Tuesday 05.24.16

What Happens In Vegas... Can Now be Organized

That's right! Our final launch is in Sin City! Not to say that having an unorganized home is a sin... BUT we are officially ready to take on organizing in Las Vegas (we are looking at you JLo, Britney and Celine!) It should come as no surprise to anyone that our latest NEAT girl has a personality that can fill a room and we cannot wait for you to meet her too. Check out our interview with our 18th and FINAL city (for now of course...)

NEAT Method, professional organizer, new business, las vegas, vegas, sin city, the strip, poker, home organizing, organizer, professional organizer, Melanie Walker, home style, home decor, home design, luxury, residential, desert,

NM:: Hi Melanie! We are so excited to introduce you to our readers. Tell us a bit about yourself!

MW:: My full name is Melanie Suzanne Walker. I'm originally from the Bay Area and moved to Las Vegas in 1996. Wow, 20 years went by fast! I followed my family here and my husband's family is here as well so needless to say we have tons of pool parties and are very close. 

My first job in Las Vegas was teaching aerobics, step, spin and aqua classes. I was the early morning teacher, 5:30am! Let’s do this! So… I’d say I’m a morning person. I taught well into my 8th month of pregnancy (a little cray-cray). I also held a full time job as a director of training for Station Casinos. I eventually went to work for MGM Resorts. I climbed the corporate ladder quickly and soon was promoted to VP of Human Resources and Corporate VP of Training & Development. I was there in total for 9 years.  4 years ago I started my own executive coaching practice. I became a certified professional coach in 2012, CPC. I’m also an HR consultant for small to medium sized businesses.
 
A few years ago I was selected to do a Dyson (customer testimonial) commercial. I had always loved a good cleaning product, so this opportunity was exciting. I liked the experience so much that I started taking acting lessons. (Much harder than it looks!) I’ve done a walk-on role in a Station Casinos commercial, University of Phoenix (partnership) commercial and the Dyson commercial. 
 
I’m constantly changing my hair (color and all). I love change. 
 
My life is an exclamation point! 
 
NEAT Method, professional organizer, new business, las vegas, vegas, sin city, the strip, poker, home organizing, organizer, professional organizer, Melanie Walker, home style, home decor, home design, luxury, residential, desert,

NM:: You crack us up! We love all of the jobs you have had and your abilitly to embrace every opportunity. Tell us a bit about your family, are they like you?

MW::I have one daughter Zoie (17), and two step-kids, Ashley (27) and Noah (16). My Husband, Trent and I just celebrate our 10-year anniversary. Trent and I love to take driving adventures to the beach in Cali, and hiking in Utah and Nevada. Although I am a NEAT girl, I don't mind getting a little dirt to explore the outdoors. My daughter is a pre-professional ballerina with Miami City Ballet School and trains there full-time. I love ballet and dance. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t watch a few professional ballet dancers on Instagram or You Tube. I’m obsessed.   

 
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NM:: So fun! Let's talk more about Vegas. When we think of Vegas, we think of the strip, tell us what we have been missing out on when you go past the slot machines.

MW:: Las Vegas has beautifully master planned communities with parks, walking and bike trails. My favorite place is Red Rock Canyon. I live only 10 minutes from some of the best hiking! It’s stunningly beautiful.

The Las Vegas strip is one of the brightest places on earth when viewed from outer space. I live in Summerlin a suburb of Las Vegas, and there are many unique shops and phenomenal dining. Downtown Summerlin is the newest outdoor mall and it's a fabulous place to shop, dine and hangout. I, (of course) love the Container Store and Town Square. You can often catch me at The Smith Center. It's the perfect place to catch a ballet, concert or Broadway show. I love a show of any kind! Vegas is perfect for this on and off the strip. 

 
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NM:: Can you share with our readers what your favorite organizing product that you can't live without (think outside the box...or bin)

MW:: I’m obsessed with pretty notepads and notebooks. I love making lists. Sugar Paper has some pretty great options that I'm really in to. I organize all my projects, errands and shopping lists so I can accomplish them geographically and efficiently. (As any NEAT gal would do!) 

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NM:: So what is your favorite tv show as it relates to the home? There are so many to choose from these days!

MW:: I’m currently fascinated with the Tiny House craze. It’s the master of minimal living and organization. I love the Property Brothers especially with them making Las Vegas their home. I’m a sucker for a good before and after. 

