Tuesday 12.05.17

Five Lists for Christmas

As organizers, we LOVE a good list - and with Christmas coming quickly around the corner, it’s important to get and stay organized throughout the holiday season. We found these new Avery® Ultra Tabs® repositionable tabs and they've made our list-making so much simpler (and cuter!) Here are five lists - and a few pro tips - to make everything go smoothly this holiday season.

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1. Gifts
We’re starting with gifts because it’s one of the most fun parts of the holidays! We like to begin by listing all friends & family members that we’ll be buying gifts for. It’s important to brainstorm some gift ideas for each person. Once we decide on the perfect gift, we create a checklist of all the gifts, who they are for, and where to purchase. Since we’ll be referencing this section a lot during the holiday shopping season, it’s so great these Ultra Tabs are so durable. They stand up to a lot of use while shopping for the perfect gift.

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2. Cards
Sending holiday cards can be a big chore. Start early and compile a list of friends and families to send cards to. Make sure you have updated addresses for everyone listed and get a count of how many cards you’ll need! It doesn’t hurt to buy a few extras just in case you make mistakes. Also, did you know that Avery has an online printing service called WePrint? It makes it easy to design your custom printed holiday cards and labels and have them shipped to you.

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3. Menu
Holidays are all about the food, and it’s important to know exactly what we need for our Christmas feast! We like to plan out the menu for the whole day (including breakfast & lunch) ahead of time, so we’re prepared once the day comes! This is the time to note anything that other family members are bringing, and make sure the menu is at least somewhat nutritious. ;-) We’ve been known to make a few drafts before we settle on the perfect menu, so it’s wonderful that we can reposition our Ultra Tabs (even to a new sheet) if need be. With the variety of styles and sizes to choose from we can always find the perfect fit!

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4. Groceries
Once the menu is set, it’s time to make the big grocery shop! The best way to create a grocery list is to organize it – we group like items together and put our list in the order of how we shop the departments. Also, if you simply hate the shopping portion you can use grocery delivery services like Shipt or instacart! Save the hassle and get your items delivered directly to your door.

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5. To-Do
The holidays bring a lot of extra to-dos. We like to keep our holiday to-do list separate from our day-to-day list. It’s super important that this list is easy to find, which is why being able to write on both sides of the Ultra Tabs is so great. Make sure to list everything from wrapping presents to sending cards and everything in between!

You can get your hands on these Ultra Tabs at ecommerce sites and retail stores nationwide. Learn more by visiting www.avery.com/ultratabs

We hope these tips and tricks will help you focus on what's important during Christmas - spending quality time with family and friends. From the NEAT family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season!

xx
the NEAT girls

Monday 11.20.17

Same City New NEAT Girl

South Florida is one of our most established markets, but a new NEAT girl is taking over! Kris White has been a NEAT girl for a while as a Lead Organizer in South Florida, but we’re excited to announce that she is now managing the Ft. Lauderdale market! One of our Owners, Marissa Hagmeyer, used to run this territory but as she says, "It is with great honor that I pass off the reigns to Kris, she has been essential to my team for the past 3 years and will manage this city well while I focus on supporting all of our 35 cities."

We wanted everyone to get to know her as well as we have over the years, so we asked her a few questions. See why South Florida is still in great hands!

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Tell us why you wanted to run NEAT in your city?
KW :: I have been working for NEAT for nearly 3 years and I absolutely love it. I enjoy helping our clients meet their goals of living a simple and more organized life. Not only do I feel a great sense of accomplishment at the end of every project, but the clients are so excited and appreciative too. I could never go back to sitting behind a desk!

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: You've been with NEAT for a while, but what did you do before you started organizing?
KW :: Prior to NEAT I was a paralegal for 20+ years.

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: You must be a hard worker! What do you think your favorite part will be about running NEAT?
KW :: I actually have three favorites - owning a business, doing what I love and completing rewarding projects. NEAT has already changed my life so much and I look forward to being a larger part of an exciting business that is constantly growing! It also doesn't hurt that I am surrounded by beautiful and smart business-minded women who inspire me everyday!

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We're thrilled you are a part of the family! How long have you lived in South Florida?
KW :: I have been living here for 23 years!

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Wow! So you must know a lot about the area! What makes your city unique?
KW :: South Florida is a very transient location with a ton of culture, so we are able to service a wide variety of clients! Also we have a warm weather climate year-round so South Floridians are typically very active. Our cilents often have trouble finding enough hours in the day to manage an organized personal and professional life, and that's where we come in!

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like a great place to call home! What are your go-to shopping spots in the city?
KW :: I'm actually not much of a shopper at all, however, sometimes you just have to do it! When I do, I find myself mostly at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Macy's, Francesca's, Etiquette Boutique, Gap, Old Navy and of course, if I had the funds to back me up I could spend all day at The Container Store!

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Speaking of The Container Store, do you have a favorite prodcut there you like to organize with?
KW :: That's a tough question, but if I had to pick only one I would have to say the Linus Clear Bins. They are avialable in multiple sizes and can be used in just about every room to contain and organize.

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Do you have any go-to restaurants in your area?
KW :: Truthfully, I’m more of a homebody. I usually only eat out on occasion, so I like to visit my favorites in Fort Lauderdale - Coconuts, Sushi Rock, Anthony’s Runway 84, Mai Kai, B Square, Foxy Brown & Spazio.

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Yum! What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?
KW :: Our South Florida clients can expect for us to meet and exceed their goals in organizing - we make each space beautiful, functional and easily sustainable.

