#MotivationalMondays

Chanel Miller is the kind of young lady that will motivate you to do the right in a wrong.

I wish I had this brave young lady to listen to when I met my monster in the night, she would have empowered me to do the right in a wrong and not sit in my garden of shame and quilt. That’s what I did, what other woman did in the past. We would set up our “silent garden” where we cultivated our shame in silence not telling anyone of the hurt that was put upon us. When you suffer in silence it keeps the secret alive, but once you tell the TRUTH it’s like cutting a major artery . . . it can’t live.

Peace & Harmony

XO Cheryl

 

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#DanceTherapy

Dance therapy is a type of therapy that uses movement that can be beneficial for both physical and mental health, dance therapy can be used for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management.  Dance can also boost a person’s mood, improve his or her body image, and provide an opportunity for fun that may lower overall stress and anxiety.

I just call it good medicine – it’s Friday so grab your platform shoes and shake that groove thing like nobody watching . . . unless you’re into that . . . no judgment here!

Peace Harmony & Keep on Dancin’!

XO Cheryl

Don’t Say Goodbye . . . Say So Long

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            Closing The 

                        Summer Rental

                                        for the Season

When the leaves are falling off the trees at summer homes or the snow has finally melted around the winter cabin, preparing to leave can be bittersweet.

There are many reasons to spend time closing a seasonal home properly including burst pipes, vandalism, rodents, and structural damage.

To avoid these pitfalls and make re-opening the summer home easier, here are 10 tips to help close your seasonal properties.

  1. Clean out the kitchen. Thoroughly clean out the refrigerator and unplug it; you don’t want mildew damaging your appliances in the spring. Also, clean the cabinets and cupboards.

 

  1. Clean out the living areas and bedrooms. Store away bedspreads and linens (use vacuum bags to store) — there is no place more comfortable for rodents to sleep than in your bedspread. Allow your cabin to breathe while you are away. Leave doors and drawers open to increase circulation.

 

  1. Block off the flues and stovepipes. Make sure you have closed the flue on your stove. Also, sealing flues and stovepipes with a metal cap should keep the birds and rodents out.

 

  1. Cover the windows. Plywood or thin sheet metal will do. Put handles on the outside of the wood (one on each side to make easy to pick up) and number the pieces to make next year’s close easier. Sealing your cottage will not only protect it from the weather but will also keep unwanted visitors away.

 

  1. Drain the pipes. Make certain that you drain and shut off your water before you leave for good. The last thing you want is for lingering water to freeze your pipes.

 

  1. Don’t forget the little things. Sometimes the little things are often overlooked. Make sure you forward your mail to your permanent address. Make sure your service contacts, like plumbers and electricians, know how to reach you away from the summer home. With my “snowbird” clients – I offer this service as part of my cleaning package.

 

  1. Consider security. If you are concerned about intruders, deadbolts are an option as well as hiring a year-round resident to keep his or her eyes out for you. You should also consider motion detector lights and security cameras to deter unwanted visitors.

 

  1. Remove fire hazards. This is as easy as removing all papers, newspapers, old rags, and chemicals, turning off all utilities and unplugging appliances.

 

  1. Secure outside furniture, equipment, and boats. Take the time to gather all outside furniture and clean it before you secure and cover it. Turn your small boats upside down and if there is a drain hole, open it up, making sure it is on the downhill side of any slope.

 

  1. Don’t Say Goodbye – Say So Long. Before you pull out of your driveway for the season, don’t be afraid to reflect on the wonderful season it has been. Think about all the new things that happened, special times you had and the long-lasting memories that still await. Reflection of time is priceless.

Peace Harmony & Happy Autumn!

XO Cheryl

 

Mobile-Workplace Organization

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Doing Your Business On The Road

Do you spend a lot of time in your car and frequently need to take materials to client appointments or business meetings? When your vehicle is an extension of your office and you conduct business at numerous locations, having a system for transporting documents and supplies and keeping your car well organized is critical for making sure you arrive at your appointments on time with everything you need.

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If you need to transport paper files to meetings, a briefcase or tote bag that can hold several hanging files or a portable accordion file holder can be good solutions for keeping documents organized and easy to find. Each section can be designated for meeting handouts, marketing materials and office supplies you frequently need such as name tags, thank you cards, envelopes, tape, and a stapler. You might also need a file for expense records, or you could use a plastic envelope to keep your receipts.

It’s the small things . . . 

