Thursday 07.02.15

NEAT Method + Pottery Barn = The NEATest Life YET!

We can't hold it in anymore and neither can our best friends over at Pottery Barn... NEAT and Pottery Barn have teamed up to share the in's and out's of a PERFECT laundry room!

Because you all are our best friends and loyal followers, we will tell you how this exciting partnership went down. In early March, we got an email with the subject line, "Hi From Pottery Barn!" At first, we thought it might be a standard email to everyone who signed up to receive their emails (it should come as no surprise that we like to keep up on their amazing organizing products!) After opening the email, we realized that this was no ordinary correspondence this was PERSONAL. As it turns out, they had seen our work and wanted to collaborate. Please check out our joint post and gorgeous products we used over on their site today! Below are some of the amazing photos that were taken by our photographer, Michelle Drewes who also took all of the images on our site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so grateful to Pottery Barn for this AMAZING opportunity. The good news doesn't end there! They asked to not only feature us on their blog........BUT...... drumroll please!!!!!!!

Later in the month we will be gracing the pages of their CATALOG!! Look for us in a mailbox near you!

xx

the NEAT POTTERY BARN girls 

Friday 06.26.15

We're Seeing Stars and Lots of Stripes!

For most people, stars and stripes are particularly important around this time of year! We, on the otherhand, happen to be particularly fond of stripes all year long. In honor of Independence Day, we thought we'd share a few of our favorite striped organizing solutions. Implement a few of these, and you will be celebrating stress-free(dom) all year long!

First up, Containers Store's Rugby Striped Bin - these are great for any kid's space yet sophisticated enough to go in any room of your home!

Container Store Striped Storage Baskets

Next, meet Target's Circo Striped Tote! Another great storage solution for a nursery or kid's playroom.

Target Striped Storage Baskets

And for a more gender neutral option, we love the Pottery Barn Gray Canvas Storage Bins.

Pottery Barn Kids Striped Storage Baskets

While stripes are perfect for kid's rooms, they are not the only room you will find stripes in our client's homes. Even laundry rooms can benefit from a stripe or two. 

Pottery Barn Striped Laundry Baskets

Oh and did we mention that even our furry friends might sport a stripe from time to time as well?! Say hello to the one who wore it best - the Columbus mascot, Greta!

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May your 4th be filled with fun, laugther and of course some stripes!

xx
the NEAT girls

Tuesday 06.16.15

Want Twice the Clothes and Use Half The Space?

Happy Thursday! This title seems impossible right?? We thought so too until we found our new best friend...

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Please meet LE TOTE. You may recall that we mentioned them not that long ago in another post. After having a wonderful chat with them, we discovered we had a lot more in common with them than we thought! Think of them as the "Netflix for your closet." For $49 per month, LE TOTE sends you unlimited clothes to wear and send back when you are done. LE TOTE takes care of shipping each way, as well as all dry cleaning, washing and sanitizing items.

Instead of feeling compelled to purchase that trendy jumpsuit that might only be around for one season...just rent one from LE TOTE.  They give you the freedom to try new trends without the commitment of purchasing, saving you money and room in your dresser drawers.
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And BEST NEWS YET, LE TOTE just announced they are expanding into maternity wear!  So for all you future mamas out there, your maternity wardrobe just got a whole lot larger!  They will be launching the maternity collection in the fall, but in the meantime, sign up for the wait list and earn great perks and prizes across the coming months! We know a few Moms who would have loved to take advantage of this not too long ago....

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Want to give it a whirl? LE TOTE is offering 25% off your first month of service with the promo code NEATTOTE. Your hanging bar in your closet thanks you!

xx

the NEAT girls

 

Monday 06.15.15

7 Ideas for Father's Day You Haven't Already Thought Of

Fathers Day is only a few short days away. For all of our last minute buying friends, it should come as no surprise that NEAT has already made a checklist list that has something for every dad. How did we come up with these ideas? We asked the newest Dad to the club, also known as Molly's husband, Ryan! Ryan was more than willing to share some things that he has had his eye on and we loved what he came up with. Below are his ideas and thoughts::  

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Item 1 :: Makr X Deus tool roll - "The leather is awesome on this and carries all of the essential tools for a road trip"

Item 2 :: The Fish by Grain Surfboards - "Every surfer needs a fish in their quiver - this classic woodie is one of the best I've seen"

Item 3 :: A Vintage Stanley Thermos - "Speaking of classics the Stanley has been one of the best for over 60 years"

Item 4 :: The "Wave" by Leatherman - "Surf trip, moto trip, or road trip, the Wave will get the job done"

Item 5 :: Travel Solar Panel by Goal Zero - "Forget classics for once, we all know you need a fully charged battery. This keeps your iPhone charged, and your Instagram flowing"

Item 6 :: The Whiskey Connoisseur from Man crates - "Umm, whiskey... no comment necessary"

Item 7 :: The lightweight "Synchilla" by Patagonia - "Regardless of temp, this Patagonia fleece is the perfect base layer"

 

We hope you have a wonderful Father's day this year!

xx

the NEAT girls 

 

Thursday 06.11.15

NEAT's New Favorite Product!

