Kerry On – Personal Assistant and Project Manager

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Kerry On

25 years experience as a San Francisco professional organizer, project manager, and operations/logistics specialist.

Working with individuals, small businesses, entrepreneurs, homeowners, retirees and busy professionals.

Experience as a project manager, organizer, book editor, personal shopper, downsizing and moving specialist and Empty Nest Expert.

Experience in local site inspections and research; interfacing with specialists in Estate management as well as individuals, families, small companies and start-ups.

Specialties

Extensive experience in home/office organizing, and project management; working with myriad clients including new parents, retirees, professionals and entrepreneurs to assist in making lives happier, cleaner, less cluttered and far more effective.

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Please contact: kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

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Move Manager and Personal Assistant- Kerry On

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George and Geri decided to move from their San Francisco home of 50 years to a senior retirement community up north.

The couple was most agreeable about downsizing, purging, donating, selling and “gifting their kids” with family treasures.

Our daily task was to prepare

Each day, we tackled the most pressing job. Together we reviewed what needed to be kept for their new home; which items were to be  gifted to each of the three children; update the list of items to be moved to a large storage facility; and itemize supplies moved to a cousin’s farm in Sonoma. We also clearly discussed and divided furniture to be shipped to relatives in three different cities.

We tackled each task with patience and aplomb. Jerry and George both epitomize grace, humor and a strong “can-do attitude.”

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After several weeks of downsizing, packing, organizing, purging, donating and  selling various times on Craigslist (and giving away a ton away) – we were ready.

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We hired a highly respected, San Francisco Moving company to come in and inventory each of the shipments to our six different locations.

Details details details

We kept careful notes about each item to be shipped to each different address. Inventory Copies were placed in Binders for reference.

We carefully walked through the process for each city, individually, and used color-coded Post-it notes.

The move took place in carefully choreographed waves.

The trucks were packed; all were strategically and geographically correct.

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The movers were very impressed with our level of organization expertise. 

For George and Geri – it was a momentous event- and a wonderfulness chapter began. A Success.

 

May I help you? Kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

Now Serving San Francisco, San Jose, and Marin County

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Kerry On – What does a Personal Assistant do, exactly?

rocket-979271_640Kerry On- Your Personal Assistant in San Francisco, Marin and San Jose

Each week, I assist clients with projects, chores, tasks, errands, research, deliveries, mailings, organizing and downsizing…

golden-gate-bridge-482664__180Here is a snapshot of some of my recent “tasks”

Deal with Collection Agency regarding a Blue Cross Error
Drop off proper Docs; and Pick Up Passports at Russian Embassy
Call Top  “Best” Doctors in San Francisco for project
Call (six times) Home Security re: billing problem and Stop Service 
Check Home – three times a week while family away ( Two Page To Do  list)
Research and interview/hire Condo Manager in Chicago
Find Best: Electrician, Window Washer, Shredding Company, Maid Service, Insulation Specialist, Hairdresser, International Shipper, Seamstress, Home Chef
Clean out and Organize Five closets, the garage and 25 cupboards.
Inventory pantry, cupboards, and make list for Costco and Falletti’s
Mail: Sort through mail – toss junk mail – organize bills – create “paper- shred” pile
Take the car to Touch-less Car Wash for detailing – both cars.
Pickup/drop off items at dry cleaners; Goodwill; drug store; D&M Liquors, City Hall
Go to UPS and retrieve packages
Take lists to Grocery Shop: Costco, Whole Foods, and Rainbow Organics
Remove tags from all new items from Marshalls/Nordstrom and arrange in closet
Arrange all dress shirts, slacks, blazers and leather jackets by color and season
Fold and Rearrange 50 T-shirts and sweaters place in color coded drawers
Organize downstairs linen closet – remove all tattered towels. Deliver towels, etc. to SPCA
Match: Enormous piles of odd socks

 

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Kerry On! May I help you?

 

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May I Help? What is on your “To Do” list?

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Timing is everything…and we all wish we had more of it …May I help?

Kerry On: I solve problems and get the job done.

I’ve shopped, shipped, wrapped, recycled, delivered, down-sized,  deciphered, trained, hired and fired.

I’ve set mousetraps, decimated underground beehives. I’ve arranged, assembled, shredded and sorted and purged and tossed.

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A stroll in the Park? I’ve even walked a dog – not any dog – this one was about the size of a Shetland pony – we strolled around the Polo Fields for an hour while the owner/photograph the documented the canine’s gait.

