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.
Entries Tagged as 'Before and Afters'
Sep 9, 2013
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.
Sep 5, 2013
My friend Lori’s daughter Hayley helped out with a three Estate Sales in August before heading back to high school. She really enjoyed organizing and setting up the sales (no surprise, her mom is also a professional organizer!). She and Jennalynn (my trusty assistant) really hit it off and worked well together, here they are merchandizing a puppet show, gotta love their energy!
Aug 29, 2013
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!
Jul 22, 2013
Can you believe the difference that new fabric made on this sofa? I sold it to a cute girl named Erin on Craigslist earlier this year, she was able to look past the outdated yellow fabric and create something fabulous! The shape is classic and now it stands out in bold blue! I hope this makeover inspires you to be creative with your furniture choices, a little TLC can really make a difference and save you a ton of money!
I have 2 estate sales in Los Altos on the calendar for August and the potential for many more to come. Stay tuned for more details and keep your eyes peeled for great furniture like this sofa!
May 24, 2013
Today I wanted to share some before and afters from last month’s estate sale in Mountain View along with some tips on how to organize and set up a sale of your own. Someone recently asked me if I am moving my business away from organizing and only focusing on estate sales. I thought the question was strange because I am so busy with both aspects of my business and I explained to them that I feel organizing and estate sales go hand in hand. Each estate sale project starts with a complete home organization session. My team and I spend time sorting, decluttering, and purging every space in the home. The only difference between an estate sale and a home organizing session is that when we get to the step of deciding what to keep, we display the items to be sold instead of storing them based on the client’s lifestyle.
When the doors at my estate sales open the shoppers have no idea what the home looked like before we were able to organize it. We typically have only one or two days to organize and display the contents that can be sold, remove items that need to be recycled or donated, and box up personal items for the family.
This first picture is what the living room looked like at my Mountain View sale last month before we started the estate sale setup. It was the first room that shoppers walked into so I wanted the layout to encourage shoppers to spend some time. Also, I always have the cashier near the sale entrance so they can keep an eye on everyone who comes and goes. (Tip! The area where the cashier is at will be the heaviest trafficked area so I want my high dollar items in that space to increase the chances of them selling.) Only in situations where there isn’t enough space for a cashier in the house or if we are holding an outdoor sale do I have the cashier on the front porch or under a tent outside.
I like to set up my tables first and rearrange all of the furniture so the room has a nice flow and looks inviting. I want to make the room look like a store, not someone’s living room. (Tip! If it looks like someone is still living there customers will feel like they are intruding).
Once all of the furniture is in place we start to display smaller items on the tables and make the room fresh and bright by rearranging the lighting and opening all of the window treatments. In the before picture the room looks like a mess and the first thing that catches your eye is the medical equipment in the bottom left corner. (Tip! if there is medical equipment available at your sale have it displayed in a bedroom or in the garage. Try not to have it be a focal point when shoppers walk in the front door, it just reminds them that someone was sick and makes them feel guilty for shopping). The after picture looks bright and inviting, especially the green shag carpet! My display tables are in the right corner of the room, you can’t see them in this picture but you get an idea.
Mar 25, 2013
I started working on a huge project at the end of February with a fabulous client. If you follow me on Facebook you have seen some of the progress pictures that I am showing you today.
My client lives in a 1,500 square foot mobile home in the area. Shortly after she moved in, life’s stresses started piling up and so did the clutter. She had recently got divorced. Then her father passed away. Then her grandmother and then her mother, and then the dog and cat. She was overwhelmed and began living in a small part of the home due to the clutter and a mouse infestation.
I met her when I was working on her mother’s estate. Shortly after we wrapped up that project she hired Matt and I to help get her back on track. Most people would classify her as a hoarder but people use that term too often in my opinion. I agree that she might have struggled with hoarding tendencies at one point in her life but her current mind-set is NOT the mind-set of a hoarder. My hoarding clients in the past have been nasty to me – they are only willing to work with me because they have to (e.g. they are being evicted or removed from their home). You can read more about my first hoarder Gloria. This client has been the opposite of my past hoarder clients. She has been wonderful to work with, motivated, focused, and goal oriented.