It could fill a book with my experiences in move coordination. Several volumes! There is a universal, human thread which runs through each of my client’s stories. Because I have sincere respect for my clients and their privacy, please understand that as needed, certain details are obscured. As the Holiday Season swirls around us all, let’s take a look at what we were up to at this time a couple of years ago!
Adventures in Move Coordination from Fall/Winter 2011
December 20, 2011 – I’m here with them through the hard stuff. Today, the death of a mother, 90yo Clearing out the home. Often, like today the hard stuff is the family. Dysfunction is rarely tempered by grief. My opinion? The Executor should never be a family member. All these decisions about money, memorabilia and things should take place when the family member is alive & healthy.
December 2, 2011 – Lessons learned from my personal move: frustrated that I moved 7 days ago and am still unpacking and organizing. But others said today that I’ve only begun, it takes a month. Reality check: I have very different expectations because when It’s a Breeze is hired, we pack on Monday, move on Tuesday and have the house (up to 6000sf) unpacked, organized and they are hanging art by end of day Friday or Saturday.
November 28, 2011 – Lessons learned from my personal move: my clients always seem to apologize for the amount of things that they own. When surrounded by mountains of boxes it’s hard not to be kind of shocked. But then it gets unpacked, organized, decorated & you have a beautiful home!
November 27, 2011 – Lessons learned from my personal move: the professional organizers that make up my team are the best. And we are growing! The word is out, business is booming, we are fun, collaborative and creative. Robert and Courtney (Full Circle Organizing) unpacked the kitchen and then some. I am Thankful
November 22, 2011 – Lessons from my upcoming personal move: I have been managing moves for 11 years and have done well over 1million square feet of bay area homes – and now, here in my own home it is really hard to believe that anyone can pack my things in an orderly manner; nor can they unpack them. So great remembering, really describe for my clients the service that we provide. You can’t say too much. And YES! WE REALLY CAN DO IT!
November 19, 2011 – Lessons from my upcoming move: I tell my clients “don’t pack yourself; the movers will do it in one day, just focus on de-cluttering and purging”. What I am experiencing, is that it seems easier to pack a box than sort and toss. But I will still do BOTH tomorrow with my colleagues Sharon and Cheryl helping. Getting a reminder on the stress of moving since I am moving myself next week. And contrary to the advice I used to give … I am doing some of my own packing just to be in action!
November 12, 2011 – It is not unprofessional to be moved to tears several times during a move when taking a great client from the home she built with her “Ex” to her new smaller, charming home. It is a privilege. It was a move done gracefully. I am so blessed
November 11, 2011 – Managed the packing of a client in Atherton today then rushed home to pack a box or two of my own at the direction of my Feng Shui consultant Kathleen Horvath, 5 Elements Group. It is an Auspicious Day, and for you doubters, my company’s revenues, already good, increased some 35% these past two years. She says jump, I say how high?! Besides I am excited about my new home…
November 4, 2011 – Yayyyy for PWN, the Professional Women’s Network. Had a great luncheon today, delicious food at the Hotel Adagio. And enjoyed the invigorating company of women entrepreneurs. The presentation by members Laura Atkins, The Marketing Director and Dianna Jacobsen, Jacobsen Design about what to do AFTER you have a great website to invite business was thought provoking. Got out my To Do List again
October 4, 2011 – Our plan is working, with modifications of course. Start by inviting 6 Professional Organizers onto the team and 1 document Goddess to create the finished product. Invite Fine Estate Liquidation’s team to be my collaborators. First step, sort EVERYTHING, into groups, like with like, per room (6500sf), count the groups of items, pull out from closets, drawers, shelves. 2nd step, number those items, then photograph them. Then enter them into an Excel document!