Are you looking for a professional organizer with expertise, education and experience? Please check out the credentials and examples of lifetime learning below.

Jill's Certification

In April 2005, Jill Lawrence, CPO-CD®, was the first person in Washington DC to achieve the status of Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization – and she was among the first 20 in the United States.

This rigorous 18-month mentoring-study program created by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) includes assignments such as–

  •  researching client differences for discussion (anonymous)
  •  presenting written medical case studies (anonymous)
  •  developing written needs assessments (anonymous)
  •  reading books to write comparative analysis papers with bibliographies
  •  earning service points by doing volunteer community work
  •  participating in one-on-one coaching and self-assessments

NSGCD Certificate
To achieve this Level III certification status, the professional organizer must submit to and pass a Peer Review exam before a panel of questioners.

The ICD’s CPO-CD® certification program was launched in 2002. It differs from NAPO’s (National Association of Professional Organizers) CPO® program which is awarded based on a multiple choice exam first given in the fall of 2005. NAPO’s CPO® certification does not require any one-on-one weekly training sessions or written research and homework assignments.

The ICD is an international educational non-profit organization. Members include professional organizers and health care professionals in allied fields.

Professional Achievements

Since 1996, Jill Lawrence of Jill-of-all-Trades has been a full-time professional organizer and member of both NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and the ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization ).

NSGCD – Credentials
National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization

  •  CPO-CD® – Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (Level III)
  •  ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) Specialist (Level II)
  •  CD (Chronic Disorganization) Specialist (Level II)
  •  All Certificates of Study (Level I) currently available including –

    •  Learning Styles and Modalities
    •  Life Transitions
    •  Needs of the Elderly
    •  Needs of the Student
    •  Basic Mental Health Conditions and Challenges
    •  Basic Physical Conditions and Challenges
    •  Basic Hoarding Issues
    •  Basic ADD Issues
    •  Client Administration
    •  Chronic Disorganization
  •  National Conference Panel Presenter – (2003)
  •  National Teleconference Presenter – (2002 through 2009)

NAPO - National – Credentials

  •  National Association of Professional Organizers
  •  Golden Circle Member (Status Awarded in 2001)
  •  Book Review Editor of NAPO News - national newsletter (2002-2004)
  •  NAPO National Conferences attended – 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005

Julie Morgenstern and Jill Lawrence

NAPO - Washington, DC Metro Chapter– Credentials
[National Association of Professional Organizers, Washington, DC Metro]

  •  Board of Directors, Media/Marketing Director –
    ( four terms 1996 – 2001)
  •  Presenter, Annual Spring Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences –
    (2002 and 2005)



According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours of practice to reach an advanced level of competency in a subject matter. That means that at least 10 years must be spent working 20 hours a week to reach that threshold of 10,000 hours. In addition, to gain real mastery in a subject, the person must engage in deliberate practice, constantly learning and improving skills.


Jill Lawrence, CPO-CD®, has surpassed the 10,000-hours threshold, studied and passed a Peer Review Certification Exam and teaches other organizers at chapter meetings, conferences and through international teleclasses.”








The mission of the
Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) is to explore, create, and disseminate to professional organizers and related professionals – organizing methods, techniques, approaches, and solutions that will benefit chronically disorganized (CD) people.