We are pleased to introduce you to Stephanie Shalofsky, a Professional Organizer & Productivity Consultant at the Organizing Zone, a Restorsea Office Administration Consultant, and the mastermind behind Restorsea’s former precise and orderly home office (as seen above). She was even featured in the Spring is the Perfect Time for a Closet Cleanse segment that aired on WABC-TV News in last May. We checked in with her on the best tips to maintain organization, her future plans, and a very unfortunate bad hair day that lasted for six months!
Restorsea: What would you be doing if you weren’t working for Restorsea or as a professional organizer?
Stephanie: This is a really difficult question as being a Professional Organizer in NYC has been a dream job. It has enabled me to combine my passion for helping clients’ achieve their goals with having my own business and further honing my project management and organizational skills. When I work with clients like Restorsea, I have the opportunity to help them maximize space and create systems which increase productivity. If I wasn’t a Professional Organizer in NYC, I would probably have pursued an opportunity in operations in a consumer products’ company as my skill set would be a perfect fit.
R: What would be your #1 tip for staying organized?
S: Maintenance…maintenance….maintenance! This is the one tip as a Professional Organizer in NYC that I share constantly. It is really essential to recognize that getting and staying organized requires that new habits be formed. It is very easy to get caught up in the organizing process and invest the time to clear the clutter that has accumulated on your desk or in your closet. However, if you don’t include scheduling time to maintain the space at regular intervals as part of the process, your piles will start collecting again and another large chunk of time will have to be devoted to addressing them. Taking 5 minutes at the end of each day to put away files, discard unwanted papers or to hang up that day’s clothes can have a significant impact on keeping your space organized.
R: What are your favorite magazines or other online publications?
S: Most of my reading time is devoted to organizing magazines like Real Simple or books by organizing and productivity experts like Throw Out Fifty Things which I am currently reading. When I am sitting captive in the hair salon, I peruse In Style, Vogue, and Self and the like to catch up on the latest fashion and lifestyle trends. And… I have to admit that I do find time to scan through People to see what the latest celebrity buzz is all about.
R: What are you most looking forward to over the next couple of months?
S: My husband and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary next spring and have decided that we would celebrate with a trip to Italy. In order to make this trip a reality, our goal is to start planning the trip over the next couple of months. We need to determine whether we will book an all-inclusive tour, lock in the actual travel dates, and make a list of the other advance planning tasks that need to be addressed (this is the organizer in me!). This question is well timed as we need to get started on this project and putting our vacation planning intentions in writing will not only get us focused on it but also makes me accountable to all of you who read this blog post!
R: What is the craziest beauty remedy, product or service that you have tried?
S: I have never tried making my own facial concoction or putting mayo in my hair to condition it. However, when it comes to my hair, there was a time when I had a bad hair day that lasted 6 months. I had gotten a perm and looked like I was wearing a bad wig…my hair was a frizzy, style-less mass of curls. I counted the days until it grew out enough (almost 3 months) so that I could have my hair cut/re-shaped. Then it went from bad to worse…. the stylist layered my hair using a razor! I was more tempted than ever to don my sunglasses and baseball cap each time I ventured out.
R: Who are your personal style and/or beauty icons?
S: The person who has most significantly influenced my personal style is my grandmother. She always kept tabs on the latest fashion trends and would have insightful suggestions when discussing an outfit that I needed for an upcoming party or family event. In addition, she always had on her lipstick and earrings even if she wasn’t expecting any company. I lost count of the number of times over the years she told me to “fix my face”. This was code for put on lipstick. It took me years to appreciate the underlying message…the lipstick could enhance my appearance by drawing attention to my eyes.
R: What would readers be surprised to find out about you?
S: I really enjoy cooking and entertaining. This is a perfect combination as I can experiment with new recipes and have my friends and family critique them. Being of Jewish and Italian descent, my real challenge is managing what I like to refer to as the “double curse”. If I don’t have any leftovers at the end of a meal, I didn’t cook enough. This is rooted in leaving holiday dinners at my grandmother’s and mother’s with enough food for several meals