Last week I teamed up with friend and style blogger Monica from Living In Vogue to host a party Dressing Up the Holidays at West Elm in Palo Alto. Monica brought beautiful clothing, shoes and jewelry samples from Ibiss Boutique in Willow Glen and presented fantastic wardrobe ideas like; glam up your wardrobe by investing in a statement piece of jewelry that you can wear with most of the holiday outfits in your closet. (more…)
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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 client’s was storing her necklaces like this…
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.
Kuzak’s Closet is holding an Estate Sale in Atherton featuring wonderfully maintained furniture and a beautiful collection of items imported from India, Thailand, Japan, South America and Africa! The Estate Sale is located at an owner-occupied home and we will be asking that you remove your shoes when you enter the home. Here are the details:
91 Mount Vernon Lane, Atherton 94027
Friday November 22nd 9am-2pm
Saturday November 23rd 9am-2pm
This is a short list of the many items that will be sold. Please stop by and shop, we hope to see you! As a reminder, we accept credit cards. Enjoy the preview!
Dining Room Table with 14 Chairs, 2 Office Desks with Arm Chairs, Wood File Cabinet, Ergonomic Office Chairs, Beautiful Corduroy Arm Chairs, Two Additional Sets of Fabric Arm Chairs, Italian Full-size Sofa Sleeper, Coffee Tables, Glass Side Tables, Bar Stools, 100% Wool Rugs, Glass Round Table with 6 Chairs, Glass Round Bar Table with 2 Bar Stools, 2 Fabric Bar Stools, Leather Chair, Day Bed, Teak Bedroom Set, Cherry Bedroom Set, Large Dresser, Treadmill, Plants with Stands, Large and Small Vases from India and Japan, Decorative Platters, Table Clock, Book Ends, Brass Elephants, Beautiful Large Marble Elephants, Collectable Dolls in Glass Cases, Wood Sculptures, Metal and Wood Jewelry Boxes, Beautiful Ceramic, Glass, Metal Collectable Decorative Pieces, Three Different Outdoor Patio Sets, Potted Plants with Stands and Much, Much, More!! (more…)
The secret to remembering to accessorize is having your jewelry visible and organized so you can find what you are looking for before you run out the door. Because I struggle with accessorizing myself I decided to turn one of the shelves in my closet into a jewelry nook using some of my favorite organizing products. I don’t have a lot of jewelry but what I do have I really love and wear.
During my professional organizing sessions I always suggest to my clients to repurpose items that they already have. One of my favorite kitchen items that can be repurposed quite nicely in a jewelry nook or on a vanity is a deviled egg dish. All of the little compartments are perfect to store earrings and rings.
I also love that deviled egg dishes help you limit how many items you have, most of them have between 12 and 24 compartments which helps you prioritize the items you really love.
When I won the Command Organizing contest they sent me a goody box full of new products. One the the things was a 3M Command Jewelry Organizer and I just love it. I hung it on the back wall with my necklaces making it easy for me to find. If you don’t have room for a little shelf like this you could also try using simple command hooks like I did in this Jewelry project.
I added a pop of color by lining the shelf with green and white shelf liner. I wanted to line the walls too but the liner wouldn’t stick. I think I am going to try wall paper next…
One place I like to keep it simple is with my containers, I love the clear acrylic trays from the Container Store. My jewelry is so colorful, I wouldn’t want to confuse my eye when choosing something to wear with a colorful container or something with a wild pattern. Using clear containers also allows me to see everything at once.
I hope this post gives you some inspiration to organize your jewelry. Summer is still sizzling so don’t forget to put on your favorite jewels before you leave the house!
I am teaming up with Monica from Living in Vogue this November to offer you an organizing package with a twist! Monica is a fabulous fashion blogger and personal shopper. I often see Monica at my estate sales stocking up on neat costume jewelry and vintage clothing. I love how she incorporates her estate sale finds into the fashion looks on her blog!
For our Work Your Wardrobe Event we are partnering up to get your wardrobe back in order. I’ll start by working with you to reorganize your closet. We’ll spend two hours together sorting and purging so I can set up an organized system that will help you gain control of the space.
Once your closet is organized, Monica will spend two hours putting together 3-4 looks with pieces you already own. Each look will be tailored to the upcoming events you’ll be attending for the holidays. At the end of the session she’ll let you know which items your closet is lacking and will give you suggestions for what to buy and where. She can even shop for you!
We are offering 5 slots this November so contact me as soon as possible if you want to snatch one up!
If you don’t know where your jewelry is or if it is in a tangled mess, it needs to be organized. It is really important to go through your jewelry a few times a year to make know what you have, donate what you don’t wear anymore, and polish and clean what you like. Only keep pieces that you really love and wear often. If you like to buy inexpensive trendy pieces, make sure they are still current and up to date. Decide where you want to store your stuff (in a safe, drawer, jewelry box, or on top of your dresser).
If you prefer to store your jewelry in a drawer, use items from around the house to keep things in. I use a vintage bread pan to store bracelets in and ice cube trays for earrings and rings. Line your drawers with velvet or use velcro like I did in my bathroom post so things stay in place.
