Last week I shared a peek inside some of the organized spaces within my home. It is clear from the pictures as well as many of the client before and afters on my blog that I love using small white utility bins in a variety of sizes to curb the clutter in drawers.
Recently I organized a master bathroom for a client and I used them to create a system for all of the supplies that can so turn easily into a mess. My client and her family moved into a new home a few months ago and she asked me to unpack the remaining boxes and set up a system in the master bathroom. She sent me pictures of what the spaces looked like so I could come prepared with products that would make the project more custom to her needs. She really wanted a defined space for all of the little items to live so I brought lots of little mini white bins and clear bins that I buy at my local hardware store.
I pulled all of the items out of the cabinets and sorted them into the mini bins and then created a layout based on similar items. There are 2 sinks in the master bathroom so I put all of her items under the left sink and her husband and kids items under the right sink. I used Velcro to attach the bins to the cabinets so they won’t slide around. Another key was removing little items like dental floss and hair ties from their original packaging and putting them in a mini bin so they are more accessible. I’ll let the before and afters tell the rest of the story…
I love it when you ask me for organizing advice over email or on my facebook page. Over the last 2 weeks I have heard lots of you asking questions and today I wanted to share the Q&As from two of my high school friends asking for help with their makeup storage and bathroom organization…
I’m back with another great set of organizing before and afters. Last week I worked on a vanity project for a client who wanted to maximize her storage space and most importantly find what she is looking for. The space under her sink was great but it wasn’t being utilized and didn’t look very appealing.
Like most women, my client had lots of makeup, bath and body products, and miscellaneous medical and first aid items under her sink. My assistant Devin and I sorted everything into piles (as I gave Devin a quick education on how the products make us beautiful, ha). After we sorted everything we took measurements of the space, picked a color scheme for products, and made a shopping list…shelf liner, pretty containers, and a drawer system to maximize the space, and hit the shops.
It is so important to make the most of the drawer space within your homes, especially in your kitchen and bathrooms. An organized drawer makes it easy to find things without having clutter all over your counter tops.
One of my client’s was storing her necklaces like this…
Moving is a great opportunity to clear the clutter and enjoy a fresh start. When a client hires Kuzak’s Closet to help manage their move and organize their new home we take care of all of the details – from the space planning to the unpacking.
We’ve been working on several relocations lately and today I wanted to share my favorite tips and some pictures to inspire you to embrace the opportunity to start fresh.
Tip#1: Sort and purge before you move! So many people pack up all of their possessions and take them to their new home without sorting and purging. Why bring unwanted clutter into your new home? Take the time to eliminate all of the items you no longer use or need. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to unpack!
I develop a sorting and purging schedule with my clients prior to their move. We typically schedule 4-5 sessions to work on each space in the home. This helps me understand their storage preferences and gives me an idea of how often things are used which is a great help when it comes to setting up systems in their new home. This is a picture of a toy pile that I sorted through the day before one of my clients moved…
This month’s issue of Real Simple Magazine featured a story called “How to Spot Clean Your Bathroom in 5 Minutes with Clorox Wipes.” I read it and I thought why bother spot cleaning when I fully clean my bathroom in about 10 minutes. Here is what I do…
Vacuum with a nozzle attachment
Clorox Bathroom Cleaner
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Clorox Toilet Wand
Swiffer sweeper with wet pads
- Take bath mats outside to shake out or place in dryer to fluff [bath mats should be washed a few times per month]
- Put all dirty towels in the dirty laundry bin or directly in the washing machine[bath towels, hand towels, etc]
- Take all shower products out of shower and put on the sink counter-top. With a rag and clorox bathroom cleaner clean the tile surround of the tub and shower. For tough mildew areas I use my magic eraser.
- If you have a shower door (I do), spray with Clorox Bathroom Cleaner and scrub mildew areas with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. If you have a shower curtain, the curtain and the liner should be removed at least once per month to be washed.