NM:: There are so many celebrities that take up temporary residency in Vegas which means that they certainly need help getting settled. If you could pick, who makes your list of people you would want to help get settled in Las Vegas?

MW:: Celine Dion, Penn Gillette, Carrot Top (I run in to him all over town)…I’d love to organize all his props! 

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NM:: Carrot Top! We did not expect that answer... although knowing you... maybe we should have! :) Okay, final question and we will let you go - what is your favorite NEAT space that has been completed and why?

MW:: I love an organized pantry. I love helping clients save time and money because they can easily see what they have and what they need. 

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NM:: That happens to be an all around favorite it seems! We look forward to seeing your NEATest space in Vegas, Mel. Welcome to the NEAT life!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 05.19.16

It's No Longer a Secret Service... NEAT Launches in DC!

Happy Thursday! We couldn't wait a minute longer to share that NEAT is opening its doors in Washington DC. For those of you that have been NEAT fans for a while now, you know that we were in DC a couple years back. Ever since we closed, we have been interviewing and looking for a great fit. We are self proclaimed perfectionists so the search took time but we are so proud of our newest NEAT girl and couldn't be happier that DC is ready to live the NEAT life!

Read our interview below to find out more about our newest gem, Ashley. 

Home organizers, Ashley Hatcher, professional organizers, home design, home style, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, USA, DC, white house,

NM:: Hi Ashley! First of all, great name (wink, wink)!

AH:: Thanks! I figured I would be going by Ashley H with this crowd :)

NM:: Ha ha, true! Tell us more about you - where are you from, how long have you lived in DC, etc etc?

AH:: My name is Ashley Hatcher and I am originally from Houston, Texas. I moved to DC in 2011 and met my husband, Chris after meeting him at a wedding in 2008. We have been married for two years next week, time flies! 

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NM:: Congrats! So you've been in DC for a while now. Tell us why you are the perfect fit for the NEAT DC role. 

AH:: Aside from already living the NEAT life, I love the joy that creating a NEATer lifestyle brings to clients. I'm all about efficiency and maximizing time, and there's nothing like being organized to help get you there (and the smile on a client's face that tells you that you've succeeded). Of course I have the status quo NEAT girl tendencies - never leaving home without my Day Designer, not going to bed with a dirty kitchen, keeping a mental glass and plate inventory count of my kitchen, and color coding closets just because - those also help too! :) 
 
The DC Metro Area is a gorgeous area to live in and I am honored to be able to spread some NEAT joy around in our nation's capital and make spaces as beautiful inside as they are outside.
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NM:: DC is lucky to have you! Now let's talk more about organizing. What is your all time favorite product?

AH:: I LOVE the Iron Toy Barrel from The Container Store. This product is perfect for storing stuffed animals and toys, and I even added a liner to the bottom and placed it in my hubby's office to store old building plans he no longer needs. Its a sexy design, great price, and adds a bit of "modern-ness" to any room!

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NM:: How about sharing what your favorite blogs to follow are?

AH:: So tough! Honestly, there are two - Apartment Therapy & Who What Wear. I count on Apartment Therapy to give me those "oh so smart" hacks for creatively transforming your space and Who What Wear is my go to expert for all things fashion.

Did I say two?? I actually meant three! I don't get out of the bed until I've read theSkimm every morning... It's an e-newsletter, so I figured it might count too.
 
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NM:: Ha ha! Three is great! So tell us about who you find to be the most influential woman?

AH:: Beyonce. She's a hard worker, crazy talented, and I'm constantly taking #girlboss notes from her. She's never afraid to push boundries, has managed to stay humble through all of her stardom, and it doesn't hurt that she's also from Houston!

My runner up? I know you're not surprised that I have two but my second would be Diane Von Furstenburg. She built a fashion brand from her drive, determination, and intellect, and her philanthropic spirit is beautiful. She wears many hats, including CFDA president, and wears them all gracefully and fabulously.
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NM:: We love those women - great choices! Okay, last question... What is your favorite NEAT space that has been completed and why? 
 
AH:: I love the simplicity of this space and how luxurious it feels. I am a true lover of fashion and love the idea that a person should feel like she's shopping in her favorite store when she looks in her (or his!) closet. Research says that on average, a person wears less than 20% of the clothing in their closet. With a closet this organized, I have no doubt that this client is getting 100% usage of these items.
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We couldn't agree more, Ashley. A NEAT space definitely adds to a person's life. We can't wait for you to transform the lives of many in DC!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 05.17.16

A NEAT Girl Moves and Launches our 16th Market!

