The Ultimate Reading List for (wannabe) Certified Professional Organizers

So what books do you need to read to become a CPO® (Certified Professional Organizer)? I’m often asked what are my favorite organizing books or what books I read when becoming a CPO® . The BCPO® Handbook (the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers) lists about 40 books in their recommended reading list, so it can be a little overwhelming. 

So in this video, I’m reviewing that list and breaking it down into more manageable categories.

I was surprised that a few books were hard to find and possibly out of print and that the list was organized just by alphabetical order. I spent more time than I’d like to admit rearranging the list into categories ?

My newly organized booklist is broken down by these categories – ethics, general organizing, learning styles, niches, Professional Organizing career guides, productivity, and project management. I recommend reading something from each category to diversify your understanding of the many challenges organizers and their clients face. 

I’ve created a checklist and organized all the books by categories and uploaded that as a bonus in my Introduction to Professional Organizing course. If you are already a student in that course you will see that now added into your online portal.

If you are not a student yet, I would love for you to join me. My goal with the course is to give you enough tools so that you are confident enough to start taking clients right away!

Recommended Reading List from BCPO® (the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers)

Ethics

TitleAuthorLink
Code of Ethics for Certified Professional OrganizersBCPOhttps://www.napo.net/page/about_ethics
Ethics for the Real WorldHoward, Ronaldhttps://amzn.to/2L3tLxJ

General Organizing

Making Peace With the Things in Your LifeGlovinsky, Cindyhttps://amzn.to/3bdXwGJ
Less Clutter, More LifeHemphill, Barbarahttps://lesscluttermorelife.com/
Organized to LastKnight, Porterhttps://amzn.to/2A5UV51
Organizing from the Inside OutMorgenstern, Juliehttps://amzn.to/2L4mL3E
SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting UnstuckMorgenstern, Juliehttps://amzn.to/3djDTyH
Lighten Up! Free Yourself from ClutterPassoff, Michellehttps://amzn.to/3b6RtDX
It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your KeysPaul, Marilynhttps://amzn.to/3dnSU2A
Learn to OrganizePedersen, Sarahttps://amzn.to/2zXCz62
Organizing for DummiesRoth, Eileen & Miles, Elizabethhttps://amzn.to/35zELwu
Organizing Plain and SimpleSmallin, Donnahttps://amzn.to/2yp2DH5
The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your LifeWaddill, Kathyhttps://amzn.to/3dojhp2
It’s All Too MuchWalsh, Peterhttps://amzn.to/35DEZme
Getting Organized (2006 edition)Winston, Stephaniehttps://amzn.to/2yykwmI

Learning Styles

TitleAuthorLink
Organizing for the Creative PersonLehmkuhl,Dorothy & Lamping, Dolores Cotterhttps://amzn.to/2L2TW7Z
Organizing for Your Brain TypeNakone, Lannahttps://amzn.to/2SFGjjl
Organizing From the Right Side of the BrainSilber, Leehttps://amzn.to/3fwD9s3

Niches/Specialties

TitleAuthorLink
Fabjob Guide to Become a Professional OrganizerJasmine,Gracehttps://fabjob.com/program/become-professional-organizer/
How to Start a Home-Based Professional Organizing BusinessNoble, Dawnhttps://amzn.to/3b4XCQZ
Born to Organize: Everything You Need to Know About a Career as a POPedersen, Sarahttps://amzn.to/3c5SOw6
Organizing for a LivingTiani, Jackiehttps://amzn.to/2L4RihX

Productivity

TitleAuthorLink
Getting Things DoneAllen, Davidhttps://amzn.to/2zc9NhM
Getting Organized in the Era of EndlessJudith Kolberghttps://amzn.to/3dkXC0J
Time Management from the Inside OutMorgenstern, Juliehttps://amzn.to/2SJaI01
Organize Your Family’s Schedule in No TimeSgro, Valentinahttps://amzn.to/2ypNGod
Making Time Work For You (old and new editions)Taylor, Haroldhttps://amzn.to/2SJcsX5

Project Management

TitleAuthorLink
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Project ManagementBaker, Sunnyhttps://amzn.to/2zZxWZb
Project Management for Dummies*Graham, Nick*possible newer editions
Essential Managers: Project ManagementHobbs, Peterhttps://amzn.to/3fkrZXb
Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Practical Tools for Leaders and TeamsSchmidt, Terryhttps://amzn.to/3b6o0u1

I know, that’s a lot of reading! ?

No worries, you’ll also need 1500 paid working hours as a Professional Organizing over a 5 year period (recently updated from 3 years) before you can sit for the exam, so you’ll have lots of time for reading.

You can substitute some of those hours by, among other things, taking organizing courses. Check out my course HERE. I’ve condensed 2 decades of research and work experience to help you launch your business faster…enjoy!

Happy Organizing ?