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: As a new business owner is there a specific business that you admire?
KW :: I truly admire Simplify Organization. This company was founded in 1999 by a close childhood friend of mine, Amy Rehkemper. Organizing was not a well known business and most people didn’t even understand how she could have a business organizing for other people. She’s been my inspiration ever since! I love that she made a successful business from something she loves doing.

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What an awesome story! Before we wrap up is there anything else we should know about you?
KW :: I am extremely excited and appreciative for this opportunity. I have never been more proud to answer the question, “What do you do for a living?” NEAT has brought me such and purpose in my life and I look forward to being a strong asset to the company as we continue to grow.

Kris White, Ft Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, FL, Florida, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

We couldn’t be happier that Kris is an even bigger part of the NEAT family now. Join us in congratulating her as she launched Fort Lauderdale! We are excited to see all of her beautifully organized spaces.

xx
the NEAT girls

Monday 11.13.17

Everything's NEATer in Texas

They say everything's bigger in Texas, well our NEAT Texas team just got a bit bigger with the exciting relaunch of Dallas! Meet our newest NEAT Girl - Valerie Wood. She's thrilled to be in charge of NEAT Dallas, and we can't wait for you to get to know her.

Keep reading to find out why she makes such a great addition to the team!

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Congrats on your launch, Valerie! What made you want to run NEAT in Dallas?
VW :: I have always been drawn to organizing, I almost can't help myself! When I see something out of place, I just need to set it "right." I love that my impulse happens to help others and make their lives easier. I like to think of organizing as my super power and I am saving people's time.

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like you've been organized for a while, what did you do before you realized your superpower?
VW :: I was an Interior Designer and I ran a non-profit called The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. I absolutely loved the final installation of a design project, which is what helped me to discover that I wanted to be a professional organizer.

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: And we're so glad! What do you think will be your favorite part of running NEAT?
VW :: I'm looking forward to meeting other women who like to organize. I am so excited to help grow the Dallas Team!

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Speaking of Dallas, what makes your city unique?
VW :: Everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas takes that to heart. Dallas is home to the biggest cowboy in Texas - "Big Tex" - a 52-ft. tall statue at the Texas State Fair. And speaking of cowboys, our Dallas Cowboys' Stadium could fit the entire State of Liberty and its base with the roof closed! The Galleria of Dallas also hosts the country's tallest indoor Christmas Tree. With all of these big things in Texas, I like to think the only thing bigger is our hospitality.

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like such a great place to live! How long have you been in Dallas?
VW :: Since I was 3 years old! I have lived in several suburbs around North & East Dallas, but now I call Savannah, Texas home.

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Since you've spent most of your life here, you must know the area pretty well! What are your favorite places to shop in the city?
VW :: I love The Dallas Design Center which showcases some of the most amazing furniture collections. I like to visit Highland Park Village Shopping Center which was developed in 1931 and has the distinction of being the first planned shopping center in America. NorthPark Center houses some of the most amazing sculptures from the Nasher Collection. And of course, The Container Store which happens to be headquartered in Dallas!

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Gotta love TCS! What about your favorite places to eat?
VW :: Dallas is so big that even our local joints have several locations. My favorite areas to eat are the Dallas Design District, Uptown, Highland Park Village, The Plaza at Preston Center, and The Shops of Legacy. My go to Saturday lunch is Super Chix - it's like Chick-fil-A, but with beer and wine!

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like we'll be visiting soon! Since you're an organizer, you must have a pretty NEAT home. Can you show us one of your favorite spaces?
VW :: My daughter's closet is definitely my favorite. What can I say... we're first time parents!

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Oh my goodness. How sweet! And, since nobody's perfect... how about telling us about a space that isn't so NEAT.
VW :: My dresser drawers! My daughter loves to imitate me and she sees me getting ready in the mornings, which involves me removing clothes from the dresser. Now her favorite thing to do is to pull everything out of my dresser and then put it back the way she sees fit. Sometimes she even leaves me a surprise for the next day!

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Maybe one day she'll learn how to put clothes back as well as you! So, what should people expect when they hire you to get them organized?
VW :: Enthusiasm! I'm here to do what I lvoe to help you love your space more.

NM :: And what's your favorite product to use while organizing?
VW :: The Hyacinth Basket with Leather Handles from Water Works. The basket is so gorgeous and is the perfect size for pantries or bookcases.

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Do you have any hidden talents we should know about?
VW :: My resourcefulness. After years of solving design-related problems, I tend to have a trick or two up my sleeve.

NM :: You'll certainly be flexing that muscle with NEAT Dallas! Now that you're a business owner, do you have a bussiness that you admire?
VW :: Amazon! They started simply selling books online and grew to completely change the way people shop! I know I hardly go a day without ordering somethinng from Amazon Prime.

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We've learned so much about you, is there anything else we should know?
VW :: I'm pretty handy around electronics, so you might see me tackling a lot of cord management.
NM :: Sounds like Dallas is certainly lucky to have you!

Valerie Wood, Dallas, Texas, TX, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

We are eager to see Valerie tackle all the BIG spaces in Texas and bring NEAT to the Lonestar State. Join us in welcoming our newest addition!

xx,
the NEAT girls

Thursday 11.09.17

LA's Turn to get NEAT

We are bursting with excitement to announce we are now officially in Los Angeles! Introducing the new NEAT LA girl Krisztina Galambos.

It takes a special girl to handle the organizing needs of Los Angeles, and Krisztina is the perfect girl for the job! We wanted you to get to know a bit more about her. Read her interview so you get to know her and why she makes the perfect addition to NEAT!

