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!
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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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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!
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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).
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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.
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 »
I snapped this picture of Taylor on Sunday while we were cleaning up the Atherton estate sale and it totally cracks me up. I feel like this picture truly illustrates how I feel right now…
I just wish I could take a nap for about a week! I’m sure everyone on my team feels the same way. We’ve all been going non-stop and we have no choice but to adjust to this pace as the new normal. Just when I think we can’t get any busier we do and we adapt to it.
The Atherton estate sale couldn’t have gone any better. It was so well organized and staffed, I look at it as a true accomplishment of how far my estate business has grown and developed. Kuzak’s Closet really is the best company in silicon valley to handle large projects like this and I am so proud of that! Continue Reading »
Our hike over the weekend in La Honda was just what the doctor ordered! It was great to spend time in the woods gazing up at these beauties!
Instead of completing the 12 mile trek we did a nice 6 mile loop in the Pescadero Creek Park. This was the view from the top, it looked like a postcard! Can you believe this is only 30 minutes from my house? Sometimes I forget that I live in heaven!
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