From Miami to Austin to New York, this mom-on-the-move loved city living, until she discovered the Westchester suburbs.
Katy Winter has always lived in the city—which city, though, has changed throughout the years.
“I grew up in Miami,” she explains, “then went to school in Austin and moved to New York after graduation.” Here, she met her husband and worked in the fashion industry for several years. When their first child turned one, though, everything changed.
“The toys were everywhere!” she recalls. “They were invading my living room. I was definitely ready for a move to the suburbs.”
In the interim, though, her organization passion took off. “More space gets easily filled with more ‘stuff,’” she explains. “I found the challenge real and exciting at the same time. Constantly rearranging the toy room and kitchen.” Soon enough, her friends started asking Katy to help organize their living rooms, pantries and other tight spots. “Before you know it, I had a new career!”
She also had a new place to call “home,” this time in suburbia. The Winter family landed in Chappaqua in the Westchester suburbs and are thrilled!
“My career was 100% shaped by where I live,” Katy explains, adding that her family’s move from the city to Westchester shifted her perspective and her approach to home organizing. “I saw with larger houses people collect even more things and there is a huge need to simplify during the different stages of life,” she notes.
That’s not the only influence on her career. Now a mother of three, Katy sees first-hand how toys, paper and memorabilia can easily accumulate—and what she can do to help families hang onto their memories but, at the same time, keep from drowning in it all, no matter how big their space. “My goal is to help streamline my clients’ homes and simplify their lives. I believe in a practical and realistic approach.”
Overall, though, Chappaqua has been a positive influence on her life, her family and her business—and Katy’s never looked back. “Chappaqua is a very friendly community where mompreneurs support and help each other. My business is 100% word of mouth which is a really good feeling.”
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