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Welcome to NEAT, Krisztina! Tell us why you wanted to run NEAT LA!
KG :: I have always had a passion for anything to do with the home. I grew up with a father, and coincidentally a step dad, who both own their own construction businesses. Each frequently hauled me to their jobs sites to show off the incredible remodels they were working on. I found it very satisfying to see these dramatic transformations and how different it made homes feel. I knew I wanted to somehow be a part of this world but wasn't quite sure how. I also had an obsession for HGTV and would watch Clean Sweep all the time! When I finally discovered NEAT, everything made sense. I don't know to build a home but I do know how to organize! I couldn't be happier to open my market and make powerful transformations like my family!

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We're so excited you launched too! What did you do before you ran NEAT?
KG :: I completed my degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Washington. Like many, I realized I didn't want to pursue a career in my field of study. I had been working with kids for many years already so when I moved to Los Angeles I decided to nanny until I figured out what was next. It was a rewarding experience that led to meeting many wonderful families and learning a lot about myself. It's funny though because I would wait for the kids to nap and then instantly start organizing. Now I get to organize all the time!

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: You said you moved to LA, how long have you lived there?
KG :: I have been in Los Angeles for four years!

NM :: What have you found makes your city unique?
KG :: Los Angeles is a magical place that is hard to define because it means something different to everyone! There are so many people here from all over the world who bring something unique to offer. The atmosphere is very laid back, the sun is always shining, and the beach is our backyard. There is never a dull moment becasue there is always something fun to capture our attention. Makes it hard to leave!

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We also know Los Angeles is awesome for shopping, what are your favorite spots to shop?
KG :: For clothing I always go to Zara and H&M. For the home, Home Goods and TJ Maxx - I could spend hours there!

NM :: And what about your favorite places to eat?
KG :: I am pretty simple as long as it's healthy and has vegetarian optionns (which LA is great for). My regulars are Urth Cafe, Tender Greens and Panini Cafe. They all have such delicious food and for a reasonable price!

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?
KG :: I have a very upbeat and energetic personality. I feel compassion toward every person and their unique circumstances. There will be no judgement, just an eagerness to make everyone's organizational dreams come true.

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Your home must be pretty NEAT, what's your most organized space?
KG :: My closet is the most organized space is my home. I don't own a lot of stuff, so what I do have is all kept in my closet. For that reason it's important it's as NEAT as possible.

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What about your least organized space?
KG :: This question makes me cringe because I like every space in the home to be NEAT. I'll admit, the shared hall closet got out of hand for a while - keyword: shared. I finally couldn't take it anymore and organized it anyway - and my roomate was totally okay with that.

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: I'm sure she appreciated that! What do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT?
KG :: Organizing as much as I can! I love to make a space feel lighter, prettier and most importantly, functional. This is going to be a blast!

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What is your favorite product to use to organize things?
KG :: Baskets are my thing, especially the Montauk Kitchen Bins from The Container Store.

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Besides getting people organized, do you have any hidden talents?
KG :: I can put together an outfit that looks much more expensive than it really is. Too many years being broke during college! Had to get creative.

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Do you follow any blogs that you think we NEED to start following?
KG :: I follow a lot of Instagram bloggers related to fashion, home and travel. Most Notably Alexandra Lapp for her killer outfits, Apartment Therapy for interior design ideas, and Conde Nast Traveler for gorgeous destination shots that make you wish you were there.

Krisztina Galambos, Los Angeles, LA, California, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: As a new business owner, do you have any businesses that you admire?
KG :: CreateCultiate and LeanIn are two amazing organizations that help women establish their dream careers. They offer conferences, workshops and events that inspire, motivate and create meaningful connections. I really value the work they do.

NM :: Anything else you'd like us to know?
KG :: I am absolutely thrilled to bring NEAT Method to Los Angeles and cannot wait to get organizing!
NM :: We can't wait either! Welcome to the NEAT family, Krisztina!

Los Angeles, get excited!! Krisztina is about to make everyone in La La Land NEAT.

xx,
the NEAT girls

Wednesday 11.08.17

New England gets NEAT!

New England... get ready to get organized! Introducing our newest NEAT girl - Mia Whalley from New Hampshire. We're thrilled that she's a part of the NEAT family now and we can't wait to see her beautiful work in clients' homes across the Granite State!

We wanted you to get to know Mia as much as we have, so we sat down for a quick chat. Read her interview to see why she'll make a great addition to the team!

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Mia, congrats on your launch! Tell us, why did you want to run NEAT in your city?
MW :: The "work hard, play hard" lifestyle of New Hampshire's Seacoast and Lakes Region leaves little time for household organization. When you spend most of your free time outside enjoying all that our beautiful state has to offer, it's easy for clutter to pile up at home. I feel that bringing NEAT to this area will help bridge the gap for families to spend more time on the things that drew them to New Hampshire in the first place. For me, having an organized space allows me to be out on the lake, hiking in the mountains, or entertaining friends and family without the stress of clutter.

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: You're making us want to come visit! What makes your area unique?

MW :: Living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, we're surrounded by beautiful mountains that provide year round entertainment and adventure. Where else can you alpine ski in the morning and take a boat ride in the afternoon? When craving the ocean air, New Hampshire's coast is only a 45 minute drive from the lakes and mountains, and for a night out in the city, Boston, MA is only an hour drive! New Hampshire is a vacation destination for many during all four seasons. There are over 90 State Parks, 19 ski areas, numerous lakes and really - who doesn't love tax-free shopping?

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Speaking of shopping… what are your favorite places to shop in your area?