In addition to documents, there may be other items you frequently need that would be good to have organized in your car. A pencil box, pouch or other small container keeps pens, paper clips, sticky notes, flash drives, and other small office supplies organized and easy to find. Transparent pouches like the kind sometimes used for cosmetics are particularly handy since you can easily see the contents; these also work well for small electronics and charging cables. I also keep a Travel-Pouch (my mom called it a ditty bag) it’s kept in my front seat organizer compartment that contains a toothbrush/toothpaste, bandaids, aspirin, chapstick. Small blush compact, lipgloss and a stash of energy bars for those days when there is no time to stop and eat lunch. If you aren’t using an electronic notes system on your smartphone or computer, a small notebook kept in your car tote or vehicle console is helpful for noting mileage, expenses or other short notes.

Plan ahead

A key aspect of being well organized is good planning. When your day involves driving from one meeting to another, planning the night before to make sure that your car tote is well stocked with everything you’ll need will save stress in the morning when you are busy getting ready to leave. I put in the addresses of where I’m going on a particular day into my MAPS APP on phone.

A checklist will help you remember to pack everything you need:

  • Have you printed all necessary meeting handouts or presentation materials?
  • Do you have an adequate supply of brochures/flyers/business cards?
  • If you will be using a whiteboard do you have dry erase markers, eraser and marker remover?
  • If you will be using a computer or laptop to give a presentation, have you copied the presentation to your laptop and backed it up on a portable flash drive?
  • Do you have your laptop, mouse, smartphone, headset and charging cables?
  • Do you need to pack a lunch and water bottle?
  • Do you need an extra set of clothes and shoes?
  • Do you need a coat or jacket for later in the day?

Contact me at (860)961-6824 or email me at cchomeconcierge@gmail.com if you need help to set up a Mobile Office Organization System.

Peace Harmony & Happy Travels!

XO Cheryl

 

What’s Trending in Real Estate Today?

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Q: What is a Real Estate Concierge?

A: When I think of a concierge I imagine being taken care of, someone you can go to for help when things are unfamiliar or feeling overwhelmed. I coined the name “Home Concierge” for my Real Estate Concierge service package to evoke that feeling of someone being there to give you support, as well as to showcase the versatility and unique services I provide to real estate professionals.

Q: Who can benefit most from using a Real Estate Concierge?

A: Any realtor or real estate broker who is looking to grow their business, someone who may be strong in all other aspects of their business but doesn’t have an eye for reading a home for a particular market, someone who has a good client base but not enough hours in the day to get things done, or a realtor just starting out that needs a little help in marketing their services.

Q: How is it cost-effective?

A: I think if you look at the overall cost of hiring a full-time assistant, and all the costs associated with one versus contracting me on an as-needed basis you can see the cost-effectiveness pretty easily. I think flexibility is important, and I offer my services by project, monthly retainer, or hourly. There are no commitments and no hidden costs.

Here is how I can help . . . 

  • Confirm that all documentation has the appropriate signature and dates
  • Work closely with the selling agent to retrieve any and all documents needed to close the files
  • Responsible for verifying all properties have been entered into the agent’s system
  • Cleaning & Organization of home, prep/set-up estate sale
  • Errands & Tasks – dry cleaners, shopping, etc.
  • Open homes for Showings, Photography, Open house
  • Pre-Showing set-up: arrange the home for an Open House or Showing to bring out the best features of the home
  • Plan and coordinate open houses, broker tours/launch parties, and other events
  • Home Staging & Redesign service of the space(s)
  • Regularly update and maintain communication with clients, agents, title companies, lenders, etc.
  • Keep track of critical dates and send weekly reminders to the agents as related to real estate project/account
  • Interact with clients and staff in a professional, responsible, reliable, and friendly manner, at all times

navy accent interiors**Additional service – Real Estate Concierge Service**

Pre-staging a home prior to listing – CC Home Concierge Company works with your client to eliminate clutter and improve the appeal of the home to potential buyers.

Residential organizing before or after a move. Prior to a move, CCHC works with your clients to declutter. This improves the look of the home and saves your clients from paying to move things they don’t need.

A move-in is also a good time to get organized. CCHC helps clients unpack, get organized and back to normal quickly. A CCHC gift certificate makes a nice closing gift. 

Move coordination and project management. We work with busy families and professionals to coordinate and manage the details of their move. We can apply our organizational system for project planning and execution, a high level of customer support and network with local service providers to help clients enjoy a low-stress, on-time move.

Service for special needs. All transitions come with a level of stress. Some can be more stressful than others if they are forced upon you because of an unexpected change of events, death in family or health changes that require moving and downsizing or the closing of estates.

Cheryl has been a Professional Organizer for 25 years and has worked with clients in a variety of situations to create a respectful and thoughtful approach to solving problems, decluttering, down-sizing or estate-closing.

Peace Harmony & Happy Home Making!

XO Cheryl