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.
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…
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!
Today I wanted to follow up with the second part to the organizing sessions I had with a new client. When we met for our initial consultation she had three trouble spots in her home: the basement, the living room, and her daughter’s room. Matt and I tackled her basement first (I posted those before and afters last week) and came back for a second session to declutter and organizing the toys that were taking over the rest of her home.
All parents struggle with keeping their kids playrooms and toys organized. You need to find appealing storage and design and have all of the toys accessible for your little ones. Today’s guest blogger is sharing her playroom and it is just a dream, I hope you take inspiration from it to use at your own home.
Hello Kuzak Closet Readers!
I am Ashlie from Brining Babies
and I am once again excited to guest post for my sister. I participated in last year’s Kid’s Week and it was a lot of fun!
I am the mom to 4 year old twin girls, Audrey & Lilly.
(some favorite pictures from my blog)
Hi – I’m Kati and I am very excited to be guest blogging here at Kuzak’s Closet today. I keep my own blog about our family shenanigans and home DIY projects at Kataydee.com. These two little Picassos are my giggle monsters.
Kids Week starts on June 18th and I can’t wait to read all of the great guest posts! I am still looking for a few more guest bloggers so please let me know if you would like to participate, to get you motivated here is a look back at the posts from last year’s themed week…
2012 is proving to be a year FULL of babies. Everyone that I know (and pretend to know i.e. Reese Witherspoon and Tori Spelling) are expecting and that means I get to shop for lots of fun baby gifts.
I was going through my before and afters over the weekend and I realized that these tween closet pics hadn’t been posted. Before the holidays I had a client hire me to organize her entire home, from top to bottom. It was a really great project because I was able to reorganize and spruce up room, closet, and drawer over a short period of time.
She has children that spend half of their week with her and the other half with their dad so it is important that their rooms are organized so they can easily pack up mid week. Because they are between in a transitional age range (between being young kids and being teenagers) I set up organizing systems in their rooms that they can grow into.
I hope you are ready to party because today my guest blogger Erin is sharing the inside scoop from her daughter’s Hawaiian Luau birthday party. Erin is a friend of mine and a wonderful graphic designer, make sure to check out her Etsy shop Molly & Gordon after you read this post.
My son has always stuck to the licensed character party, when it comes to birthdays, meaning store bought invitations, treat bags and thank you notes. And, with a winter birthday, we usually end up hosting his at some location where we just write a check and the kids run wild while some college student wearing a referee shirt wrangles the kids and keeps them on track.
My daughter, on the other hand, has a summer birthday, and always likes to be a little different from her friends. Plus, a couple of years back, she took note of the fact that her mother is a designer by trade, and she could art direct every last little printed (and other!) detail of her party, while I feverishly make it happen.
Woohoo, Kids Week
is finally here and I am SO EXCITED! This entire week is going to be filled with great organizing, decorating, and entertaining posts so make sure to stop by each and every day for something new.
Today my friend Catherine from Wee Whittaker
is giving us a sneak peak at her newly decorated baby nursery, enjoy!I’m so excited to share our nursery as part of Kids Week at Kuzak’s Closet! I love reading Amanda’s tips on keeping an organized home – and definitely tried to include some of her ideas when putting together the room.
My husband and I are expecting our first baby, a little girl, in just 3 weeks! We tried hard to keep her nursery on budget – which involved lots of DIY projects and thrift finds along the way – and incorporate pieces that would grow up with her.
I’m so excited I decided to do Holiday Decor Week again this year! It started yesterday and will continue through next Monday! Today my sister Ashlie from Brining Babies is sharing cute pictures of her girls and an insight into her holiday traditions!
1.) What kind of treats do you put out for Santa?
We put out decorated cookies for Santa and we always leave a carrot or two for his reindeer! Before my daughters first Christmas I bought a plate that we set Santa’s treats out on each year. My girls now get so excited when they see Santa’s plate get unpacked during the decorating process.
2.) What is your favorite holiday song or album?
Micheal Buble’s Christmas album is beautiful. I also love Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin’s Marshmallow World-classic and fun! My daughters are getting ready to Christmas carol at school and I am loving hearing them sing “Up on the Housetop” around the house. The little motions that go with it are so cute.
When I was a little girl I loved rearranging my room, organizing my closet, sorting my clothes, and arranging my treasures my shelves. It’s funny how I get the same excited feelings that I did back then when I organize a child’s room today. A child’s room is such a special place, it’s the one room in a home that is truly theirs. It is important to teach them to have pride in this space and the best way to do that is to give them an organized room that reflects their personality and their interests.
Summer is the perfect time to organize and makeover your child’s room. It will help them put closure on the previous school year feel more prepared and confident for the upcoming school year. If you are sick of fighting with you kids when you are trying or organize their room or just don’t have the patience you should consider hiring a professional organizer.
I have covered the topic of packing for travel efficiently many times on the blog but never for Children. I have some ideas but since I do not have children of my own I wanted to ask an expert to share their opinions on the subject. Let me introduce you to Brooke Smith, seasoned traveler and mother of handsome baby Lachlan. She is always on the go and manages to take only what she needs, here is how she does it…
Organized Travel with Baby on Board…
Brooke and baby Lachlan…