Summer Rose Interview on Empire Radio Now

Summer Rose, Founder of Star Organizers, was interviewed on the Professional’s Roundtable by Empire Radio Now.

Learn some neat tips from Summer on organizing and storage.

 

Now, we’d love to hear from you.

What things are you holding on to that cost more to keep and store than to toss and replace later if ever needed?

If you have any questions for Summer, ask them in the comments below and she will be happy to answer them!

Your Cluttered Home And Office May Be Costing You Thousands Of Dollars Per Year

You may not realize the impact clutter has on your life. The extra fifteen minutes a day you spend looking for something they’ve misplaced or just threw somewhere because you didn’t have a home for it in the first place – those fifteen minutes add up quickly. What could you do with almost two extra hours every week? Imagine how often you say, “I wish I had more time,” “I’m too busy,” or “I have too many things to do.”

Living in an unorganized home or working in a mess also impacts your mindset and energy. When your space is cluttered, it often causes your mind to be cluttered, as well. While there is a common perception that “being messy” has no impact on someone’s professional performance, I see the exact opposite. Working in a cluttered office can make it more difficult to make decisions and think clearly.

When your mind is focused on all the little tasks at home that you need to conquer, you’re not focusing on your business. Organizational tasks that can clutter your mind include putting away laundry, going through piles of paper cluttering up the counters, and tidying up before guests arrive.

The solution is not always custom closets or organizational systems. Much like home gym equipment oftentimes becomes a family’s most expensive coat rack, closet systems can become fancy shelves to hide a mess. A custom closet, while it may be beautiful, isn’t going to hang up your designer denims that you tried on before making a decision on what to wear.

While you don’t need to run out and buy an expensive closet system, there are a few basic items that might be helpful, such as hanging rods, shoeboxes, hangers, and a light fixture.

Here are 5 Tips to Eliminate Clutter and Be More Productive:

1) Pick out your clothes the night before. It may seem juvenile (hearken back your elementary school days), but many women try on at least three items before deciding what to wear. And if you’re rushing out to a meeting, imagine how much less stress you would have if you already knew what you were going to wear. You will be able to focus on your upcoming meeting or project instead of your sartorial choices.

2) Organize your computer files. Instead of saving everything onto your desktop or documents folder, use a consistent naming convention and a system for all of your files, especially photos. It makes it so much easier if you know your folder path to your files instead of saving everything to your desktop. You will also feel less cluttered each time you open up your computer. You’ll actually get to enjoy your background photo.

3) Store items in pretty containers. I have aesthetically pleasing boxes stacked on my bookshelf and each of them contains various things of one type, like electronics, stationary, photographs, or office supplies.need love use get rid of it

4) Give things away and throw things away. Purging what you don’t actually use is a great thing to do. If you don’t need it; love it; and use it, get rid of it! If you have a mess of papers on your desk or all over your home, scan them and file them on your computer or on an external hard drive. Don’t keep physical paper unless it’s absolutely necessary. It’s just clutter.

5) Have a packing list for when you travel. We often waste much time writing and rewriting lists for all of our clothes, cosmetics, accessories, and travel items. We spend hours stressing and wondering whether we forgot anything. You know what you need to take when you travel, and you can prepare a list on your computer, leaving blanks where you can insert numbers based on the number of days you’re going to be away. You’ll pack worry-free knowing you have all of your necessities. It makes travel so simple.

Following these simple tips will give you more time to focus on your work. Once you take action and get uncluttered, you’ll have more time to take actions to increase the profitability of your business.

If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of purging and organizing your home or office, you may find that hiring an organizational expert will be valuable and beneficial to you. I recommend at least having a friend come over and help you go through your things as a start. Having someone else there will give you the gift of perspective. Sometimes people have a hard time being objective with their own belongings.

Most of my clients find that once their home and office is organized, they love it so much and it feels so good they have a really easy time keeping it that way. You won’t want to make a mess of your home once it’s so neat.

Your turn.

How many outfits do you typically try on before deciding what to wear?

Have you noticed that decisions are easier to make when you are in a decluttered space?

What’s the first thing you’re going to do today to start decluttering your home or office?

TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS.

Summer Rose Interview with Bonnie Bruderer on the ASKBONBON Show

AskBonBon TV Show with Star Organizers
Summer Rose, Founder of Star Organizers, was interviewed by Bonnie Bruderer on the ASKBONBON Show. This interview airs on the Lifestyle Channel as part of BONBON’s New York entrepreneurs series.

Learn how Star Organizers came about, the very first step to organizing, and some more neat organizing tips!

Tune in to the Lifestyle Channel on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 8pm to watch Summer on the ASKBONBON show. You can also click here to livestream it and watch it from anywhere in the world.

