I have a small group of professional organizers that I hang with. You might think we get together and compare label makers – funny but not true! We talk about best practices, give organizing advice, and sometimes we refer clients to each other. I call us the Dream Team because we all have a different niche, experience, and successful businesses. My friend Lori from More Time For You originally met with the client from today’s project for a consultation but she passed the project on to me because she thought it would be right up my alley…messy garage+rat problem = kuzak’s closet, ha! During her consultation she took a few photos to pass on to me and then suggested that the client give me a call.
The client lives in a beautiful home in Atherton that has a carriage garage in the back of the house. The garage is very old so it is difficult to prevent pests from getting in, especially mice and rats. California has fruit rats that are very common and difficult to get rid of. I had them at my old house in Mountain View, you might remember be talking about them in this day in the life post. Anyway, the rats made a mess in his garage and he really wanted help getting the space cleaned up and organized.
Good news! I finally have a camera again! They were not able to fix my camera but they did send me a gift card to replace it. I had a Sony 380 and now I have a Sony 57, I have only had it for two days but I love it already. If you don’t already own a DSLR camera I would highly suggest adding one to your Christmas list, it will change your life in photos.
Where did November go? Thanksgiving has passed and we’re plowing full-force into the December holiday season. Orange and brown hues have disappeared from the shelves at my local stores and been replaced with an explosion of red’s and green’s. I love it!
Today’s post is a review of the super busy month of November. This month has really shown the diversity of the projects that my team at Kuzak’s Closet are tackling; great closet and garage organization projects, a full house relocation and un-pack, estate inventory, several estate sales and liquidations, DIY events, a book release and so much more!!
December is looking pretty packed but I am taking some time to visit family, which will be fantastic and I am looking forward to a break. We managed to squeeze two estate sales into December so be on the lookout for those updates and I am bringing back the Holiday Decor Week from last year that was so much fun. I love to see everyone’s different decorations and hear about the holiday traditions of my family and friends. (more…)
I always start the organizing process with a free consultation because the best way for me to understand the project and my client is face to face. A few weeks ago a couple called me and asked me to stop by to take a look at their garage, it had been 2+ years since it was functional and they really needed the extra storage space. We chatted about their organizing goals for a bit and then they took me outside to see the garage and I was instantly excited. There were boxes stacked to the ceiling and I could hardly tell how big the garage was. Most people would run away from such a big task but I love a challenge.
Who knew a storage unit could look so pretty? My client lives in a little loft condo and uses his storage unit like most people would use a garage, it stores his extra household items, out of season clothing, tools, athletic gear, and memorabilia. His son lives out of state and only visits a few times a year so he also stores extra bedding, toys, and arts and crafts for him. He wanted the unit to be more organized and functional for him so he hired Kuzak’s Closet.
A client of mine is a professional doll maker and teacher. She teaches classes all over the world and from time to time in her home based studio. She made attempts to organize the space a few years ago but wasn’t able to find a system that was functional and professional looking.
She asked me to stop by for a consultation and immediately I noticed the lack of continuity in the space. The mix match of furniture gave the eye a feeling of clutter and the pieces she had didn’t take advantage of all of the storage space the room had to offer. The furniture didn’t match the quality of the nice foam flooring she had installed and the pretty paint color. When you see the before and afters it will be hard for you to believe her studio is in her garage!
I have been receiving lots of calls from clients who need help getting their garages organized. This is the time of year when families are getting in and out of their garages to use their bikes, camping gear, and gardening supplies so they notice that their garage is not organized and functioning like it should be.
It’s hard to believe Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Just days before the attacks the United Nations program that I was involved in at Alma College had sent a few of my very close friends to New York for fall internships. As I was preparing for class that morning, watching the news and drying my hair I saw both of the planes hit the towers. I ran down the hall and told all of the girls to get out of the showers (we had community bathrooms) because there was an emergency. Alma closed classes that day and many of us watched the 9/11 coverage together in a large classroom. A few days after the attacks we picked up our friends that were just sent to NY for internships at the train station (because they couldn’t fly). We asked my friend Jen what she wanted to do when we got back to campus and she said “let’s go dancing”, and we did. That day has and will change our country forever, I am so thankful for all of the troops that have fought to protect my freedom over the last 10 years.
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…
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.
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…)
It’s the end of the month which means it is time for me to reflect and review all of the events here at Kuzak’s Closet. It was a really really busy month for me which was great! I had the help of an intern named Sutzi on all of the estate sale projects and I really enjoyed her insight and sales expertise. She loves antiques and vintage finds just as much as I do so it was fun to have someone be just as excited as I was to uncover all of the great items we sold this month. I also hired a man named Al to help with with garages and tools at my sales, he worked at the Mountain View sale and did an AMAZING job setting up and working with shoppers.
Matt worked with me on several organizing projects and estate sales and I’m sad to say that his time at Kuzak’s Closet is coming to an end soon. He got into graduate school and starts in the fall. In the meantime he is going to hopefully have an internship at a local bank. I’m really proud of him and glad that he was able to be apart of my business for the last 18 months. I will be looking for someone to replace him so if you know someone who is reliable, can lift 50 lbs, and will encourage me to take a lunch break let me know!
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A garage can easily become a dumping ground for junk and clutter which we can all relate to. So many people avoid organizing their garages because it typically turns into a pretty big job. In most cases, stuff ends up in the garage as a result of an unorganized home, turning an already large project into something even larger. That is where I come in…
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.
August was another great month here at Kuzak’s Closet Just in case you missed a piece of the action here are the highlights…
Most weekend’s I am setting up or holding an estate sale so I really look forward to quiet weekends at home. I try to take advantage of the time to get things done around the house, try new recipes, and chill out with Chris.
I started the weekend at Pinkies in Los Altos for a mani-pedi and boy did I need it! After the last few weeks my hands have gotten so dry and banged up at work (spending time in messy garages will do that to you!). I decided to try a pretty color for a change and I love it, very flashy!
After the salon Chris and I had an early dinner at the Los Altos Grill. It is always totally packed and the food is great. Our landlord and his wife were also having dinner so it was fun to see them and catch up. We are so lucky to rent from such nice people. (more…)