Keep your head up…

I have busted my butt for many many years. I love the company I work for and live my job. But, sometimes you but your butt for a company and they take advantage or neglect to even notice all the hard work you do for them. I have been with this company for 18 plus years…and I generally just let things slide and roll off my back but recently I was compared to another manager just like myself within the company as we were equals and I stood up for myself saying that we were not equals although we are both part of the same team. And we are…we are all part of a big team. But my knowledge about our industry and abilities within our industry is far greater than that of the other manager and I stated this. 

I am not trying to be arrogant. Although it usually doesn’t go over well when a woman stands up and states that her worth is greater than she is being given credit for. I know my self worth although I do not normally say anything I feel that I should stand up for myself.

I was right! 

The owner is finally taking notice. Confidence is all people need. It took a lot for me to actually say anything. For years I have been told how I was as good as other people and although I knew that I was better than some I was afraid to say anything. I didn’t want to seem arrogant or cocky. I didn’t say anything with attitude or anger. I was confident and matter of fact about what I said. Like he should have known. It has helped and I am even happier at my job than I was before. I didn’t think that could happe. But it has.

You have to stand up for you! If you don’t then know one else will. 

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Passion

These are a few of the people I work with on a daily basis. We work hard and try to have some fun doing that. I am passionate about making you look great! It is so funny because my kids get frustrated with me. I see them with wrinkled shirts or shorts in desperate need of being pressed and I of course tell them 

“You know I work at a drycleaners and I know some really awesome pressers that can make _____ look so much better.”

They laugh at me and say…these are my raggedy lay around the house _____.  I have no response. Lol

Shirts and blouses should be pressed and collars folded at just that right spot. Golf shirts should have that collar and placket pressed so that you look sharp at that first glance. Sport coats should have those lapels pressed and folded at just the right place for single or double breasted. Ties should be steamed and sides rolling for that nice just bought look. Dresses now those are tricky. The top should be pressed so that it flows gently over you to meet the waistline then flowing down to bring out that femininity. Pants should be pressed with that sharp crease from the pleat to to cuff…and for those that prefer no crease pressed so that the pants run down the leaf and just over the top of the shoe finishing that professional and relaxed business person look.

I just feel that if your clothes look great then you feel great in them. There is that old saying.

“The clothes make the person.”

Well I agree that you feel better when your in some well fitted and well pressed clothes. Unless it is your Saturday vegging out relaxing in your sweatpants day. 

I am also very particular about household items. I like the drape pleats to be pressed and sharp. I like the linen tablecloths and napkins to be bright and crisp. I love those comforters to be fluffy and smooth. 

Wedding Dresses… My favorite and my nemesis… I love wedding dresses and hate them at the same time. I love taking a wedding dress that has been put through the ringer and making it look almost if not new again! But there are those dresses that sometimes make that an impossible task. Silk wedding dresses are the hardest to work on. I am always trying the latest and the greatest for stain removal on silk trying to bring them back to life and sometimes it just cannot be done….not unless you are willing to pay a very high price to have each little inch to me carefully cleaned by methods that take hours to do. And I am talking hundreds to a thousand dollars for the time that would take. Some have paid that price and it took weeks of spare time devoted to a dress to bring it back one inch at a time. I have restored vintage dresses. But to see the smiles on the faces of the owners of those items it just makes me happy to see that joy!!!

When we do alterations on your clothing items I like to make sure that those altered areas are pressed out and lay flat so that it is un-noticeable that any alterations have been done. Better fit better feel. 

Basically I try to ensure that you have the best experience you can with a dry cleaners. 

That being said … We are human and occasionally we can make a mistake. It is how we handle such mistake that makes your experience good or bad. I have made failures in that regard and there is no excuse for me. All I can say is that I learn from those mistakes and hopefully never make the same on twice.

Thank you for reading this and I hope you have an awesome day tomorrow!

Hello, My Name is Kim Smith

Hello,

I am Kim Smith your average every day woman. I work hard for my money. I am a wife to my wonderful husband Ron. Although I didn’t get it right the first time. I didn’t give up. I have not had your run of the mill life. I am 48, on my 4th and 18 year strong marriage. I have 4 wonderful children. Although they each have given their own set of challenges I love them all very much. I have 5 wonderful grand daughters! I have an awesome  and challenging career managing a dry cleaners.

I was raised in a poor home with a step dad and step siblings. My step dad taught me how to work on cars and raise chickens and rabbits for food. He also taught me how to grow a garden, and fish. We went floating down the river for a week every summer sleeping on the river banks. Great memories. As a young adult I made one bad decision after another. But through those decisions I made I became a stronger person because I did not give up. I did not roll over and just sink into an oblivion of depression. Most people would have if they had gone through the what i have been through. I am a winner just because I never gave up and I persevered and came out the wonderful mentor and leader I am.

I want to thank all the people I have in my life right now. They are my support team and the reason I never gave up dispite all of the battles you are helping me win the war.

Now about the knowledge I can share with my readers and viewers.

I am the manager of a dry  cleaners. But in that process of getting to where I am I have learned every position there is in a dry cleaners. I can wait on a customer with finess and knowledge of that item. I can check in their item insuring it is directed in the correct area for the cleaning process needed for that item. I can prespot and clean any item that comes in the door and if I can’t I will let you know when you drop it off what the concerns I have with cleaning that item it. I can press any item that comes in the door from the standard shirt and pants to antique wedding dresses. I pressed the original dress Shirley Jones wore in the musical The Music Man when she came through Springfield on tour doing The Music Man with her son. It was very delicate being a dress from 1962 and not preserved as well as it could have been. In short I can work any position and clean or press just about anything you put in front of me. I have restored some antique and vintage items and well as saved items that had red wine spilled on them. Now that being said I cannot get every spot out of every item. I have failed to get some spots out. But through failures comes a learning experience. I learn and grow every day.

I also have knowledge from my time as a Detroit Metro Transit Police Officer. We were trained by the Detroit Metropolitan Police Academy. I come from small town  Missouri and was enforcing laws in big city Detroit. It was a major learning experience. I met a lot of wonderful people and had a ton of fun during my stay there.

I have also learned a lot about a lot of different things during my lifetime. I can do drywall… and I am quite good at it. I can work on an older model car as well as figure out how to work on current pieces of equipment if I need to.  I do sewing and have made some clothes and I have made some quilts. I can do anything that I put my mind to.

If you have a question for me just ask.  And I will do my best to answer it.