In today’s Soul Sister Scoop, I am interested in the current state of your closet for two reasons:
1) In order to achieve your goals, it’s important to declutter and organize all areas of your life. Holding on to nonsense and baggage prevents you from moving forward. Getting rid of all the unnecessary crap in your closet and your life helps make space for new and exciting things to come.
2) Our Soul Sister Scoop feature for today is a sassy lady who can help you clear out any mess and make your entire life easier!
I had the pleasure of sitting down for a coffee with Christina Kotseas last week. Christina is that secret weapon we all wish we had! She’ll not only help you declutter and organize your closet, she’ll help you reorganize and simplify your life altogether! Her services include anything from home and office organization to gift shopping, travel planning, housekeeping and beyond. No, she’s not actually the person cleaning your house, but she’s the lady with all the magic numbers and resources to assist you in running a super smooth household!
As she puts it: think of her as a wife’s wife! She’s the one that will help you accomplish each and every detail on that long to-do list before dinner is served!
Just like myself, Christina has had quite a few career transitions and is a multi-passionate woman. She decided to combine all her past experiences – executive assistant, yacht stewardess, event planner for the Boston Red Sox - into her own company.
Today, Christina shares some (but not all!) of her dirty secrets on how she managed these transitions while offering some easy tips on how to clear the clutter:
Hanneke: You had a few careers in different industries before you started your own business. Did you have any resistance or fears during those transitions and how did you work through it?
Christina: Yes! I often thought, “What if this is the exact thing I should not be doing?” “What if I am ruining my chances at accomplishing what I SHOULD be doing?” And then I realized, you can’t have one without the other. You need to process through what you don’t like and shouldn’t be doing, to know exactly what role is perfect for you. You can’t get to this realization by refusing to take risks and always playing it safe. I had family members and friends who thought I was crazy for leaving a steady role in Boston to fly across the country with no plans lined up, other than to “get away” and “start fresh.” I thought this was a perfect plan in itself. Not everyone was sold. Now, they see that taking on the role as a nanny for 2 delicious little creatures in San Francisco and then finding a job playing stewardess on a 140 foot yacht was actually providing me the foundation I needed for what I am now asked to do in my day-to-day role. How could I ever hire the perfect nanny or housekeeper for households had I not experienced each of those positions, in some capacity, firsthand?
H: What do you enjoy most about your job?
C: Having the satisfaction of knowing that I’ve just made someone’s life a whole lot easier. We can be thrown some gnarly curve balls, but it’s nice to know that if someone has my resources in their back pocket, things are smooth sailing.
H: What’s the one tip you’d give all us gals to keep our closets organized and clutter free?
C: Simplify! Keep tanks with tanks. Skirts with skirts. Jeans with jeans. Within these groupings, you can choose to color coordinate as well. If you keep your shoes in the same closet, install or build low shelves so that you double up on space and rotate clothing and shoes seasonally. No sense in hoarding prime real estate with wedges and peep toes in the dead of winter and comfy sweaters in summer. Oh, and if you haven’t worn something in a year, donate it!
H: What if potential clients feel overwhelmed by the idea of hiring a concierge service altogether?
C: I get this question a lot. We’re here to simply your life and take things OFF of your to-do list, not add to it. The beauty of my business is we focus on clients who do not require full time assistance and build our fee structure accordingly, so that it’s appealing to a wide variety of clientele. Someone who needs our services for a few hours to strategize a move, coordinate the essentials of a tropical vacation, or meet with a contractor for a renovation and nothing more – we have a pricing plan for them. Clients who think they may need 10 hours per week but just aren’t sure – no worries. We craft our services so that we are approachable for each unique circumstance.
H: How did you figure out that you wanted to quit your job and start your own company? What advice would you give anyone who’s struggling to figure out what their next career move should be?
C: I had reached a point where I felt I had experienced all of the things I had listed on my bucket list. Well, almost. I really wanted to be a ski bum in Colorado and never got to do that. Maybe someday. In reality, I covered a lot of ground and felt that I had fostered enough relationships and experiences to pick myself up and run in the right direction. If you can’t figure out what your next move should be and you’re unhappy with what you’re doing now, do SOMETHING else. Try something you’ve never done before, because if you’re complacent with what you’re currently doing, then you 100% will never find what you love. If you pick up and leave and find that your next role isn’t a fit either, then that’s a win too, because you wouldn’t have figured that out and had the ability to narrow it down further, had you stuck with what you were unhappy with. A favorite quote of mine by Brian Andreas is what I aim to live by – “Deciding everything is falling into place perfectly, as long as you don’t get too picky about what you mean by place. Or perfectly.”
I so agree with you Christina, when working with my clients the one thing most people seem to get tripped up on is being scared of making the wrong decision or going down the wrong path. This fear will keep them stuck and complacent, potentially hindering them from never starting their journey to finding what they are really passionate about.
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I’d also love to hear from you in the comments below: what’s your number one reason for not moving up and on in your career? Have you been stuck before and figured out your journey? How did you do it? Share your story in the comments below and help empower and inspire other women to take those career risks so they can land their perfect job!
Contact Christina to help you de-clutter and simplify here.