Judith Horowitz is a pro at making sense of clutter and order out of chaos.
Networking with women business owners at a Brooklyn incubator and selling high-end kitchen wares over 20 years ago helped launch Horowitz on her successful career path as a professional organizer.
“I’ve always been super organized,” said Horowitz, who works with high-end clients throughout New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, helping them simplify and organize their lives, homes and apartments, from closets and kitchen pantries to family photo collections and children’s playrooms.
“When your home is cluttered and unorganized, it can seem like a mountain to climb to put everything in its place,” she added. “And getting rid of items you don’t need can be even more of a challenge.”
Since starting Got Clutter 14 years ago out of her Brooklyn home, the mother of five and her team (which includes her second oldest daughter Hannah) have helped more than 400 families — many from the Sephardic communities of Brooklyn and Deal, New Jersey — simplify their surroundings, solve clutter problems and regain peace of mind. Horowitz also helps families move to summer rental homes, new apartments and smaller homes and has been very busy during the pandemic for a variety of reasons.
“During the pandemic, with many families at home, clients realize it is time to make their homes more livable,” Horowitz said. For those moving out of the city, Got Clutter is helping to organize their new houses, condominiums or apartments. The company also help move, organize and clean several commercial offices for clients who work in Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn.
Moving is a huge stress on a family, but it doesn’t have to be, she observed. Got Clutter will neatly pack up and unpack a client’s home to make the process feel effortless. When moving into or building a new home, Horowitz helps with every aspect of the move, from supervising the movers to furnishings, storage and emotional support. She will also design the home’s new closets to assure efficient storage space is allotted in each one.
“Got Clutter is just decisions waiting to be made,” explained Horowitz about her motto. Clients accumulate unwanted or unneeded possessions laying around the house simply because they don’t know what to do with them. “I make it easier for my clients to make those decisions.”
Decluttering a living space can be very therapeutic, she observed. Horowitz not only organizes her clients’ homes but, importantly, gives them a system to put in place so it doesn’t happen again.
“It’s an awesome feeling of accomplishment when I leave a customer knowing I did something to help this person,” she added about the rewarding feeling of finishing a job. Many clients become friends who recommend her to others in their own circle.
Fortune Dushey, a fashion blogger who lives in Manhattan, hired Got Clutter last summer to help her pack up and move out of her Park Avenue apartment to another.
“It was seamless,” said Dushey. “Judith and her team were efficient, professional, organized. As soon as they walked in the door, the stress of what had to get done melted away. They organized my new apartment to perfection and maximized my space in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Everything has a label, and a specific place. “Long after the move, it is still so gratifying to look at. There is no one like them!”
When Barbara B. downsized and moved from a large house to a smaller Brooklyn condominium, Horowitz helped her sort through years of belongings and help decide what to take to her new home.
“She also has great resources and helped me sell stuff like my old piano,” Barbara said. “She is very patient and didn’t push me to get rid of things that meant a lot to me.”
Tammi M., who has worked with Got Clutter for over seven years, calls Horowitz “a gift from God,” who helped her sort through her collection of accessories, designer clothes and her children’s school supplies and projects.
“She helped me decide what to give away and what to donate,” Tammi continued. “Judith is kind, and I trust her, and I’m not embarrassed to show her our clutter. She never judges, just helps.”
“Everything Judith suggests make sense,” Trina C. said. “She’s an interested partner in helping you achieve your goals and takes stress away from doing it. You are not alone in your task or in your new environment.”
TIPS AND TRICKS
Following are tips from Horowitz on how to get better organized and present your items more attractively:
When redoing a closet, uniform hangers can make all the difference. They’re an effortless way to keep things looking organized.
Take a Picture
It’s a good idea to take a picture before and after you start a reorganizing project. This enables you to take a step back and see where the problems are and what can be improved.
When it comes to organization, color coordination can be very pleasing to the eye. It’s also an easy tool to keep up with and it makes spaces look extra neat. Try organizing your bookshelf or hanging clothing by color, and you’ll see how much time you save in the long run.
The kitchen is the place where storage containers come in handy. They keep food fresher and are mostly see-through. This is great because when you’re making a shopping list, it’s easy to see what you have and what you are running low on.
Less Is More
Have things laying around that you haven’t looked at or used in months? If it really serves no purpose in your life, consider donating or selling things to clear up your space.
Even in the neatest of homes, drawers seem to be the spot where things accumulate over time and become cluttered. Drawer dividers are a great way to assure that only things that belong in the drawer go in it.
What to Label
Labelers can be an organizer’s best friend. Any container you can’t see through should be labeled accordingly. If you can look at a food container and see through to what it is holding, labeling may be unnecessary.
First, get rid of anything you don’t need. Pack in categories, room by room and even drawer by drawer so that unpacking is a breeze. Then label: Cindy’s bedroom, top drawer. Take a picture of what’s inside the box when packing for long term storage. This can help you easily identify what’s in the box without having to open it.