It occurs to me from time to time that I do not have a normal work week compared to most people. Everyday is different; the commute, the client, and the schedule, and the surprises. Right now my schedule is so busy, I’ve had to say no to some new projects (which is hard for me to do) and I have begun to schedule clients into 2013.
This week my assistant Matt worked with me all 5 days and that really makes a difference for me. It is nice to have a co-worker to toss ideas around with, to do the heavy lifting and load up the truck at the end of the day, and to remind me to eat lunch. He has been with Kuzak’s Closet for a year and has worked for me on his college breaks. He graduated from Cal Davis this June and began his professional job search so I know his time working for me is limited and I really dread looking for someone new.
On Monday I decided to share one of the new photos I had taken this fall for my website. I was going to wait until we roll out a new design but I couldn’t stand looking at my old picture anymore. I had Lindsey from Bellalu Photography take them for me and I have at least 15 that I would love to use on my marketing materials which is awesome, I would highly recommend her!
|“I honestly was not expecting it to be all done and look so beautiful! You exceeded any expectations I had and it’s all I’ve been talking about. I feel so positive about getting my house back and not feel like I’m drowning in toys and stuff.”|
On Tuesday I worked with a regular client on my own. She is such a sweetie and I look forward to seeing her every week. She and her husband are remodeling their home so we are sorting through things before it is completed and they “move” back in. She grew up in a small town like me so it is fun to compare stories.
Tuesday afternoon Matt tagged along for some private showings for my current estate liquidation project. He is more of a body guard so I don’t become a victim to the Craigslist Killer. Speaking of that, people ask me all of the time if Craigslist sales ever make me feel unsafe. The answer is no. I will admit that I have met plenty of odd people over the years but no one that has ever seemed dangerous.
Another highlight to this week was a package from my mom. She send me my hometown newspaper which I am addicted to. I used to subscribe but for some reason the paper came 4-5 weeks late (I think they have someone walk them to my house in California from Michigan). It is faster for my mom to stockpile them and send me 4-5 copies at a time.
My hometown paper is filled with great community news, like this article about raising money for breast cancer. I think the picture says it all…
It was moving day for another client of mine. The original company that she thought she booked to pack up her house and move her decided that they wouldn’t return her calls this week and she was really stressed about it. I suggested that she call my favorite moving company All Reasons Moving and Storage and she was glad she did. The crew was great as always and she was a very happy camper on moving day.
I had the movers help load up a few items that she wanted me to sell. I had Matt bring his friend Mike to help unload everything at my house. I’ve decided to call Mike “Shorty” as a nickname. It just fits his persona. If Matt does find a full time job maybe Shorty can replace him. It would be fun to have an assistant called Shorty.
After we photograped and inventoried the items they decided to break in our basketball hoop for a little game of one on one. Yes, that is a mattress in my garage. My garage is like a furniture gallery right now. Hopefully it will empty out this weekend to make room for whatever comes my way next week. Did you know it takes me 5 days on average to sell an item? Not bad!
Matt was putting the finishing touches on the play kitchen that we set up and I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. He is over 6 feet tall and I can’t believe he was able to squeeze into the tiny chairs.
After work I unloaded my truck at Goodwill and came home. Chris beat me home (rare because he usually works until 7pm or so) and he suggested that we go to Panera for dinner. I’m always up for that!
After dinner we stopped by Target and HomeGoods to see what’s new. I was so excited to see all of the new Christmas decorations already out!