4. You can’t decide what to keep, toss or donate. You’ve been putting off making some tough decisions and could benefit from a neutral, objective perspective.
5. You are dealing with medical (physical or psychological) issues that make organizing extremely difficult. There are POs who specialize in working with people with certain conditions such as ADHD, compulsive hoarding, OCD and more. A good PO will help you find an organizer who can meet your needs, even if that organizer is not her!
6. You are going through a transition in your life such as a divorce, death in the family, downsizing to some form of adult care, foreclosure or relocation after several decades in the same house. I don’t recommend taking on an organizing project when you’re under such extreme stress (see my post on this issue from February). But sometimes you have no choice. Under those situations, a PO is essential.
Of course, I’d love it if you hired me to be your organizer. I’m here to help you take back control of your house and your life. But you may also find it helpful to check out the resources at the National Association of Professional Organizers and the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization.