An Organized Home in Silicon Valley Part 1

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Jan 6, 2015

Kuzak’s Closet gets to work on so many beautiful organizing projects each week, some are shared on the blog or social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, but the majority of projects are never shared. In 2015 my goal is to work on creating more of a balance between the estate marketing and the organizing inspiration. The organizing side of Kuzak’s Closet is just as thriving as the estate side (hard to believe, I know … yes, it causes lack of sleep) and I love the balance of services that we are able to provide – but I occasionally forget that wonderfully organized closets and kitchens make you just as happy as the fabulous estates that we tackle each week. Both stem from my love of organizing and this week I wanted to give you a glimpse of what a typical Kuzak’s Closet organized home in Silicon Valley looks like! My method is all about purposeful placement and having things edited down to what is really necessary and truly loved within a home.

This post will be featuring a master closet, gift closet, home command center, living and play area for children – all from the same home in Atherton. This home is all about luxury, easy living, and style. There are no before-and-afters for this particular project because my staff and I helped move them into this custom-built home, which as my clients would tell you, was the smartest decision they ever made. Having an organizational expert(s) fine tune each space from the get-go is a huge advantage when it comes to functionality and efficiency. This home is over 7,000 square feet and we were able to unpack and organize within 4 days, with no boxes to be found!

Kuzak's Closet Custom Luxury Organized Closet

Our first stop is the master closet – there is nothing I love more! My beautiful, fit client has four children and her wardrobe reflected a yo-yo of sizes, which frankly, she no longer need. With our help she was able to get her wardrobe slimmed down to the size and styles she is currently wearing. I am a firm believer that everyone should protect and extend the life of their wardrobe by using flocked hangers. We buy boxes of black, no-slip hangers by the truckload! For this particular project we ordered grey flocked hangers from Crate & Barrel to match their lovely gray-blue custom cabinetry. These shots only represent half of the closet, the other half is designated to her husband – so you can imagine the wonderful size of the space! Continue Reading »

Happy New Year! Mark Your Calendars for an Exciting 2015!

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Jan 1, 2015

Happy New Year from Kuzak's Closet Home Organization and Estate Sales

Thank you for making 2014 a fabulous year for Kuzak’s Closet! My business has grown and with your support we are going into 2015 full speed ahead! The organizing calendar is already booking into February and we have 4 fabulous estate projects on the calendar with more to come! Here is a look at what is in store (so-far) for January! I am meeting with families all of the time to go over their estate plans so stay tuned to the blog and the Kuzak’s Closet Facebook page for more announcements! Cheers to another great year together!

Kuzak's Closet Estate Sales January Calendar

Top 14 Professional Highlights of 2014

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Dec 22, 2014

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.

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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 »

Week in Review: The Year is Almost Over!

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Dec 19, 2014

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!

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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 »

Savory Crab & Artichoke Dip

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Dec 14, 2014

Elegant and Savory Crab & Artichoke Dip

I don’t know about you but I need an extra day in my weekend! Our estate sale in San Mateo was a hit. It was the last sale of the 2014 and after looking through my calendar I calculated that it was the 55th sale of the year. Pretty amazing right! That is over one estate sale or estate liquidation per week. Comparing to last year we grew by 25% so that is exciting.  The most exciting part is that we grew in the right way with better projects, better relationships, and a larger and more professional staff.

In addition to the estate sale over the weekend I had a little fun too!  My husband’s holiday work party was held at the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda and it was really neat.  We took advantage of the great food, cocktails, and tours throughout the ship.  I’m looking forward to going back someday for a more detailed look.  For food they went over the top with sushi bars, donut stations, and deep-fried olives being a few of my favorite things.  Many of Chris’ coworkers had heard my article being in the Huffington Post last week so it was fun to chat about that and celebrate a little bit.  I think I’ll be on cloud 9 for a while!

The holidays really give us the excuse to go over the top, try new things, and splurge a little on our family and friends so in honor of that I’m sharing a really yummy and very savory crab and artichoke dip appetizer that will wow your guests this Christmas.  I gave it a whirl on Thanksgiving and it was a hit! I made mine with fresh lump crab that was cooked and cleaned at my local grocery store.  You could go with the imitation stuff to save some bucks but I wouldn’t recommend it.  It’s so much better to get large chunks here and there and the real stuff really punches up the flavor. Continue Reading »

Dressing Up Winter Style

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Dec 12, 2014

Kuzak's Closet Winter Looks

This time of year is so busy that I often forget about all of the fun holiday parties I get to attend. Some with clients, some with friends, and others for my husband’s job. In year’s past I would settle for a single holiday look but this year I decided to be proactive and put a few looks together with help from my friend and Kuzak’s Closet marketing gal Monica. My experience shopping with Stitch Fix helped me to realize it is important to add a few key pieces to your wardrobe each season and then snap some photos to see how I look.

This year I will be attending two holiday parties at Google, dinners with friends, a festive lunch, Christmas church service, and a New Year’s wedding for my friend Wheels in Michigan. The looks I am sharing today have helped me decide what to wear to each event and also (hopefully) inspire some of your holiday looks! I am not a model, just a regular girl next door with some chub so don’t judge me too harshly, HA!

This first look I’m sharing could be worn for a holiday lunch, winter conference, or work presentation. I bought this dress at Nordstrom and it is so comfortable. I think it will become a staple to my wardrobe! The fabric is a stretchy cotton blend so it will work well if I travel. I have paired it with my favorite black and white pump and over-sized handbag in this photo. I could see it paired with boots, a fun scarf, or even flats.

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Spic ‘n Span San Mateo Estate Sale, 1-Day ONLY!

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Dec 10, 2014

Kuzak's Closet Silicon Valley San Mateo Estate Sale

530 Carmel Circle

San Mateo, California 94402

Saturday, December 13th 9am-4pm

One-Day-Only!

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Kuzak’s Closet is holding a fabulous estate sale this Saturday in San Mateo.  The house is spotless and the items are in exceptional condition! We will have delivery service available if you are interested in taking home larger items like the Thomasville dining set, or the carved pine bed with matching dresser! I personally love the floral chair with matching ottoman in the living room, it would make the perfect chair to snuggle up on this winter.  The kitchen is full of like new bake and cook ware, the dining room is loaded with china and glass, there is something for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Available items include:

Gorgeous Lefton cake stand, Mikasa dish set, a HUGE set of Fostoria Shell Pearl glassware, Thomasville dining hutch, dining table with 6 chairs, dining buffet, benches and ottomans, pink slipper chair, wall art, dining chandelier, floral love seat, side tables, rod-iron coffee table with glass top, folding chairs and folding table, Christmas and holiday decor, floral oversized chair with ottoman, 50s and 60 kitchen ware in great condition, hall tree, handmade antique linens, entertaining items, like new Kitchenaid, sunbeam, and Cuisinart appliances, Calphalon pots and pans, bar and cocktail, carved pine bed with queen mattress, pine dresser with matching nightstand, mens clothing and shoes by Ferragamo and Bally (size 8), women’s clothing, shoes, and handbags, general household items, garden statues, patio chairs, ladders, garage items, and much much more!

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