The Star Client

Star Client

Ms. SpoolTeacher posted an ad for her Peripatetic Design services on Craigslist recently and had no idea what would come of it.

Would you like a new look without purchasing new things? It’s amazing what can be done by rearranging things you already own for a completely new, fresh look. Just need more organization? That too. Is clutter an issue? No need to throw things away (recycle) unless you want to. There is always a way to make a lot of stuff look better. Groupings, consolidation of like items will minimize the impact and can create a museum quality. $35 p/hr plus mileage trip fee to and from your home from Benson, AZ. Skilled, professional, life-long designer/decorator with great color sensibilities and exceptional organizational skills. No implements required, we’ll use what you have.

This she could do 24/7. She loves, loves, loves to deal with the details of “things”.

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Lone Mountain Collage, San Francisco, CA

Her first real job after returning from a little summer scholarship at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, (right after graduating from high school), was as a “store decorator” at Levitz Furniture. She was only 18, and very intimidated by the others who seemed so confident of their design skills. Her duties were to daily make rounds of all the aisles and replace any items that had been sold out of the vignettes.

The store had a wonderful stock room full of accessories and that was her domain and resource center.

Looking back now she can see how, even then, she enjoyed focusing on the smallest of details. For some reason, it soothed her anxieties.

She could often be found rearranging the contents of a china cabinet to get all of the elements just right. She also loved to clean the stockroom and reorganize it.

When Ms. SpoolTeacher asked Star Client how she found her ad, Star Client explained that one day she was placing accessories and she had her husband hang a collection of stars above her cabinets in the kitchen. After which, she plopped down on her sofa and felt exasperated. She had had enough. She was feeling overwhelmed with all of the “stuff” that she had kept as her most favorite of things that were the result of her downsizing event some time before.

She didn’t want to get rid of a thing, but she had had enough.

Very often, it is just an objective perspective that is needed to reignite the passion to complete the task.

Star Client asked her husband to, “Please get on Craigslist and find a decorator”.

When she rolled across Ms. SpoolTeachers ad, Star Client told Ms. ST that “That was it.” The words of the ad expressed exactly what she wanted.

The email from Star Client to Ms. SpoolTeacher said, “I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better.”

Star Client and Ms. SpoolTeacher had a wonderful time working as a team, going through her treasures and finding their new homes.

If Ms. SpoolTeacher had put an ad for a perfect client, Star Client would have matched the contents to a T.

The minute Ms. ST arrived, Star Client took her on a “tour” and they dug right in. Ms. ST looses herself easily, and they had finished the first room before she thought to take “before” pictures and got so busy in the end taking the ones she did, that she forgot two rooms! Oh well.

Here are the results of their team effort in the main areas. They pretty much touched and moved just about every accessory and numerous furniture items, except of course, the stars!

I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better. I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better. I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better. I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better. I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better. I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better. I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better. I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better. I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better. I have a lot of stuff that needs to look better.

They only took one little break and back at it again, the pups wandering in and out and around their feet. Mostly they just laid around and snoozed.

Mostly they just laid around and snoozed.

This time when Star Client plopped herself down on her sofa, she said, “Whose house is this? Much better!”

"Whose house is this?"

“Whose house is this?”

The thing about it is, it looked very nice before. And she had lovely things to work with.

Ms. SpoolTeacher says that this is The Star Client you always hope you will get the chance to work with.

What a fun day!

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That Darned Mouse

Mouse in the houseMs. SpoolTeacher had a mouse tormenting her in her kitchen. She even dragged her one-burner-left stove outside thinking she was dragging Mouse out with it. She saw his/her little beady eyes look out from under the stove as she was dragging it out but she kicked it (the stove) and hoped s/he hopped back up inside…well, not so.

Mouse and his/her little beady eyes had stared her down one day from under the toaster oven sitting on the cabinet beside her while she was typing, and that was it. As soon as eye contact was made, they were simpatico (on the same wave length, agreeable). She told him in her silent mind, “Don’t run across my feet or across my table while I’m typing and I won’t feel the urgency to pummel you with my life-saving plunger weapon.”

So, she found humane traps that could be baited with peanut butter and set them in places she knew Mouse had been or liked to store/hoard pieces of garlic, sunflower seeds, peanuts (of which she will never leave out on counters again).

ss.Mouse.trapShe didn’t think it was gonna work; but one day she heard a funny scraping sound and sure enough, Mouse had fallen for the trap and was anxiously trying to pry down the metal trap door. It was late one night and she didn’t want to go out in slippers and night clothes to find a field to release Mouse in, so she hoped s/he would be okay til morning. She felt horrible about leaving him/her in that little box all night, but outside her kitchen door just wasn’t far enough away to not think s/he would find his/her way back to his favorite haunts.

Next morning, she came out right away to check on Mouse. She picked up the trap, and Mouse moved so that s/he was straddled all fours reaching out to the edges of the box so s/he wouldn’t slide. She took Mouse in-the-box over to Sister’s empty house thinking she would release Mouse to go out into the giant field behind her lot. She slid the cover to the box back and Mouse turned back to look up at her with his/her peanut-butter infused/spiked fur with his/her beady little eyes and said, “I was happy at your house, why are you doing this to me? I thought we were simpatico?”, and ran right over to Sister’s neighbors back yard which was full of hoarded things. A perfect place to hide from their big bad dog.

Ms. SpoolTeacher thinks there is a story brewing about Mouse and his/her adventures. She has way too many things brewing, but it’s fun to think about.

So, Mouse set her in action to revamp her house again. Her sewing room was not a happy place to be anymore because it is her extra (small) bedroom and she had taken EVERYTHING to do with sewing in there. It was overflowing and it was all she could do to make herself sew with it like that.

And, sewing is kinda her thing, (as well as painting odd colors all over her house to see if she likes them).

Mouse made her do itMouse made her do itAnd for some reason, her camera is failing to cooperate now. Time to check her lotto numbers…

So Ms. SpoolTeacher is once again Peripatetic Designing her house to accommodate her ever changing needs. She’s trying to get every little or big thing that isn’t absolutely necessary to her priority agenda-at-hand out, out, out of the house again and into her “holding” garage-that-wants to-be-a-studio. It’s a daunting task, but for the last week, she has had little other (paying) work to do and thinks God in His abundant wisdom arranged it that way so she could spend significant blocks of uninterrupted time putting “her house in order” for the wonderful things He has planned for her to do. She’s sure of it.

Mouse made her do it

She’s made great strides toward making it a guest/sitting room. ss.peripatetic.designer.clutterbusting-abundancemanagement

She’s really hoping That Darned Mouse didn’t leave her a family to contend with….

That Darned Mouse