Entries Tagged as 'Before and Afters'

Get a Head Start on Your Spring Cleaning! Top Organization Tips for Your Spring Wardrobe

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Mar 10, 2015

Kuzak's Closet Spring Closet Cleaning 2015 Inspiration

The first official day of spring is March 20th and you know what that means right? Spring cleaning of course! Time to scrub the baseboards, organize the home office and purge that closet. Hoping to make that dreaded wardrobe clean-out a little easier, today I am sharing with you my top tips for motivation along with before and after examples for inspiration!

Purge:

1. Revaluate your current wardrobe to determine items that are worn-out and or may not fit. Bag those to toss or donate. Styles and tastes also change so consider taking pieces you might be on the fence about and selling them to a local consignment store. The profits you make can fund those new designer shoes you have been eyeing! One of my top before and after moments was a life-changing wardrobe purge. Check out a Shopaholic’s Closet Makeover HERE.

2. Refurbish timeless pieces. A favorite pair of shoes can have a new life with a short trip to the cobbler. Also take the time to polish your heirloom jewels or have your designer items professionally cleaned and pressed. You would be surprised what a little TLC will do.

3. Shop for signature seasonal items. A new seasonal wardrobe does not mean shopping till you drop! Invest in a few pieces that you can mix and match. For example, for spring 2015 consider a fringe style purse, a statement floral skirt or pastel pumps. Stay tuned for some spring style fashion posts coming to the blog later this month!

Organize:

1. Once you have cleaned-out your wardrobe it is time to make a home for your pieces. First, pick a focal point for your wardrobe. For example, if you have a great compilation of shoes or purses use them as the centerpiece of your closet space. Second, display your wardrobe like a boutique. For example, invest in organization tools like velvet hangers that won’t stretch your clothes. A boutique like set-up will allow you to see all your clothes and encourage you to maximize use of all your items. See two of my favorite boutique like creations HERE and HERE. Read more about my love for Velvet Hangers HERE.

2. Pick a storage system that works based on your needs. For a small space, simple stackable shelve units are a great option. You can easily find these at stores like, my favorite go-to, The Container Store.  If you have a large walk-in or are working with a his and her space, consider a custom design. I work very close with Valet Custom Closets for many of my organization clients and they never disappoint! For a look at my Personal Closet Storage before and after solution see HERE. For a fabulous His and Her Custom Closet Storage read HERE.

3. Don’t underestimate the power of bins and labels! Measure out your space and shop for containers that fit the space. Bins help store loose items like scarves, jewelery and seasonal pieces like sweaters. By using bins for these items they will not only be more accessible, but protected from snags and dust as well. Bins can also work for cataloging large shoe collections, which is particularly helpful when switching out shoes from season to season. See how bins and labels transformed a small Jewelry Closet HERE. Follow my step by step Shoe Bin Storage tutorial HERE.

For more Kuzak’s Closet Before and After Transformations and Organization Tips and Tricks visit my Pinterest Page!

An Organized Garage with TONS of Inspiration

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Feb 2, 2015

Happy Monday my friends! I hope you have all recovered from your Superbowl festivities.  I honestly didn’t care to watch, I’m still holding out for the Detroit Lions to make it to a Superbowl one day to become a fan.  I know it will probably never happen but I need to stand by my team.  I spent the weekend relaxing for a change, it was nice to have two days off in a row.  Saturday we headed to Napa for the afternoon and Sunday my friend Larry came over for lunch and some light decorating at my house.  I have had a few lingering projects so he helped me hang some art and make some updates.  I know February is going to be one of those months that flies by so I wanted to make sure my home felt settled and relaxed when I have time to spend in it.

Kuzak's Closet Organized Garage with Custom Cabinets and Slat Wall

If you follow Kuzak’s Closet on social media you may have noticed that we spent a ton of time organizing garages in January.  We had a handful of custom cabinet installs and several maintenance sessions with current clients. I think January is a popular month to tackle garages because it is a resolution for most clients to tackle.  The garage often ends up as a dumping ground and an area that most of my clients are frustrated with.  Since we don’t have basements in California, storage is tight and people seeking organizing services with Kuzak’s Closet are dreaming of a functional, clean, organized garage that can serve as a multipurpose space.  Many clients are dreaming of storage, a possible parking space for their car, a workout room, or a play room for the kids.

Today I am giving you some inspiration to let you know that it is possible to have a garage that will achieve all of those goals.  We recently finished working on this gorgeous space in Menlo Park with a client who wanted a space that felt functional and organized.  She and her husband have two children and a very active lifestyle.  They recently completed a remodel and by the time it came to designing the garage they were burnt out on decisions and decided to wait a little bit before they came up with a plan.  I’m glad they did because that meant they were able to find out about Kuzak’s Closet and we were able to connect them with Valet Custom Cabinets, the company that we often partner with for beautiful spaces like this. Continue Reading »

Day In The Life: January 2015

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Jan 29, 2015

It’s a new year and I am constantly reminded how much I love my job! Kuzak’s Closet is booming and I can’t wait to see where 2015 will take the company! With all of the exciting projects going on I am trying to find balance and continue to deliver my standard quality of service while delegating more and more duties to my staff. With the demand for services as high as it is I can only grow with the help of others.

