5 Secrets in 5 Years

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Nov 3, 2014

LinkedIn sent me a reminder last week that I’ve been a professional organizer for 10 years and in business for in California for 5, I think that means I’m local right? I know I always say this but time flies! When Chris and I first relocated to California I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get my business off the ground again. I had a small business in Michigan and then Chicago but Kuzak’s Closet was nothing like it is today.  The thought of starting over made me nervous but I had a vision and I stuck with it.  It took me 6 months to get my first client and it’s been a fun ride ever since.  I hired my first assistant 3 years ago and now I employ 9 people due to the demand for Kuzak’s Closet services.  We have two divisions of the company, home organization and estate sales and the time and demand is divided 50/50.  

People contact me all of the time, asking for the secret to how we stay so busy.  I think they are disappointed that my response doesn’t include earth shattering news, just basic principles for how to operate as a business owner and member of society. Thus today ,to celebrate 5 years in California, I’m sharing my top 5 secrets for success.  If you are reading this and you are struggling with your own business or have been wanting to start something I hope this is helpful.

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Day In The Life

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Oct 30, 2014

Another month down, its hard to believe we only have 2 months left before we close the books on 2014.  October was full of exciting things at Kuzak’s Closet and in my own personal life.  We had an event with a global brand, we held several estate sales and liquidations, we organized homes in Silicon Valley, and most importantly I made time to get away for a few days to visit my family.

I kicked off the month with a fall event at Kate Spade at Santana Row! I was so excited to partner up with them. I love their fashion and I thought it made sense to see how we could incorporate Kuzak’s Closet vintage style with their classy timeless looks. I was able to hit the store for a little modeling gig before the event, sharing some of my favorite pieces with all of you on the blog last month.  On the day of the event, my entire staff came to support. All of the gals even had a beauty day at DryBar and then we mingled with some of our friends and lots of new friendly faces.  It was a great experience and it really has encouraged me to branch out more in the future.  I think its really important to find new avenues to promote a business and brand, while having a good time, do you know what I mean?

Kuzak's Closet Kate Spade Event

It’s been my goal in 2014 to find more work-life balance.  I’m still a workaholic but thanks to my staff I have been able to take more time for myself, my friends and my family without feeling guilty.  For example, my friend Willem organized a fun day in Napa (he does this often but I typically can’t make it due to estate sale conflicts) and I made it a priority to go.  Chris and I met up with him and our other friends Leah and Jen for lunch. Then we did a few tastings before enjoying wonderful dinner together at Bottega in Yountville.

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Kuzak’s Closet Campbell Tool Hoarders Paradise Estate Sale!

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Oct 28, 2014

Kuzak's Closet Campbell Tool Estate Sale

Budd Avenue & Winchester Road

Come to the intersection of Winchester Road and 

Budd Avenue in Campbell and follow the PINK signs.  

Parking may be limited so we suggest you park at the Safeway Shopping Center and walk.

Campbell, CA 95008

Thursday, October 30th 10am-2pm

Friday, October 31st, 10am-2pm

Saturday, November 1st 9am-Noon

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The Kuzak’s Closet team has been organizing this week’s amazing tool sale for the last month! There are 4 garages full of tools along with 2 vintage automobiles. It truly is a tool hoarder’s paradise! We will be selling Thursday-Saturday, rain or shine and we hope to see all of you!

Available items include:  A Tool hoarders paradise, a 45 year collection! Mechanic automotive tools, hand tools, automobile oil, air filters, ignition parts, machine shop grade power tools, vintage signs and cans, 2 welders, Datsun engines, miller generator, McCulloch chain saws, Briggs & Stratton motor and tools, Milwaukee 12” cutoff saw, Shopsmith combo tool, compressors, 10X20 Canopy with cover, Misc. garden tools, ladders, roll away cabinet, 8ft. camper shell,1967 Cadillac Fleetwood, 1976 Ford Custom Camper Motor Home, and so much more!

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Home Decor Style Idea: Industrial Design

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Oct 27, 2014

Kuzak;s Closet Estate Sales

Mixing feminine touches and masculine lines can really add an element of modern design to a vintage-inspired home. This week Kuzak’s Closet is having a large 3-day tool sale with a number of pieces that are perfect for adding that hint of industrial style to your home decor.

