As my tenth-grade history teacher used to say, “You must organize your life!” Marie Kondo, author of the best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and her legions of followers would agree. But how? If you’re looking to downsize or declutter, the organizations and professionals listed below can help you streamline your stuff once and for all. By Jessica Allen.
Specializing in Manhattan’s small spaces, the folks at Become Organized will help you do just that. Among the services offered to clients in New York City, New Jersey, and beyond are move management, personal shopping, and home organizing, from top to bottom. The team will listen to you and figure out what’s causing your heartache and grief before customizing and implementing solutions that work specifically for your space — whether that’s a home office, the kids’ playroom or your entire apartment or house. Gift certificates available!
Cynthia Kienzle is the self-proclaimed Clutter Whisperer. For more than 15 years, she has helped New Yorkers create a “Zen-like feeling” in their homes and offices, embodying the idea that “[l]iving with less is the ultimate luxury.” In addition to helping you get rid of stuff and get organized, the Clutter Whisperer can help you stage a space before a sale, build out a closet, set up for tag sales, and even develop effective time management systems, among other tasks. Bonus! New clients who book within seven days of their birthdays (proof required) get 10% off one session.
Founded in 2008, Cut the Clutter seeks to help those who don’t know how or who are otherwise unable to get organized. And, yes, this means getting rid of the clutter, aka all the junk you’ve been hording in that linen closet, bureau, and/or kitchen drawer. Because one person’s clutter is another person’s cherished treasure, Cut the Clutter’s organizers determine how best to reconfigure the space, allowing you to keep what you love and say goodbye to the rest. Best of all, you’ll get a system you can live with, so the clutter stays gone for good.
Nancy Heller, of Goodbye Clutter, is a CPO, or certified professional organizer. “Give me four hours,” she tells clients, and “I’ll give you wow!!!” She believes that our homes need to make us feel good—because a home that makes us feel good will help enable us to be our best selves. For 18+ years, she has worked with New Yorkers to help maximize their space by judiciously pruning, organizing, and showcasing whatever it is that makes them happy, using patience, sensitivity, and a sense of humor. Heller also wrote a children’s book called Messy Melinda, about a young girl who learns to love cleaning up.
The founder of Peace in Place is “passionate about helping people create a home environment that they love to be in and that fits their needs!,” by offering nonjudgmental solutions that really do restore beauty, order, and functionality. But don’t take our word for it: have a look at the organization’s website, which features tons of before and after pics of transformed basements, home offices, kids’ rooms, storage spaces, workspaces, and closets. Once you’re done drooling over the possibilities, fill out the contact form to schedule a free 20-minute consultation.