When I’m asked about my job I always tell people that I own a business called Kuzak’s Closet but it wasn’t until I was sitting across from my business expert Tari during business planning meeting going over budgets did I really believe it. I’ve been doing this 10 years and lately it has really sunk in that I have a real business. Everyday my clients depend on me, the realtors and lawyers we work with depend on me, the shoppers depend on me, and most importantly my staff depend on me.
The theme of April was getting down to business. I dealt with taxes, quarterly payments, and LLC payments. Budgeting for next year’s taxes along with the expenses that this year will bring and updated all of the service rates and contracts. I attended the NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) conference in LA mid-month and it really gave me the momentum to accomplish all of the above and then some. I’m so thankful to have professional development opportunities that push me beyond what my daily experiences can. Just when I think I’ve got Kuzak’s Closet figured out it continues to grow and I need to adjust to keep up.
Aside from professional development the month of April was also filled with organizing sessions. Year after year it is one of my favorite months because so many of my clients have us back for maintenance sessions to get them and track and new clients contact us to give them the fresh slate they’ve been craving. Below is one of the before and afters from the month. Tammy and I purged and organized this teenage bedroom in 6 hours, it was such a blast. Continue Reading »
Taylor and I just returned home from the annual National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) organizing conference, this year hosted in sunny Los Angeles. Over 4 days we met with fellow organizers from all around the country, connected with local friends in the business, and gained more educational insight through professional development workshops that focused on topics we love like: working with hoarders, helping clients with ADHD, tips for greater productivity, and efficiency ideas for home relocations, just to name a few.
Although I have been in business for nearly 11 years I have never made it to a national conference – and after this phenomenal weekend I feel a sense of regret. It would have helped me so much when I was just starting out, but now, as a veteran in the business I am thankful that it exists. What an amazing experience, joining 500+ people who spend their life doing something similar, something that might seem like an odd career choice, and finding that it just makes sense. Continue Reading »
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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