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/Seniors Planning a Move,  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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The BEST of – Window Cleaners – Excellent Window Cleaning

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Excellent Window Cleaning

“We specialize in Heights and Hard to Reach Windows
We have been in business since 1986. We are the “letting the light in” people of our community.

Our staff is timely, efficient, careful, detail oriented, and friendly as well as professional. These are just some of the reasons why we carry such a large repeat clientele and have established over 25 years of service in the entire Bay Area. We are bonded, and we carry worker’s comp and commercial liability insurance. Our prices are reasonable, and competitive.”

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The team of professionals  from Excellent arrived on time and tackled 20 foot high windows with care and efficiency. Great job! Very impressed and am happy to refer them to you.

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Kerry On- Your Personal Assistant

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“Helping you learn- one great supplier at at time”

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Your Closet: 50 Shades of White?

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50 Shades of White: Easy Organizing Tips for your Closet

Organizing your Closet – one hanger at a time. Starting with White Shirts, blouses, tops…

 #1. White Dress Shirts/Blouses Note: There are nearly 20 shades of white – here are the Top 12 Shades of White

  1. Old lace
  2. Cream
  3. Beige
  4. Linen
  5. Antique white
  6. Champagne
  7. Eggshell
  8. Dutch white
  9. Bone
  10. Vanilla
  11. Flax
  12. Navajo white

Step One: Organize similar shirts/blouses by Color: Gather all your long sleeve solid color White/Ecru/Tan Shirts and sort by shade.

Next, sort all Shades of White Short Sleeved shirts/blouses.

Step Two: Organize all your dress shirts by color (defer to ROYGBIV: red, orange, yellow, green blue, indigo and violet or by pastels… your wardrobe will speak to you) Then, again, sort by sleeve length. 

Step Three: : Organizing your Casual shirts, Jerseys, T-shirts, Tank Tops, Polo shirts, Plaid Flannels, Hawaiian Shirts, Camisoles. Tackle one category at at time.

Some T-shirts are good on a hanger – others should be folded and organized by color and placed in a drawer. Camisoles should folded and placed in your lingerie drawer(s).

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Costco Sells Those Wonderful Velvet Hangers:

The Domani Box of 100 Black Flocked Space-Saving Hangers will bring more room and order to your closet. These heavy-duty hangers are velvety soft to the touch and will keep you clothes from slipping off onto the floor. The hangers will not leave indents in your sweaters or fine fabrics. Each hanger is 1/4″ wide. Hangers can hold all garments from camisoles to coats.

    • Color: Black Slim line, saving-space hangers
      Flocking finish prevents garments from slipping off hanger
      Extra strong hangers hold up to 20lbs
    • You can do this! Feeling daunted? Contact me: Kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

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Have a problem with Comcast? Here’s The Comcast Solution

Comcast Help….here it is!

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There are enough Comcast criticisms, battles, blitzes, and atrocities to fill a dozen blogs.

I am not going to bore you with the egregious details of my move…

I am going to give you The Gift of Information…

Do you have a Comcast Challenge?

Here is the Comcast Solution:

Send an Email with the following information

Name:

Account:

Account number

Full name
Service address
Best contact phone number and time to call
A description of the problem:

Send the email with with the above information to:

we_can_help@cable.comcast.com

A Comcast problem resolution specialist should contact you to follow up.

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My Top Five “Best Customer Service” Kerry On

Service is Key!

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photo_380_20051108 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:

  • 1-800-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.
  • 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…

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Moving – Top Tips to get ready for the Big Day

Charlene and Henry are moving from their San Francisco home of 50 years to a Senior Residence up in Sonoma. We worked together for a month preparing for The Move. Here are a few tips we used:

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Tips: What to bring to a new smaller home

  • Basic Furniture to think about:
    • Small Couch and Pillows
    • Chairs
    • End tables
  • Bed: linens, blankets, and pillows
    • Nightstand
    • Coffee table
    • Lamps
  • Bookshelf
  • Computer and accoutrements
  • TV SET/Remotes
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  • Décor – (purely individual)
  • Favorite Pictures/ Framed
  • Keep-sakes
  • Artwork
  • Throws/Blankets
  • Clocks
  • Vases for flowers
  • Kitchen Items/MISC

Clothing Suggestions (based on climate and comfort )

  • Casual Attire
  • Dressy Attire
  • Lingerie, Pajamas, Robes
  • Sweaters
  • Jackets/Coats, Sun hats, Umbrellas,
  • Shoes, slippers,
  • Formal Clothing – depending on the Residence
  • All Meds, toiletries, cosmetics, hair dryer, are also a must.

