Professional Organizer Conquers Clutter

Crain's New York Business

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The head of Organizing Goddess is ready to help clients tackle spring cleaning.

Sharon Lowenheim has seen it all. In the four and a half years that she’s been a professional organizer, the New York native has come across sex toys, marijuana and dead mice as she’s helped pack rats put their apartments in order.

But mostly, she has found satisfaction while assisting people in combing through their possessions, setting aside what’s important and eliminating the rest. She also helps clients get rid of electronic clutter and improve their time management.

Called the neatest kid in the bunk by her summer camp counselors, Ms. Lowenheim, now 53, hadn’t planned to turn her organization skills into a career. In fact, her bachelor’s in applied mathematics from MIT and her M.B.A. from Wharton prepared her for a totally different path. Ms. Lowenheim spent 25 years in corporate America, working in the information-systems departments of big companies such as Pfizer.

When her job there was eliminated, she decided to become her own boss. She launched Organizing Goddess Inc. the day after leaving Pfizer.

“I have a level of confidence in my work now that I never had when I took orders from someone else,” she said.