The blog has been overtaken with estate sale previews over the last 8 weeks and I don’t want you to get the wrong idea. We are still organizing over here! Today I wanted to share a project that we worked on last week with one of the teens from the National Charity League. Last November I spoke to her local chapter about my home organization business and the 6 steps I follow at each session. At the end I gave away a 4 hour bedroom organizing session and she was the winner.
Working with kids, especially teenage girls is one of my favorite organizing projects to work on. It is such a great opportunity to help them transform their rooms and teach them valuable organizing skills that they can use for the rest of their lives!
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Last weekend Chris rode in the 2013 MS Waves to Wine ride to help raise money to cure Multiple Sclerosis. It’s a 100 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Sonoma (the longest route you can imagine). He was apart of the Google team which helped raise $38,000 for the cause. All of the teams combined raised over $2 million, amazing! Thank you so much for supporting and donating to the ride!
I decided to take pictures again this year (here is a link to last year’s post). I came prepared in Google attire so the riders would recognize me as the official team photographer instead of a nutty stalker with a camera in a ford F150. Unfortunately it rained for most of the race so I’m sure they still thought I was a nut. What other type of person would have their camera lens poking out of the window of their truck on the side of a cliff on highway 1 in a rainstorm?
I was planning on snapping them cross the Golden Gate Bridge but they fog was so intense that I couldn’t see 50 feet ahead of me. Here is a picture looking at the bridge from the viewing area. No, you are not confused, there was no sight of the bridge.
I moved to plan B and headed into Sausalito to try to catch them with the view of San Francisco in the background. It’s amazing that 5 minutes down the road the sun would be shining!
I waited for about 30 minutes for the first pack of bikers to come by. For some reason waiting was never dull. The view of the bay was beautiful and the anticipation of the riders coming around the bend kept me focused. Here are the shots of the first riders. Some of these guys were on the Google team, some were just cute and nice enough to smile at me…
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If you don’t like seeing pictures of athletes or people wearing spandex today’s post might not be for you, ha! Over the weekend Chris biked in his first century race (100 miles) to help raise money to find a cure for MS. While he peddled his heart out I follow him and the rest of the Google team around snapping pictures. The route was beautiful and I wish I would have taken more pictures of the scenery but I was too focused on looking for Google team jerseys (a very difficult task when there were hundreds of bikers). Today’s post is a long one but I wanted to document the event and give all of you an idea of what the day was like! If you want to see more pictures look up #waves2wine or @umichkuz on Instagram.
Team Google, happy to be off their bikes!
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September 17th, 2011 …
make a difference with your Down Dog!
My name is Anne Jelinek, you might remember me from my home gym organizing guest post a few months ago! I am personal trainer and yoga instructor here in the Bay Area and am excited to reach out to Kuzak’s Closet readers with an amazing event!
Yoga for Hope is a fundraising event put on each year by City of Hope – much like a run/walk or a cycle event – to raise money for cancer, HIV/AIDs and Diabetes research. At City of Hope, patients are offered gentle restorative Yoga classes as a complementary therapy to traditional treatments, and this program has had a profound impact on quality of life for many City of Hope patients.
In addition to researching complementary and alternative therapies, City of Hope conducts innovative, results oriented, patient focused research that examines the entire course of cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS —from diagnosis and treatment, from remission and relapse to survivorship.
There are a couple of ways that you can help change the lives of survivors in the Bay Area!
I’m asking yogis in the greater Bay Area to join Team Chrome Fit and hit the mat with me on September 17th in Union Square in San Francisco! Included in the $35 registration fee is a special presentation, a yoga class with leading Bay Area instructors and workshops throughout the afternoon – as well as great vendors and the opportunity to network with like-minded yogis.
If you can’t attend the event or don’t practice yoga – please consider making a small donation to Team Chrome Fit’s fundraising efforts. We are hoping to raise $350 for City of Hope this year!
Thanks so much to Amanda for the opportunity to reach out to you with this opportunity!
Over the weekend Chris and I were able to participate in the Spencer Buckley Memorial Golf Tournament at Verona Hills Golf Club. This tournament helps raise money for the Steven Kuzak Memorial Scholarship Fund, a cause dear to our hearts. Steven was my husband’s older brother, he passed away 9 summers ago in a boating accident. Here are some pictures from the weekend, we had lots of laughs and it was great to catch up with family and friends.
Kuzak Family Photo
In last week’s voter poll half of you said you started Spring cleaning and the other half of you said you haven’t even thought about it. Starting any project is the hardest part so I wanted to share some spring cleaning tips to get you started, print this list and start checking them off!
- Move your appliances from the wall and vacuum and mop the floor under them. Using your vacuum attachment clean the coils and the nooks and crannies on the back of your oven and fridge.
- Defrost your fridge and freezer, wipe it out with Clorox wipes.
- Remove the cushions from your sofa and chairs and vacuum them. Vacuuming your upholstered furniture is the best way to preserve it and help it last.
- Wash or dry clean your heavy blankets and throws, store them in vacuum sealed closet bags to save room and keep them fresh. Swap them out for light weight options.
- Vacuum your and dust your window treatments. If they are machine washable throw them in the washing machine. If parts of your room get more sun, rotate the window treatments to avoid fading.
- Wash the windows, inside and out.
- Remove the china and dishes from your hutch or china cabinet, dust the shelves and wash items that haven’t been used in awhile.
- Shampoo your carpets or if you have rugs take them to the cleaners.
- Turn over your mattress to distribute the wear evenly. Replace cool-weather bedding with warm-weather bedding.
- Wash the pillows, whether made of natural fibers (such as down) or synthetic (often polyester),most pillows can be machine-washed. This rids them of mold, bacteria, and odors.
- Clean out your medicine cabinet and cosmetic drawers. Check the expiration dates and toss anything that you don’t use anymore. Most cosmetics expire after 3 months, if kept longer there is a greater chance of bacteria spreading (especially mascara and eye makeup).
- Review insurance policies, contracts, and family documents.
- Scrub computer casings with a solution of 1 drop mild dishwashing liquid per 1 quart of water and a lint-free cloth; dust crevices in keyboards with cotton swabs; wipe screens with a soft cloth or a dry screen-cleaning sponge.
- Swap out cold weather clothing for warm weather clothing. Get winter coats and sweaters dry cleaned and store them in a hanging garment bag.
- Go through your closet, any items that you won’t make it until next winter toss or put in a Goodwill bag. Try on all of your spring and summer clothes to make sure they still fit and are still in style. There is no use filling up your closet with ugly stuff that doesn’t fit. Make a list of items that you need to add to your wardrobe for spring and summer so you can stay on track when you are shopping. If you need help with this please contact me, I love helping people determine what they need to keep and what needs to go.
- Scrub decks, patios, sidewalks, and driveways. If needed rent a power washer.
- Wash outdoor furniture with a solution of mild dishwashing liquid and water and a soft-bristle brush. If your furniture is looking old and tired, pick up some spray paint for a quick makeover.
Garages & Attics
- Sort through items that are piling up, donate all of the unwanted junk. Sort the rest into sections so it is easy to find, put items that are not going to move anytime soon in the back and the items that are used more often in the front. Toss old storage bins that are cracked or missing lids (you don’t want to risk damaging the items inside). Use concrete bricks under bins to keep them high and dry.