The last quarter of 2017 involved really great relocation projects that took us to Cabo, Tahoe, and Seattle. Typically we only travel for client’s that we have previously worked with on professional organizing projects here in Silicon Valley but when the request to travel to Seattle to help a new client transition from their Los Altos home to a new chapter in the Seattle I decided to take the plunge and take us on the adventure with them.
Packing for an organizing adventure is easy, three days with three Kuzak’s Closet looks, ha! Taylor, Tammy, Sarah, and I left on a Sunday and returned on a Wednesday night, here are the highlights of what happened inbetween…
Sarah and Taylor had been to Seattle before, Tammy used to live there for 13 years, but it was my first visit. Our client’s new home was in Clyde Hill, a little neighborhood just outside of Bellevue. With Seattle traffic I thought it would be best to stay in Bellevue and lucky for me they had a Residence Inn with large suites. This trip was just before Christmas so it was a very festive time of year to be traveling.
The Seattle weather greeted us with a chill and lots of rain on day one but there were no complaints out of us, it was a treat to have a change of scenery! Every time we would go outside Sarah would yell “Pacific Northwest!” with a smile!
On day one we walked into a house that was unpacked by the moving company. They did a “flat service unpack” which means they take everything out of boxes but they don’t put it away which is exactly what we wanted. We didn’t have a chance to have pre-move purging sessions so we sorted likes with likes and purged and planned storage with our clients input. It’s not ideal this way but having everything out of boxes sped up the process. This was the state of the kitchen when we started and most other rooms looked the same.
Our clients created a priority list of rooms so the four of us divided up on day one between the kitchen, pantry, laundry room, mud room, craft room, and home office. Our goal for this project and the reason our client flew us up there was to make the house feel like a home right away. To have storage and organizing systems in place that the family, especially children could follow and maintain, and that it would be beautiful.
After day one we were ready to break down the progress of the day and set goals for day 2 over some pizza and wine at the hotel.
The hotel had a 24 hour coffee and tea bar that was a lifesaver. On day two we hit the ground running and worked on children’s room, master bedroom and bathroom, and created a product list for shopping. Taylor and Sarah shopped for products while Tammy and I finished unpacking and starting the fine tuning process. I don’t have many action shots of the behind the scenes progress because I was having too much fun organizing to get my phone out to snap them!
Here is a little organizing humor! We had a product “emergency” while we were there. This is the hanger section at The Container Store! Can you imagine the panic when the client has 5 packages of ivory hangers that we need to match and there are no hangers in sight! Actually, we called the area stores to see who had them in stock first but this wall shows the lack of inventory that The Container Store has during the holidays and through January. It drives me crazy because it’s such a busy time for us but oh well!
Taylor and Sarah made a good first impression at The Container Store in Bellevue with five carts full of containment!
By the end of day 2 the house was starting to feel like a home and we had a carload of goodies to install and perfect in the morning.
The weather was perfect and we could see the space needle up against the mountains when we pulled up to the house on Wednesday morning, our last day. Our flight wasn’t until 8:30pm so we had plenty of time to get things tuned up, install, labeled, and get the trash and donations out the door. We have an inside joke at Kuzak’s Closet that we will be done by 2pm, “done by 2!” is what the team says when we have a big project ahead of us.
For this last day I thought we might end up down to the wire but when we were all wrapped up and ready to give the clients a tour of their beautifully organized home I looked at the time and had a laugh, it was 1:45pm. So, we were actually done by 2 for once! It was a wonderful project and a total joy to see this happy family so excited about their new home and new chapter.
Since we were done by 2 we had a few hours to kill before headed to the airport so we went on a mission to find Tom Hanks (Sleepless in Seattle) and we headed down to Pike’s Place. It was fun to be a tourist for a few hours and check out the market, Beechers Cheese, and the original Starbucks.
Super cool to see the fish mongers throw the fish and pack the orders!
Gorgeous! These large bouquets were only $18, amazing!
And of course we needed to get a selfie in front of the original Starbucks with our holiday drinks!
It was a wonderful project with so many great organizing “afters” that will inspire you to tackle you own projects this spring. Here are a few for you to enjoy for now, I’ll have blog posts coming soon with more details on the master closet and bathroom, kitchen and pantry, and craft room so stay tuned!