Saturday, September 29, 2012

That Special "Thing"

That Special "Thing"

Anyone can clean a house... scrub tile, floors and toilets, but it takes a special person to bring your passion into your work.  

Each house has it's special thing, space, vibe...whatever you want to call it, it is there!  A "Great Cleaner" will be able to find this and work from it. If you listed any of my clients, I would be able to tell you what that special "Thing" is.  

This is why I love my job, because every house and family is different.  Different decorating tastes, different needs, different lifestyles.  

The photo to the left is from my clients that live on an old hobby farm, surrounded by gardens and wild flowers.  Every week, I venture out into the gardens with my scissors and basket and start cutting fresh flowers.  Each week something different is in bloom, from flowers, to hosta, berry bushes and trees or even fall leaves.  I love wandering out to see what is in bloom, even a single blossom can be placed in a small vase on the back of the toilet or kitchen window sill.  

 The photo to the right shows my single female clients love of body and bath products.  Her idea of storing these items was in large plastic bins under her bed with an inch of dust on the lid.  So I converted her small closet into a boutique for her to go shopping for something new.  She now takes a few new items off the shelf and puts some of her other items she has gotten bored with back into her inventory.
Ahhh...I love this client.  Two little girls live here, if you couldn't guess.  I LOVE cleaning their sheets and making their beds to look like beds fit for a princess.  Toys are straightened, blankies folded and jammies folded neatly under their pillows.
PLUS...they have a big chalkboard on their wall.  Each week, I take 5 minutes to draw a special picture or maze on the board for them.  It may be something going on such as a holiday or school starting or a fun theme such as a maze with Alice at the top falling into a hole and a table with teacups at the end.

Now we are going to do a little activity...

~Write down your clients (or if you want to do this for your own house...list your rooms)
~Close your eyes and imagine walking into the house or room.
~Write down the thoughts and images that come to mind.
~Do this quickly for each client.
~Now go back and think of one or two things you could do for this client or room to enhance the special "THING" about this client or room.

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