MW :: If you ask anyone, tax free outlet shopping is an everyday perk to living in New Hampshire, but it’s the small town, locally owned shops that are my favorite. Gus & Ruby's in Downtown Portsmouth is a boutique store with eye candy galore. I love meeting friends for coffee or setting up my computer for a day of work at Wayfarer in Laconia, NH. My family and I spend as much time on the lake as possible, but what’s unique about Lake Winnipesaukee is that we have access to 8 towns by boat! We love docking in Wolfeboro to take a walk on the rail trail and stopping for ice cream at Bailey's Bubble is a MUST!

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What about your favorite places to eat?
MW :: Seriously, how long do we have? We are so fortunate to have many locally owned businesses in our area. Especially with the rise in farm-to-table dining, you will NOT go hungry visiting anywhere in the Seacoast or Lakes Region. My family and I have a Sunday tradition in the summer getting breakfast by boat at Ames Farm and haven’t missed a summer weekend breakfast there in 5 years. My husband and I also love cruising into Meredith for dinner and a sunset at Lago or Church Landing. When dining in Portsmouth, it’s a seafood lover's paradise. Indulging at the SURF raw bar, enjoying fresh fish on the patio at Martingale Wharf, or a visit to Old Ferry Landing for a lobster roll and their famous Jimmy Juice! The options are endless :)

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like you've got a little bit of everything! So, tell us what you did before NEAT.
MW :: For the past 12 years I've worked in a busy Orthopaedic Sports Medicine practice. It was after having my daughter and returning to work that I realized something wasn't quite right. I enjoyed my job, but it was not fulfilling me like it had in the past. If I am going to be away from my family 10+ hours a day, I need to have a passion for what I am doing. When my life is in order that is when I am most content. I hope to share my passion for organization, systems and structure that have carried me through my career so far.

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like a great fit! What do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT in your city?
MW :: I love meeting new people and sharing my passion for simple efficient living. I wnat my clients to all be out enjoying the reasons they live/visit here. Working and collaborating with clients to make this a reality will not only bring more joy to their lives, but to mine as well. And for those new home buyers just moving here, I want to make them feel like a local so the transition of setting up their new space is effortless.

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Since you're an organizer, we'd love to know - what is your most organized space?
MW :: My husband and I recently sold our home and while we are in the process of building, we are living in a much smaller space. Because it's temporary, we haven't put a lot of focus on organizing, but I will say being in tight quarters has forced us to keep things tidy! My daughter's play area was one of the first things I made a system for. We all know how those tiny little beads and legos can start to creep all over the room. With a collection of bins and containers, we are able to keep things from spreading throughout our living space.

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Looks like your daughter will have so much fun in that space! Do you have a space that's a bit less organized?
MW :: The least organized space right now is, for sure, the area right next to our entryway. When you first walk in, there is no real "closet" for coats, shoes, bags, etc., so things have gotten a little out of hand. With the winter approaching, this will certainly be on my "to do" list for organizing. Thankfully, our new home was designed with an extra large mudroom with enough space for all four seasons!

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Besides organizing do you have any hidden talents that we should know about?
MW :: If I do, they're still hidden! I'm pretty much an open book. Something most people might not know about me, but I would not put it in the category of "talent" - I love singing loud to Bruno Mars songs in the car and typically I have a solo dance party at least once a week at home or in my office.

NM :: What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home? (Besides impromptu dance parties) ;-)
MW :: Although our goal is to turn our clients homes into functional and smartly appointed living spaces, I am also very interested in the stories behind the spaces. I'm an expert listener and love clear and professional communication with clients. I will take their story and vision about their spaces, and reach their goals with a respect for time and investment.

Mia Whalley, New Hampshire, NH, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: As a new business owner, do you have a business you admire?
MW :: There is no way to pick just one! I have a newly found admiration for anyone who is a successful entrepreneur. They must have an unyielding strong work ethic, drive, creativity, and networking skills to develop and grow ideas into a productive lifestyle and career. They have curiosity and a thirst for acquiring knowledge to improve their craft and the world around them. I am so excited to join NEAT and take my passions and values and turn them into a career that so many in my community will benefit from.
NM :: We couldn't agree more. We're so excited you're a NEAT girl now. Welcome!

New England, you're about to get NEAT. Mia is ready to tackle every junk drawer, closet and mudroom in the Granite State!

xx,
the NEAT girls

Monday 11.06.17

The Big Apple gets Bigger!

You may not be surprised to learn this, but New York City is one of our biggest markets! Our original NYC girl Maria has decided to grow her team and add a partner in her market!

Meet the newest New York NEAT Girl: Corrin McCoy!

We took some time to chat with Corrin so we could all get to know why she's a perfect fit for NEAT NYC!

Corrin McCoy, New York City, NYC, New York, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Hi Corrin, welcome to the team! Tell us why you wanted to join Maria and help run NEAT NYC.
CM :: I've been Maria's Lead Organizer for the last year and a half and honestly, from day one we were finishing each other's sentences. With New York City being such a huge market, we thought it only made sense to join forces and tackle it together. Our clients, like our city, are very fast-paced and with both of us working together, we are able to bring more to them, and quicker!

NM :: What did you do before you ran NEAT?
CM :: Before NEAT, I handled day-to-day operations at a 15,000 square foot event venue in the city. It operated as a commercial photo studio as well as a corporate event venue, so we ere constantly flipping the setup between studio-ready and event-ready. This required us to be super organized and involved in a LOT of planning - which I loved - and that was when my passion for organizing really became clear!

