If you don’t like seeing pictures of athletes or people wearing spandex today’s post might not be for you, ha! Over the weekend Chris biked in his first century race (100 miles) to help raise money to find a cure for MS. While he peddled his heart out I follow him and the rest of the Google team around snapping pictures. The route was beautiful and I wish I would have taken more pictures of the scenery but I was too focused on looking for Google team jerseys (a very difficult task when there were hundreds of bikers). Today’s post is a long one but I wanted to document the event and give all of you an idea of what the day was like! If you want to see more pictures look up #waves2wine or @umichkuz on Instagram.
Team Google, happy to be off their bikes!
September 17th, 2011 …
make a difference with your Down Dog!
My name is Anne Jelinek, you might remember me from my home gym organizing guest post a few months ago! I am personal trainer and yoga instructor here in the Bay Area and am excited to reach out to Kuzak’s Closet readers with an amazing event!
Yoga for Hope is a fundraising event put on each year by City of Hope – much like a run/walk or a cycle event – to raise money for cancer, HIV/AIDs and Diabetes research. At City of Hope, patients are offered gentle restorative Yoga classes as a complementary therapy to traditional treatments, and this program has had a profound impact on quality of life for many City of Hope patients.
In addition to researching complementary and alternative therapies, City of Hope conducts innovative, results oriented, patient focused research that examines the entire course of cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS —from diagnosis and treatment, from remission and relapse to survivorship.
There are a couple of ways that you can help change the lives of survivors in the Bay Area!
I’m asking yogis in the greater Bay Area to join Team Chrome Fit and hit the mat with me on September 17th in Union Square in San Francisco! Included in the $35 registration fee is a special presentation, a yoga class with leading Bay Area instructors and workshops throughout the afternoon – as well as great vendors and the opportunity to network with like-minded yogis.
If you can’t attend the event or don’t practice yoga – please consider making a small donation to Team Chrome Fit’s fundraising efforts. We are hoping to raise $350 for City of Hope this year!
Thanks so much to Amanda for the opportunity to reach out to you with this opportunity!
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…
Over the weekend Chris and I were able to participate in the Spencer Buckley Memorial Golf Tournament at Verona Hills Golf Club. This tournament helps raise money for the Steven Kuzak Memorial Scholarship Fund, a cause dear to our hearts. Steven was my husband’s older brother, he passed away 9 summers ago in a boating accident. Here are some pictures from the weekend, we had lots of laughs and it was great to catch up with family and friends.
Kuzak Family Photo
The average American gets a new cell phone every 18 months. Because of this statistic, there are over 24 million used cell phones collecting dust in basements and junk drawers across the country. I see this a lot with my clients, they feel bad throwing them away so they hold on to them. I urge all of my clients to donate these old phones to a charity. Here are a few organizations that will help to donate your old phones to great causes.
Collective Good: You can either follow the instructions on their website or drop off old phones at your local Staples store.
Wildlife Forever: Mail in your phone for a tax deduction and your phone will help battered women’s shelters.
Cell Phones for Soldiers: This organization will sell your cell phones and purchase phone cards for soldiers who are deployed, this is a neat organization with a great story. They will send you a prepaid shipping label or you can help them even more by paying your own shipping.
Biggest Loser is my favorite reality television show. Even though we are still living without a television, Chris and I are able to catch new episodes online though Hulu. I like it because it is a game show where technically, every contestant wins. Everyone who goes on the show learns how to eat, how to work out, and how to get rid of the inner demons that helped get them reach over 300+ pounds. Even if they don’t win the prize at the end, they have still won their lives back. Bob & Jillian, the trainers, always stress planning ahead and I think that message is so important. Tonight I am talking to a group of people about getting organized and part of my presentation is how important it is to plan your meals a day or week ahead of time. It helps save you money and keep extra pounds off because you are not ordering a pizza or going through a drive through. Many of the recipes on my blog are healthy and have simple ingredients you can stock up on for easy meal planning.
The Biggest Loser also has a pound for pound challenge for America, for every pound we lose, they donate money to food banks across America. For more information click here.
My favorite contestant this season is Michael, an Italian guy who started the show over 500 pounds. He started on a team with his mom Maria who was darling, she has already been voted off which was really tough for Michael. He is fun to watch and I find myself rooting for him every show. No matter what happens on the show he is always positive and smiling. Last week he won his first challenge, being over 500 pounds he is not usually able to keep up with the other contestants. It was a break through moment for him, he is starting to gain his confidence back. He has already lost 83 pounds in 5 weeks. Tune in next week, Biggest Loser is a show worth getting hooked on.
Chris and I were invited to play in a fundraiser bocce ball tournament to benefit a foundation called “19 for Life.” The foundation is in memory of DJ Frandsen, San Francisco Giant’s player Kevin Frandsen’s brother. To find out more about the foundation or to donate please visit the website. The event was held at Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Their facility was amazing, the food was great and we all had a fun day.
Our Team: Molly, Mandy, Chris, Colby (MC Squared)
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.