Summer Rose Interview on the AskBonBon Show
Click here to download the transcript of this interview.

Now, we’d love to hear from you.

If you have any questions for Summer, ask them in the comments below and she will be happy to answer them!

When it comes to organizing, which idea from this interview do you most need to remember?

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Shit Happens.

Literally.

When I arrived at my office this morning, my team pointed out to me that I had something on my shirt and jeans. It turns out…

It was bird shit.

I don’t know how a bird managed to shit all over my cute outfit on my walk to work today without me noticing. I was just grateful it missed my hair.

I decided to run home to change and run back to work because I didn’t want to sit in bird-shit-covered clothes all day. Thank goodness I only live 10 minutes away.

But it got me thinking.

What if I didn’t live so close to my office? What if I had an appointment with a client first thing in the morning? My Tide To Go Pen wasn’t going to cut it this time. I need to be more prepared for things like this!

I keep several pairs of shoes and a jacket at my office, but I need to start keeping a full change of clothes.

How many times have you spilled coffee on yourself – or even worse, someone else spilled their lunch on you and you wanted to flip them the bird? (pun intended)

Men, you should always keep an extra dress shirt and tie in the office. You never know when you’re going to have an impromptu meeting. Pasta sauce is attracted to ties; so is soy sauce.

The moral of the story: Save yourself the stress and the time; keep an extra costume change in your office.

Your turn.

Do you keep extra clothes at your office?

What other kinds of things do you keep at your office in case of an emergency?

Has a bird ever shat on you? Do you say “shit” or “shat”?

Do you think it’s really good luck when a bird shits on you?

TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS.

Do you know what the hell this is from?

“What the hell is this from?” is the question that’s been irking me all day.

Bonus points if you can figure it out, because I sure can’t! It’s obviously packaging from something. It looks like it’s from some kind of rod… but I don’t remember ever purchasing a rod with these dimensions. I also found these other two, odd-shaped, plastic thingamabobs.

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No clue what those are either.

And I’m pretty sure they’re not related. Maybe they belonged to my old roommate? I found it in the cabinet above my refrigerator. I decided to open that cabinet and throw out a bunch of old instruction manuals for things like my vacuum cleaner (pretty sure I never read the manual in the year and a half I’ve had the thing), TV channel listings (important piece of information: I don’t own a TV), and menus to restaurants that I never order from. The important numbers are saved in my phone. Also, those menus are all on Seamless anyway.

It felt so good to discard all that junk that was just taking up valuable real estate in my Manhattan apartment.

The better question I decided to ask myself is, “Why the hell have I been keeping this?” How much random stuff do you have in your home that you are storing for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON? Are you saving literally garbage that possibly doesn’t even belong to you?

Throw it out! Get it out of your home.

Into the recycling bin you go, weird plastic things!

Could you spare a few minutes today to open some odd cabinet or closet and toss out some useless clutter? Imagine how great it will feel to have more space once you get rid of that junk.

Your turn.

What kind of weird things did you find?

How long has that been hiding?

Find anything you can’t identify?

Can you figure out what the hell those things in the pictures are?!

TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Gratitude is so powerful. It’s impossible to feel upset, stressed, afraid, angry, or depressed while feeling grateful. Gratitude and negative emotions cannot coexist in the body. Gratitude is one of the easiest ways to change your state. Every night, I make a list of at least ten things for which I’m grateful.

Here’s my list for today:

1.     I’m grateful for the gorgeous boxes I use to store my photos, greeting cards, electronics, and office supplies.
2.     I’m grateful for my amazing walk-in closet.
3.     I’m grateful for my space-saving hangers allowing me to double the hanging space in my closet.
4.     I’m grateful to have a washer and dryer in my apartment.
5.     I’m grateful for all of my clothes.
6.     I’m grateful for my IKEA bookshelves that beautifully divide the space in my apartment and give me ample storage room.
7.     I’m grateful that there’s a light in my closet to allow me to see my clothes.
8.     I’m grateful for my plastic storage bins that I use to store my seasonal clothing.
9.     I’m grateful for packing cubes.
10.  I’m grateful to be able to help others organize their homes and find and fall in love with their wardrobes again.

Most people don’t take the time to stop and think about what they’re grateful for in their busy days. Thanksgiving is a really beautiful holiday, because most Americans take the opportunity to reflect on what they have instead of feeling entitlement or desire for something new. Imagine what kind of world we would live in if everyone were thankful every day. Gratitude is even more powerful when shared with others, because it multiplies. Who could you share your gratitude with today and every day?

Share in the comments section below – What are you grateful for today?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love,
Summer

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