Corrin McCoy, New York City, NYC, New York, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Speaking of organized, can you give us a peek into your most organized space? We'd love to see it.
CM :: I'm pretty obsessed with my son's room and definitely think I have his toy organization on lock. He is so good about keeping his toys organized, too... which makes my heat very happy. He recently found a pretend strawberry in his trains, he thought it was hysterical and then ran to put it away in his play kitchen. THAT was a #proudNEATmom moment.

Corrin McCoy, New York City, NYC, New York, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Oh my goodness, how adorable! What about your least organized space? You must have ONE, right?
CM :: My office area in my apartment is non-existant. When I had an office job, I just kept anything paper/office-related there, so since I now work from home, that's one area that needs to be handled. At the moment, my husband and I each have one large box with everything in it, but it's not oragnized and I dread if I ever need to open it. I'm currently working on setting up a home office area in my bedroom or dining area.

Corrin McCoy, New York City, NYC, New York, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We can't wait to see what you create! What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?
CM :: I like to take into account how people are using their space currently and identify reasons for the current setup. I'm very practical in the systems I implement and learn about the client so I can insure that the new system is something they can keep up with.

NM :: That's so necessary, especially in New York! How long have you lived in the city?
CM :: I have lived here for 7 years. I have moved 6 times and have lived in 3 of the 5 boroughs. Just this year, my family and I made the move to New Jersey for more space and I'm hoping we can stay put for at least 2 years! I'm very jealous of people that have lived in the same apartment for 3+ years in the city.

NM :: What makes NYC unique?
CM :: NYC is huge and the spaces are small - as simple as that. We have the potential to help SO many homes get organized - which is so exciting. Also, I think while organizing might be seen as a luxury in other parts of the country, it's almost a necessity in this city because storage space is so limited. Every inch of a Manhattan closet is "valuable real estate" so you typically can't put something in the back of a closet and deal with it later. It's important for us to help our clients declutter and make sure they are only keeping the things they truly need and are using.

NM :: That's so important! What do you think will be your favorite part of running NEAT?
CM :: Mostly, I love our clientele! Everybody is so focused on wellness right now and that's a part of organizing that isn't typically thought of first. Most of the time, we are hired becasue in addition to tidying up their spaces, people are ready to purge and helping them declutter is so fun. They feel so much better afterwards and are so appreciative. I love being able to take something that comes so naturally to me and help others!

Corrin McCoy, New York City, NYC, New York, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What is your favorite product to use while organizing?
CM :: Of course I love all the Linus Clear Bins. I also really love the YouCopia Spiceliners. My clients often have a lot of supplements that they generally like to keep closer to the kitchen. I like to dedicate a drawer for them and lay them down on the spice liners in alphabetical order so they can easily find what they are looking for.

Corrin McCoy, New York City, NYC, New York, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Besides organizing do you have any hidden talents?
CM :: I'm really good at pogo-sticking. And it wouldn't be such a "hidden" talent if I still owned one!

NM :: How fun! Anything else we should know?
CM :: I'm excited for my new role with NEAT Method and I look forward to seeing what amazing homes I will be working in next!

NM :: We can't wait to see either!

We are thrilled to add Corrin to the NEAT team! We are excited to see what she and Maria will do together to tackle disorganization in the Big Apple. Get ready NYC!

xx,
the NEAT girls

Thursday 11.02.17

"Show-Me" How to be NEAT

The "Show-Me" state has a lot going for it, and now it's getting NEATer! We are pleased to announce Nicole Loiterstein is launching NEAT St. Louis! A natural-born organizer and former event coordinator, Nicole has what it takes to create beautiful, efficient and organized space for her Gateway City clients.

We know she'll make a great addition and we hope you agree! Read her interview to see why we think Nicole is so NEAT.

Nicole Loisterstein, St. Louis, Missouri, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We're so glad you're a NEAT girl Nicole! Tell us why you wanted to run NEAT in your city!
NL :: Recently a dear friend visited my home, took one look inside my pantry and imediately suggested I launch NEAT Method St. Louis! A few short weeks later, I traded my corporate job for the change to get out into my community to organize and stylize homes in order to leave my city a little bit NEATer!

Nicole Loisterstein, St. Louis, Missouri, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: You said you previously had a corporate job, what exactly did you do before NEAT?
NL :: Before joining NEAT, I was a corporate meeting and event planner for a Fortune 25 company. While I enjoyed the logistical details of moving people through events and experiences, I couldn't be more excited about getting out from behind my desk and into my clients’ homes to start organizing!

Nicole Loisterstein, St. Louis, Missouri, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What makes St. Louis so unique?
NL :: As a St. Louis native, I love that St. Louis has both big city attractions as well close-knit neighborhoods with distinct characteristics and features. St. Louis takes the top seat as the #1 Zoo in the country, is home to the oldest Botanical Gardens in the U.S. (with the most incredible children’s garden you’ve ever seen!), and also boasts the tallest monument in the Nation. From great music festivals like LouFest to stunning and impactful charity events – this city is thriving and a place I’m happy to call home!

Nicole Loisterstein, St. Louis, Missouri, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: As a true local, can you let us know your favorite places to shop in the city?
NL :: The Tower Grove Farmers’ Market is THE place to be on Saturday mornings!  Don’t miss the freshly cut bouquets and out-of-this-world grilled cheese sandwiches smothered in local honey with a hint of salt. One of my other favorite places to visit is Bowood Farms - an urban greenhouse with beautiful home and garden gifts complete with an adjacent café perfect for Sunday brunch! And, because I have a train-loving toddler, the Frisco Train Store is a must-see!