Most people remember when they turned, "Sweet 16" and this will certainly be true for NEAT. Today, we are happy to share that our next market to launch is.....

Naples, Marco Island, Professional organizer, home organization, Joyce Beers, Sunshine State, home organizing, home style, home decor, interior design, home design, home style, new home, movers, unpacking, organizing, walk in closet, dream closet,

That's right! Naples, Florida. This location is particularly special to us because the NEAT girl that is running this market, happens to have already been a part of the NEAT family... Read our interview to find out the latest...

NM:: Alright, the time has finally come to share with our readers all about you! Can you give us the basics first?

JB:: My name is Joyce Beers, I am originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania which is 25 miles north of Philadelphia. I spent the last 20 years in the midwest (Indiana and Ohio) and I just moved to Naples, Florida last week. My husband and I are avid golfers so we are in heaven down here! We have a dog named Asti and a cat named Chip who are just as happy to have moved south as we are! We like to travel to visit our families in Charlotte and back home to Philly, but I have a feeling now that we are in Florida they will be coming to visit us. Since we are restaurant owners, we naturally love to entertain our friends with great food, good wine, and lively conversation every chance we get.  

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NM:: Thanks, Joyce! Everyone has been waiting to hear your story with NEAT. You did not recently hear about us like most of our new cities. Tell us about your journey with NEAT.

JB:: I started working for NEAT in Columbus, Ohio with my friend, Julia a year and a half ago. She was launching her new business there and when she told me about how NEAT helps people by transforming their homes (and sometimes lives) into well ordered spaces, I knew I would fit right in. In that time, I have grown my organizational skills, and turned my love for clutter free, efficient, and stylish spaces into a passion I want to share with anyone and everyone that I can. I enjoyed every minute of my time working in Columbus and will miss all the fun I had with Julia and the Columbus NEAT team. So once we decided to move, I just had to bring NEAT with me to Naples!

NM:: We will be honest, when Julia mentioned to us that you were moving and interested, we may have let out a small squeal of delight ;)

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NM:: Okay, so many of our readers that have been following the NEAT life for a while now know that we are already in two markets in Florida. Why do you think Naples needs NEAT and what can they expect from you?

JB:: Much like myself, there are many people in the Naples and Marco Island area who are transitional. Either they are moving to the area full time from large homes up north, and trying to downsize. Or, are in their Florida home only part of the year. It can be challenging to feel “settled” and no one wants to spend their precious Florida time inside rearranging their cabinets and closets. That is where I come in! I can provide an efficient system for their whole house or just a pantry / closet facelift so that all of their belongings inside the cabinets and on the shelves look as beautiful as the rest of the home.  

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NM:: It's no secret that we love organizational products. Can you tell us a favorite of yours that we should all be adding to our wishlist?

JB:: My current “crush” at my favorite online shop, theorganizingstore.com is the Amelia Magazine Baskets (set of 4) by IMAX.  But it was hard to pick just one thing!!

NM:: Ooooooh! Good choice - it looks like the perfect product for your Florida clients!

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NM:: Where do you find inspiration for organizing homes?

JB:: My favorite magazine to shop for inspiration is Dwell. Like NEAT, they have such a fresh approach to homes and feature great spaces.

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NM:: Speaking of great spaces, what is your favorite space that NEAT has completed?

JB:: It was hard to pick just one (once again) BUT this closet is EVERYTHING. Who could resist those hats?!

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NM:: We agree, that space is amazing. Lucky for you, you will have the pleasure of owning many hats since you are officially a resident of the sunshine state. We are so happy you will be running your very own market for NEAT and look forward to all of your success in Naples!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 05.12.16

NEAT Launches it's 15th Market!

The time has come for NEAT to spread it's wings yet again and offer our services in more cities across the US. If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we just completed an amazing week with our new markets. Today, we are sharing with you the first market that has OFFICIALLY launched...... INDIANAPOLIS

NEAT Method, professional organizer, Indiana, Indianapolis, home organization, Claire Dilts, Midwest, Moving, new business, home style, home decor,

The NEAT girls have a serious soft spot for the Midwest, so we were thrilled when we found the perfect fit to launch NEAT there. To help you get to know our newest NEAT girl, we sat down with her to get the answers to all of your questions. 

NM:: Well hello there! Let's start this interview quite simple - tell our readers the basic facts about you! 

CD:: Hi! My name is Claire Dilts and I am born & raised in Indianapolis, IN and have lived in the same neighborhood my entire life! When I am not shopping or trying new restaurants in Broadripple Village, I love cruising around on my family's double-decker pontoon boat at our lake house in Southern Indiana! 

NM:: Okay sounds like we will be joining you this summer! Tell us about your family since that's what Midwesterners like to talk about :) 

CD::I am number three (Switzerland in the middle!) of five girls. One of my sisters recently had a baby boy, so he is the little Prince of our family! I think it is safe to say my dad is incredibly relieved to finally have some male company.

NEAT Method, professional organizer, Indiana, Indianapolis, home organization, Claire Dilts, Midwest, Moving, new business, home style, home decor,

NM:: So how did you find NEAT?! We always love to hear how word gets around about our business.

CD:: My sister showed me the NEAT Method blog in 2012 and pointed out that it was something she thought I would be interested in. We had a mutual friend from Indy who worked for Neat Method at the time and I have been following (stalking? :))  the NEAT blog and social media posts ever since! 

NM:: So fun! So we know why we think you are the perfect fit for the team, but what do you think makes you NEAT?

CD:: As far as my love for organizing goes, I have always been referred to as my mothers "little assistant", even from a very young age. I was that ten year old helping pack up my younger sisters for summer camp or an upcoming trip--complete with their own to-do lists. Coming from a big family, I have always taken note of my mother's seamless approach to efficiency and organization-- she is my biggest inspiration!  

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NM:: Okay, so tell us more about Indy... where are your favorite local places to shop and why do you think the city will love living the NEAT life?

CD:: My favorite local places to shop for home goods are Haus Love, Midland Antiques, & Boomerang Boutique-- these are the best stores to hit up if you are ever in town! Indy definitely has a tight-knit, small community feel, despite it being a large city. There are so many beautiful homes (both new and historic) and I feel as though there is an untapped niche for professional organization in our neighborhoods! Indianapolis has so much character and I know these spaces will LOVE living the NEAT life!

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NM:: This is a fun one - what blog can you not live without? Who should we be following on social media?

CD:: My absolute favorite Instagram account for inspiration is @emilyschuman, a blogger who writes "Cupcakes & Cashmere". Her lifestyle blog/books always touch upon the best ways to elevate your space, entertain with ease, and celebrate the little pleasures in life. I don't think I've missed one of her blog posts in years! 

NM:: Speaking of social media, tell us about a NEAT space that we have posted that you love and why...

CD:: I absolutely love the simplicity of this little space for children's supplies and/or crafts. So often these types of materials find their way into a junk drawer or cluttered cabinet, which usually leads to purchasing repeats. Not only is this visually appealing, but it allows for an easy system to follow for little ones to pick up after themselves.

NEAT Method, professional organizer, Indiana, Indianapolis, home organization, Claire Dilts, Midwest, Moving, new business, home style, home decor,

NM:: Last question! Tell us about the weirdest job you have ever had...

CD:: One summer in college, I worked in a local popcorn shop--it was super fun, except for the several times I nearly burned down the tiny store trying to make a fresh batch of kettle corn.

 

NEAT Method, professional organizer, Indiana, Indianapolis, home organization, Claire Dilts, Midwest, Moving, new business, home style, home decor,

NM:: It's safe to say there will be no opportunites to burn anything on this job :) We are so excited to have you, Claire. Welcome to the NEAT family!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 05.10.16

According to a NEAT Girl :: 9 Wedding Registry Items that MUST be on Your List

Lucky for us, our NEAT girl, Brooke is getting MARRIED this Summer and we cannot wait! Besides the fact that she will be a drop dead GORGEOUS bride, we have been loving the inside scoop on how to plan a wedding like a NEAT girl. There are so many things we need to tell you about when in comes to wedding planning but we figured we would share one of the most important parts:: the registry. It is a fine, fine line between registering for beautiful, timeless pieces, and getting a little "trigger happy" with the registry gun at the store. Brooke and her fiance, Andrew have officially mastered the art of registering. 

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Just recently, Brooke gave us a look inside a shower that was hosted in her honor and shared the details on the pieces she has specifically registered for to celebrate the big day.

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The shower was hosted at Jane's Restaurant in Bucktown and was a beautiful setting to celebrate the bride to be!

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What was inside those presents you ask? Brooke shared some of her favorite items on her registry - and we will be honest... we snooped and found her registry ourselves and added some of our favorite choices of her's as well! 

1. The Stainless Steel Bar Tools Set was a must because after all... who doesn't like a NEAT cocktail?

2. This Roman Antique Tray could be used for serving in the kitchen, a jewelry tray, or a "catch all" by the front door

3. You've likely seen this Brass Glass Display Box (or something similar) on our blog before - clearly a group favorite!

4. The Le Cruset Skinny Grill is the perfect solution for grilling on cold Chicago nights

5. This Nespresso Maker has been at a few of our client's homes and I think the entire NEAT family is officially in love

6. Speaking of love... who doesn't love a little Ice Cream with their coffee?!

7. No NEAT home is complete with out the perfect Champagne Flute to toast on special occasions

8. Nothing makes you look more prepared for guests than a Carafe Set to welcome them to your home

9. Finally, it's easy to dress up even the simplest of dinners when you have something like these Knoll Napkins at your table

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Besides the fantastic registry that was put together, there was a delicious sweets area for guests to snack on their favorite treats. 

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Also, Brooke put together an adorable gift for her guests complete with the perfect pun:: "From Brooke's shower to Yours."

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Speaking of adorable... have you seen a cuter couple?! We can't wait to see their space with all of their new gifts!

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Want to know more about Brooke's wedding plans? Follow us on instagram for details you won't find anywhere else!

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xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 05.03.16

A Look Into a New NEAT Baby's Room with a SPECIAL Announcement

Hi Everyone! It's Molly, NEAT's co-founder :) I am taking over the blog today to share with you the scoop on our new son, how we organized his room and an amazing partnership that I can't wait a minute more to share....

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Alba and her team at Honest and we will be working together to show you how their products can help you live the NEAT life. The timing was perfect because I was nearly due to have a baby and their diapers alone are about the cutest things I have ever seen! Speaking of cute (I may be biased...), let me introduce you to the newest love of my life... Curren Hart Graves. 

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My husband Ryan is an avid surfer so Curren came from an iconic pro, Tom Curren. It also didn't hurt that it's origins were Gaelic - Ryan's family has an Irish background. The name Hart is my Grandmother's maiden name and my Mom's middle name. As you can imagine, it was a simple decision to create a room with an ocean theme so I stuck with black and white as well as every shade of blue I could find. 

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My favorite spot in the room is this corner. Truthfully, the entire space really stemmed from this rocking chair. This felt like something that could be in his room or a playroom forever instead of a glider that I would want to get rid of ASAP. I also have been dying (pun totally not intended but SO GOOD) to find a place to use these curtains from a favorite Etsy Shop of mine. I figured blue dip dyed fabric would go nicely in the ocean room. With my first son, Hudson, a day hasn't gone by that I haven't used my tried and true "it's not a diaper bag, diaper bag." With two, I realized I need to use something that is exceptionally functional. The Honest Diaper Bag is even, "Dad approved" according to Ryan. I love that the front zipper is a mini cooler for milk! It also has pockets but not so many that you forget where everything is which is key when you are looking for a snack for an upset toddler.

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This circular shelf is a bit of a nod to the nautical theme and I also had it made from a shop I found on Etsy

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Curren's changing station is really quite simple. I used the same dresser that I used in Hudson's room because it fits my favorite drawer organizers inside perfectly! I also put a HUGE fun bean bag in the room in hopes that Hudson will be interested in playing in here for a bit while I change his brother... wishful thinking...I know...

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The art, once again is ocean themed but I just HAD to get this fun geometric mobile. Let's be honest - I totally got this for myself! Hopefully Curren likes it too!

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Here's a close up of those drawer organizers in action. I love how perfectly they hold diapers and pajamas. The sectioned one holds all of my favorite baby products. Thanks to Honest, I have tried them all now and am loving their rash cream and bottom wash currently.

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This little pocket organizer was 100% inspired by one that I saw at Land of Nod but it just so happens my Mom is amazing with a sewing machine so she made me one that was exactly what I wanted :) 

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Finally, did you think this NEAT girl was going to show you an entire room without showing you the closet?! I had California Closets come in a get this space set up how I wanted it and then, from there, I did a little organizing magic.

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When prepping for a baby, it is so important to make the organization as SIMPLE as possible because in the heat of the moment (i.e mid diaper change) you don't have time to think. I used these linen baskets to make my life easier. I have one for extra wipes, extra diapers, next size up diapers, keepsakes, and clothes that are too small. 

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Of course, no closet is complete without the non-slip hangers. It also doesn't hurt that they are SO STINKING CUTE when they are this mini!

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Back to diaper changing, and feeding for me! Hope you liked the tour of Curren's nursery. If you need me, I'll be answering emails at my 12 and 4 am feeds ;)

 

xx

Molly 

Thursday 04.28.16

Admiring April :: NuttZo

We are sad to say that April is nearly over which means so is our Admiring April series. However, we will continue to give love to all of the brands out there that inspire us no matter what month it is!!

The good news is that we have saved one of the best for last! Meeting Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi, the amazing Founder of NuttZo!

Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi, Nuttzo, Nut Butter, NEAT Method

NM :: So it's no secret we admire you and the brand you have created with NuttZo. Can you give our readers a brief overview of the history and what makes your products so amazing?

Danielle :: The inception of NuttZo began in April 2002 when I met our first son, Gregory (then 3-1⁄2 years old), who was extremely vitamin deficient. Greg was very picky eater who did not like any textures or lots of chewing. He had grown up with a vey narrow food selection of mostly porridges and watery soups. Matthew was adopted in 2005 at 1-1/2 years old. He was vitamin deficient as well but not a ‘picky eater’ like Greg.

Health and nutrition are passions of mine, so I got an idea for a vegan source of protein. I blended peanuts (legumes) with 6 different nuts and seeds to make a yummy vitamin/mineral-rich complete protein. I added flax for its healthy Omega 3 ALAs. Voila, NuttZo was born!

Simultaneously with the launch of NuttZo, my husband and I founded our nonprofit, Project Left Behind (PLB). NuttZo is a proud supporter of PLB, which has projects helping children in Nepal, India and Peru. Each jar of NuttZo purchased helps orphaned and neglected children!

Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi, Nuttzo, Nut Butter, NEAT Method

NM :: We love that your product was inspired by your boys and that it all started in your kitchen! While we are sure making a nut butter can get a little messy sometimes, what is one tip or product you love to keep your kitchen organized?

Danielle :: With 2 hungry teenage boys in the house, our food closet can get very disorganized quickly… so one trick that Katie from NEAT Method helped me implement was designated and marked bins for snacks, pasta, and smoothies. This was ingenious and worked so well that now the whole family can keep the food closet organized!

Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi, Nuttzo, Nut Butter, NEAT Method, Kitchen Organizing

NM :: We clearly stalk your Instagram and everything you post looks so delicious! Can you share your latest greatest recipe that uses Nuttzo?

Danielle :: I eat between 2-6 NuttZo Cups per day… no kidding. I grew up in the ‘80s being told fats were bad (which was WAY WRONG) and now I can’t get enough healthy fats. One of my all time favorite recipes is ....

1 jar of NuttZo Original Peanut 7 Nut & Seed butter
½ cup melted coconut oil
¼ cup melted ghee or grass-fed butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
4 scoops high-grade collagen
2T honey

Mix all ingredients together over low heat. Put mini paper cups in mini muffin tins. Fill each muffin tin ¾ full. Refrigerate or freeze until solid. Store in glass container in the refrigerator. Devour for breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner or bedtime snack.

Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi, Nuttzo, Nut Butter, NEAT Method

NM :: Yum, we can't wait to make thoseIs there any other NEAT news or tips that you would like to share with our readers?

Danielle :: I can’t say enough about using NEAT Method to organize my home and office. It has helped me stay focused and less stressed. Being organized and feeling clutter-free just keeps my day-to-day operations running smoothly. Organization does not come easy to me, so Katie has helped me put in steps to make my household run like a top. I know where to find items quickly and I know where to store them, which saves me time and anxiety.

Danielle Dietz-LiVolsi, Nuttzo, Nut Butter, NEAT Method, Office Organizing, Kitchen Organizing

Aww we love that you got to work with Katie and are enjoying living the NEAT life. Thanks for sharing your success story with us!

If you want more from Nuttzo (which you should) you can buy it here, and follow be sure to follow them here

xx
the NEAT girls

Tuesday 04.26.16

DIY Pantry Organizing

We recently shared a sneak peak of a Scottsdale photoshoot done by the lovely and talented Marisa Belle, and today we are giving the full reveal of the pantry Mika Perry organized!

BUT the better news is that we aren't stopping with just a pretty image. Click on the white plus signs, add the products to your cart, and you will have your very own pantry organizing kit. And if you aren't up for a DIY - well you know who to call. 

Happy shopping and organizing! 

xx,
the NEAT girls  

P.S. For more of our favorite organizing products visit our NEAT shop here

Wednesday 04.20.16

Admiring April :: Natalie Borton

If you haven't been following along, we have spent the whole month of April admiring other female entrepreneurs who are near and dear to our hearts!

Today's admiree, Natalie Borton, says this about herself, "My deepest desire is to help women live healthy, confident lives of true beauty and worth. A self-proclaimed minimalist, I am constantly striving to simplify and optimize my life." In just two sentences you can see why we love her, but lets learn more about what makes her so NEAT ... 

Natalie Borton, Jewelry Organizing, San Diego, Katie Koentje, Home Organizing, Organizing Tips, Mompreneur, Blogger

NM :: We absolutely admire the fun things you are up to. Can you give our readers a brief overview of how you got your start and what excites you the most about bringing the latest lifestyle, motherhood, styling and wellness tips to your admirers?

Natalie :: Well, I started blogging right after I graduated from college in 2008. The blog I had back then was nothing like the one I have today, but rather more of a reflective diary of sorts, the way a lot of blogs were back then! It wasn’t until several years later that I decided I wanted to be more serious and intentional about blogging and created something new, which has evolved into the blog you see today. I love blogging because I love to tell people about things I’ve learned or discovered. I’ve probably always been like that, but it’s a quality that especially started to come out in my early 20s. I also really delight in the way the Internet and social media can connect people from all over the world—that piece has become even more significant to me since becoming a mother, too.

Natalie Borton, Jewelry Organizing, San Diego, Katie Koentje, Home Organizing, Organizing Tips, Mompreneur, Blogger

NM :: We love that you are a self-proclaimed minimalist. Can you give us a few NEAT tips that you find help you achieve minimalism in your life?

Natalie :: Yes, minimalism all the way!! A few tips…

1. Get rid of something every day— This sounds crazy but you’d be surprised how much stuff you have lying around the house that you don’t want or need! We keep a donation bin in our garage so we can easily keep track of things we want to donate. My new motto is, When in doubt, throw it out!

2. Baskets, baskets, baskets—With a toddler in the house, we have a lot of toys that can easily make the house feel cluttered and crazy. Since the toys aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, we rely on pretty baskets and bins to toss everything into at the end of the day. It makes the whole house feel so tidy with minimal effort.

3. Streamline your getting ready process—I’ve created a super quick, minimal makeup routine that I can do in 2 minutes, and also over time curated a wardrobe that consists of around 50 pieces (not including shoes, accessories, pajamas & fitness gear) that all sort of mix and match. That makes getting ready very easy and quick, so I can focus on other things like my little guy or a work project.

Natalie Borton, Jewelry Organizing, San Diego, Katie Koentje, Home Organizing, Organizing Tips, Mompreneur, Blogger

NM :: We love those tips and getting rid of something every day definitely does NOT sound crazy to us!

On another note, you also have some really exciting news to share about some beautiful items that have recently found their place on your shop page. Do tell!!!

Natalie :: I started a jewelry line in October of last year and it has just been so much fun. It was actually my husband’s idea and we are co-owners of the company. Brian handles operations, strategy and all things numbers. I handle design, marketing and jewelry-making. Though of course it’s nice to have the added income, the most satisfying thing about it is knowing that someone wants to wear a piece that I made. Every time we get an order I feel so loved, encouraged and supported! You can shop the line at natalieborton.com.

Natalie Borton, Jewelry Organizing, San Diego, Katie Koentje, Home Organizing, Organizing Tips, Mompreneur, Blogger

NM :: You really are talented in so many ways! Since jewelry is clearly something you have an eye for, can you share your thoughts on organizing your treasured jewels?

Natalie :: I think jewelry should be displayed, not hidden in a drawer! I love to hang mine on the wall near my full-length mirror to make it easy to pick a final touch before I head out the door. I also think creating a space in your closet could be a good idea if you have room.