I’ve cleaned and organized, labeled, tossed, fixed,  set up and picked up theatre tickets, and delivered elaborate dinners for two, four, and six.    I’ve made bookcases, and reservations.

I’ve met families and VIPs at the airport.  And, at the dentist’s office ~ long story.

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However,  I know who to hire to do get things accomplished. Timing is everything, right?   Perhaps, I can help.

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Kerry On Your Personal Assistant –

“Kerry On –  Your Personal Assistant ”
So you can carry on

and have more fun…

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Tidying Up – one room at a time

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On a Whim – On a Lark – They bought The Book.

Fifteen of my clients bought the little, best-selling Magic Tiding Up Book. You know the one.

This time next year, the book will be relegated to donations to Goodwill and libraries.

Its a great little book! Chockfull of suggestions for more joy and less clutter.

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My favorite takeaway?

(No, don’t kiss your socks, don’t stockpile Q-tips or Toilet Paper.)

The best Kondo advice: Discard First – Organize Later.

This concept not Japanese or Irish or even Paleo – it’s logical and quicker and smarter.

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Toss It, Donate it, Purge and Organize Later.

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May I help you – Kerry On

Kerry On – Your Personal Assistant – May I help you with:

· Coordinate and Oversee Household Improvements– interface with suppliers
· Repair and Maintenance Service (arranging service, getting quotes, allowing access)
· Errand Service (dry cleaning, post office, banking, pharmacy, delivery, etc.)
· Dining and Activities (tickets, reservations, tee times, private tours)
· Executive and Corporate Assistance (planning meetings, transporting clients, organizational services)
· House-sitting Service (plants and garden, fill refrigerator for arrival, check on home)
· Office Help (filing, organizing, copying, shredding
· Planning Dinner Parties and Other Events (invitations, food and drink, decorating, music/entertainment)
· Relocation Service (evaluating homes and rentals, moving and storage arrangements, settling-in services)
· Shopping Service (groceries, gifts, gift-wrapping, item returns)
· Transportation Service (airport, within the city)
· Travel Service (planning and booking)
· Writing/Proofreading Service
· Other Services (meal service, reminder service, handling mini-emergencies, etc.)

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Please contact me Kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

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Got clutter? There is no magic…

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Good News – Bad News:

There is no such thing as a Magic Wand to remove clutter…

The Good News:

I can help you toss, shred, organize, alphabetize, de-clutter and organize receipts, files and mild chaos.

Allow me – to  assist you in de-cluttering, organizing, purging, tossing, and shredding…

Janice hired me to work with her elderly parents. They had rooms and rooms filled  with items that  needed to be repaired, donated, thrown away, put in the proper place…

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An affable couple, Tillie and Michael, agreed they no longer needed those 12  old jig saw puzzles, 20 ‘0dd’  sets of playing cards, coloring books and crayons for  the grandkids –  who were now in college.

It’s in the Bag    We filled up bags of junk  to toss or recycle …and bags of  toys in good shape  to be donated. Next, we sorted though dozens of old movies, cassettes, and duplicate CD’s. We agreed: there are only so many Frank Sinatra ” I Did it My Way” CD’s one can listen to.

Too Much Stuff Syndrome?  They had multiple bookshelves crammed with books and old magazines – in no time the books were sorted and organized -dog-eared magazines were recycled … giving the living room a great face lift.

(Boxes of old National Geograhics were put on Craigslist for free – and disappeared.)

Tillie has booked me to visit – twice a week – for the next two months. It’s a date!

We are working magic: clutter is  disappearing!

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Independent Living: Research and Assistance

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Senior Living- new chapters

Helene and Randy Live in New York City. She contacted me to say her elderly parents live in San Francisco and their home was too much to handle. They needed assistance looking for an Independent Living situation.

 Helene hired me to research, tour/inspect four San Francisco Independent Living facilities and report back on my findings. She lives in Manhattan – only comes to the City a few times a year- and is “planning ahead” for her parents. A very good idea.

Touring the Properties

I arranged for Site Inspections at the Sequoias, the San Francisco Towers, the Carlisle and Coventry Gardens. During the tours of the properties I took notes and numerous pictures. I gathered all necessary brochures, floor plans, documents and handouts. I spoke to contacts and friends who shared their candid comments and assessments of each facility.

Reporting Back

I was able to compile a very thorough packet of information with commentary, analysis and brochures to FEDEX to the client. We later spoke and reviewed all by phone. Armed with volumes of information and observations – Helene felt more confident and sure of her upcoming assistance.