Nicole Loisterstein, St. Louis, Missouri, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We can't stop thinking about that grilled cheese! Any other great places to grab a bite to eat?
NL :: Oh – where do I begin?  At the top of my list of places to eat is Union Loafers in the Botanical Heights neighborhood – their nut butter sandwich is one of my VERY favorite things. Given though I don’t cook (much) – my family enjoys many of our meals just a short walk from our house in downtown Clayton – Half & Half, Oceano Bistro, Kaldi’s Coffee, Pastaria, even OPH where everyone knows our names.

 
Nicole Loisterstein, St. Louis, Missouri, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: You seem to have a lovely community! What do you think will be your favorite part of running NEAT?
NL :: I can’t wait to show my clients simple solutions that will literally change the way they live.

NM :: What can people expect when they hire you to organize their homes?
NL :: NEAT Method St. Louis is a team of hard-working, passionate, expert organizers. You’ll wonder how you ever got along before us. Clients can expect to become raving fans of NEAT Method.

Nicole Loisterstein, St. Louis, Missouri, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What is your favorite product to use while organizing?
NL :: The 4-Sort Dividers from The Container Store are one of my favorite organizing products. At just under $5, this ‘filing’ tool organizes everything from reusable tote bags in the pantry to designer clutches in a closet.

NM :: As an organizer yourself, we'd love to see the most organized space in your home!
NL :: My most organized space is my entryway. What was once a pile of bags, shoes, accessories and an assortment of trucks (from the bottom of my purse) is now the first place my family stops to unload when we come home.  It’s also the last place we stop to grab wallet-keys-phone and a truck before racing out the door. The Studio Wood Wall Shelf from Pottery Barn was a perfect fit for this space!

Nicole Loisterstein, St. Louis, Missouri, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Beautiful! And there must be at least one space that isn't so organized, care to share?
NL :: We recently moved from a condo to our forever home and I now have a bottomless pit of user manuals, set up guides and carbon copy service receipts stuffed in a kitchen drawer. It’s not something I have to look at often, so it’s been ignored since move in day. Come to think of it – it’s a collection of LIKE things so perhaps I’ve taken the first step to getting it organized – categorizing!

Nicole Loisterstein, St. Louis, Missouri, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We love the way you think! Last question: now that you're a business owner yourself, do you have a business you admire?
NL :: I admire my Dad's business, he owns a very successful dental practice. As he nears retirement, I’m reminded that while he building his practice, he was able to make lifelong friends. He began caring for some patients at their 6-month check-ups and now he’s seeing three generations of families! As a family dentist he’s always remembered to put his family first. May we all aspire to be more like my dad and keep family at the heart of what we do.
NM :: We couldn't agree more! And, speaking of family, let us be the first to officially welcome you to the NEAT family!

St. Louis, you have no idea how lucky you are to have Nicole! We are so excited for her to share the NEAT Method with the Gateway City.

xx
the NEAT girls

Wednesday 11.01.17

NEAT takes the Hawkeye State!

NEAT is expanding AGAIN and today and we are bursting with excitement to announce Sophie Gillotti is launching Des Moines, Iowa!

Our newest girl cannot wait to get her city NEAT! So let's get to know Sophie, shall we?

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Hi Sophie! We are so excited you're launching. What made you want to run NEAT Des Moines?
SG :: I realized one thing Des Moines was missing was a luxury organizing company. Now I can help the city of Des Moine become more organized with NEAT Method. Also, being very detail oriented, I knew I would be the perfect person for the job and I'll be able to enjoy helping others in my community become NEAT!

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like a win win! Tell us, what did you do before you ran NEAT?
SG :: I worked for a Golf Event Management company located in Scottsdale. I started off in PR & Marketing and eventually grew to running corporate and charity events across the midwest. The job became seasonal, I wanted to focus on something full-time... and along came NEAT!

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: How long have you lived in Des Moines?
SG :: I was born and raised in Des Moines! I am excited to be back after living in Arizona for three years.

NM :: Well we are glad you're back! What makes your city unique?
SG :: Des Moines has a variety of great landmarks, restaurants and shopping districts. As it grows each year it is fun to see it turn from a small town to a big city. Des Moines has lots of different entertainment areas across town, so during all four seasons there is always something to see and do.

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Seems like there are a ton of places to do, but what are your favorite places to shop?
SG :: I love this question! Blond Genius, K. Renee & Velvet Coat for fashion. Accent + Interiors and Boxwoods for the home, and Pink Print Co. for letterpress.

NM :: And what about places to eat?
SG :: So many great places!! Here are my favorites: St. Kilda for breakfast, A Taste of Italy for lunch and Wasabi for dinner.

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like a great spot! What do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT in Des Moines?
SG :: My favorite part is going to be fulfilling my clients organizing needs. I can't wait to introduce efficiency and quality products to my clients.

NM :: Speaking of organizing, what is your most organized space?
SG :: I love my clean and organized entry-way area. The entryway can really set the tone for the rest of the home.

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Ooh, how inviting! What about your LEAST organized space? Can you show us that?
SG :: I think most of us would agree that after a night out on the town clothing seems to land on "the chair," and in my case it's "the bench." I downsized my bench to keep this from happening, but often my clean clothing ends up on the lovely bench for a bit before it gets put away.

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?
SG :: They can expect me to bring luxury and style to their home through organization. Instead of living in clutter, my clients lives will be simplified. They can also expect professionalism, energy in my work and expertise in products.

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Speaking of product, what's your favorite product you use to organize things?
SG :: I love a Glass Slant Jars with a metal lid and a label. You can use this product in playrooms, offices, pantries, laundry rooms and more! I especially love using glass when the items going in the container are colorful and consistent.