Getting Ready for the Move: Inventory, Lists, Post it notes

We spent five, very busy days, a week for a month downsizing, donating, “gifting,”and packing. The kids came by and took furniture and treasures and “stuff.” A number of companies came by for very well-orchestrated donations (Books, Art Supplies, Lumber, Antiques)

And, then!

One Week Before Moving- Moving Tips

  • Pack a “Travel Kit”
  • Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, Laptop Computer and all wires and imp. computer items, keys, toiletries, tools, Kleenex, paper plates/ cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages.
  • Each person should pack a suitcase/wheels with clothing and other personal items (clothing, Meds, cosmetics) you will need upon arrival and later.
  • Note: Decided in ADVANCE whether to Let movers pack belongings (unless it’s a do-it-yourself move).
  • Stays with you (Jewelry, Cellphones,Computer, Meds)       Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the moving truck.
  • Very important: Pack a box of items that will be ‘Needed First’ at the new house. (Bed Linens, towels, necessities)
  • Clearly mark this box “Load Last!”

 

 

The Day Before and The Day of THE Move

  • (Rise and Shine: Plan to have healthy breakfast items on hand.

  • Make Move Day as easy and comfortable as possible. Start early to ease into the day and avoid confusion, rushing and stress.)

  • Confirm arrival time of the moving van/truck.
  • Read the bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing.
  • Keep this paperwork in a safe place.
  • Make sure the Moving Company drivers have your cell phone number and you have theirs.
  • When the movers arrive – walk through with SPECIAL Directions re: Do Not Touch/Not Being Moved/Fragile/ Last Box On Truck
  • Do a “Walk Through” before leaving the house –Check each room.
  • Tip: Here are Items to check before locking the door for the last time:

  • Are the air conditioning, fans and heat turned off?

  • Is the water shut off? Are the lights off?

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The above is a simple and sweet synopsis of a momentous move

and New Chapter for two of my favorite clients.

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May I help you?

Kerry.on.SF@gmail.com

 

 

 

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When the Movers Arrive at your new home :

Check belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items (i.e. mirrors, glass frames, China, glasses)

Charlene and Henry will tell you downsizing and moving from their new home was a challenge and pre planning was the key.

They are very happy in their new home.

Kerry ON

 

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Clients: My SF Millennial

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My millennial – like two ships passing in the night – we rarely see one another – and his house is in order. A perfect pairing.

This month, my most interesting client is a busy, 20-something, very wealthy, man who can’t do his laundry.

Nor can he pick his clothes up off the floor; organize his refrigerator, pantry or closets. He cannot be present to receive the gardener, the maid, or receive special deliveries. His cupboards and pantry are as bare as old Mother Hubbard’s. I have been happy to stock the refrigerator and cupboard shelves with healthy, food, as needed.

Client X readily admits that he is “Not that tidy” and asked me to organize his closets. All of them.

Mr. Chill Stich

He has a couple dozen pair of jeans -all skinny- the man does not eat. You’ll find no Levi’s here – only designer labels like Armani, Fendi, Yves Sans Laurent. There’s a sign in his closet that says “mr. chill stitch.”

He has a smattering of jackets and shirts from Fendi and Armani and a few pair of Prada hi-tops, Prada loafers, four pair of identical white leather shoes (the tag reads: Common Project, $400.)

He defers to hoodies – and the black” I Want More” must be his favorite – he has three copies of the same garment. He has total of 12 hoodies.

I thought the brand was “Acme”- and actually the label says ACNE – something all teens avoid like the plague – is now a favorite label … Go figure.

He is under 30

There is a silver Ferrari parked in the garage. He asked me to drive it to the dealer- something about the overhead light- I contacted the dealer and they came to ‘us’ to do the repair. Now, that’s service!

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I sort his mail:UPS, FedEx, AmazonPrime;

It is a landslide of high-end catalogs-a flood of large, thick, creamy-colored envelopes with his name calligraphered from various San Francisco social organizations, (Spinsters, The Guardsmen, ) obscure charities and multiple bank credit cards offers.

