The last quarter of the year is always busy and this year the entire Kuzak’s Closet team has been moving and shaking to help our client’s meet their goals before the holidays. Last week was exceptionally busy with 2 full-service residential relocations and one relocation/liquidation on the books. Our full-service relocations are popular because we take care of absolutely everything from decluttering, packing, coordinating a professional mover, unpacking, organizing, and shopping for products to add the perfect final touches. The only complaint I ever get from clients is that they didn’t know about us for their prior moves!
Our first relocation of last week was for a busy mom with three children moving from a temporary rental in Menlo Park to her dream home in Menlo Park. The move was easier than most because we have worked with this client for several years and we know her preferences and style. Taylor was the project manager taking care of all of the details which allowed me to come in for the fun stuff like product installation and final touches, my favorite part.
For this move our favorite mover All Reasons Moving & Storage was already booked so we had our clients pick from a few other options. Taylor, Kate, Billy, and Ese packed up the house on Monday, decluttering and purging along the way. On Monday night Taylor and Kate lined all of the cabinet shelves in the kitchen and bathrooms so that on Tuesday they could hit the ground running. Kate and Tammy worked to unpack and organize the new kitchen while Taylor was at the rental house supervising and managing the movers. As boxes and furniture arrived at the new house Taylor directed traffic and had the rest of the team unpacking boxes in the master and children’s bedrooms. By the end of Wednesday the entire house was unpacked and we installed new bins and hangers in the bedrooms, drawer dividers in the kitchen and bathroom drawers while our client and her daughter baked Thanksgiving pies in the kitchen.
Her goal was to be able to keep this tradition in wake of the move and we delivered. At the end of the night when we were saying goodbye she thanked us as said “hiring you made this move easy as pie.” Very clever!
Because we are so busy we are rarely all together at once so we took advantage of the photo opportunity. I love these ladies!
Meanwhile, while all of that was going on the rest of the team was organizing a private liquidation in Woodside for a couple that downsized to a condo in San Carlos. The house wasn’t packed but what was there was flawless and I knew it would sell right away so instead of letting all 4,000 shoppers on my list come to shop I only gave the address to the first 25 to RSVP and it worked out really well. The shoppers who came were serious about the items in the email advertisement and everything was sold within 35 minutes. This haul explains it all!
I love this outtake photo of Sarah helping shoppers load their vans. With my Ford Transit in the driveway with the navy Mercedes Sprinter and the Dodge we could’ve filmed a commercial!
The Woodside estate was custom built in the early 1970s and it was totally gorgeous. This is the entrance stairwell to get into the front door. Over the balcony is a tennis court and a vineyard, so pretty! After shoppers loaded up we took care of debris in the garage, some damaged sofas, metal recycling, and left the house completely empty and vacuumed. The client had an offer on the house but it was contingent on a 7 day close so we were happy to provide this service to alleviate her stress and help her accept the price she wanted for the house in a very short time frame. She and I originally met over the summer for a consultation making it easy for me to standby and wait for her green light, gotta love an organized client thinking ahead!
On Friday morning Tammy, Kate, Sarah, Billy, Save, and I headed to San Francisco to start our final but largest relocation project of the week. This project had a lot of elements to organize… city parking, finding a moving company to work on a holiday weekend, distance from our office, lots of stairs, rain, and meeting a goal of having a 2,800 square foot house packed up and moved across the Golden Gate Bridge to Mill Valley, unpacked and organized by Monday so a sweet little girl could be ready to start preschool. With all of those elements in play I am proud to report that the project went off without a hitch!
Friday the 6 of us packed up the entire house. In some cases we work with a moving company to do this but we wanted to get likes with likes and organize things along the way making it easier on the other end. We worked 10 hours and managed to find time to deliver all of the kitchen boxes to the new house during the day as well. Not too shabby!
On Saturday morning Tammy managed things on the San Francisco end with the movers while I managed the unpacking at the new house in Mill Valley. We were able to get the kitchen, children’s bedrooms and baths, playroom, and family room unpacked leaving the wine cellar, master bedroom, living room for Sunday. I managed to sneak out to pick up some products to install to keep things organized on Sunday and the house was 90% settled and organized. Our clients were making dinner when we left on Sunday night and said it was like magic to have us take care of everything, we were able to organize what would take them 6 months in just 3 days. I loved hearing that!
The new house is modern an bright, nestled on a hillside with the most amazing views of Mill Valley. This is a shot from the kitchen/dining room looking into the living room…
The kitchen was a big puzzle to put unpack and organize. It appeared to be so much larger than the kitchen at their previous San Francisco home but it didn’t have the same amount of storage. It took us 5-6 hours to get all of the items out of boxes and into their new homes. We use best practices when it comes to where things should “live” and we also take into account how the previous house was setup during the packing phase.
These client’s had the most amazing taste, these Heath dishes are just amazing!
The kitchen had open shelving for display and they add just enough of a pop of color to stand out and warm up the modern space.
I love setting up spaces for children any chance I get, especially if it involves the opportunity to buy and install pink hangers! There is something about matching hangers that brings piece to my soul. Mismatched hangers honestly give me a bit of anxiety, strange right! Well, the world is a happier place when they match and I hope these little touches help this little preschooler enjoy her room that much more.
I used long drawer boxes to organize t-shirts, folded clothing, and accessories. I folded them with a tri-fold so the design/logo could be visible and filed them like books. Love it!
Even cookie monster (a cute knit hat) found a happy place in the accessory bin!
It’s Friday night so I can’t help but share a picture of this wine cellar! These clients don’t really know what they are going to do with it yet so we didn’t add any labeling or a grid system, we can always come back to help with that.
More matching hangers! We swapped out over 350 in the master bedroom alone. It takes time but it makes a huge difference!
This is one of my favorite outtakes from the project. The house was 3 floors so we were often separated from each other, working in different zones. I found myself going up and down the stairs a million times and when I can up from the lower level I was happy to see these three working together setting up the library in the living room.
I was planning to share this post on Monday but this week turned out to be just as busy as last week. Kuzak’s Closet has been moving and shaking for sure and I’m happy to report that no matter how busy we are, we are always having fun together!
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