Consider It Done: Accomplish 228 of Life's Trickiest Tasks

Consider It Done: Accomplish 228 of Life's Trickiest Tasks

by Julie Subotky
     
 

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There’s nothing Julie Subotky can’t get done. After all, as the founder and CEO of a lifestyle management and personal concierge company catering to the crème-de-la-crème of New York, LA, and Aspen, she’s used the fielding her fair share of formidable requests from wealthy and time starved clients. 

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There’s nothing Julie Subotky can’t get done. After all, as the founder and CEO of a lifestyle management and personal concierge company catering to the crème-de-la-crème of New York, LA, and Aspen, she’s used the fielding her fair share of formidable requests from wealthy and time starved clients. 

Luckily, now you don’t need to be a rock star, socialite, or millionaire to Consider it Done. In this charming and unique book, she shares her secrets from for accomplishing hundreds of life's most bizarre, off-beat, and yet often inescapable tasks.  Ranging from the unusual but useful, to the seemingly impossible, to the annoying but necessary, these include:
 
 
How to hire a snake dancer for a party within 24 hours notice
How to argue your way out of a speeding ticket
How to get a last-minute table at an impossibly overbooked restaurant
How to find a reputable pet psychic
How to get the best seat on an airplane
How to blow a date
How to fix a hole in the wall
How to get a wedding dress shipped halfway across the world
How to refuse a dare
How to change a tire
How to make a citizen's arrest
How to mix the perfect hangover cure
…and countless more
 
Filled with practical tips, hints and advice as well as hilarious stories of near mishaps, crazy wild goose chases, and outrageous requests from eccentric clients, Consider it Done is sometimes zany, often surprising, and yet always useful. After all, there may come a time when you actually need to know how propose to someone in skywriting, replace a matching spoon from your great-great-great grandmother's antique silver set, or simply make the perfect martini. When that day comes, this essential and completely one-of-a-kind book will be there to walk you through it.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“If I could have Julie Subotky follow me about 24 hours a day, I would.  Next best thing: this book.  Her secrets for getting things done are nothing short of problem-solving genius.”
–Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President, The Estee Lauder Companies
 
“I can’t remember the last time I read a book that was so useful and funny at the same time. No question in my mind:  this book is a winner. “
-Chris Evert, tennis champion
 
 "The only thing more daunting to most people than managing their finances is managing all the annoying tasks that pile up in their daily lives. Luckily, Julie Subotky is willing to share all her brilliant secrets for accomplishing quite literally anything under the sun."
--David Bach, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Automatic Millionaire and Founder of Finishrich.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307591586
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
3 MB

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How to Locate a Matching Spoon for Your Grandmother’s Silver Set 

My first project when I opened the Consider It Done office in New York was to arrange a move. I hadn’t been in town more than a week when I bumped into someone on the street who recognized me from Aspen. She had a friend who could use my help with his move. Of course I was game. It turned out it needed to be done right away. (I have theories on moving, one of them being that because people don’t like it, they put it off, and subsequently become even more frantic as the big day approaches.)

In this case, the client was moving, while his ex-wife was staying in the apartment. I got his items out of the apartment and moved into his new place smoothly and easily (see “How to Make Your Move Smooth and Easy,”), but then he called Saturday morning and said, “You have to help me get the artwork.” Of course I would help, I said, and I offered to schedule the art movers for first thing Monday morning. That wasn’t going to work. He wanted the art out immediately and wanted my help doing it. I mentioned the fact that it was pouring rain outside, but he didn’t care. So I arrived with a box of extra strength trash bags, some tape, and the biggest umbrella I could find. And we moved the art. Although I really don’t recommend this method for moving expensive (and um, yes, in this case museum-quality) artwork, I got the job done and managed not to ruin any priceless Picassos in the process. This was my first client in New York City.

Since this day over a decade ago I have arranged more moves than I can count. Moving often unearths many family treasures and I’m usually the person clients ask, “What should I do with this?” or “How can I find the missing pieces for my grandmother’s silver set?” This one can be particularly challenging, especially if the set is really old. But as you’ve probably realized by now, there’s nothing I like more than a good challenge.

To locate a matching item—say, a spoon—from an old silver set your first stop should be to check out replacements.com, where you can search by name for the particular set you have. That is, of course, if you know the name of the set you have, or the designer or manufacturer. Any of these pieces of information will get you one step closer, but nothing is guaranteed to be an exact match. Caution: If a vendor says that he has a knife from the same set and can custom make you a spoon, I would advise against it. I tried this once and the piece ended up looking like a spoon with a knife handle and quite honestly a bit weird. (The place did take it back at no charge.) Also, a custom-made utensil could be at a different stage of wear and tear and might not blend in with your set exactly.
In all likelihood, however, you may not have any information about the spoon other than what it looks like, or what other utensils in the set look like. In this case, try silversmithing.com. You can’t buy straight from this site, but you can browse through patterns, and if you see one that looks like yours, you’ll at least know what it’s called. Also, check auction websites, like eBay, which generally post photos of the items.

Anyone selling antique silverware online may have even more in stock, so even if you don’t see your particular pattern, feel free to contact the seller directly—you might find that she has a large antique warehouse and can help you find exactly what you’re looking for from her supply. Many sellers rotate the inventory that they post online, so this will cut out the waiting time.

But if you really want to be sure you have an exact match, photos won’t do. You need to see and feel the real thing. Instead of an online auction house, visit a real auction house. They may be old-fashioned, but they can actually be quite fun. Speak to the owner of the auction house, and find out the next time antique silverware will be up for sale. Be prepared to spend some money—but remember that it’s a family heirloom you’re replacing, and those are priceless.
 
If you can’t find the matching pieces that you need, consider selling what’s left of your set. Obviously it’s rare enough to be worth something.
 

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“If I could have Julie Subotky follow me about 24 hours a day, I would.  Next best thing: this book.  Her secrets for getting things done are nothing short of problem-solving genius.”
–Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President, The Estee Lauder Companies
 
“I can’t remember the last time I read a book that was so useful and funny at the same time. No question in my mind:  this book is a winner. “
-Chris Evert, tennis champion
 
 "The only thing more daunting to most people than managing their finances is managing all the annoying tasks that pile up in their daily lives. Luckily, Julie Subotky is willing to share all her brilliant secrets for accomplishing quite literally anything under the sun."
—David Bach, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Automatic Millionaire and Founder of Finishrich.com

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