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)
|Code of Ethics for Certified Professional Organizers||BCPO||https://www.napo.net/page/about_ethics|
|Ethics for the Real World||Howard, Ronald||https://amzn.to/2L3tLxJ|
|Making Peace With the Things in Your Life||Glovinsky, Cindy||https://amzn.to/3bdXwGJ|
|Less Clutter, More Life||Hemphill, Barbara||https://lesscluttermorelife.com/|
|Organized to Last||Knight, Porter||https://amzn.to/2A5UV51|
|Organizing from the Inside Out||Morgenstern, Julie||https://amzn.to/2L4mL3E|
|SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck||Morgenstern, Julie||https://amzn.to/3djDTyH|
|Lighten Up! Free Yourself from Clutter||Passoff, Michelle||https://amzn.to/3b6RtDX|
|It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys||Paul, Marilyn||https://amzn.to/3dnSU2A|
|Learn to Organize||Pedersen, Sara||https://amzn.to/2zXCz62|
|Organizing for Dummies||Roth, Eileen & Miles, Elizabeth||https://amzn.to/35zELwu|
|Organizing Plain and Simple||Smallin, Donna||https://amzn.to/2yp2DH5|
|The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life||Waddill, Kathy||https://amzn.to/3dojhp2|
|It’s All Too Much||Walsh, Peter||https://amzn.to/35DEZme|
|Getting Organized (2006 edition)||Winston, Stephanie||https://amzn.to/2yykwmI|
|Organizing for the Creative Person||Lehmkuhl,Dorothy & Lamping, Dolores Cotter||https://amzn.to/2L2TW7Z|
|Organizing for Your Brain Type||Nakone, Lanna||https://amzn.to/2SFGjjl|
|Organizing From the Right Side of the Brain||Silber, Lee||https://amzn.to/3fwD9s3|
|Fabjob Guide to Become a Professional Organizer||Jasmine,Grace||https://fabjob.com/program/become-professional-organizer/|
|How to Start a Home-Based Professional Organizing Business||Noble, Dawn||https://amzn.to/3b4XCQZ|
|Born to Organize: Everything You Need to Know About a Career as a PO||Pedersen, Sara||https://amzn.to/3c5SOw6|
|Organizing for a Living||Tiani, Jackie||https://amzn.to/2L4RihX|
|Getting Things Done||Allen, David||https://amzn.to/2zc9NhM|
|Getting Organized in the Era of Endless||Judith Kolberg||https://amzn.to/3dkXC0J|
|Time Management from the Inside Out||Morgenstern, Julie||https://amzn.to/2SJaI01|
|Organize Your Family’s Schedule in No Time||Sgro, Valentina||https://amzn.to/2ypNGod|
|Making Time Work For You (old and new editions)||Taylor, Harold||https://amzn.to/2SJcsX5|
|The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Project Management||Baker, Sunny||https://amzn.to/2zZxWZb|
|Project Management for Dummies*||Graham, Nick||*possible newer editions|
|Essential Managers: Project Management||Hobbs, Peter||https://amzn.to/3fkrZXb|
|Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams||Schmidt, Terry||https://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 ?