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Another Senior Citizen Client –

…Had to downsize from a three bedroom home to a lovely carriage house. She needed help sorting through decades of papers, books, and records.

She also needed to advise all of her suppliers of her new address, renew professional licenses, and have multiple documents organized and filed.

Organizing cupboards, shelves, closets, the storage area, as well as purging, donating and delivering items were all aspects of the job.

Careful planning, great resources, and we got the job done – with speed, humor and success!

~~May I help you? Kerry on!
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Do you have time? Home Office Help: Kerry On

I’ve go the time…

Kerry On Your Personal Assistant

Time for help?

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Whether you have Empty Nest or a Full Garage – I can help.

Details and deadlines are my strong suit. Having been a homeowner, meeting planner and Personal Assistant in San Francisco, Marin County, and now the East Bay, for 25+ years has provided the necessary training, expertise, and knowledge to be a capable and respected project manager and personal assistant.

I love what I do and I am a uniquely talented.

Kerry on ~ so you can carry on

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Contact me: kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”
                                                     Steve Jobs

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Too busy for words? Kerry on – help in your home and office

Snappy solutions to age old challenges…Kerry On!

Kerry On Your Personal Assistant

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John K, a busy executive, works from home.

He used to call his office the “The Everglades – because he was swamped.”

On our first meeting, we walked through his home and he pointed out his  “Top 10: this drives me crazy” areas and highlighted potential projects. His closets really stumped him – he had no idea how to organize slacks, jeans, khakis, and hiking pants.

mens-shoes-875947__180We met a week later, I came with 3 dozen, slim-line, felt hangers and attacked his closets. Within hours, his shirts were organized by style, color and season. All pants hung properly and organized by style, color and category. 

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We went from Chaos to Order

He identified various items to be “donated,” -I inventoried all items for tax purposes, dropped donations off and submitted the receipt to John.

  1. Monday: the linen closet and cupboards.

2. Tuesday:  John has an itemized Christmas shopping list and LPH on Sacramento St is the…

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My Top Five “Best Customer Service”

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 If you are like me, Customer Service is of the utmost importance.

This month, I worked with Five Super/Stellar Suppliers who have very high standards and went beyond the call of duty. I am a fan.

My March 2016 Top Five Favorite Suppliers:

  1. Aby’s Upholstery -Two different San Jose clients needed furniture re-upholstered. I looked at the usual suspects and was unimpressed.  Then, I  found Aby’s Upholstery. An owner/operator, Santa Clara University grad, she was smart, polite and professional on the phone. She had a ton of 5-Star Yelp reviews. We met with her, selected the fabric and were “wowed” by her insights and ideas. Her team is quick, gracious and helpful.  Both clients were ‘over the moon’ impressed.     A locally owned retailer providing residential, commercial & automotive upholstery & repair services. Address: 1610 Monterey Hwy, San Jose, CA 95112 (408) 289-8887
  2. 1-800-Got- Junk – One of my favorite phone calls to make for a client. Whether the client is moving from their home of 50 years or 5 years- there is generally a lot of rubbish, litter, debris and junk to deal with. The 1-8oo-Got Junk Phone Team is so well-trained, patient and results oriented –  it is a pleasure to speak with them. There are no “Dumb or Inane Questions.” What there is are solutions and a team to come pick up said debris and whisk it way. Gold Stars for Customer Service.
  3. Fresh Air JanitorialServing San Francisco Bay Area -Alicia and her team cleaned a vast home which was recently sold. My clients wanted their home to be impeccable for the new owners. As a result of Fresh Air Janitorial -the house sparkles! I have never seen such attention to detail. They are high level cleaning professionals. As a rule, I seek out top of the line suppliers for my clients. Alicia is on my Top 5 List. Great rates. (650) 355-5158
  4. Mulugani Tires in Mill Valley Clients have me take cars in for service / new tires and I never hesitate to suggest Mulugani Tires in Marin. A family-owned business and has been around for 68 years; the staff is polite, calm, friendly and professional. It is the polar  opposite ever other tire center I have ever visited. Promotions and discounts and superb service.
  5. Auto 280 – 1315 Ocean Ave, San Francisco (415) 333-8622: Volvos Only. I have been a huge fan of Gary and Auto 280 for decades. He is very smart, cordial, and cost effective. He has been in business for over 30 years and is the best Volvo Specialist there is. He is also a great guy.lifesaver-933560__

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”   Douglas Adams

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