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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Monday 05.18.15

Carrie Bradshaw Here We Come!

As you know, we have spent the past few years expanding NEAT across the U.S. and without fail, we get the same question every time we launch a new city, “Are you in New York yet?!”. We have had our eyes set on New York since the beginning and despite many interviews we just couldn’t find our perfect NEAT girl… until NOW. Our NYC NEAT girl is truly the COMPLETE package – smart, driven, motivated, and of course, NEAT. Want to know what makes her the perfect NEAT girl? Read our candid interview below!

Maria Kontovas, NEAT Method Professional Organizer, New York
NM:: Okay we are so excited to do this interview I think we collectively just let out a small scream of excitementl! Let’s start with the basics – tell us your name and where you are from.
 
MK:: My full name is Maria Elizabeth Kontovas. I was born in Rahway, NJ but my family moved down to Deltona, Florida when I was four, so most of my childhood memories are from there. When I was eleven we moved back to New Jersey to be close to family, settling in a town called Brick. It’s a big town close to the beach (affectionately known as the Jersey Shore), so I spent summers in middle and high school at the beach. It’s a huge part of my life and I can’t imagine ever living very far from the ocean. 
 
NM:: Jersey Shore!? I think we need to do a completely separate blog post on that alone at a later date!
 
MK:: You let me know when!
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NM:: So, is there anything that not many people know about you that you can share with us! We like knowing the little known facts!
 
MK:: I have a pretty fun story, actually! My fiance and I went to Paris for vacation last October. One night, after a visit to the Louvre, we decided to grab some food at a nearby wine bar with some friends we had run into. Unbeknownst to us, at the exact same time, Beyonce and Jay Z were sitting directly above us having dinner in the nicer part of the restaurant. I totally lost it when I found out! Best. Night. Ever.
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NM:: That sounds like a dream come true! Ok back to talking all things New York – what made you settle there?
 
MK:: I ended up in New York completely by accident, but now I can’t imagine living anywhere else. 
 
NM:: Please elaborate! We kind of wish we accidentally ended up in New York!
 
MK:: Shortly before I graduated college with a degree in Finance, I realized I did not love numbers nearly enough to make a career out of them, so I started to explore other options. I ended up landing a paralegal position at a large law firm in New York, and after several months of crazy hours followed by a long commute back to New Jersey, I decided a move to New York was in order. I moved to the Upper East Side in February of 2009 and have loved every minute since.
Maria Kontovas, NEAT Method Professional Organizer, New York
NM:: So if you could run into any celebrity on the streets of New York who would it be?
 
MK:: David Beckham - all day every day. Also, Jonathan and Drew Scott from The Property Brothers, though I am partial to Jonathan.
Maria Kontovas, NEAT Method Professional Organizer, New York
NM:: Ha ha – We love that you prefer one over the other. Now that we are talking properties, let’s talk about what will make you a perfect addition to NEAT! What’s your most OCD like tendency?
 
MK:: Straight lines and 90-degree angles - without a doubt. Anything on a countertop, in a drawer, on a wall - anything! - has to be at a 90-degree angle. This started when I was in grade school, actually - I remember being able able to tell if my mom had gone into my bedroom while I was at school because things would be slightly askew. I don’t think she ever figured out how I could tell!
 
NM:: New Yorkers are going to love that about you! But every NEAT girl has a flaw. Fess up – what is the least organized part of your life?
 
MK:: Ugh - my junk pile. I have this pile of stuff - mostly things that I haven’t found a home for yet - and it just lives wherever is most convenient at the time. Sometimes it’s on the dining room table, sometimes it’s on the desk. It migrates when necessary. I would love to not have a migratory pile of junk one day - it’s a life goal of mine.

 

Maria Kontovas, NEAT Method Professional Organizer, New York
NM:: We are thrilled to launch New York for about a million reasons. What makes you most excited about NEAT New York?
 
