Monday, November 22, 2010

Worker Bee

Purge* Stage* Sell* Buy* Pack* Move* Unpack* Stage* Sell*

This is what the process has been for the past month with a client that I have moved three times before. This is the last and final home she will live in. This is a certainty. It is quite small by her previous standards and she was scared and sad and convinced it would be awful.

The moving van, moved her yesterday from 9-3. Before I left last evening, her kitchen was complete, everything in it's place, her bedroom and bath all cozy and pretty.. I wanted her first night in her home to be comfortable.

In the 11 hours I spent there today, I finished all the other rooms except for the guest room and organized her garage. yep..MY way! Soon I will hang all her paintings and measure for all the new blinds and curtains, but tonight there is not an unpacked box anywhere in her home, or stuff strewn about. The doggies are perched back in their favorite chairs and all the appliances and cable and phone and trash are all set up or installed.....Not bad for less than 2 days. I am a full service worker bee. buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ( note the z's) Did I mention all the items she purged are stacked in my garage waiting for me to sell for her?

She was smiling tonight, and when I said "Didn't I tell you I would make it look cozy and wonderful? She said "Yes you did." I said "You didn't believe me?" She replied "Only half way, because this place was so awful." It isn't now. She is happy again, and safe in her cozy home that she can take care of and afford. As I left, she said she should have known better than to have any misgivings. I mean, we have done this same thing a few times.

I love this kind of job. My knees, my back, my muscles, my arms don't love it so much, but it is worth every single ache to make someone a home...

If I don't get back here before GOBBLE day:

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and many many blessings.

Suzan

17 comments:

erin said...

she is so lucky to have you...you buzzzy little bee! happy thanksgiving to you darling!
gobble gobble,
erin

Blondie's Journal said...

She must consider you a miracle worker by now! And it must be a very warm feeling to know that you helped this woman settle into her new home in time for the holidays. Great job!

Wishing you a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving. You might try epsom salts.

XO,
Jane

Theresa said...

I know I've said this before, but it bears repeating...She is so lucky to have you, as we all are! Happy Thanksgiving right back atcha! Theresa xoxo

A Cottage Muse said...

I would love to see photos...and make you a cup of tea! You need to relax today!

Jacqueline said...

Love that you have this 'gift' Suzan...

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

How sweet to have made someone else's first night in a new place special. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Abby:)

Claudia said...

What a great service you provide! You helped your client create a warm, welcoming environment in a new, strange place. That's so important!

xo
Claudia

Razmataz said...

I think many people are just overwhelmed. With stuff. Emotional and literal baggage. I think it is great that you helped her get sorted so quickly so she can feel at home.

Thank you for your kind works about gracie. It is so quiet here. I am still waking at 5, because she had me trained!

Tina Eudora said...

Wow Suzan I didn't know you did that for a career but what an amazing thing! It must be wonderful for people who have trouble organizing to have someone come in and pack and unpack and set their lives back up for them....you are one talented and amazing lady!
Have super Thanksgiving!
Tina xo

Jillayne said...

What a great thing to do - take what might seem as just a lot of labour and turn it in to something truly meaningful. I never thought that moving someone could be much more than that but it's so simple when you think about it.
The benefit of having the upheavels of moving dealt with so quickly are immeasurable; I know that part myself as whenever we have moved, we don't go to bed until the last box is unpacked (well, except for my Sewing Room!). We didn't move a lot, but it sure made the moves easier to take.
You seem have a real knack for getting past the usual "stuff" and in to a deeper meaning. Thanks for this - I am going to think on it a while...

Bead and Needle said...

I would say that she has a whole lot to be thankful for, this Thanksgiving. You amaze me!

Happy Thanksgiving, yourself, Z!

Olive Cooper said...

Wow Super Bee! You are doing a great work and I know she must appreciate it. You are truly gifted. Happy Thanksgiving. ♥O

Kit said...

What a lovely job you have! That must have felt so good to get her all situated and ready to enjoy her new place. Happy Thanksgiving! Kit

My Grama's Soul said...

I've said it before....and I'll say it again.....I don't think there is anything you cannot do!!! Oh I know you sent me an e-mail listing a few things....but those are really irrelevant .... me thinks!! (O:(O:(O:

Xo

Jo

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Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I think you have my dream job...although I'm not sure my body could take those hours anymore! How fun and what a wonderful thing to do for other people.

D.B. said...

You are a SAINT! Moving is hard and moving "down", even harder. Many blessings on you for making this process as painless as possible for your friend. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving Suzan!

Carole said...

She is one lucky girl to have you in her life to organize it and keep it sane.
Ok now I'm off....Bzzzzzzz!

xx
C