I heard a decluttering horror story which should act as a warning to one and all. There's a clear lesson in it.
Someone called a cleaning company to come and declutter.
During the session, the employee kept cherry-picking items she liked and asking if she could have them herself. Alarm bell number 1!
The homeowner was a distributor for a cosmetic company. The employee set aside some product for which she would pay on her return. After she left, she took some of that product with her, without paying. Alarm bell number 2!!
After the session, the homeowner felt uneasy and checked the garbage bags. There she found her son's birth certificate! Alarm bell number 3!!!
That sort of behaviour is highly unethical and something a legitimate Professional Organiser just wouldn't do. AAPO members are governed by a Code of Conduct, so the public can be protected from this sort of poor service.
There is a happy ending to the story. The homeowner of course lost trust in the process, but has now found a reputable Professional Organiser to help her, and of course they are an AAPO member.