Yesterday I went to three different grocery stores picking up some last minute items for the weekend and the arrival of my in-laws for the holidays. Upon entering or leaving each store I was solicited for charity by at least 2 people. Everyone wants a dollar or your spare change for causes like the environment, women and children, homelessness, etc.. As much as I want donate to all of the above causes, I just want to shop in peace without being solicited everywhere I go. Do you ever feel the same way? I spent an hour this week looking at the sale ads and clipping coupons so I could save a few dollars on my shopping trips, it is hard to give up all of that hard work for a charity on the way out of the store when the truth is, I really don’t know how legitimate they are.
Last night I volunteered at The Family Giving Tree, a non-profit organization that works to grant Christmas wishes for needy children. Each year, they work with family agencies to collect the wishes of the children. After they collect the wishes, the place the wish cards on “giving trees” at businesses in the area for volunteers to take and fulfill a child’s wish. The warehouse was filled with gifts to be sorted, wrapped, and delivered. Once the gifts are ready to be delivered, the Family Giving Tree gives the gifts to the family agencies to distribute, many times Santa will personally deliver the child’s gift which is so special. The Family Giving tree is run by volunteers and is very well organized, if you want more information or would like to donate go to www.familygivingtree.org.
In last week’s voter poll half of you said you started Spring cleaning and the other half of you said you haven’t even thought about it. Starting any project is the hardest part so I wanted to share some spring cleaning tips to get you started, print this list and start checking them off!
- Move your appliances from the wall and vacuum and mop the floor under them. Using your vacuum attachment clean the coils and the nooks and crannies on the back of your oven and fridge.
- Defrost your fridge and freezer, wipe it out with Clorox wipes.
- Remove the cushions from your sofa and chairs and vacuum them. Vacuuming your upholstered furniture is the best way to preserve it and help it last.
- Wash or dry clean your heavy blankets and throws, store them in vacuum sealed closet bags to save room and keep them fresh. Swap them out for light weight options.
- Vacuum your and dust your window treatments. If they are machine washable throw them in the washing machine. If parts of your room get more sun, rotate the window treatments to avoid fading.
- Wash the windows, inside and out.
- Remove the china and dishes from your hutch or china cabinet, dust the shelves and wash items that haven’t been used in awhile.
- Shampoo your carpets or if you have rugs take them to the cleaners.
- Turn over your mattress to distribute the wear evenly. Replace cool-weather bedding with warm-weather bedding.
- Wash the pillows, whether made of natural fibers (such as down) or synthetic (often polyester),most pillows can be machine-washed. This rids them of mold, bacteria, and odors.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet and cosmetic drawers. Check the expiration dates and toss anything that you don’t use anymore. Most cosmetics expire after 3 months, if kept longer there is a greater chance of bacteria spreading (especially mascara and eye makeup).
- Review insurance policies, contracts, and family documents.
- Scrub computer casings with a solution of 1 drop mild dishwashing liquid per 1 quart of water and a lint-free cloth; dust crevices in keyboards with cotton swabs; wipe screens with a soft cloth or a dry screen-cleaning sponge.
- Swap out cold weather clothing for warm weather clothing. Get winter coats and sweaters dry cleaned and store them in a hanging garment bag.
- Go through your closet, any items that you won’t make it until next winter toss or put in a Goodwill bag. Try on all of your spring and summer clothes to make sure they still fit and are still in style. There is no use filling up your closet with ugly stuff that doesn’t fit. Make a list of items that you need to add to your wardrobe for spring and summer so you can stay on track when you are shopping. If you need help with this please contact me, I love helping people determine what they need to keep and what needs to go.
- Scrub decks, patios, sidewalks, and driveways. If needed rent a power washer.
- Wash outdoor furniture with a solution of mild dishwashing liquid and water and a soft-bristle brush. If your furniture is looking old and tired, pick up some spray paint for a quick makeover.
Garages & Attics
- Sort through items that are piling up, donate all of the unwanted junk. Sort the rest into sections so it is easy to find, put items that are not going to move anytime soon in the back and the items that are used more often in the front. Toss old storage bins that are cracked or missing lids (you don’t want to risk damaging the items inside). Use concrete bricks under bins to keep them high and dry.
I dropped off some donations at Goodwill last week and when I went to file the tax deduction form with our 2009 paperwork this is what I found…
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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Late last week I worked with my team on an estate liquidation in Menlo Park. Kuzak’s Closet’s estate liquidations are similar to our estate sales because we sort and organize the contents of the home but there is one big difference. Instead of opening the home to the public to shop like we do for the estate sales, we haul all of the items away to be donated, recycled, or sold. This type of service comes in handy when clients are in a time crunch and need a home emptied in a flash, when the home doesn’t have enough items for a sale, or when the location is difficult for the public to find.
There are many companies that will come to take sellable items or the items that can be donated but our estate liquidations stand out because we removed EVERYTHING and we do it in one day. Yep, 1 single day. It seems crazy but I have a fabulous crew and I have the process down to a science. Here is a look at what last week’s estate liquidation looked like before we started…
After 9 hours the house was finally emptied and we had so much fun doing it! I was covered in dust and dirt and I’m sure I had rat poop in my sneakers, ha! My assistant Al (he’s the guy on the ladder at the end of the video) helped me dig for treasures and sort the items while I had Billy, Alex, and Keely bag up items for charity or trash and load up trucks (we had 4 trucks for this project).
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!