MK:: So much! First and foremost, I think that New York is the perfect city for NEAT - there are millions of people living here, most of them in too-small apartments, so the need to keep things organized and come up with creative storage solutions is massive. On top of that, most people living in New York are extremely busy - between careers, kids, social lives - it can become difficult to find time for things that seem non-pressing, like organizing your closet or kitchen. But I believe that if your home is organized, then your mind is organized, and everything around you becomes much easier to handle. I am so excited to bring my knack for organization to my home city and be able to help make New Yorker's lives that much better!
Maria Kontovas, NEAT Method Professional Organizer, New York

Welcome to the team, Maria! We can't wait for you to get your hands on closets like Carrie Bradshaw's all over NYC!! NEAT readers, be on the lookout for social media updates from Ashley and Molly in New York this week!

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 05.07.15

4 Before and Afters You Cannot Miss

We are so happy you loved our, "before and afters" on Tuesday that we couldn't resist sharing a few more!! First up is our Chicago team - check out this storage space that Brooke and her girls tackled! Impressive, right?!

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Next up, Katie in San Diego really transformed this closet into a fully functioning craft space. We are ready to get creative!

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In Columbus, Julia changed this whole room from cluttered to completely organized. Here's the before....

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Here is the after!

 

 

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Finally, Kennidy got to have some fun with so gorgeous baubles in the Twin Cities. Isn't it amazing what a difference some acrylic trays can truly make?

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Want to see more of our team's before and afters? Stay tuned!! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 05.05.15

NEAT Before & Afters

You have asked and we are ready to share some of our favorite before and afters! First up is this awesome girl's bathroom space. Do you have someone with a lot of hair accessories? Try Mika's approach! 

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Next, is a men's closet that needed a little TLC and Lauren put this closet together perfectly! It is amazing how much better a space can look with matching hangers and is color coded.

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Finally, Kennidy and her team got their hands on this pantry and made it their client's dream come true! 

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Want to see more amazing transformations? Stay tuned for a week full of NEAT transformations!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 04.30.15

Are you ready to #joinNEAT

In case you missed our blog on Tuesday, we are having an informational call about how to launch NEAT in your own city. To get you excited about the call, we thought we would share some of our favorite pictures from over the years. First up is the Southern California team purchasing items for one of their favorite clients... in their favorite shirts! ;)

The Chicago team got to meet the CEO of the Container Store and he loved our NEAT cup they brought for him!

The Fall Summit this year brought girls from all over the country to Chicago.

This one is from the earlier days with NEAT when we were only in two cities.

The NEAT team really showed what #theNEATlife was at the 2013 Summit. 

In the earliest days of NEAT, Ashley, Molly, and Marissa enjoyed meetings with some of Chicago's best in business (with equally stunning views at their offices). 

Does this sound like something you could be interested in doing? Join our informational call next week on Tuesday, May 5th. Details below!

We can't wait to meet you on the call!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 04.28.15

Are You the Next NEAT city?

Have you always wanted to be a part of the NEAT team? Or are you obsessed with all things organized and would consider a career change to do something you were more passionate about? Well, you're in luck! We are holding our first Informational call to share all of the ins and outs of just what it could mean to run NEAT in your city! 

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We are excited to share with you all things NEAT and look forward to hearing from you if you are interested in joining in on the call. Email JoinNEAT(at)neatmethod(dot)com for more details!

xx 

the NEAT girls

 

 

Friday 04.24.15

Friday Recap :: Pure Fun in Pure Michigan

Happy Friday NEAT friends! This week has been a fun one for the NEAT girls but Lauren up in Michigan had a particularly great week so we had to share! Lauren had the opportunity to parter with her favorite closet company, California Closets in Birmingham Michigan to celebrate their new showroom.

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We love partnering with closet design companies because they create a beautiful closet design and we can put our client's clothes back in a way that is truly the icing on the cake for their new space. 

