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About Phyllis

Phyllis Flood Knerr is a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization & ADHD Coach for adults. She works with her clients to create personalized organizing systems and then coaches them through the process of making them second nature.

She started her business in 1992, drawing upon her education and experience in the areas of management, computer training and database design, psychology, library science, architectural history and preservation, art history, and the teaching of humanities.

In 1999 Phyllis joined the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD). In April 2004 she became one of the first CPO-CD®s─a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization in the world. She earned her Level IV-NSGCD Training Coach designation in May 2005 and has been a Level V-NSGCD Master Trainer in since March 2006. [NOTE: In 2011 the NSGCD changed its name to the ICD, Institute for Challenging Disorganization].

She began her training as an ADHD Coach in March, 2000 at the Optimal Functioning Institute (OFI) and successfully completed her oral exam for that program in September, 2005.

She is a former President   of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. She served on the Board from 2001-2008.

Phyllis served as Programming Director on the NSGCD Executive Board from January 2005 through June 2008 and is the Conference Program Chairman for the 2008 Conference to be held in September 2008.

Phyllis is also a member of the volunteer organization-Art Goes To School of the Delaware Valley, Inc. (AGTS). This all-volunteer 501(c)(3) brings interactive art appreciation presentations to 115,000 elementary children in over 50 school regions in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Phyllis has served on the Executive Board of AGTS since 2000 and is currently Immediate Past President.

Phyllis is an avid learner who enjoys reading, research, googling, teaching adult education courses, attending conference workshops, visiting art museums, tracking down genealogical connections and traveling in the pursuit of knowledge.


Library Science, BA, University of Missouri-Columbia
Art History & Humanities, MA, University of Missouri-Columbia
Psychology, Post-Graduated courses, Catholic University, Washington, DC
ADHD Coaching, Optimal Functioning Institute (OFI)
Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization, CPO-CD®, Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), formerly known as the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD)
Level IV Training Program Coach, ICD
Level V Master Trainer, ICD

Specialist Certificates (Level II) from ICD:

ADD Specialist Certificate

CD Specialist Certificate, ICD

Hoarding Specialist Certificate, ICD


Level I Certificates of Study from ICD:

Chronic Disorganization

Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client

CD Client Administration

Basic Physical Conditions and Challenges Affecting the CD Client

Learning Styles and Differences

Basic Mental Health Conditions and Challenges Affecting he CD Client

Understanding the Needs of the Elderly CD Client

Basic Hoarding Issues with the CD Client

Understanding the Needs of the Student CD Client
Life Transitions


Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD)
ADHD Coaching Organization (ACO)
National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)
National Association of Professional Organizers-Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC)
Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO)
Optimal Functioning Institute (OFI)
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
American Coaching Association
Graduate School of Coaching
International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
Art Goes To School of the Delaware Valley, Inc. (AGTS)


Throughout her career Phyllis Flood Knerr has enjoyed:
Teaching people of all ages and coaching them through the process of change
Designing and developing information systems and databases
Helping individuals make their homes and workspaces more functional and more aesthetically satisfying
Writing and editing training manuals, professional articles and business documents to support the learning process
Serving as a volunteer and 'working' board member of professional and volunteer organizations (ICD, NAPO-GPC, AGTS)
Exploring the mind and the world of psychology, neurology, personal growth, creativity and human change


Phyllis is one of the major contributors to the ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization: For Professional Organizers, published in 2012.

In 2009 she wrote Introduction to Compulsive Hoarding published by the ICD.


Phyllis has given many presentations on the topics related to chronic disorganization, including: Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD) Compulsive Hoarding, Anxiety Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Learning Styles and Differences, Memory, Time Management, and the Process of Change.


Phyllis is happily married and has a daughter, who was adopted from Central America. She and her family live in an old house which they share with three cuddly cats in a small 'It's a Wonderful Life'-like town in South Jersey in the Philadelphia area.

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