Ah, March! It’s been such a busy week that I fell behind on writing my March in review blog post and now, only 3 days into the month of April it feels like March was 2 years ago. We had an eventful month loaded with organizing sessions and estate projects. I tried my best to give you a peek inside the organizing piece of the business through my Instagram and Facebook pages as I know you are drowning in estate marketing. Both services stem from my love of organizing but the estate sales are open to the public (so you hear about them) but the organizing sessions are not because why would you want to see me or Taylor organizing a pantry?
I started my partnership with The Container Store at the beginning of the month and spent a large part of the month designing closets and creating organizing plans for new clients behind the scenes. It’s been a fun challenge and a new adventure. I haven’t worked for someone else in almost 6 years so I have to remind myself that I am not in charge and that I have to consider their brand and mission in all of the work I do with them. We have the same goals and ethics so it’s been pretty easy but there have been some adjustments. Aside from Container Store projects we started working with a handful of new families during March along with our loyal clientele thinking ahead about spring cleaning. Garages and kitchens were two main areas of focus but we also worked on a handful of home office and paperwork projects to help clients prepare for tax season.
Taylor and I mainly work with organizing clients and I am happy to let you know that I hired a new professional organizer to join the team named Tammy. I will be announcing her on the website as soon as I find a free moment but until then just know that she is wonderful and that you might see her in your own home soon! Continue Reading »
I joined Williams Sonoma last weekend to spruce up my Easter baking skills and what a treat it was. Easter is one of those holidays where desserts can become fabulous party highlights. For example, fruit crepes are a delish backyard brunch option or a classic carrot cake would make a yummy end to a dinner party. Therefore showing guests some handy baking tips and tricks, Williams Sonoma Los Gatos head chef Elliot whipped up a simple Bundt cake worthy of any Easter occasion.
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As many of you must know by now – I am a BIG fan of Stitch Fix! Stitch Fix is a personalized fashion experience, a expert stylist hand picks and ships five clothing items to your home, including accessories, based on a style file profile that is defined by your individual taste, budget and lifestyle. All in 5 easy steps: 1. Fill out your Stitch Fix Style Profile; 2. Pick the date you’d like to receive your Stitch Fix shipment; 3. Try all of the pieces in the comfort of your home; 4. Buy what you like and return the rest; 5. Tell Stitch Fix what you think about the items you were sent. Personally, with such an on-the-go lifestyle it is sometimes very hard for me to go to the mall and shop. Stitch Fix has become a great resource when I am the swamped with consultations and organizing sessions, but know I will have events or presentations in the near future. My very favorite part of the Stitch Fix experience is coming home to their box and not knowing what is inside. It’s like Christmas morning!
Because I am such a fan, you can imagine how excited I was to be invited to their headquarters in San Francisco to celebrate the expansion of their brand. Stitch Fix officially launched a petite and maternity option for their style box! Stitch Fix treated bloggers to some amazing food by Delicious Catering (it was DELICIOUS!), bubbly and great conversations about clothes and style with the Stitch Fix Team! Taylor, Monica and I had such a fun night! Continue Reading »
Whew! I survived February! It was a wonderful month and we were able to jam in a TON of great projects over the 28 days. I’ve had a huge influx of projects land on the calendar from families looking to liquidate their homes before the spring real estate season and families hoping to organize their homes in anticipation of spring cleaning and as a follow-up to their new year’s resolutions.
I’m kicking off today’s post with this fun photo of the Kuzak’s Closet gang taken over the weekend. Man we have so much fun together! When I look at this picture I see individuals that are a pure joy to be around and work with. Going left to right…Christopher, Sarah, Jennalynn, Taylor, Me, Billy, Hope, Chris, and Ese. We are just missing Monica, Sutzi, and Yovan (we took this after work on Saturday and they weren’t with us).
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Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that really stumps a lot of people, me included! Thus looking for some Valentine style ideas I joined some girlfriends at The Four Seasons Silicon Valley for their Afternoon Tease at Quattro event this past weekend.
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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!
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 »
2014 has been an amazing year for me professionally and I’m proud to say it! My hard work has paid off and my vision for expanding my brand into a business has actually happened. This year there have been so many great moments that I’ve stared with you on the blog, Facebook, and Instagram but today I wanted to collect my top 14 to reflect on where I’ve been.
I started the year in what seemed like a rat-race because the demand for my services was so high but I could only be in one or two places at a time. I could see Taylor and Al starting to get burned out and then Billy got pneumonia in March and I thought it was going to turn into that Seinfeld episode, “the whole office has the flu.” In the end we survived and then planned a job search to expand the estate team by adding a specialist. Much to our glee our HR gal Sutzi found us 2 amazing candidates and I made the executive decision to hire both. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. By seeing how we could all benefit with competent and wonderful people added to the team we added a metal and recycling guy to the mix along with Monica our events and special projects gal. The team is officially up to 11 and I can’t believe it! I AM SO LUCKY! Sorry, have to say that in all caps because I feel it everyday.
One of the greatest lessons that I learned this year is that the boss wears a lot of hats. I say this because #1, someone is always handing me a hat to try on for a photo and #2, I have become a teacher, a friend, a payroll company, a blogger, a management team, a CEO, a junk truck driver, a banker, and much more! The only job that I dislike is trying to figure out how to feed my team on big work-days. I really need a taco truck to follow us around, if you know anyone let me know!
We started off the year with a blog series called 8 Weeks to Home Organization Bliss. It was a great way for me to teach Taylor some of the organizing basics and review all of my past projects. It was also very helpful to many of you who follow the blog or pin the ideas on Pinterest. I’m looking forward to many before and afters and tips and tricks on the blog this year. Continue Reading »