When I was just starting out as a professional organizer one of the things I was most excited about were all of the organizing tools we get to use. I wanted to make sure I was prepared for many different situations I may face going to client’s homes. I started researching other professional organizers websites to see what they had in their tool kits. I took my first NAPO (The National Association of Professional Organizers) class and the instructor was my friend, coach, and mentor Geralin Thomas who gave us an amazing list to start with. But our tool kits are just as individual as we are. We learn what we love to use and that’s what we recommend to our clients.
One thing I had to be realistic about was my budget as a new organizer. I set aside $100 to go and get myself set up with my first tool kit. I really found everything I needed. It was only later after working with many different clients did I have to buy more specific products for different situations.
If you are a new organizer I hope the list below gives you an idea of what you may want to have in your toolkit. Remember to prioritize and think of the general things you might need for your first few clients based on what kind of organizing you will be doing. Then I challenge you to go out and get yourself set up for $100. I will say I already had a Thirty One bag to use and that was probably another $50.
I’ve provided a picture, a link, and my thought below each item for you.
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I always have a notebook, my laptop and my phone. It’s great for looking things up, taking notes and measurements, and before and after photos. I also keep extra storage tubs on hand as well. Most are discards from former clients that I can use with the next client if necessary.
Also, if I’m doing more office organizing/filing I take plain file folders and paperclips or binder clips for temporary sorting, pencils for temporary labeling.
Hefty Trash Bags: Kitchen bags and Black bags.
Gallon, quart and sandwich sized Ziploc bags.
I always keep an assorted size of Ziploc bags.
Ziploc Big Bags
I love these Ziploc big bags for sets of things as well as storage where it may be dusty.
Ziploc Flexible Totes
These flexible totes are amazing for storing pillows, blankets, sweaters, etc.
Clear plastic shoebox bins & Sterilite 8.5” x 11” Colored Containers
I use these for so many things! Small toys, office supplies, collections shoes, bathroom storage. I love having them on hand in case a clients needs them I can show what I am talking about.
I love the cardboard magazine holders. I usually find mine in the $1 Spot at Target but I love IKEA’s as well.
Electronic Components Plastic Buttoned Case Storage Box (store batteries)
I use these plastic boxes (which you can also get at sporting good stores in the fishing section) for batteries, office supplies, jewelry, pens and markers and so much more.
White, 1.5 inch Binders
I love using binders to organize. We have a family binder, a school binder, holiday plan binders, etc.
Colored Binder Clips
Love for cord organization and paper sorting.
Rolling File Cart
I have a small file cabinet and this at my own home. I have recommended this to clients who may pay bills or do work in a different area of their home than an office.
Particle Board Clipboards
I had a client who love using clipboards for different projects. Now I do the same thing! I love them for displaying kids artwork as well.
Lined Jumbo Post It Notes
I love making Daily To-Do Lists on these! Or giving client’s their homework.
Colored Small Post It Notes
Great for sorting.
Great for labeling!
Paper Mate Flair Markers
Great for color coded calendars.
Ball Point Pens
Great for color coded calendars.
Yellow Sharpie Highlighters
Sometimes I print and discuss articles with my clients and I highlight notes. Great for sorting office paperwork.
White Out Tape
Great for keeping calendars clean.
Photo Storage Boxes
I uses these types of boxes for photos, old cards and keepsakes, and DVD’s.
Photo Organizer Case
This is my favorite photo organizing case. They also have them half this size and I love those as well.
12X12 Black Leather scrapbooks
When I do display photos I love to display them in this style of scrapbook. That way I can put notes or headings if I want.
Photo Mounting Squares
I love these acid free photo mounting squares. They also have repositionable one’s.
Auto Mounts Dispenser
Nifty little photo mount dispenser is a time saver.
Colored Duct Tape
Love this for sorting and color coding.
Great for temporary labeling.
Colored Key Covers
My clients love these!
Must Have! Make sure it has a measuring tape and scissors.
Must Have! Clients love!
You can buy so many different labels but I try to keep these standard one’s on hand.
This is for regular household dust. If you are working in a rodent or hoarding situation you will need a stronger mask.
Latex Rubber Gloves
**Do not get if you have a LATEX ALLERGY**
Must have! I like the lightly powdered kind so my hands don’t get so sweaty.
Must have and keep them clean.
I keep one in my car and one in my tool kit.
I keep some in my car and some in my tool kit.
I also recommend a Small First Aid Kit.
Always have your own rags ready. Multi-purpose cleaner is a good idea too.
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I hope this post gives you some great ideas for your new organizing journey! If you have any organizing tools you would like to share or that I may have forgotten please let me know in the comments!