If you prefer to store your jewelry in your closet, a jewelry box like this one from pottery barn is a nice option. It is a great price. I keep my nice jewelry in a jewelry box that my dad gave me and my less important jewelry in a drawer.
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…)
My latest Stitch Fix arrived today and I’m so excited to share the looks with you! If you are new to Stitch Fix, it is an online personal shopping site. They ask all kinds of questions about your size and style and then ship you 5 items each month. I’m slowly finding my style with their help. If you have questions about the process let me know!
This is my second month using the service and I love it. Last month I shared pictures of each look with you and asked for your feedback. All of your comments really helped me decide which items to keep and what to send back.
My assistant Jennalynn was working with me on Kuzak’s Closet eBay listings this afternoon when the box arrived so I had her help me style the outfits and take pictures for this post.
Today’s shipment had 3 sweaters, a top, and a necklace. I’m glad she took pictures of each look for me, it puts the outfits into a different perspective. I’m really going to need your help deciding which pieces to keep so please let me know what you like and what you don’t!
The first item is a gold peplum top. Stitch Fix told me to style it with colored jeans and heels so that’s what I did. I’m not sure about this style top for me because of my body type but I like that it is something different. (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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One of the projects I worked on this week was a small closet in my client’s master bedroom. She uses it for extra linens, extra beauty products, and jewelry. At 3 feet deep the shelves offer lots of storage. The key to organizing a space like this is thinning out the clutter and positioning high use items in the front and low use items in the back.
My client is the “shopaholic” client that I wrote about last week. She is familiar with my process and because she has done so much work to prepare to let go the process went pretty quickly. We started on the top and began pulling everything off the shelves. We set up sorting areas on the floor and got to work.
Do you ever look at the before pictures here on Kuzak’s Closet and think, “really, how could someone live in that space?” I am sharing a project that I tackled last week that had me wondering just that!
The project I am sharing today is actually the bedroom of one of my assistant’s, Jennalynn. I know, shocking that someone who works for an organizing company would have a room in shambles! She’s been telling me about her cluttered bedroom for a few weeks but I didn’t know it would be this wild.
I typically ask my clients a series of questions before we start an organizing session, what’s working, what isn’t, etc.. For this project it was clear to me that nothing was working and we had to start from scratch. The space was suffering from the lethal clutter combination of “too much stuff, no designated homes.”
Jennalynn is starting college in a few weeks so I wanted to give her an organized system and a fresh start to work with. Typically I start a corner of the room and work my way around clockwise or counter-clockwise but since I couldn’t find a corner I started in the middle and worked my way around. All of the clothing that she wanted to keep we put in bins and moved them out into another room as they filled up to create room to work. We bagged up garbage and goodwill as we went and at the end of the sorting process we were able to see the floor and talk about rearranging the furniture to maximize the space.
Does your home feel trashed after summer break? Many of my clients have been calling me in for organizing sessions to help get their kid friendly spaces back on track, so today I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite organizing tips for kids!
The above photo shows a before and after of a small art space that one of my client’s has off her kitchen. The summer wreaked havoc on the space (it is also the entry to the crawl space for the air conditioner) so we needed to get it back on track. While I was sorting all of the items I put them into piles so I could take them back to their original “homes” throughout the house. Children are like squirrels, they are always gathering things into their zones that don’t belong!
Once all of the items returned home I could reorganize the art supplies and set up a work space for my client’s daughter to get creative. The little space is under the stairs and it curves around to the left so I set up a little “fort” in the corner for her to play. I gave her a few bins for her games and miscellaneous art supplies. The table top has glue, washable paint, markers, and colored pencils. Her daughter will love it!
There are neat antiques, furniture, collectibles from around the world, dolls, silver, costume jewelry, linens and much much more available! Here is a preview of my favorite items…
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!
Yesterday I scheduled time to sort through a collection of jewelry and silver that I brought home from a client’s house a few weeks ago. Sometimes it makes more sense for me to bring things home so that I can take my time to sort and research everything. (You may remember me bringing home a paperwork project last summer).
Organizing kids artwork is a BIG challenge for most of my clients. Recently I had a client ask me to organize her son’s artwork and come up with a system that would be easy for him to enjoy and preserve the pieces for years to come.
She dropped off a box full of their favorite pieces from preschool along with these nice art portfolios from The Container Store. She told me that I didn’t need to use them if I had a better storage option but after doing some research online I decided that they were perfect. I like them because they are just they are just the right size for larger pieces and they are user friendly for small hands.
Today I’m taking a look back at the month of January on the blog. It is fun to look back at all of the projects that I’ve shared in the last 30 days just in case you missed something. It was a crazy month for my business. We finally wrapped up the new branding project that we’ve been working on for a few months and I am so relived. My phone has been ringing off the hook with calls for new organizing project and estate sales and my calendar is already booked through March. I really need to think more about expanding but the thought of interviewing, training, and managing more projects just makes me want to take a nap.
Well, enough of my banter, here is a look back at the month, let me know if you had any favorites!