Move Coordination Stories – Our Archives February 2011

This month is a busy one in this move coordination business! What I have seen and learned in my years in this industry… It could fill a book or three! Because we are busy with our 2014 clients, we’ll dial the clock back a few years to see what we were up to – Three years ago! Because I have complete respect for my client’s privacy, please understand that I have obscured certain details.

Adventures in Move Coordination from the Month of Love 2011

February 26, 2011 – Was happy to find out that old prescription glasses can be recycled at all Lenscrafters stores. They have boxes near the front door. The glasses are received, tagged with their prescription and distributed thru OneSight, a non-profit, founded by LensCrafters in 1988, they’ve hand-delivered comprehensive eye care & eyewear to more than seven million people worldwide. I dropped off 2dz prs today on behalf of my clients.

February 26, 2011 – Really it should be part of our “citizenship” to visit your local city/county dump and reclamation centers. I went to Goodwill first but some things you just can’t give away. I tried. It is sobering to see the cars and trucks back up to this big cement room and just start tossing all kinds of stuff into the space. And Marin does an excellent job of recycling; a lot of it will get reused. But it shakes me up anyway.

February 22, 2011 – Redirecting resources is one of my jobs as a move coordinator. The generosity of the heirs meant a large donation to: Home Cares, a nonprofit program that collects durable medical equipment and gives it to individuals in need; 11 large bags of clothing, a complete kitchen and 3 twin beds for Jewish Family & Children’s Services. 18 pairs of glasses to the donation box at LensCrafters. Pantry food to the food bank. Happy Dance!

February 12, 2011 – Unpacking a family moving from Manhattan to a home in The Presidio. For 2 days it is all about Elfa shelving as the closets in these homes from the 1900s were made for two uniforms and your shirts on pegs – meaning TINY tiny. We turned one bedroom into the master dressing room and will soften the “tech” look with antique accessories and decor. Thank you The Container Store and my install team from Consider It Done Today.

February 10, 2011 – She is lovely, frail and trapped by the oxygen and walker that made the 1br apt a prison, so we packed her up and moved her flowery sofas, antiques and art to a sunny yellow studio in Assisted Living. Upon being told I am a “Pro” all decisions deferred to me. Her daughters and I were keeping her in charge and she just kept saying “ask Breeze”. A lot of communicating was done with smiling eyes over her head. Her new home is lovely.

February 3, 2011 – It’s a strange and careful job to dismantle a life in nine hours. The choices – sell, donate or ship to heirs. Putting $ value on items the owner loved. The carefulness of stuffing “trash” into bags, conscious that I have to judge – caregiver & family watching. Frustration at not being able to re-purpose more. The charity that received the medical equipment including a new wheelchair did a “happy dance” at the donation.

February 1, 2011 – Finished moving the most organized couple into SF Towers today. Was very proud to hear they donated 11 pieces of great art, nicely framed to Art for Healing, perfect for placement in hospitals and clinics. And gave 63 grocery sacks of books to SF Library. And then one of my clients passed away downstairs. Kinda’ took the wind out of my sails. It happens. Still very sad when it does.

PHOTO CREDIT: A special thank you to LensCrafters and OneSight for the wonderful work they do to provide free eye exams and new glasses in underserved communities worldwide.