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 »
Only a few days left in 2014 and I’m racing to the finish! I’m feeling so good about the progress that I made this week and I’m glad that I’ve made the time in my schedule to tie up loose ends so I can be better prepared for 2015. I told my friend Pam last night that I am like a car going 90 miles an hour at all times and I have a hard time slowing down. Over the last week I’ve made more time for myself that normal so I can gradually go from 90 miles to 60 miles to 45 miles to 0 miles so I can fully enjoy the holidays. I hope that makes sense to you!
We haven’t had any available openings for new organizing clients since October of this year so it was great to squeeze in one big new client project before the year-end. This client is a very talented teacher and artist but her physical disability has caused her to get behind on the maintenance and systems in her existing craft studio. I’m excited to be apart of the transformation and can’t wait to see the final results. We have our second purging session today and then go back in January to install products and get the space organized, it’s going to be great. Her home is located just a few blocks from the beach in Santa Cruz, a town that we typically do not travel to but it’s been great to see the ocean and smell the sea air.
After our first session this Monday with our craft client we headed home with 14 hefty garbage bags full of arts and craft supplies. I took them to RAFT, a resource center for teachers in the Silicon Valley area. They were so excited to receive all of the goodies and my client was happy for her unwanted items to find a new home. Continue Reading »
Eleven down…1 to go! I’m happy to report that I survived November, it is the month when “worlds collide” at Kuzak’s Closet. All of my organizing clients need organizing sessions before the holidays and the estate projects that come by way have to be handled before year-end. I will admit that much of my survival is credited to a week-long trip to London during the first week of the month. I packed my bags and left Taylor and Al in charge. It’s no surprise that things were handled perfectly.
I left for my trip at the tail end of the Campbell tool sale, a huge project that was fun for the staff and also led us to hiring our latest team member, Yovan. He is like a flash of lightning, always on the move and quick to help. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to recycling which is a key element to both facets of my business. Aside from the Campbell tool sale we organized one of the most memorable estate sales of my career in Los Altos Hills. I’ll talk more about that later in this post.
The first of November marked my 10 year anniversary of being a professional organizer and my 5 year anniversary of moving Kuzak’s Closet to California. To reflect on the occasion I put together my top 5 secrets to success in Silicon Valley…here is #4, you can read the full post here. There is a rumor that my tips may be featured in a major publication by the end of this year so stay tuned for that!
While I was away we partnered up with ModCloth for a fun fashion post about layering. It was perfect timing because the weather in California was just starting to get chilly. I’ve been living in cardigans, scarves, and leggings and I couldn’t be happier. Fall is the easiest time for me to shop and feel comfortable in my clothes. Do you have a season that works best for you? Continue Reading »
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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