Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to the IOPO

    • How to Become a Member of the Institute of Professional Organisers with Sarah Cottman

  • 2

    What is IOPO Membership?

    • Membership Types

    • Provisional Membership

    • Professional Membership

    • Associate Membership

    • Sabbatical Membership

  • 3

    What do I need to know to apply?

    • The Application Process

    • What Happens After I Join?

    • Have More Questions?

  • 4

    Next Steps

    • We're here to help you with your next steps! Sarah Cottman

  • 5


    • Becoming a Member Toolbox

    • Application Information for Professional Membership

    • Members in the Media

  • 6

    We'd Love to Hear About YOU!

    • Tell us what you need to accelerate your Professional Organsing Career


Susanne Thiebe

IOPO Instructor

Susanne created LessMess a decluttering, organising and education business in 2006. She was born and educated in Germany, has an Engineering degree in Interior Architecture and is an award-winning gardener. Over the years, she turned a part-time business into a full-time one and lately added public education to the mix.  On the IOPO leadership team, Susanne is passionate about looking after members. “The best part of being on the IOPO board for me is leading the Members’ Lounge Facebook group. I love welcoming new members and creating interesting and fun debates about all things organising and decluttering. I love being part of this tribe of people who ‘get it’” 

Sarah Cottman

IOPO Instructor

Sarah Cottman is CEO and founder of IOPO. She owns Heavenly Order Organising and knows that anybody can learn to be organised. Born in England, she found herself in Australia where she caught herself a good ‘un"and stayed. She believes that for the industry to grow and thrive, it must be built by those who not only have a passion for what they do but also have vision & strategy for professional excellence. Her vision is to provide an inclusive, encouraging culture, to build strong networks and a supportive, educational platform for all Organisers.