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Purchase the Professional Organizers’ Terms of the Trade Glossary if You:

  • Have the desire to stay up-to-date with current organizing trends and terms.
  • Need to “talk the talk” with clients and colleagues.
  • Are frequently mystified by “alphabet soup” credentials.
  • Need a convenient, efficient way to look up unfamiliar terms used in the organizing industry.
  • Plan on becoming a CPO Certified Professional Organizer – not a requirement but extremely helpful.
  • Have the desire to help educate your employees and contractors.

If You’re in the Organizing Industry, You Need the Terms of the Trade!

Terms of the Trade: The Essential Glossary for Organizing + Productivity Consultants

Over 300 terms, abbreviations, and acronyms used in the organizing industry.


Learn the lingo and brush up on organizing jargon with this comprehensive Terms of the Trade Glossary for Professional Organizers. If you or your team members don’t know the difference between supplies and materials, an operations manual and an employee handbook, then the Terms of the Trade Glossary for Organizing and Productivity Professionals is the ultimate and essential must-have. Learn the differences between a psychoanalyst, a psychotherapist, and a psychologist. 

These terms and others like churning, backsliding, and body doubling are used regularly in the organizing industry. While some words, abbreviations, and acronyms may be similar, beware, they have very different meanings.

Once you and your team members know better, you’ll do better!

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The Top 300 Professional Organizing Terms You Need to Know

  • “I was working collaboratively with a therapist who kept using the term OCPD. I mistakenly assumed it was the same as OCD.”
  • “My client kept using the word döstädning and mentioning the Collyer brothers my team of subcontractors was clueless.”
  • “During a phone consultation, I was too embarrassed to ask a prospective client what she meant by the Pomodoro Technique®.”
  • “While attending a conference, an organizing colleague mentioned that she specializes in working with clients with affluenza. I had no idea what she was talking about.”
  • “It’s critical that my team communicates with clients confidently and clearly; it begins with using the right words in appropriate settings.”
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The Professional Organizers’ Terms of the Trade Glossary is best suited for:

  • All professional organizers and productivity consultants.
  • Professional organizers with employees or teams of subcontractors.
  • NAPO, POC, ICD, and NABPO members.
  • Hoarding consultants.
  • Professionals in related fields (virtual assistants, move managers, junk haulers, personal assistants).
  • Aspiring CPO-CDs and CPOs.

Productive and Affordable

Of all the organizing coaches I’ve worked with, I find my sessions with Geralin to be the most productive and affordable. She reigns supreme when it comes to executing tactics. As far as I’m concerned, The Terms of the Trade should be mandatory for all new organizers.