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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Friday 04.10.15

Friday Recap :: The Latest NEAT News!

Happy Friday! We cannot believe we have already finished the second week of April! Time flies when you have a million homes to organize! This week has been no exception! In Columbus, Julia took a little break to attend a dress for success event at Leal Boutique and had such a great time.

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Marissa has discovered her new favorite place to work in South Florida - Warsaw Coffee. We are very jealous!

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In case you missed it, Lauren had a BIG feature in Detroit Home Magazine recently and we are still so excited for her!

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After a long day at a client's home, the NEAT girls are known to come home and do some organizing in their own space. In San Diego, Katie came to terms with the fact that she has a scarf addiction. At least they are beautifully color coded!

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In San Francisco, Lisa got to put her organizational skills to the test in this tricky, narrow walk-in closet. We love the way the client now has adjustable shelving for her shoe collection! 

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Finally, in Scottsdale, Mika attended the Icon Conference and ran into this adorable pickle (AKA her husband!) 

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We hope you had a wondeful week and a relaxing weekend ahead!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 04.09.15

Spring "Pinspiration"

This Spring, we are finding all of our inspiration on Pinterest and we thought we would share a few of our favorites with you! 

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Want more NEAT inspirations? Check out our boards on Pinterest today!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Tuesday 04.07.15

Tip Tuesday :: 4 New Storage Items for Spring you Can't Live Without!

Spring is officially in full force and we are ready to do a little, "out with the old, in with the new" when it comes to our favorite organizational solutions! Here are four that we have found that we cannot live without! First, is this ADORABLE wall pocket system from Land Of Nod. We love that it has that military look that is very on trend this season but can also be used to store your child's favorite things. This would be amazing in a kids work station!

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Next, is this awesome metal basket from Target. Have you been to Target's home section lately? They have certainly stepped up their game! This could be used for blankets in a family room or kid's shoes in a mud room. Did we mention that the price is right - $19.99!?

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If you are looking for the perfect tray to catch mail, keys, magazines, or even remotes in your family room, we have had our eye on this beautiful tray from Pottery Barn. It is the perfect Spring accent and catch all.

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Finally, we literally spend every day at the Container Store so we are especially excited when new items come in - it's like Christmas! These Nordic Baskets with the bamboo lids look like something we will be using a lot in the future! 

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We hope these items got you inspired to tackle a small space in your home. Happy Spring!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Thursday 04.02.15

Friday Recap :: New Pictures From Client's Homes

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the NEAT girls couldn't be more excited for a little R&R. Check out the fun spaces we have been in this week! In the Twin Cities, Kennidy showed off her skills at the Parade of Homes Tour. We have a serious crush on this pantry!

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In Scottsdale, Mika got to color code beautiful event decor over at Creative Occasions - how cute is she?!

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In San Francsico, Lisa and her team got their hands on some beautiful baubles as they made a former office into a dream closet.

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One of Katie's favorite interior designers gave her a sneak peak at her latest project in San Diego - we are in LOVE!

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Speaking of in love... Lauren's adorable daughter met the Easter Bunny this week! We couldn't resist sharing a cute baby picture! 

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Have a wonderful weekend and we hope the Easter Bunny brings you tons of yummy treats!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 03.31.15

Tip Tuesday :: Don't Put All of Your Eggs in One Basket

In honor of Easter this coming weekend, we thought we'd take today's Tip Tuesday to share with you some of our new favorite baskets and ideas on how to use them. With the help from our friends over at The Organizing Store, we've put together a fun list of must-haves. 

A Basket for Blankets - We all have so many blankets lying around. Putting them in a large basket not only gives them a home, but makes for pretty decor around the house.

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A Basket for Shoes - Not only is this a huge space saver in the shoe department, but it also allows one to be a bit untidy because even loosely tossing your shoes in a basket is better than having them strewn about all over your floor. Just think, you'll never have to search under your bed again if you have a basket in place to catch all of your shoes.

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A Basket for Snacks - You will stop over buying food when you are able to see what you actually have in your pantry. You will be saving $ and won't be afraid for people to see what's behind your pantry doors. We're mildly obsessed with these copper baskets! Aren't they so pretty???

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A Basket for Toys - Need we say more?? Kids toys are always an area of the home that is absolute chaos. Designating actual bins and baskets for each category allows for easier clean up and less tears when your little one knows where all of their toys are. 

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As you've heard us say, no home is NEAT without the use of bins and baskets. Just make sure each basket serves a purpose and you are well on your way to living a more organized life. 

xx

the NEAT girls

* all photos courtesy of The Organizing Store

Friday 03.27.15

Blog Takeover :: Mika Takes us on a Vacation to Scottsdale

Hi All! It's Mika Perry here taking over the blog this Friday. I figured I would share as many fun pictures as possible because who doesn't love NEAT photos?! Also, if you do nothing else just scroll to the bottom to see the most adorable NEAT photo of my favorite organizer! Recently I have been donating some NEAT time to some great, local charitable events. This was one of my personal favorites. I like to call it,"NEAT + NBA!" Among several charities that NEAT Scottsdale has recently donated to, we are super excited to have our gift basket be an auction item at this year's Phoenix Suns' 'Jump Ball.' 

 
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Since pool season is also in full effect here in Scottsdale, I took it upon myself to make a little collage of our client's beautiful outdoor spaces. I know the Midwest and East Coast just got hit with a little more snow - feel free to come visit me!

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Recently, the NEAT team completed this client's kitchen which we LOVED. Did you notice the NEAT pantry in the background?

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Pantries have been my thing in Scottsdale lately! One client had me help create a NEAT new guest house, including this "guest pantry" filled with coffee and snacks to welcome out-of-town visitors. How sweet! (See what I did there??) 

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Personally, I have loved getting my hands on some kids spaces! This is a, 'Before & After' that I couldn't resist sharing. I also got to tackle a kid's bathroom and make room for some serious hair accessories - so fun!

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As a matter of fact, I have had so much fun in kids spaces that I was asked to be a part of the, "Nursery Event" at Pottery Barn Kids - it was such a great time and I was honored to get a shout out from them on Instagram!

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After being in a client's home all day, I never miss the opportunity to meet others who work in the residental service field! This is a picture from a luxury luncheon series event hosted by realtors Monson Luxury Group with stylist, Oscar de la Salas presenting styling tips with clothes from Stephanie's Boutique

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I also just had the chance to go to a Women's Council of Realtors breakfast with a presentation on personal branding by the Bloguettes!

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This past week, I finally put the finishing touching on my home workspace and I am in love with the way it turned out.

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There is nothing better than finishing the week with my favorite NEAT girl, Reese! 

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I hope you all have an amazing end to your week as well! Thanks for checking in with NEAT in Scottsdale!

xx

Mika

Thursday 03.26.15

A New NEAT Baby! Is Something in the Water??

The NEAT team is multiplying by the second month! We are so happy to announce that one of NEAT's founders, Ashley welcomed another beautiful baby boy, Will Murphy, into the world just a few short weeks ago. We couldn't help but take a break from our regularly scheduled organizing posts to bring you some seriously adorable baby pictures! We are over the moon happy for this new family of four!

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*Cue adorable newborn photo* 

Photo cred :: Andi Lantz Photography

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Ashley's son, Ben visited his new little brother in the hospital. I think it's safe to say he is in love as well!

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Mom and baby are ready to head home!

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It should come as no surprise that this little man has perfectly matching outfits waiting for him at home!

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Even though Ashley's world currently is consumed by beautiful Will, Ben isn't going to let anyone forget how dang cute he is!

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We are so happy for you and your family, Ash! Welcome to the NEAT world little Will.

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 03.24.15

Tip Tuesday :: 5 Ways to #beNEAT This Spring

This Spring, the NEAT girls are starting a campaign to #beNEAT. Check out this really fun video that we made with the help of Design Pickle!

How can you #beNEAT? Here are five EASY ways to start! 

#1 Stop Putting it Off :: Not sure where to begin because the task seems too daunting? Commit 30 minutes to get started. You will be surprised to see how much you can complete in such a short amount of time!

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#2 Start Thinking Clear :: There are very few places throughout the home that don't look good with clear organizers. Between jars in the kitchen and inserts for jewlery, you really cannot go wrong with an acrylic look!

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#3 Clean out the Kids :: Chances are your kids have items from birthday party treat bags or old toys that they're too big for laying around the house. This can be the easiest way to make your place look better - pair down the kid clutter!

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#4 Create Groups :: Do you have shoes, clothes, mail, etc. everywhere? Gather them together and commit one space - you'd be shocked what a difference this makes!

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#5 Hire NEAT :: Nothing is simpler than admitting that you aren't the person for the job. Just hire a NEAT girl instead!

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Time for you to #beNEAT this Spring as well! We can't wait for you to join the team.  

xx

the NEAT girls

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