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Lauren had the opportunity to show the Calfornia Closets in Brirmingham just what living, "The NEAT life" really means. Check out these photos below::

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Want to know what the space looked like before NEAT arrived? 

Wouldn't you agree that a California Closet looks good with a NEAT girl's touch? Thank you for the amazing opportunity to work together California Closets!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 04.21.15

Tip Tuesday :: 3 Creative Ways to Store Toys

Let's face it - kids come with toys and lots of them! It's easy to let them take over a home and even easier to just close the door to a play room and pretend they don't exist. Today we are sharing some fun finds on how to creatively clean up the kid clutter. 

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First up are the toy cars that can probably be found all over your home. This quick magnetic strip makes it easy for your kids to put the cars away when they are finished. Even better, it's easy to pick out their favorite car from the bunch when they are ready to play! This adorable blogger makes it easy with her step by step tutorial!

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Next, we are going to help tame the constant pile of artwork. Nothing makes you feel guiltier than throwing away your kid's work that they "gave" you. It seriously tugs at your heart strings to trash it - we know! Instead, consider making a gallery wall to display the pieces instead of keeping them piled up somewhere. Then, when it's time to say goodbye to them, you won't feel nearly as bad. This gallery space was created by Haeley of Design Improvised.

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Finally, LEGOS! Whether you have one child or ten, you likely have 1,000 mini lego pieces all over your home. As much as we like to think they can be stored together in the box they came in, they simply can't. Take this real life solution from Modern Parents Messy Kids and put it into place in your home. This will certainly help make having legos "liveable" instead of feeling like you live in Lego Land! 

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We hope you've been inspired to tackle a mess that's been around for far too long!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Wednesday 04.15.15

4 Pinterest Ideas That Don't Work

Don't get us wrong - we love Pinterest as much as the next person but sometimes, the spaces we see here are too good to be true...literally! This Thursday, we're going to help you save time and money before you pin images on your, "remodel inspiration" board. First up is the gorgeous bathroom. Nothing is prettier than the simplicity of this space. The part that isn't pretty is the drawer space... see how it is low at the bottom? If you are a female considering this space, where are you keeping your makeup that you wear everday? Do you have kids? Consider how easy it is for them to dig through whatever is in those drawers.

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Next up is this pantry. GORGEOUS right?! When we looked closer at this image, we noticed the shelves are VERY shallow. Some of the plates in are even hanging over the edge a bit. It is important to measure your largest plate or item to ensure that the shelf depth will fit everything. This one certainly does not.  

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If you haven't seen, "Fixer Upper" it is a MUST! Chip and Joanna are beyond ADORABLE. This particular home that they finished has open shelves in the kitchen. This look is stunning however, you have to be the worlds biggest minimalist in order to make this work. Where are your dried foods living? How about the spices or baking supplies? Lots of these shelves are quite high so the first row is the only functional shelf space without the use of a step ladder. 

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Finally, we would like to introduce you to the hidden spice drawer! These are really sneaky and always impress people that have never seen them before. Unfortunately, if they are low, you cannot see what any of your spices are unless they are labeled on the top. If they are up high (like they are shown in this picture), then the top shelf is'nt functional because you can't see it! We would recommend sticking to a more traditional cabinet or drawer. 

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Next time you see that beautiful dream space on Pinterest, don't forget to critically think about how functional the space actually is! We hope some of these ideas have helped save you from a remodeling mistake!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Tuesday 04.14.15

Tip Tuesday :: Office Inspiration and How to Achieve It!

Lately, we've been working on lots of office spaces in our NEAT cities and we thought we would share some seriously inspiring offices that we found on Houzz

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Love the look of these spaces? Here's a few ways to get started::

- Keep your filing at a minimum. Only keep what you NEED a hard copy of and get the rest ONLINE!

- Make the office staples MATCH - we enjoy an office with Poppin.

- Most importantly, create an INSPIRING space - make sure it's a place you want to work in!

Speaking of work - it's back to work for us!

xx

the NEAT girls 

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