I can wait: Deliveries

Last week I witnessed several paintings, delivered and hung by the gallery. The small bevy of in-house gardeners came with sprays and manicure scissors and attended to his plants under my visage. They are like like a religious cult- no talking- each of them takes a quadrant of the house, attends to the plants and they are done within 20 minutes- they walk out single file without saying a word. I always say, “Goodbye! Thank you! Have a nice day!” They nod, like monks.

He a great client.

His house is in a very popular section of San Francisco- for his weekend use. And for parties. He leaves me a Monday morning To Do List. I complete the list. I text him my invoice. And I am paid promptly.

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He pays on time and is a gracious tipper.

He is moving to New York for six months. I will wait for his return.

All person, places, things have been scrambled and changed to protect the integrity. Mine.

Contact me today for a free 30 minute consultation Kerry.on.sf@gmail.com

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Kerry on: The Best Services:San Francisco List

photo_380_20051108San Francisco can be dazzling and ever so confusing… 

 There are so many choices 

I’ve done the research and analysis:

Here are my Top 10+ Best Services in the City

– Best Volvo Repair Auto 280 – talk to Gary,1315 Ocean Ave (415) 333-8622

 – Best Florist: Bloomers 2975 Washington St   (415) 563-3266

– Best Knife Sharpener in the City: Galen at Town Cutler 1005 Bush St    (415) 359-1519

– Best Hair Salon: Jackson Place Salon ( See: Liz) 633 Battery St    (415) 399-1044

– Best Moving and Storage: Cunningham Movers 1250 Van Dyke Ave   (415) 854-0524

– Best Furniture Consignment Store: Design Plus  333 8th Street and Marin

– Best Shredding Company: Level  Six   139-A Collingwood Street

-Best Yoga/Massage: The Mindful Body 2876 California St  (415) 931-2639

– Best Drycleaners: Laurel Cleaners  Laurel St at Sacramento St

– Best Bookstore: Green Apple Books 506 Clement Street  (415) 387-2272

-Best Pie and Coffee: Park Chow 1240 9th Ave   (415) 665-9912

-Best Sell Your Gold: West Portal Gold Buyers

– Best Walgreens in the City: Franklin Street at Post St1301 Franklin St   (415) 775-6706

 – Best Oil ChangeSunset 76 Auto Repair/ Service Station 1700 Noriega St  (415) 753-9635

-Best Bus Company: Super Sightseeing Tours  2627 Taylor St    (415) 777-2288

 Best Wedding Photographer: Christopher Briscoe

287 4th St  Ashland, Oregon 97520  (541) 488-2005 ( too cool not to mention)

– Best Massage and Facials: Chez Shivy 350 Lawton St   (415) 566-831

NOTE: Auctions – We have learned clearly not to use CLARS of Oakland

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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 you?

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.

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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 ”
So you can carry on

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Ready for a Move? Kerry On – Move Manager

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Kerry on: Your Move Manager

and Downsizing Specialist

Jack and Jeri decided to move from their spacious Marin County home  (3-BD/ 2BA)  to a cottage in St Helena.

We worked together for eight weeks to effectively plan, plot, and downsize their home and prepare for their new chapter.

The Cliff Notes

Extraneous furniture was sent to consignment, auction, and donated.

  • A successful Estate Sale was carefully planned and carried out.
  • The very  impressive library was sorted through – books were sold and a vast amount were donated to San Francisco State University.
  • Staff came on site to pack, purge, organize and deliver the contents of the home.
  • Both ARC and Goodwill picked up a wide variety of items.

Level Six Shredding  drove  up in their white van and picked up bags and bags of papers requiring shredding – and were gone in a blink.

Large Pick Up Arrangements were made with Recology, REsource, Hazardous Waste, SCRAP, SF State Reading Room, and ARC.

Our calendars were filled with myriad preparations to be ready for Moving Day.

Moving DayCunningham Moving and Storage– arrived and professionally and efficiently packed, inventoried, transferred everything to the truck –   the move went without a hitch. Thereafter, Alicia and the Fresh Air Janitorial team cleaned the house from stem to stern – they are real pros! 

Finally,  1-800-Got -Junk came in for a final  pick up and a ‘sweep up’ of any and all extraneous items. Voila!

Success: On the Other End- Several hours spent  assisting in the new home –  unpacking and organizing and getting as many empty boxes off the premises as possible.

May I help you?  Kerry on kerryon444@gmail.com

 

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Independent Living: Research and Assistance

Research and Analysis: Senior Living in San Francisco – may I help?

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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…

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