Natalie Borton, Jewelry Organizing, San Diego, Katie Koentje, Home Organizing, Organizing Tips, Mompreneur, Blogger

NM :: Is there any other NEAT news or tips that you would like to share with our readers?

Natalie :: I suppose one tip I have for any fellow mamas, or entrepreneurs out there, is that you can’t do it all so learn to delegate the things you don’t love to do or that don’t matter too much. For example, I really hate cleaning (which is so, so different than tidying!). So once a month I have this sweet lady named Esther come over and clean my house while I take Jack to the park and enjoy a morning out. It seemed indulgent at first, but it’s truly been the best thing! Figure out what those things are in your life and don’t be afraid to find someone to help you out.

Natalie Borton, Jewelry Organizing, San Diego, Katie Koentje, Home Organizing, Organizing Tips, Mompreneur, Blogger

We love that advice. Natalie, thanks so much for chatting with us today. This has been so great!

Don't forget to follow Natalie's blog, FB and Instagram for more NEAT tips. You also must also check out her Mompreneur series featuring our very own Katie Koentje!

xx
the NEAT girls

Natalie Borton, Jewelry Organizing, San Diego, Katie Koentje, Home Organizing, Organizing Tips, Mompreneur, Blogger
Thursday 04.14.16

Admiring April :: ESPN Anchor

Hey hey sports fans, guess who is our Admiring April feature today?! 

Today we are chatting with ESPN Anchor, Jaymee Sire about how she got to where she is and how staying organized is a key to her success!

Jaymee Sire, ESPN, NEAT Method, Organized

NM :: So it's no secret we admire you and the work that you do. Can you give our readers a brief overview of what your passions are and how you became an anchor for ESPN?

Jaymee :: I would venture to say that, for most people, the thing they set out to do in high school is not the same career they have 20 years later. I, however, decided my junior year in high school that I wanted to be in the television business, and I've been working every day since to make that dream a reality. It's very rewarding for all of the hard work to pay off!

Jaymee Sire, ESPN, NEAT Method, Organized

NM :: You've got to be organized in order to keep your talking points straight, no? Do you have any daily routines that help you prep for the day?

Jaymee :: My alarm goes off at 3am. (Yes, 3am!) Ironically, I'm not really a morning person, so it's important for me to have a routine I follow so that I don't oversleep or forget anything. For starters, I shower at night to cut down on my getting ready time. I also decide what outfit I'm going to wear on TV the night before and hang it on a hook right next to the door and I put my heels into my work bag. I live in an older home in Connecticut, so I turned one of the smaller rooms into a giant closet (with the help of California Closets), which makes the getting ready process so much easier and enjoyable.

Jaymee Sire, ESPN, NEAT Method, Organized

NM :: Ummm you always look so fabulous on TV, are there any styling or beauty tips that you would like to share? Is there a particular product you are loving or an organizing tip/tool that helps you maintain your professional appearance?

Jaymee :: I am spoiled in that I get to have my hair and makeup done for me every day. But as for my own beauty routine, I definitely use night creams and serums before bed to keep my skin looking fresh and moisturized and warding off wrinkles. I really like products from Clinique and Kiehls. And maybe the most important thing... WATER! I used to be so bad about drinking it, so I bought a simple water bottle where you can twist the cap to keep track of how much you've had for the day!

Jaymee Sire, ESPN, NEAT Method, Organized

NM :: Is there any other NEAT news or tips that you would like to share with our readers?

Jaymee :: Aside from my career, my other passion is food and cooking. I have a food blog (eisforeat.com), and I try to cook at home as much as possible. I think it's super important to have passions outside of work, and this definitely fits the bill for me. I recently reorganized my cupboards and spice drawers so that everything is easily accessible and organized (inspired by NEAT Method!).

Jaymee Sire, ESPN, NEAT Method, Organized


 

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Jaymee, we just love how much organization plays a role in your lifestyle! Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us - we can't wait to implement a few of them ourselves (the water tracking idea really has us particularly excited!). Next time we need to talk sports - we could probably use a lot of help in that arena! 

xx
the NEAT girls


Photo Credit
Img 1, 3 & 4 (ESPN Images/ Joe Faraoni)

Img 2 (Erin Purdy)

Img 5 (Don Bell)

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