I Learned A Lot of What I need to Know from our Cleaning Lady.....

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

   serenity prayer   A long, long time ago.....a few years out of college...I had a friend who taught me that I should always aspire to make enough money to pay people to do the  things that I did not want to do....or did not know how to do.  Much like the serenity prayer...to know the difference between what you know and what you don't know....ahhhh yes...and that wisdom to know the difference.

     I enjoy cooking...we love entertaining....the dining room we designed in our home...has a purpose....and it is used to enjoy creative culinary creations...and the company of family and friends when time allows it....and we try to make time for what is important creative expression....and something we both celebrate.chef

  organized closet   While I consider myself organized...I am not the person who cleans industriously....  alphabetizes spices...and separates clothes by color (ok...shades of purple) and season.  I do like that organization....and pay people to clean...to organize the closet, and do the things that work FOR me...but that I do don't enjoy working on, at or with ....and consequently do not do well.

      We built our house with an exposed lower level, part of which is our office.  Negotiating short sales...client calls...everyday business...and being together 24/7 became a challenge. So to be more productive, I work upstairs with Dini and most of the time David  and Magic have "their office" downstairs.

  Cluttered desk  The upstairs office...despite some beginning efforts to become more "paperless" usually has enough paper for both offices.  Today was the day that Olga, our cleaning lady and her fastidious crew came to add some sparkle to the house as they methodically go thru each room.  I always say that we "kick the big chunks out of the way"....and today there seemed to be more piles of paper than usual.  The big chunks were gone...too much paper remained with Olga arrived. "I'm sorry...."I apologized....."One day you will come here and find lots less paper....and no clutter," I told Olga.

   She smiled...with her permanent eye twinkle and accent displayed proudly in her speech...."Yes, "  she said ..."But then you will be retired."   And....Olga...I know in my heart of business hearts...you are correct.

   Know what you know....always make enough money to pay for what you don't do well...and make time to do the things you enjoy most. Amen amd Women.



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Jon Karlen
Finish Line Realty - Shelbyville & Louisville Ky Real Estate - Shelbyville, KY
Louisville & Shelbyville Kentucky real estate

Excellent advice!  A really great quote.  :)  Paying others to do what they are experts on - and doing what we enjoy, is absolutely a motto we should all live by.

May 23, 2013 06:27 AM #35
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

We have not gone paperless in fact we have more paper & more work than ever. I wonder what the new world order is going to like with all of its promises.

May 23, 2013 06:43 AM #36
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

  I am sending Olga a link to this blog....she will have a better holiday knowing she is known as a bright cookie !

May 23, 2013 06:46 AM #37
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I've loved all my cleaning help throughout the years.  A big thanks to Maria, Lucille, Rose and Cecilia--they made life better for me and I tried to do the same for them.

May 23, 2013 06:53 AM #38
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Good for you Norma....I am sure they all appreciated it !

May 23, 2013 06:56 AM #39
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Too funny, Sally.  I was clearing my desk today while wondering what ever happened to that paperless office I dreamed about?  It's still a dream 8-)

May 23, 2013 08:02 AM #40
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

LOL...oh, yes, the more technologically proficient I become, the more paper I seem to have laying around...I don't know why that is!  

And I agree 100% about paying people to do what I don't want to do or don't do well.  It is a matter of being more efficient with our time. 

May 23, 2013 08:14 AM #41
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Well, I disagree with Olga. You will probably run a paperless office before you retire--since you are already so tech-savvy!

May 23, 2013 09:14 AM #42
Barb Fischer
Big Block Realty - La Mesa, CA
San Diego and La Mesa Real Estate

Great advice. Plus when you let someone else do what you're not good at, it lets them shine in an area they love!

May 23, 2013 09:17 AM #43
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

you are all sooo uplifting...just want to jump on a plane and visit you all !

May 23, 2013 09:17 AM #44
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

My area could be easily mistaken for someplace ready to recyle...I hear you...I know where everything is...and that is what is important.

May 23, 2013 10:57 AM #46
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Olga makes the perfect person for assistance (sic) I think She went to school with my housekeeper...brilliant
May 23, 2013 11:11 AM #47
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Sally, I have the same problem.  Mounds of paperwork, most of which I could probably toss.  It only gets wose at tax time.

May 23, 2013 11:30 AM #48
Michael Blue
Home Smart Realty West - Encinitas, CA
REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad
We must learn the paperless route. i'm part of the way there.
May 23, 2013 12:41 PM #49
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
That is a very good way to look at it. Add to that the quality you want, too.
May 23, 2013 02:01 PM #50
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I love that sentence: and make enough money to pay people to do the things I DO NOT WANT to do (haha). I am going to focus a little more on that thought this year. Because then I will have MORE TIME to do the things I WANT to do. :)

May 23, 2013 03:33 PM #51
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm on the same page with you: I don't like cleaning... but I need to leave in a very clean space, so I do small cleaning daily and a major cleaning once/week ( Not possible to keep all organized and cleaned at all, when you have a family, small kids, their friends over and a few pets on the top of that:)

May 23, 2013 06:55 PM #52
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

You are a smart lady Sally.  Don't do $15/hr work.  Hire someone else.

May 23, 2013 08:22 PM #53
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results


Knocked it out of the park with this one.  My office I'm sure looks like some of the pictures you posted.  It is an organized mess but I know where everything is.  The boss keeps coming in and organizing things.  Can't find nothing :)

May 23, 2013 08:49 PM #54
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I know that all too well, and I end up doing nothing at all but working, but you won't hear me complaining about it now.

May 24, 2013 12:06 PM #55
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