Many of our NEAT girls also double as NEAT Moms so when we learn about something that makes life easier, we have to share! Please meet our newest obsession, Name Bubbles

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These fun stickers not only come in adorable color choices and designs, but they are dishwasher and laundry safe too! When you have kids, you inevitably have STUFF! The more you have with you on the go, the more likely you are to lose some of it along the way. Name Bubbles is helping to combat that issue. 

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From Jackets to shoes...

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Even if you misplace and item, you are likely to get it back instead of having to buy it again!

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Have kids that like to have "their" things? Label them for easy identification!

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Their labels can be used for more than just identifying your belongings. If your child has an allergy, you can use the labels to ensure that they don't mix up the snacks at daycare or school.  

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It's no secret that the NEAT girls love a good label but these seriously are making our lives so much easier! Check out Name Bubbles today and share with us how you are using them!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Tuesday 06.09.15

A Room Fit for a Princess... or Two!

There isn't a more exciting time in life than when you find out you are expecting a baby. With all of the excitement and anticipation of a new life with a little bundle of joy, you can't help but plan. Your mind begins to race wondering what you need to buy, what you need to eliminate in your home to make room, and most importantly, what the baby's room will look like! All of this excitment doubles when you find out you are expecting... TWO! 

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A few weeks ago, Lauren in Michigan, had the pleasure of helping a beautiful family organize for two little girls who were on the way. From color coding books...

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to using the most adorable children's hangers...

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and prepping the drawers to perfection...

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This family couldn't have been more prepared to meet their little girls. Lauren even went out of her way to HAND PAINT this accent wall for the family because she couldn't bare to see them spend an absorbanent amount of money on a version of her work in wallpaper form. Unfortunately, Lauren's artistic talents haven't rubbed off on the NEAT girls in other cities - for now, we are all drooling over her impeccable job at her client's home! 

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And speaking of drooling, we know two PERFECT little girls who will love their new room for years to come thanks to their NEAT girl, Lauren! How precious are these two little ones?

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Have questions about the space? Leave them in the comments below and we will be sure to have Lauren help you out!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 06.02.15

Meet NEAT - The San Diego Team gets Personal

Over the years, NEAT Method has grown from a company that was in one city, to a company that is in NINE! The success of NEAT really has been because our great teams that help us complete the jobs in each city. And with that said, we thought it would be fun for you to get to know one of our favorite teams... (they are all our favorite teams BTW) Katie's Southern California girls! Please meet (from the top left going clockwise) Kristin, Candice, Allison and Jessica!  

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We asked the girls a few questions about being NEAT and thought we would share what they had to say :) 

How did you discover NEAT?:: 

Kristin:: I went to Miami University with some of the girls at NEAT and followed them on social media and I loved what they were doing so I found a way to get involved!

Candice:: I needed a change from interior design and wedding planning. After talking with my Mom she encouraged me to look into organizing. When I googled it, I found NEAT Method and reached out to Katie. I've been doing it ever since!

Allison:: I follow a blogger (“thoughts by Natalie”) who had Katie come in to organize her kitchen and who then posted about it on Instagram and then I fell in love!

Jessica:: My bestie referred me to Katie since she knew how obsessed I was with organization. 

 

 

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What NEAT tips have you taken back to your own space?

Kristin:: Labeling, color coding and MUCH more!

Candice:: After a month with Neat Method I went to Costco and bought 12 boxes of the non-slip space saving hangers for my closet.. they are a must! 

Allison:: I want to buy cuter organization bins! I definitely have plans to re-assess my jewelry storage situation, too...

Jessica:: I've color coordinated clothes in all bedroom closets and I'm using containers and baskets in food pantry. I get inspired with new ideas every time we organize a different place. 

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What do you look forward to organizing?

Kristin:: CLOSETS! My full-time job is a buyer so I love to get in and see what people are wearing and making things look good in the closet!

Candice::My favorite space is the kitchen/pantry.  I'm becoming more of a cook, and I can't wait to have a big kitchen and pantry of my own to organize! 

Allison:: I love organizing closets! I used to work in retail so I have a secret love of folding and hanging.

Jessica:: Closets and Pantries are my favorite.  Closets because we arrange the clothes by color and visually it is very appealing and also functional. The pantry because I love using baskets and containers with labels and making sure everything has a home.  

 

 

 

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Describe Neat Method in one word without using Neat or Organized:: 

Kristin:: FUN ;)

Candice:: Efficient

Allison:: Refreshing

Jessica:: Shipshape

 

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We absolutely LOVE our team in San Diego and couldn't be NEAT without them! Interested in joining the team? Email Katie(at)NEATMethod(dot)com today!

xx

the NEAT girls

Monday 06.01.15

The 5 Fastest Ways to Sneak in Last Minute Spring Cleaning

It is officially June which means if you haven't gotten around to Spring cleaning yet, now is the time! Today we are giving you some ideas for your closet that take little to no time at all but have HIGH impact! First, let's get down to the dirty business... laundry. Make your life ten times easier by purchasing a divided hamper. This hamper from West Elm is a triple threat...literally. The three compartments can be used for lights, darks, and dry cleaning. If you don't have room for a hamper with three sections, at least consider two to separate dry cleaning from your wash and fold pieces. 