NM :: Besides organizing, do you have any secret talents you'd like to share?
SG :: I am a very fast gift-wrapper.

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: As a new business owner yourself, do you have a business that you admire?
SG :: I admire the blogging business. Blogging is very time consuming and you have to stay create and active with your followers or else they will lose interest. It's wonderful people can make a career out of blogging.

NM :: Speaking of blogging, which blog do we NEED to follow?
SG :: Something Navy... obviously! What Arielle has created in 7 years is truly inspiring and shows that hard work pays off.

Sophie Gilletti, Des Moines, Iowa, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Well that's all the time we have. Is there anything else we need to know?
SG :: I can't wait to make Des Moines NEAT!
NM :: We can't wait either!

Ladies and gentleman, Des Moines is officially launched! Sophie can't wait to bring NEAT to the Hawkeye State.

xx
the NEAT girls

Monday 10.30.17

Hoosier Newest NEAT Girl?

Last week we hosted the new class of NEAT girls in Chicago for our official launch week training. You've already met four of our new lovely ladies over the past two weeks, but this week you're getting three! First up is Indianapolis. We're thrilled to be relaunching in this great market with Devon Bloxom. We sat down for a quick chat with Devon so you could all get to know her like we do!

devon bloxom, indy, indianapolis, indiana, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: First of all, welcome! We're so glad you're part of the fam. Tell us, what made you want to run NEAT Indy?
DB :: I realized a year or so ago that there is a huge gap in Indy for establishing functional spaces. This was also around the time I had my daughter and as many people know, children have a way of making life far busier than before. I knew that I could assist other busy families to achieve organization that gave them back hours in their day!

devon bloxom, indy, indianapolis, indiana, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Organization is so necessary for growing families! What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?
DB :: My clients can epect a warm and honest professional. I like houses, but I love homes. The families make the home and not all families operate the same way. My team and I will leave you with customized, functional solutions that leave you with more time for the things that are most important - your family!

NM:: We love your family approach to organizing. So, what did you do before running NEAT?
DB :: I have been a corporate and social event planner since graduating with a BS in Marketing and Eventm Management. I still love planning a great gathering and continue to do so as often as I can!

devon bloxom, indy, indianapolis, indiana, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What a great skill to have? Do you have any other hidden talents we should know?
DB :: I can rattle off very random, but useful, health and nutrition facts. Also, I can throw a pretty good spiral (my husband made me prove this).

NM :: Pretty impressive! What do you think will be your favorite part of running NEAT in your city?
DB :: My favorite part of running NEAT in Indianapolis is going to be meeting all of the wonderful Hoosiers. I have lived in many cities, and Indiana has the kindest people I have ever experienced. I'm so excited to make these wonderful people NEAT!

devon bloxom, indy, indianapolis, indiana, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Speaking of Indianapolis, how long have you lived in the city?
DB :: My husband and I have lived on the Northside of Indianapolis for over three years.

NM :: What have you noticed makes Indy unique?
DB :: While Indianapolis is a city, it has a very unique small town feel. Local businesses and the community they create are the heart of Indianapolis. You truly feel Hoosier hospitality at all times.

devon bloxom, indy, indianapolis, indiana, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Indy sounds like a dream! What are your favorite places to shop around the city?
DB :: There are SO many local boutiques that I love. For your home, Haus Love. For your kids, Roman & Leo. As for apparel, I love Dottie Couture and 14 Districts.

NM :: What about places to eat? Tell us your favorites.
DB :: Mexican is by far my favorite. My family visits Agave Mexican Grill in Carmel more than I would like to admit. Cafe Patachou is my favorite brunch spot, and you cannot visit Indy without seeing the adorable Cake Bake Shop!

devon bloxom, indy, indianapolis, indiana, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We always love to ask... what's your most organized space in your home?
DB :: My kitchen is by far the most organized place in my home. My family spends what seems like 90% of our time in the kitchen, which is why I've learned it can also become very chaotic if it's not functional. We also have family that visit often from out of town, so I like to make items as easy to find (and put back) as possible.

devon bloxom, indy, indianapolis, indiana, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: That looks so serene. You must have spaces that aren't that organized, right?
DB :: While I am very proud that I do not have a junk drawer in my house... we have this basket. This basket sits in a cabinet by our garage entry and has become a total catch-all. Change, keys, pens, you name it!

devon bloxom, indy, indianapolis, indiana, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What are your favorite products to use while organizing?
DB :: I love a good basket - it is a slight addiction. The Water Hyacinth Storage Cubes are one of my favorites. They are perfect for playrooms, offices and mudrooms.

devon bloxom, indy, indianapolis, indiana, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What blogs do you think we NEED to follow?
DB :: I love supporting local bloggers. Hollie Elizabeth, The Preppy Guide to Life, and Well-Dressed Wayfarer are my favorites!

NM :: Is there anything else we need to know?
DB :: I can't wait to make Indy NEAT!
NM :: We can't wait either, thanks Devon!

Watch out Indy! With Devon on the case, no junk drawer is safe!

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 10.26.17

Bridge City gets NEAT

Another day, another amazing new NEAT girl! We can hardly believe how many wonderful women are joining the NEAT family, we keep pinching ourselves.

Portland, it's your turn to get NEAT with Allison Gross!

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Tell us why you wanted to run NEAT in your city.
AG :: I love organizing, and I love making people happy. Finding a career that allows me to do both is a dream come true! Organizing has a very therapeutic effect on me. I also love sharing my understanding of organizing and teaching others.

