Summer Style with Stitch Fix

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May 5, 2015

Stitch Fix Summer Style

I just got my latest Stitch Fix box and what great timing with summer right around the corner! If you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix already, it is a personalized shopping service, where an 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. I’ve been using it for over a year now and I’ve really learned a lot about my own personal style, my body type, and how clothing really look on me.

It has been a while since I have done Stitch Fix Reader’s Style Pick post, so I am really looking forward to hearing what you think about my most recent box pieces. Continue Reading »

Kuzak’s Closet: April In Review

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Apr 30, 2015

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.

Amanda Kuzak, Kuzak's Closet Professional Organizing

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 »

NAPO 2015 Wrap-Up

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Apr 21, 2015

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.

NAPO 2015 Conference

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 »

Restoration Illumination Bar Upcycle

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Apr 13, 2015

Kuzak's Closet Bar Upcycle By Restoration IlluminationA big challenge when shopping vintage is restoration and transformation. Many times a piece has great bones, yet investing time and money into restoring it or even coming up with a new way to transform it can seem very difficult. Helping Kuzak’s Closet estate shoppers tackle these two feats, Tami Vasquez from Restoration Illumination is sharing on the blog today two amazing before and afters of pieces found at Kuzak’s Closet estate sales, as well as her passion behind her craft.

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Vintage Volkswagen Heaven! 2 Fabulous Cars for Sale!

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Apr 9, 2015

VWMANIA

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Kuzak’s Closet has acquired 2 fantastic vintage Volkswagen vehicles from a beautiful estate in San Mateo.  Both cars have been properly maintained and are in driving condition.  The first vehicle is a very cute, very fun 1974 VW Beetle Sedan.  It has a 5 speed manual transmission with 31,035 miles on it.  The exterior is white and the interior is light gray.  Please let me know if you are interested in scheduling a test drive, the asking price is $3,200 and I will be taking offers until Wednesday April 22nd. Continue Reading »

Kuzak’s Closet Magnificent Modern Los Altos Hills Estate Sale

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Apr 8, 2015

Kuzak's Closet Los Altos Hills Estate Sale

14388 Liddicoat Circle

Los Altos Hills 94022

Friday April 10th 9am-4pm

Saturday April 11th 9am-4pm

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Kuzak’s Closet has a fun and funky Los Altos Hills estate sale for you this weekend! It is incredibly easy to find, just off 280 and there is tons of parking.  The large 5 bedroom home is filled with midcentury furniture and accessories, books, artwork, and so much more!

Available items include: Sheet music cabinet, tons of books, artwork, 2 blue midcentury sofas, a beautiful teak dining set with matching credenza, modern side chairs, desks, books, sewing and craft items, tennis gear and sporting goods, handmade clay models, pottery, decorative home decor, kitchen items, patio furniture, a Pearl drum set, records, Asian artwork and modern artwork, clothing, lamps, fixtures, and much more! Please scroll through the photos and start making your wish lists! Continue Reading »

Kuzak’s Closet Month In Review: March

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Apr 3, 2015

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?

Kuzak's Closet Month In Review: March

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 »

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