One of my very favorite client organization projects is creating a home Command Center. Every home has multiple catch-all spots for every day items like mail, office supplies, magazines, instruction manuals, gift cards and coupons. I want to help you consolidate everything into one central location, so I am sharing my best how-to tips.
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Nov 29, 2013
Where did November go? Thanksgiving has passed and we’re plowing full-force into the December holiday season. Orange and brown hues have disappeared from the shelves at my local stores and been replaced with an explosion of red’s and green’s. I love it!
Today’s post is a review of the super busy month of November. This month has really shown the diversity of the projects that my team at Kuzak’s Closet are tackling; great closet and garage organization projects, a full house relocation and un-pack, estate inventory, several estate sales and liquidations, DIY events, a book release and so much more!!
December is looking pretty packed but I am taking some time to visit family, which will be fantastic and I am looking forward to a break. We managed to squeeze two estate sales into December so be on the lookout for those updates and I am bringing back the Holiday Decor Week from last year that was so much fun. I love to see everyone’s different decorations and hear about the holiday traditions of my family and friends. Continue Reading »
Nov 18, 2013
I am teaming up for another fun party at West Elm with my friend and fellow blogger Monica at Living in Vogue this week, “Dressing Up the Holidays”. Not only will we be showing off our DIY table style projects from the West Elm 1 Year Anniversary party two weeks ago, we will be presenting tips about keeping your hosting schedule organized, setting up a bar, styling your party wardrobe and will be serving sample cocktail and appetizer recipes that are sure to wow your guests and give you time to mingle. Local baker SusieCakes is supplying some delicious desserts for your tasting pleasure, Ibiss boutique is loaning some amazing wardrobe pieces, Apis Floral will be on hand to talk about floral arrangements and The Card Lady will be showing some amazing sample menu’s and invitations. We hope you can join us as we kick off the holiday season at West Elm!
Nov 13, 2013
About a year and a half ago I was asked to be a guest contributor for the book The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic by Lilliana Vazquez – and, the book was just released last week! Lilliana has been featured on The TODAY Show, Access Hollywood and The Rachel Ray Show and the book, inspired by her website Cheap Chica’s is a collection of her personal style tips, organization ideas and shopping finds for every budget.
The book is broken into segments: helping you find your personal style (there is a quiz!), how to stay organized, shopping for styles that flatter your body-type and wallet, and where to find the best deals. She even knows the best days to shop for the biggest discounts. I really enjoyed the book because her tips are honest, realistic and I want to highly recommend it. So treat yourself to a copy and give it as a gift to your girlfriends! You can order a copy of the book here.
I was asked to take part in the chapter “Making Cents of Your Closet” and below is a small excerpt from my submission. Enjoy!
Jun 24, 2013
I hope you all had a great weekend! Both my Saratoga and Menlo Park Estate Sales went really well and today I am looking forward to catching up on things around my house. Just in case you are behind on your Spring Cleaning, it’s not too late! Today I am sharing my second Sterilite blog post with tips on how to be more efficient when it comes to cleaning your home and storing your cleaning supplies.
Have you ever considered using a cleaning caddy to tote your cleaning supplies from room to room? Even in our little condo in Chicago I had a caddy in my storage closet so I could quickly clean the space without running from room to room looking for supplies. Now that we live in a larger home I rely on my cleaning caddy so I can clean all three bathrooms and the living spaces in a flash.
I learned this trick as a kid from my Grandma. Not because she had a caddy but because she needed one! She stored her cleaning products in the garage, under all of the sinks, in the laundry room, etc. yet never knew what she owned. She was always overbuying because she didn’t store her cleaning products in a central location and struggled to stay organized.
May 30, 2013
I am always testing out new products to keep my home and my client’s homes organized and one of my favorite go-to brands is Sterilite. One of their latest products is a stackable bin that comes in a variety of sizes and today I wanted to share 2 ways that I used them to organize spaces in my own home.
My pantry is filled with lots of goodies and I wanted a better way to contain everything. I wanted to use a bin that was stackable to maximize the storage space and that could easily be wiped clean. I thought that the Sterilite stackable bins would perfect and I also love that they don’t have a lid so you can easily grab what you need.
I started by pulling all of the loose items that I wanted to organize off the shelves and sorted them by type on my counter top. By sorting the items I was able to get a better idea of how much storage I would need and determine how to divide and store the items.
May 24, 2013
Today I wanted to share some before and afters from last month’s estate sale in Mountain View along with some tips on how to organize and set up a sale of your own. Someone recently asked me if I am moving my business away from organizing and only focusing on estate sales. I thought the question was strange because I am so busy with both aspects of my business and I explained to them that I feel organizing and estate sales go hand in hand. Each estate sale project starts with a complete home organization session. My team and I spend time sorting, decluttering, and purging every space in the home. The only difference between an estate sale and a home organizing session is that when we get to the step of deciding what to keep, we display the items to be sold instead of storing them based on the client’s lifestyle.
When the doors at my estate sales open the shoppers have no idea what the home looked like before we were able to organize it. We typically have only one or two days to organize and display the contents that can be sold, remove items that need to be recycled or donated, and box up personal items for the family.
This first picture is what the living room looked like at my Mountain View sale last month before we started the estate sale setup. It was the first room that shoppers walked into so I wanted the layout to encourage shoppers to spend some time. Also, I always have the cashier near the sale entrance so they can keep an eye on everyone who comes and goes. (Tip! The area where the cashier is at will be the heaviest trafficked area so I want my high dollar items in that space to increase the chances of them selling.) Only in situations where there isn’t enough space for a cashier in the house or if we are holding an outdoor sale do I have the cashier on the front porch or under a tent outside.
I like to set up my tables first and rearrange all of the furniture so the room has a nice flow and looks inviting. I want to make the room look like a store, not someone’s living room. (Tip! If it looks like someone is still living there customers will feel like they are intruding).
Once all of the furniture is in place we start to display smaller items on the tables and make the room fresh and bright by rearranging the lighting and opening all of the window treatments. In the before picture the room looks like a mess and the first thing that catches your eye is the medical equipment in the bottom left corner. (Tip! if there is medical equipment available at your sale have it displayed in a bedroom or in the garage. Try not to have it be a focal point when shoppers walk in the front door, it just reminds them that someone was sick and makes them feel guilty for shopping). The after picture looks bright and inviting, especially the green shag carpet! My display tables are in the right corner of the room, you can’t see them in this picture but you get an idea.