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like the perfect job for you! What did you do before running NEAT?
AG :: Most recently, I had a short-lived stint as an elementary school teacher. Before that I worked in fashion. I was a visual merchandiser for Nordstrom and a personal shopper for Anthropologie. I have always been drawn to jobs that allow me to make aesthetically pleasing visual spaces and work directly with customers. I had a true desk job for one year in New York City and I just hated it! I need to move around and interact with people, not just stare at a computer screen all day.

NM :: So you lived in NYC for a bit, how long have you lived in Portland?
AG :: I moved to Portland 7 years ago and never looked back! I am originally from New Jersey, but I feel more at home here. I love the people, the lifestyle, and of course the food! I recently moved to SE Portland and I'm just loving life on the east side of the river.

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Portland is often described as eccentric, what do you think makes your city unique?
AG :: Portland is growing and changing so fast! Since I arrived 7 years ago, it has already evolved so much. The people who live here, both life-timers and transplants, really love their city and are proud of it. I also love that in about 90 minutes or less, you can be at the beach, on top of a mountain, at a waterfall or in wine country. There is something for everyone here and the opportunities are endless! People are also genuinely happy and friendly, and it is contagious. They have the friendliest grocery stores I have ever been to... if you are having a bad day, just go food shopping and you'll instantly feel better!

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We may need to try that! Speaking of shopping, what are your favorite places to shop in your city?
AG :: My favorite local shops include The Yo! Store, Alder & Co., and Canoe for accessories, clothing and small home goods. The Bull & The Bee is my favorite spot for all the kiddos and babes in my life. Powell's City of Books is a Portland landmark and I just love to get lost in there! I have a 3-book max that I'm allowed to buy each time I go. Some other favorites of mine for gifts or home goods are Made Here PDX, Rejuvenation, Cargo and Porch Light. My favorite place to shop for my pup, Oliver the Goldendoodle, is Pet Loft or Lexi Dog.

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Sounds like there are a ton of choices! What about your favorite places to eat?
AG :: If you know Portland, this is a very difficult question to answer! The food scene in Portland is on fire and it feels like it just keeps getting better. My favorite daytime/cafe spots are JoLa Cafe in John's Landing and Tea Bar on SE Division. My favorite restaurants are constantly evolving. Most recently I tried Kachka and Farmhouse Kithen Thai Cuisine and loved both. Some classic favorites include Nostrana, Piazza Italia, Andina and Ava Gene's. For a more casual dining experience I love going to the Hawthorne Cartopia and Pine Street Market. For dessert and treats my go-tos are Salt & Straw Ice Cream and Petunia's Bakery. Another great food spot is the Saturday Farmer's Market at PSU. I love to cook at home too, so this is where I pick up my favorite organic produce, some salami or sausages at Olympia Provisions, cheeses from Ancient Heritage Dairy and the most beautiful flowers!

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Looks like we need to visit ASAP! What do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT Portland?
AG :: I think connecting with my fellow Portlanders and helping people find peace in their homes will be my favorite part of running NEAT. I love watching the effect organizing just one space can have on a person. It starts to spread to all other areas in their lives!

NM :: So, as an organzer, we have to ask... what's your most organized space?
AG :: I just moved form a 1,700 square foot space into a 700 square foot space and I had to get a little creative about where I stored everything. I am really proud of my organization of the awkward bathroom storage. Using the right sized bins and propertly labeling everything has made this space so easy to use and find specific items I need.

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Nice work! And since nobody's perfect... what is your least organized space?
AG :: At the moment, my least organized space is my one "dump bin" in my otherwise very neat Kallax Ikea storage unit. It is filled with things I used while moving and it is on my to-do list to clean out and find proper homes for everythig in it! I also need to reorganize all of my clothing. They are neat, but I don't think I'm taking full advantage of all the spaces in both closets. This is another thing on my to do list!

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?
AG :: They can expect the utmost respect, professionalism and most importantly, no judgement. Inviting someone into the messiest part of your life can seem a little scary, but all I care about is turning that space into something that you are proud of - maybe even something you want to show off! Your home is a private space and allowing me into it is an honor! I love meeting new people and learning from others and their experiences. It's important to remember that I am there to make you happy and to help create solutions!

NM :: What is your favorite product to use to organize things?
AG :: I have a slight obsession with hooks. A good hook in the right place can solve any problem! I also love to add shelving to awkward spaces to maximize the space available.

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: What blogs do you think we NEED to follow?
AG :: My all time favorites are The Kitchn for the most amazing, yet easy to follow recipes, and their sister website Apartment Therapy for home inspiration. Some other bloggers I like to follow are Lee from America, Something Navy, Styled by Emily Henderson and my sister-in-law just turned me onto Cup of Jo.

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: Besides your love for organizing, do you have any hidden talents that we should know about?
AG :: My mom is French and grew up in France. Thanks to my grandmother, I was brought up speaking both French and English. Due to my upbringing, I love to travel and can get a little antsy if I've gone too long without a trip. In the last couple of years I have been so fortunate to see some pretty wonderful places including Iceland, Thailand, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Maine and Minnesota.

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We've got a well-traveled lady on our hands! Is there anything else you think we need to know?
AG :: I am so incredibly honored to be joining the NEAT Method family and to bring NEAT to Portland, OR! Organizing is something that has always come so naturally to me and I love to share my insight and ideas to help others. I feel like I am finally finding my place in the world where I can put together my passion and my career.

allison gross, portland, oregon, neat method, home organizing, professional organizer, organizing, moving

NM :: We are so glad you've found your place here at NEAT Method!

Look out Portland, Allison is ready to get you NEAT.

xx,
the NEAT girls

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