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If your problem seems to be larger than just sorting laundry (read:: you cannot currently see your floor due to the amount of laundry) consider using an on demand laundry service like Washio. They will come to your home, pick up your laundry and return it to you washed and folded. Are you particular about the way it's done? Feel free to leave some instructions for them too!

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Next up is that closet of yours! Take a peek at it now - does it have a lot of plastic dry cleaning bags scattered within there? We understand that some items need to be protected from dust since they aren't worn nearly as much. Consider using a breathable cotton bag from The Container Store instead. 

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Ready to make some room? Forgo those bulky, tubular platic or wooden hangers for the thin, velvet option. Trust us, you will change and never look back! More closet space = less wrinkles in your new, favorite LBD. 

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Finally, if you are still packed to the brim in your closet, let us be your therapist for a second and let you know that you might have a shopping addiction. You are not alone. Luckily, we know how you can continue to have that addiction without breaking the bank or the closet rod with too many clothes - Give Le Tote a try! For a monthly fee you can rent clothing and accessories an unlimited amount of times! 

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Now get after that Spring cleaning before it's too late!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Tuesday 05.26.15

The NEAT Girls Meet in Dallas - Hear What Went Down Today!

Only two short weeks ago, the entire NEAT team packed up their bags (you can imagine how organized that looked) and headed to the heart of Texas! Besides barbeque and big hats, Texas is the home to our, "home away from home" the Container Store. 

We had an incredibly warm welcome and took the opportunity to take photos all over their fun, corporate office. 

This trip wasn't just about taking great photos together, we learned the in's and out's of their products. Did you know there are 10,000 organizing products in their stores!?

We got to check out their warehouse (probably every NEAT girl's favorite part) and got to wear these Crocs because our cute open toed shoes were restricted. There's a first time for everything right!?

 

 

 

 

Our team got to take a three day crash course in all things Container Store and had a blast doing so!

BUT nothing beats an opportunity to all be together, so we celebrated too! 

We learned about the history of the Container Store and how far it has come over the years...

...and now the NEAT girls are ready to start a new chapter with the Container Store!

We are so happy to announce that we will be joining the Container Store in their Contained Home Program across the Nation! We are also working on a few fun projects with them that we cannot share just yet but stay tuned!

A HUGE thank you to our hosts, Carey, Mary Ellyn, Kevin and Jackie for a spectacular stay! We can't wait to see you all again soon!

xx

the NEAT girls

Wednesday 05.20.15

According to Maria:: 8 Places You Can't Miss in NYC

Maria was so full of amazing things to say in our interview that we decided to break it up into two complete posts! In this second portion, we are sharing all of the AMAZING places Maria thinks you CANNOT MISS while in New York. Did we mention that she is launching NEAT New York!? We won't make you wait any longer::

 

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NM:: Okay so now that you are in New York, give us all the details on your favorite places! Where do you like to shop/eat/?
MK:: One of the most amazing things about New York City is the abundance and variety of places to shop, eat, and be active. My favorite restaurant in NYC is Betony (on 57th Street between 5th and 6th). It was opened by two Eleven Madison Park alum and you can definitely tell - the food is creative and delicious, and their wine and cocktails are always an excellent complement. If you happen to go when they have their Lobster Roll on the menu, do not pass it up!
 
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NM:: Okay so next time we are in town let’s for sure get the Lobster Roll on the, “to do” list! You are in Brooklyn now though – what are you loving there?
MK:: My fiance and I are big fans of Colonie (on Atlantic Avenue). The restaurant has a great atmosphere, whether it’s for dinner with friends or a date. The food and cocktails are fantastic and their ‘green wall’ is a pretty cool feature if you are interested in sustainable design. 

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NM:: These sound AMAZING! Let’s get to the shopping… 
MK:: Who doesn’t like to talk about the shopping!? I always head to the flatiron area. The small neighborhood houses two my favorite shops - ABC Carpet and Home (888 Broadway) and Restoration Hardware (935 Broadway). The ground floor of ABC has the most amazingly curated selection of products; you can find anything from organic makeup to the most beautiful ceramic bowls imaginable. 
NM:: We are officially meant to be! ABC Carpet and Home is hands down Molly’s FAVORITE place in all of New York!
 
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MK:: If you practice (or are looking to try) yoga, I absolutely love Pure Yoga. They have two locations in the city (on the Upper East and Upper West Side) and have classes in every kind of yoga imaginable. Some of my favorite instructors are Yogi Charu (check out his yoga nidra class for some serious deep relaxation), Terrence Monte for an awesomely challenging vinyasa, and Scott Harig for his Ashtanga practice.

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MK:: Others that I MUST tell you about that I cannot live without in my life:  Coffee -- Blue Bottle.  Cookies -- Levain.  Drinks -- Raines Law Room.  Is this too much info for the post? Will you need to cut this down?
NM:: We are keeping it in! You can never know too much about New York! 
 
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We are so excited to finally offer NEAT's services full time in New York. Check out our Facebook and Instagram for updates on our launch week!

xx

the NEAT girls

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