January is always a busy month but this year we were booked out earlier than usual (starting last November).  We’ve had 2 great estate sales and an estate liquidation along with dozens of organizing sessions.  I am actually looking to expand my organizing staff so if you or someone you know if interested in a job please check out the job posting here.

Speaking of staffing, things have changed a bit with my current staff.  Al De La Rosa, one of my estate sale specialist has decided to retire after 2 years with the company.  We were all sad to see him go but happy for him to have more free time to pursue his passion and creativity at Alberto’s Garden Art.  Jennalynn Sallings, a very familiar face in the cashier seat at our estate sales is back after a 6 month hiatus. It’s been great to have her enthusiasm and spunk back!  Billy Save, my right hand man, had heart surgery in early December and much to my shock is already back at work.  He still needs to take it easy but we are glad to have his smile and his hauling expertise back on the job.

Today I am looking back at the highlights from January.  Organizing is my passion and I love to see before and afters, this year has already been full of them in both the home organizing services and the estate services.  Thank you all for being apart of the journey that I am on!

Kuzak's Closet Kitchen Organization

I’ve been in so many kitchens and closets so far this year I can’t keep them straight.  Taylor and I have been teaming up for most sessions so we can service more clients at a time.  She has been a great partner in crime and has turned into a great professional organizer.  Most days we have 2-3 projects going on so if I cannot manage something she picks up the pieces for me.  I’m lucky to have her and hope that I don’t burn her out too much before we can hire some additional help. Continue Reading »

Santa Cruz Craft Room Transformation

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Jan 27, 2015

Kuzak's Closet Craft Heaven

Today’s before and after will either put a smile on your face (because the transformation is beautiful) or serve as an episode of “scared straight, this is your life.” Either way, I’m happy – HA! When this client contacted me I was knee-deep in a estate full of crafts and was oh, so tempted to tell her I was crafted out, but the more I listened to her specific needs the more I wanted to check it out. Our client is a artisan and teacher who has lost both of her legs and desperately needed a transformation of her work space that could not only be accessible, but encourage relaxation. Since I wasn’t sure I could find someone with the same bandwidth and vision as the Kuzak’s Closet team, I called Taylor and we headed to the beach (this project was in Santa Cruz).

Some of my peers feel that consultations are a waste of time, but I love them. How often does a stranger invite you into their home to look at their most disorganized living spaces that they wouldn’t even reveal to their best friends? Consultations are pretty awesome. Clients who request a consultation are willing to make change and are looking for guidance, why wouldn’t I take a peek? In some extremely rare cases I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel – but in most cases I do. For this particular project I had a vision for the final space as soon as I walked through the door.

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An Organized Home in Silicon Valley Part 2

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Jan 8, 2015

I’m back today with part two of this week’s organizing inspiration! As I mentioned in Monday’s blog post, my goal for 2015 is to balance out the estate sale marketing with more beautiful spaces that my staff and I have organized.  In that post I shared gorgeous photos from a home that we have organized from top to bottom in Silicon Valley.  It started as a relocation project and over the last 6 months we have unpacked, fine-tuned, and maintained the space.  When I say “we” I am including my wonderful clients who have been involved for every step of the way.

Today I am going to give you a peek into their pantry, wine room, and laundry room. Let’s start in the pantry, the beautiful walk-in pantry.  My client designed this space with the idea that it would be used by family, house staff, and the occasional caterer.  The cabinetry turned out wonderful and the endless amount of space is such a perk.  Not only does it house all of the food and grocery staples, it also hosts the speciality small appliances like the soda stream, bread maker, food processor, etc.. In this space I wanted it to feel like a high-end grocery store so I added products like mesh wire baskets and ceramic topped canisters for a luxury look.

Kuzak's Closet Perfectly Organized Pantry

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Inside an Estate Shopper’s Home: Featuring Mid-Century Modern and More!

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Nov 20, 2014

Kuzak's Closet Estate Sale Design

Shopping vintage can always be a little intimidating. With so many unique items to pick from, figuring out not only what something might be worth but deciding what fits within your style as well, can make quiet challenging. Showing you how to take such items and incorporating them into your own design, today we show you how a newbie vintage shopper has styled a mid century dining room table, an Afghan woven rug and an antique steamer trunk, all bought at Kuzak’s Closet estate sales, into her space.

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Day in the Life: Estate Liquidation

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Nov 9, 2014

Kuzak's Closet Liquidation Phase 1 Set-Up

This week while Amanda was away on vacation the team decided it would be fun to document a Day in the Life at one of our Estate Liquidations in Los Altos. Kuzak’s Closet has offered Estate Liquidation services ever since Amanda started her business, but only within the last year has the service included a private sale – and they are so fun! What is the general criteria for a Kuzak’s Closet Estate Liquidation? Time crunch, partial contents of a house and everything must go – all in 1 day! The private sale is like a treasure hunt and advertised via our eList so click HERE to be added.

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