Week in Review: The Year is Almost Over!


Dec 19, 2014

Only a few days left in 2014 and I’m racing to the finish! I’m feeling so good about the progress that I made this week and I’m glad that I’ve made the time in my schedule to tie up loose ends so I can be better prepared for 2015.  I told my friend Pam last night that I am like a car going 90 miles an hour at all times and I have a hard time slowing down.  Over the last week I’ve made more time for myself that normal so I can gradually go from 90 miles to 60 miles to 45 miles to 0 miles so I can fully enjoy the holidays. I hope that makes sense to you!

Kuzak's Closet Week or Professional Organizing

We haven’t had any available openings for new organizing clients since October of this year so it was great to squeeze in one big new client project before the year-end. This client is a very talented teacher and artist but her physical disability has caused her to get behind on the maintenance and systems in her existing craft studio.  I’m excited to be apart of the transformation and can’t wait to see the final results.  We have our second purging session today and then go back in January to install products and get the space organized, it’s going to be great. Her home is located just a few blocks from the beach in Santa Cruz, a town that we typically do not travel to but it’s been great to see the ocean and smell the sea air.

After our first session this Monday with our craft client we headed home with 14 hefty garbage bags full of arts and craft supplies.  I took them to RAFT, a resource center for teachers in the Silicon Valley area. They were so excited to receive all of the goodies and my client was happy for her unwanted items to find a new home. Continue Reading »

Savory Crab & Artichoke Dip


Dec 14, 2014

Elegant and Savory Crab & Artichoke Dip

I don’t know about you but I need an extra day in my weekend! Our estate sale in San Mateo was a hit. It was the last sale of the 2014 and after looking through my calendar I calculated that it was the 55th sale of the year. Pretty amazing right! That is over one estate sale or estate liquidation per week. Comparing to last year we grew by 25% so that is exciting.  The most exciting part is that we grew in the right way with better projects, better relationships, and a larger and more professional staff.

In addition to the estate sale over the weekend I had a little fun too!  My husband’s holiday work party was held at the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda and it was really neat.  We took advantage of the great food, cocktails, and tours throughout the ship.  I’m looking forward to going back someday for a more detailed look.  For food they went over the top with sushi bars, donut stations, and deep-fried olives being a few of my favorite things.  Many of Chris’ coworkers had heard my article being in the Huffington Post last week so it was fun to chat about that and celebrate a little bit.  I think I’ll be on cloud 9 for a while!

The holidays really give us the excuse to go over the top, try new things, and splurge a little on our family and friends so in honor of that I’m sharing a really yummy and very savory crab and artichoke dip appetizer that will wow your guests this Christmas.  I gave it a whirl on Thanksgiving and it was a hit! I made mine with fresh lump crab that was cooked and cleaned at my local grocery store.  You could go with the imitation stuff to save some bucks but I wouldn’t recommend it.  It’s so much better to get large chunks here and there and the real stuff really punches up the flavor. Continue Reading »

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