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While the Boss is Away…

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Oct 24, 2014

Happy Friday folks! I’m up late writing this post after a long day of work.  We had an amazing estate liquidation in Palo Alto today and when the house was empty (at 4pm) I headed over to this weekend’s estate sale house to price and put on final touches. I came home to dinner on the table (thanks Chris) and about 4 hours of work to catch up on. Most people would just go to bed and put it off but I know that with the pace we are working I don’t have that option.

I still can’t believe we are on our 4th estate this week! My first year in California I only did 2 estate projects the entire year, man things have changed!  The next 8 weeks will be extra busy with clients that want to tackle organizing projects and estate projects before the year-end.  I always anticipate this so I took a much-needed week off last week to travel to Michigan and North Carolina for some milestone events in my family.  My dad celebrated a birthday, my granny turned 90, my nephew turned 2, and my newest niece was baptized.

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Being the organizer that I am I coordinated making it to all of the events and I am so glad.  We started the trip in North Carolina and spent a few days with my brother Nick and his family and my brother Christopher. My sister also flew in for the weekend making  it the first time in 2 years that my siblings were all together.  My parents were so glad to get to spend time with us as a group and we had a lot of fun.  We cruised around Lake Norman on a pontoon boat, had drinks, shopped, and celebrated. Continue Reading »

Global Chic Palo Alto Estate Sale

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Oct 22, 2014

Kuzak's Closet Palo Alto Estate Sale

1087 Fife Ave

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Friday, October 24th 9am-2pm

Saturday, October 25th 9am-2pm

Kuzak's Closet Palo Alto Estate Sale

Kuzak’s Closet is pleased to announce this wonderful 2-day sale in the Crescent Park neighborhood of Palo Alto this Friday and Saturday. This 6 bedroom house is full of 40+ years of wonderful textiles, art and collectables from extensive world travel PLUS a large, eclectic collection of vintage and antique glass. This estate sale should not be missed!

Available items include:

Beautiful exhibited museum-quality textiles from world travels (Africa, Egypt, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, China, Tibet, Amazon, Peru, Mexico + more), Handmade vintage quilts, 16th century Peruvian tomb dolls, Hand-sewn contemporary Egyptian applique tent panel, collection of hand-rubbed brass rubbings from two regions in England, large selection of collectables (imported and domestic), significant collection of vintage and antique glass (stemware, glassware, pitchers, vases, cake stands, serving bowls, platters, candlesticks, butter dishes, many table service pieces), silver serve ware, china, outdoor art, gorgeous framed wall art, Chinese scroll art, sofa, multiple small tables, lovely curio cabinet, dining room table with butterfly chairs, leather chair with ottoman, floor rugs, trunks, gorgeous wall media set, bar cart, round teak table, antique dining room table, antique chairs, modern leather/wood lounge chair, cherry desk, antique mahogany bedroom dresser w/mirror and bed set, matching twin beds, side tables, dressers, large wooden desk from Stanford University, custom made glass quilting table, quilting racks, quilting supplies/storage boxes, clothing patterns, vintage puzzles, posters, a lot of holiday & Christmas decorative items, purses, scarves, mink wrap, costume jewelry, vintage stuffed animals, books, vhs/dvd sets, records, record player, stereo equipment and speakers, luggage, kitchen items, many small appliances, microwave, washer/dryer, vaccums, garage items, electric saws for wood cutting, many tools, ping pong table with accessories, and so much more!!     

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Colorful Home Decor Style Idea: Textiles

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Oct 20, 2014

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Incorporating textiles into your home decor style is a great way to add a splash of color and texture. This week’s Kuzak’s Closet estate sale in Palo Alto features a bevy of textile treasures from regions like India, Laos, Thailand, Africa, Peru, Mexico and more. Below I am offering my favorite Pinterest-inspired idea to help add a new element to your home decor – starting in the bedroom. These beautiful pieces featured above will be available for purchase at this week’s Palo Alto estate sale.

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