- Put shower products back in shower
- With a new rag, clean the counter-tops. Move everything to one side, wipe with rag + Clorox Bathroom Cleaner, then move everything to the other side and repeat.
- Spray the sink with Clorox Bathroom Cleaner and scrub, make sure to get the water faucet and handles.
- With a new rag, spray and clean the mirrors
- With a new rag, use the Clorox Bathroom Cleaner on the toilet (including handle, lid, behind toilet, etc)
- Use toilet bowl cleaner and brush. I prefer the Clorox toilet wand (or similar product) since it can be stored our of sight under the sink and there is no dirty brush laying around.
Floors & Walls
- Use vacuum with small nozzle adapter to pick up any hair on your floor; I think a vacuum is the only way to get your tile clean.
- Wash the floor; I mop mine every other time I clean my bathroom. When I don’t mop, I use the Swiffer with the wet pads that are Febreeze scented. They do a great job and make the bathroom smell fresh and clean.
- I also recommend using the Swiffer wet pads for cleaning tile on walls (or any wall surface). This works especially well to clean the ceilings and walls that may acquire mildew from a moist bathroom.
- Empty garbage and put out fresh towels
- Put bath mats back on the floor
One of my very favorite client organization projects is creating a home Command Center. Every home has multiple catch-all spots for every day items like mail, office supplies, magazines, instruction manuals, gift cards and coupons. I want to help you consolidate everything into one central location, so I am sharing my best how-to tips.
Hello friends! Have you been missing the Hot or Not?! blog posts? I know I have! My sister and I have continued to try new products since the summer series ended and today we are back with a fun fall edition.
Our mission is to let you know which products are worth spending your money on and which products to skip. We want to hear what you think of our opinions and if you have products that you want us to try! Make sure to give us feedback!
I’ve organized several master bedrooms and bathrooms over the last few weeks. In a bathroom, the key to being organized is finding the right product to help you sort and separate all of the little items. I’ve used just about every type of drawer organizing product and these clear plastic organizers are the best. I used them over the weekend and they worked magic in my client’s bathroom.
I bought mine at Target but couldn’t find the same product by Room Essentials online to share the link with you. I did find something similar at The Container Store if you are looking to try this HOT organizing product for yourself. Doesn’t this drawer make you want to get organized?
I’m so glad I decided to write a post each week called Fab Friday. It forces me to slow down for a bit and reflect on the little moments in my week that made me smile.
This week there were SO many fun events. For example, this picture from last week’s Estate Sale cracks me up. The sale was a complete madhouse and a crazy success, we sold $9,000 in two days out of a mobile home park-AMAZING! The streets were lined with cars and trucks loaded with goodies, fabulous! The guy on the truck closest to the camera is named Gary, he is an estate regular and he makes me smile.
Another estate shopper that makes me smile is named Miguel. He is knows the way to my heart (and a good price) is food. He brought the entire estate crew steak tacos on Saturday, fabulous!
After the sale was over we celebrated with a little college football and a lot of pizza. I have been sticking with my diet for the most part but pizza always makes me cave. This pizza is from Skip’s in Los Altos, it’s so good! (more…)
Since last week’s post there have been many fabulous things going on in my life. I am so thankful for my friend Lori who calls to check in with me a few times a week and even manages to get me out of the house for social events once in a while. She called me last Friday afternoon to ask me if I wanted to participate in a fun run that night.
It was a 5k and I’ll be honest, it’s been a long time since I ran that far. I couldn’t keep up with Lori and her daughter Hayley but I’m proud to report that I was able to run more than half of the race. Lori met me at the finish line which was a nice surprise, gotta love fabulous friends!
Hot or Not?! made a surprise comeback on the blog this week. I love that series, so many fabulous ideas and comments from all of you! I shared my new flannel sheets as one of the HOT items, they are fabulous! Look for the Threshold label at Target! (more…)
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I hope you all had a great weekend! Both my Saratoga and Menlo Park Estate Sales went really well and today I am looking forward to catching up on things around my house. Just in case you are behind on your Spring Cleaning, it’s not too late! Today I am sharing my second Sterilite blog post with tips on how to be more efficient when it comes to cleaning your home and storing your cleaning supplies.
