Level 1 Foundation Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization

The Level 1 Foundation Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization is the absolute baseline course of study to allow me to pursue certification by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization as a Certified Professional Organizer specializing in chronic disorganization (CPO-CD). I earned this Level 1 “diploma” on 8/25/2017.


Chronic Disorganization is “characterized by disorganization that has persisted for a long period of time, has a negative impact on daily quality of life, has not responded to repeated self-help efforts, and is expected to continue into the future. It is both the degree of impact on daily life and the longevity of the struggle that separates chronic disorganization from the common disorganization that most people encounter on an occasional or situational basis.” Page7, paragraph 1 “The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization For Professional Organizers”


There are many possible causes for chronic disorganization, from ADD to brain injury to illness. It’s not “incurable” so much as difficult to interpret, and it can be a reflection of a person’s sparkling creativity, enthusiasm for life, boundless energy and many other wonderful characteristics. The trick is finding balance: offsetting the disorganized person’s weaknesses (we all need to pay bills and feed ourselves) by emphasizing their strengths (you love music?!?!? GREAT!! Let’s set up a system that you sing while you cook.).


A similar course of study on ADD is next. Onwards and upwards. This is fun!

About Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams, Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Virtual Professional Organizer®

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