mentor!” Sharon Nolte - August 2009

"Terrific Anne! You organized an amazing amount of (all helpful, pertinent) material into these three days. Your delivery style is really smooth and well paced. Thank you for a valuable, palatable, and good-value training experience." Jeanne Kimble, Washington - June 2009

"Excellent experience!! I liked the pace, setting, and meals. The materials are extremely helpful. The practicum was a perfect way to learn how to access clients’ needs and see a positive outcome. Thank you so much, Anne. I want to be like you when I grow up. " Patty Barker, Oregon - June 2009

"I really enjoyed the entire process. I just wish it was longer!! Thank you for doing this type of training program. I feel I can now go back to North Carolina and get my business started. " Becky Midyette, North Carolina - June 2009

“I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar and I am amazed by the volume of information Anne was able to discuss in the time-frame. Anne’s willingness to share her knowledge is wonderful. I don’t know if I’d be able to successfully pursue this career without the knowledge I gained from Anne. I considered another training program in the LA area but this program seemed much more comprehensive and offered more tools and materials to get me started. Anne was very receptive to questions and forthcoming with knowledgeable feedback. I feel like this seminar provided all that I need to get started in my own Professional Organizing business—the seminar EXCEEDED my expectations.” Elizabeth Carbone – Los Angeles, CA - February 2009

“I felt the entire program was excellent! Anne has a terrific approach and she is very knowledgeable. I feel I have a very good foundation in which to start my business. The full-day client practicum was EXTREMELY beneficial” Sharon Kostek - February 2009

“I really enjoyed your class and I have gained a tremendous amount of valuable information. It is really helping me get my business started. Thank you.” Nancy Lochmann - California

“The sessions are jam-packed with important, complete and relevant information for getting your business started in the near future. Also, I looked at NAPO's classes but this was going to cover all the areas of getting a professional organizing business started in a short time frame. I could have a complete and comprehensive overview without worrying about having holes in my training. And I could be up and running much faster.” Nicola Wood, Washington DC

“I think Unit 1 is crucial for first time organizers who have not read materials, books, or taken a course for beginners. There are some excellent business plan and marketing suggestions that will be supremely helpful to all first timer organizers. I found the materials to be very thorough and practical. The only reason to fail is lack of motivation. The instructor is very easy to listen to and very responsive to questions and e-mails from the students. I feel my money has been spent wisely as Anne takes the participants through a thorough orientation of practical information for a professional organizer. I cannot imagine anyone just starting out in this business without this training as there are potentially complex issues with client needs. I feel that the sessions have been well organized and chock full of useful suggestions” Linda Diamond – Marietta, Georgia

“As someone who is just forming the idea of starting this business, I was delighted to find your course so thorough and informative. I'm sure this will save me from making costly mistakes and, more importantly, keep me from wasting time. I feel like I now have a blue print for moving ahead. There was enough information to let me know that this is the path I want to take. You are providing a very valuable product.” Lynn

“Superb. Vital information clearly presented.” Lisa Reeves, www.clearmyclutter.org New York City, New York

“I felt the entire program was excellent! Anne has a terrific approach and she is very knowledgeable. I feel I have a very good foundation in which to start my business. The full-day client practicum was EXTREMELY beneficial” Sharon Kostek - Buffalo, New York

“I took this class approximately 7 months in to my professional organizing business and wish I had known about it prior to starting my business as much of the material was very valuable. If I'd had some of this information prior to beginning my job of "starting up" would have been much easier. I'm glad I'm signed up for Unit II.” Bonnie Carr – Spearfish, South Dakota

"This training experience not only game me extended knowledge, but a great deal of confidence to get my business off and running. I really enjoyed each lesson and found them extremely valuable both in content and materials. The content was excellent and really helped me gain some confidence in getting my business started. I really appreciate the three thirty-minute presentations because I hope to do something like that to get my name out."

Julie Atha – Westminster, Colorado

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