Entries Tagged as 'Day in the Life'

While the Boss is Away…

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Oct 24, 2014

Happy Friday folks! I’m up late writing this post after a long day of work.  We had an amazing estate liquidation in Palo Alto today and when the house was empty (at 4pm) I headed over to this weekend’s estate sale house to price and put on final touches. I came home to dinner on the table (thanks Chris) and about 4 hours of work to catch up on. Most people would just go to bed and put it off but I know that with the pace we are working I don’t have that option.

I still can’t believe we are on our 4th estate this week! My first year in California I only did 2 estate projects the entire year, man things have changed!  The next 8 weeks will be extra busy with clients that want to tackle organizing projects and estate projects before the year-end.  I always anticipate this so I took a much-needed week off last week to travel to Michigan and North Carolina for some milestone events in my family.  My dad celebrated a birthday, my granny turned 90, my nephew turned 2, and my newest niece was baptized.

Kuzak's Closet Family

Being the organizer that I am I coordinated making it to all of the events and I am so glad.  We started the trip in North Carolina and spent a few days with my brother Nick and his family and my brother Christopher. My sister also flew in for the weekend making  it the first time in 2 years that my siblings were all together.  My parents were so glad to get to spend time with us as a group and we had a lot of fun.  We cruised around Lake Norman on a pontoon boat, had drinks, shopped, and celebrated. Continue Reading »

Kuzak’s Closet Pig Roast & My Top 5 Entertaining Tips

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Oct 2, 2014

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My friend Billy is someone very special to me. Billy has worked at Kuzak’s Closet for several years and oversees the muscle of our operation. There is very little I wouldn’t do for him, but when he asked me to invite 50+ people to my house so he could roast a pig in my backyard I was a bit nervous. His vague details about what to expect had the organizing wheels in my head turning for weeks. His recurring answer to all questions was “don’t worry, be happy.” That’s Billy! A few days before the event he gave me a short shopping list and told me to alert the fire department because there would be smoke. I did my best to hold back my concerns (the shopping list was short!) and trusted that he knew what he was doing. The pressure was on! Among the crowd were Googlers from my husband’s office, along with most of the Kuzak’s Closet team, a fantastic array of local friends and Billy’s family (including his brother and son who flew in from Texas exclusively for the event!).

I love to entertain. My house is often open to dinner guests and frequent last minute gatherings but the event that happened last weekend was something that will be forever in my heart and soul. As my friend Ruth and her family packed their to-go boxes at the end of the night she summed up the evening delightfully, “I feel like we all need to say goodbye before we head to the airport”.  Ruth was exactly right, for one magical evening it did feel like 50 people were taken away to a little island called Tonga. Continue Reading »

Day In The Life

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Sep 30, 2014

When I saw the photos that our marketing gal Monica pulled for this month’s “day in the life” post I had to do a double take. It’s hard to believe that we squeezed all of these events in the month of September. It is a shorter month you know, with only 30 days in total. I guess it’s fair to say that we were able to maximize each and every one of them!

During September estate projects took the main stage. We organized a total of SEVEN estate sales and liquidations. Between regular sale days and frequent flash sales there was a stretch when I saw a handful of our estate shoppers 7 days in a row, crazy! I think those 7 days were also the hottest we have had in recent months. The temps were in the 90’s and inside some of our estate homes it felt like 120 degrees. My team consumed 20 cases of water and 10 cases of our go-to fizzy treat Refreshe. Don’t laugh, it is sparkling water that comes in a can and you can find it at Safeway – we LOVE it!

Kuzak's Closet Estate Sale Team
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Kuzak’s Closet Team: Life as an Intern

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Aug 27, 2014

 

Kuzak's Closet Team Intern Life

A whirlwind of summer projects, the time has come to send off our Kuzak’s Closet 2014 Intern, Jordan Gault. University bound, Jordan leaves Kuzak’s Closet with a new perspective on team work, organizing clutter and junk hunting. Unique and at times fun and even bizarre, his hands on experience has been priceless. Jordan developed many unique relationships with the team. From working very closely with the hauling crew to learning tricks of the trade from estate sale specialist Al, Kuzak’s Closet’s tight-knit community will miss him dearly.