Have you ever considered using a cleaning caddy to tote your cleaning supplies from room to room? Even in our little condo in Chicago I had a caddy in my storage closet so I could quickly clean the space without running from room to room looking for supplies. Now that we live in a larger home I rely on my cleaning caddy so I can clean all three bathrooms and the living spaces in a flash.
I learned this trick as a kid from my Grandma. Not because she had a caddy but because she needed one! She stored her cleaning products in the garage, under all of the sinks, in the laundry room, etc. yet never knew what she owned. She was always overbuying because she didn’t store her cleaning products in a central location and struggled to stay organized.
I’m back to my normal routine this week after a fun week with my parents are older brother last week. They stayed for 8 days and I had a jam-packed schedule for them. Normally I let our guests relax but it was my brother’s first visit to California and he had a lot of sites on his wish list. He wanted to see Pebble Beach, Carmel, Monterey Bay, Yosemite, Big Trees, Tahoe, and San Francisco and I tried my best to fit everything in.
Yosemite was definitely the highlight of the week, we spent 3 days at the National Park. None of us had been there before and we couldn’t believe how beautiful and magical it is. My pictures hardly capture how grand it really is, there is a stunning view around each bend and all of the waterfalls were running full force. It really seemed surreal at times.
Because the park can be so busy this time of year I set up our reservations to stay back in January. I did a lot of research and ended up finding a great room for us at Yosemite View Lodge. We had a two room suite with two bathrooms a kitchen and a large balcony over the river. The lodge had a nice restaurant where we had breakfast and dinner and we were able to pack a cooler with lunch goodies. I would highly recommend staying at the lodge, it is just a few miles from the north gate of the park.
Today is my first day off in 29 days, isn’t that crazy! All of the projects that I tackled over the month of April have really caught up with me and I today I am going to turn off my phone and chill out at home. I have a few projects that I have been wanting to work on around my house so the only reason I’ll leave the house is to go to the hardware store and maybe Starbucks, can’t live without it!
Last week was moving day for my client Nancy and I wanted to share a quick recap of the project. I actually moved the same client 2 years ago (click here for that post). To prepare for her move 2 years ago we worked for 3 months to declutter, sort, and pack so she would only be taking what she needed. She moved from a 2,400 square foot home into a 1,300 square foot apartment. We knew the move would be transitional as she really wanted to buy a condo but we didn’t know when she would find the right one.
Last month she contacted me to let me know she found the perfect condo and would be moving at the end of April and she wanted my help managing the move. Because we spent so much time preparing for her last move I knew she would be in pretty good shape organizationally. I stopped by for a consultation and brought my assistant Matt along because I wanted him to be the project manager for all of the prep leading up to the moving day. I thought it would be a good fit considering Matt is Nancy’s son, ha! I met Matt 2 years ago when I helped her move the first time!
Today is the 7th edition of Hot or Not?! which means this summer series is almost halfway over! Ashlie and I have been having fun trying new products and getting input from our friends and blog readers about what to try next. Today we are actually spending the day together, that is HOT! We only get to see each other a few times every year (that is NOT!) so we are going to have some fun shopping and catching up.
We are ending today’s edition of Hot or Not with a reader’s pick. My college friend (and sorority sister) Ang emailed me to share her thoughts on a new product. If you have a product that you want to tell the readers about please don’t hesitate to contact me!
I love these white bins made by Sterilite! They are available in a variety of sizes, they are stackable, they have a clean color palette that will match any room, and they are made out of a heavy duty plastic making them durable and easy to clean if needed. I use them when I organize bathrooms, kitchens, and today I am going to share how I used them to transform a storage area in my client’s laundry room.