Resources Overview

The ICD offers a variety of resources to help both people who are challenged by chronic disorganization and the professionals who work with them.

The Code of Ethics provides guidelines for professionals and also helps potential clients know what to expect of an ethical organizer.

The Useful Links section provides links to outside organizations that offer information and assistance to chronically disorganized people.

The ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale is a free assessment tool to help professional organizers and related professionals evaluate the health and safety aspect of clutter/hoarding situations.

The FAQs section provides answers to questions the public might have about chronic disorganization and the ICD.

The Find an ICD Organizer page allows you to search for a knowledgeable ICD organizer or related professional near you.

The ICD is involved in collaborative research projects relating to chronic disorganization. The Research Projects section describes that work.


What is challenging disorganization?

The term challenging disorganization describes disorganization that poses a problem for an individual. For many people challenging disorganization may be a lifelong problem. But for others, it may be a problem brought on by circumstances. The Institute for Challenging Disorganization provides strategies to help anyone who is challenged by disorganization.

Prior to 2011, the ICD was known as the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. The term "challenging disorganization" was selected to replace "chronic disorganization" because it was seen as less clinical sounding, less confusing, more inclusive and more hopeful. For more information on how the name change came about, see the Name Change FAQ page.