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Kate Spade, New Hires, Team Work, and Recent Press

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Aug 25, 2014

Life is good my friends! I’ve been working my buns off but I can’t complain! I’m enjoying this journey so much, I can’t imagine something more fulfilling at this particular point in my life.  This fall will mark 5 years in California for me and Kuzak’s Closet, I never imagined that it would turn into what it is today.  I’m glad that I can remember the first 6 months living here, hustling for business and just waiting for the phone to ring.  It took me 6 months to get my first client, thank you Kathy Roth for choosing me as your professional organizer! After Kathy’s project was complete my phone never seemed to stop ringing.  Back then I thought I was busy but looking back I had such great work life balance. I had time to take Harper on playdates, create recipes for the blog, and visit Google weekly for meals.  Now I am tackling 3-4 projects in a single day with my team, Harper is happily walking solo with me, Chris does the cooking, and I haven’t been to Google for months!

I know I’ve gone on these rants before but I am constantly surprised that I have been able to create something with my own efforts, I’m able to make a living and now able to pay almost a dozen people to be on my staff.  I’m so lucky to have great people in my life, encouraging me to keep up the good work and pick me up when I don’t think I can keep going. Putting together today’s post of with the latest highlights I’m seeing many of those faces.

Looking back at the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of fun.  When I got an invite from Kate Spade at Santana Row to attend a soiree I had to invite Taylor and Monica to come along.  It was great to connect with the team at their beautiful store! We shopped, snacked, and caught up on some chit-chat.  Taylor bought a cute wallet and I bought these cute booties. I can’t wait until fall, I prefer to wear boots and jeans any day! Kuzak’s Closet will be teaming up with Kate Spade for a fun holiday event so stay tuned to the blog!

Kate Spade Fall Collection

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Highlights From My Michigan Trip

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Jul 25, 2014

TGIF my friends! It’s hard to believe another week has already flown by, before we know it the holidays will be here! It was great to see so many of you at our Mountain View estate sale yesterday!  You have all become my California family and I am so thankful for that!

Speaking of family, I flew to Michigan for a quick trip to visit family and friends last week.  I shared lots of pictures from my trip on Instagram and Facebook but today I wanted to share the highlights in a quick blog post.

Do you love seeing your parents home as much as I do? When I drive in the driveway of the house I grew up in I am instantly relaxed.  My parents built their house when my mom was pregnant with me 33 years ago.  It is beautifully organized and decorated (I must get that from my mom).

Kuzak's Closet Goes Home

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Lately…

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Jul 11, 2014

TGIF! I hope you all had a great 4th of July! Chris and I had a nice weekend with friends and it was great to relax and unwind.  Work is going really really well right now, the word about Kuzak’s Closet has really gotten out and we are having so much fun. I am happy to be in a place where I can pick and choose which projects that I work on and who I work with. We are helping the nicest people solve their organization and clutter problems everyday and it is so rewarding.

With all of the estate sale projects we have going on it’s hard to believe that we still have time for home organization clients.  I typically book sessions for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we are currently booked into September. Taylor and I have been teaming up to tackle more of this type of work in a shorter period of time so new clients don’t have to wait so long, I apologize if you’ve contacted me and haven’t been able to get a session.  I am on the hunt for an organizer to add to my team, the right person will really help with scheduling.

Here are a few snippets from recent organizing projects. I love my job and the people who I work with. Having Taylor assist me with sessions has been a blast, we are on the same page and our clients love the efficiency that we can provide as a team.

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Another major highlight to my year is winning Silicon Valley’s Best Blog for the 3rd year in a row.  The Mercury News sent a photographer to snap some pictures of the core of my team.  Monica, our marketing specialist helped style us for the shoot and the pictures turned out so nice.  Billy (back right) was so excited to be in the paper, he said he was going to send the picture to the King on Tonga! Let’s hope the King is impressed and invites us to organize his castle! Continue Reading »

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