Yesterday I featured the first part of my two part home organization transformation. I wanted to share all of these before and afters back to back because all of the spaces we organized flow into each other in this open concept space. Our organizing sessions with this particular client were really fun for me because were able to see such big results in a small amount of time. My clients were SO ready to make a change which made the decision making piece of the purging process go very quickly.
Today we are going to take a look at the before and afters from the dining room. It serves as the main craft and homework area for my clients’ two daughters. It was full of finished (and unfinished) school assignments and artwork. As we sorted, I put anything paper related into a pile for my client to look through. There were lots of little treasures in boxes, bins, and bags surrounding the table. Once we had everything sorted into like categories we created a plan for the space.
Last Friday, Matt and I tackled a fun organizing project in a client’s entry way and dining/living room. We started this project with a jump-start during last month’s session with my clients – we had extra time after working in the garage. Last Friday’s session was so fun to see the finished transformation on this space, a complete makeover!
My clients have two young daughters that keep them very busy and I know all of you parents can relate to this before photo. When the kids come home from school everything gets dumped on the console table and the floor…
We sorted through all of the items, lots of school and artwork, books, and miscellaneous stuff that was lost in the shuffle. We were able to empty the tall cabinet and repurpose it in the dining room (I’ll show you that part of the transformation tomorrow). We cleared out the drawers and the console table and hung up a few pieces of artwork. Now the space looks fresh, clean and organized. By moving the tall cabinet out of the space it looks much more open doesn’t it? As my clients live with the new space we can make tweaks to what needs to be kept on the console table so it will be user friendly and easy to maintain.
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.
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.
Oh how I love a good before and after, who doesn’t! Did you know I had never taken before and after photos until I launched my business in California? When I was working back in the Midwest I thought it would cross boundaries with my clients to ask them if I could take pictures, I didn’t want them to be embarrassed or think I was rude. Now when I start working with a client they ask me when I am going to take the before pictures because they can’t wait to see the afters, my clients love to see the transformations at the end of each session. Some of them even keep the before picture around to remind them to never let the space become so disorganized again. Every time I leave a client I ask myself if I offered enough value, and the pictures help me see that. They are like a visual report card for me and my business. Once I wrap up a project and compare the before and afters and reflect on things that worked well and things I could improve on. Plus, it is fun to post them on the blog to inspire all of you to tackle an organizing project on your own.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I hope you are enjoying Holiday Decor Week! I love seeing all of your decorations, it really gets me into the spirit and inspires me to add new decorations each year.
Our house is all decorated for Christmas and I love snuggling up on the couch with Harper after work to enjoy the lights. My mercury glass tree collection takes the lead in my dining room and my living room is filled with red, white, and silver. I am loving the red and white striped rug under the coffee table in the living room, it’s from one a Kuzak’s Closet Estate Sale! The rest of the rooms feature vintage signs and a little sparkle and shine. Enjoy a peek into my home!
I met Monica from Living in Vogue at my Saratoga Estate Sale. She is a fabulous blogger and loves all things vintage. I was so glad that she introduced herself to me midst all of the Estate Sale chaos! It’s always fun to meet another blogger. I’ve enjoyed following her blog and her Instagram, she is always finding fun bargains and she takes great pictures.
The vintage bags in the above photo were from the Saratoga Sale and the lamp in the below photo was from my 1960s vintage sale. The lamp actually didn’t sell at the sale (shocking because it is so cute) and my client had it taken to a Goodwill where Monica found it. What a small world!
Monica has an event coming up at the West Elm in Palo Alto and I wanted to tell you all about it. I wish I could make it because it sounds fabulous! I love DIY and I love West Elm! The details are below, make sure to RSVP to ensure your spot!
Are you ready to host company this holiday? If the answer is no, don’t be discouraged. You still have time to turn your home into a welcoming place for guests.
One of my clients was panicked to host her family this holiday and gave me a call to help her organize several rooms in her house. We customized each room based on her preferences, she was so happy how everything turned out. Let this post inspire you to get organized, if you need the help of a Professional Organizer please give me a call.
One of my clients asked me if she needed to buy another cupboard to store the family games in. As a Professional Organizer I get this question all of the time. My clients always think they don’t have enough storage which is typically not the case, the truth is that they have too much stuff. (We all have too much stuff.) I am not one of those organizers that makes my clients get rid of things but once I create categories and sort their items and they see how much of each item they have, they are pretty surprised.
Clients of mine hired me to help them organize three problem areas in their home. Over the weekend we were able to wrap up one of the rooms and the transformation is amazing. My clients combined two households and an art studio space into wonderful home they purchased after their wedding. The room in the photos below held mostly art supplies and finished pieces packed in boxes along with old paperwork and childhood memorabilia. We were able to store the finished art pieces in packing boxes in the rafters in their garage which worked out great. After we went through the art supplies, paperwork, and memorabilia we quickly realized there was enough storage to keep it in the large closet in the room. For now the room is empty and my clients couldn’t be happier, they have time to think about what they would like to do with the space and have a blank slate to work with.
While I was sorting through the paperwork I was able to shred old documents using my clients shredder, and let me tell you I was THRILLED with it! I couldn’t believe that it never overheated or jammed up over the two days I used it. It is called the Fellowes Powershred W-11C Cross-Cut Shredder, what a value! If you have old paperwork you need to dispose of order one of these from Amazon right now!
Well, here are the before and after shots, enjoy! If you have a room like this in your house please contact me, I would love to help you out!
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…
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.
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 had so much fun hosting a wedding week on the blog back in May, all of the guest posts were so informative and fun! I’ve decided to try it again so but this time the theme is children. During the week of July 4th friends of mine will be guest blogging, sharing their favorite summer kid friendly recipes, activities, fashion, mommy advice, organization, and much much more. I hope you can stop by to join in on the fun and if you would like to share your summer kid friendly tips in a guest post please email me.
As I mentioned in last Friday’s day in the life post I am currently working on creating a little “she den” for myself in one of the bedrooms in our home. For the last two years the bedroom has only had a desk and chair in it and with the transition we needed to find new place for the desk to live.
We all know that kids may be small but they come with a lot of cargo! So many of my clients ask me for magical tips to help keep their toy rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms organized and unfortunately there there isn’t one. The only way to keep these rooms under control is to schedule time to sort and maintain. I know, this isn’t what you want to hear but putting in the time is the best way. Working with a professional like me can help cut down on that time, manage the project, suggest great products, and come back every few months to maintain the space.
Last week I helped an 11 year old organize her bedroom. Before we got started she asked me if I was like Super Nanny from TV only for organizing (maybe I should try to get a deal for a Super Organizer Show!) It was the cutest thing I have ever heard! Our organizing session went really well, I think she was ready to make a change in her room.