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Installment #20

I often get asked how I keep all of my inventory straight; lucky for me one of my strong suits is organization. I hope I don’t jinx myself by saying this but I have not once misplaced one of my client’s items or got it confused with another client. Now that’s not to say that I haven’t gotten confused a couple of times and shipped the wrong item to a buyer… and if you are reading this and you are one of those people, God Bless you and thank you for working with me to get that situation straightened out! I keep everything in very systematized groupings; I try to keep 3–4 weeks ahead with my listings, paying the extra fee to pre-schedule is worth that overall feeling of being “ahead of the game”. I have selections of inventory neatly stacked with post-it notes that tell me the date each grouping of inventory will be ending. I most often have more than one client that I am working with at a time and there is a specific section of my office that is dedicated for each of their stuff on a rotating basis. Speaking of offices… My office is actually located in my bedroom; my bedroom is located in the living room. It hasn’t always been this way, when I first started doing all this I didn’t need much space and my bedroom was the largest room in my apartment at that time so I combined sleeping and working quarters. I eventually upgraded and rented a small, two-bedroom house; I used the smaller bedroom as my office but there were times when I had so much inventory that it spilled out into the living room. When I decided to move to Rhinebeck I found myself, once again, in a one-bedroom; it too was spacious so I installed a cable all the way across one section of the room and hung sheer curtain panels to create a hidden storage area for my inventory, my actual office and workspace was in the eat-in kitchen dining area. My current apartment, which is a co-op that I am working on owning, is another one-bedroom; I looked at the two bedrooms but they were just slightly out of my price range. I have moved my furniture around in this apartment more times than I can count trying to figure out how to separate my work life from my non-work life. I think I finally have it all worked out and I am very happy with my current set up; sheer curtain panels now divide and separate my living space from my sleeping space… I guess you could say I reside in a studio apartment with an attached office. Henry is my faithful companion and helper; no matter what room I am in he is usually relaxing somewhere close by.

Main living space used as studio

Bedroom used as office space

Henry is keeping guard of the next few week's listings!

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