Wednesday 08.17.16

Have you Entered?

If you didn't get the memo, NEAT Method has teamed up with two of our favorite brands, State Bags and The Laundress to do a Fall Refresh Giveaway! Here are three reasons you should enter to win NOW!

Reason #1:: The Laundress was doing "Eco Friendly" before it was even cool. Who doesn't want to use a product that is good for the environment, beautifully packaged and most importantly, tough on stains?! This giveaway includes a $125 voucher for their products!

Reason #2:: State Bags are the "it bag" for back to school. The design alone puts other backpacks to shame but can we talk about the perfect pockets? The pack is made to keep you nice and NEAT at work or school. This giveaway includes $125 towards their backpacks as well!

Reason #3:: Have you always wanted to work with NEAT but can't because we are not in your area? We have launched, "NEAT it Now" our online organizing services and are excited to offer $200 toward our services in this giveaway as well!

Are you ready for a Fall Refresh? Remember, you only have until Friday to enter for your chance to win!

 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 08.04.16

3 Must Haves For Your Kitchen Rehab

One of the best parts of our job is getting to see the latest in kitchen design trends! Of course, our tendency is to favor those spaces where you can tell that the designer has a knack for organization. Or better yet, we love to be invovled in the design process so we can ensure our client will have no problem keeping things NEAT. 

Here are 3 of our recommended must haves for your next kitchen rehab project ... 

If you are one who insists on having your toaster out on the counter, an appliance garage should be added to your 'must have' list. We love a clean countertop and these sure help make that possible!

If you are designing a space and know that you will have more than enough drawer space, we love incorporating a custom spice drawer insert. This one was designed by Studio Dearborn and is truly a chef's dream come true.

No matter who you are, you have experienced the dreadful cord war in your kitchen. Having a drawer with an outlet to hide pesky cords and keep your essentials charged, is definitely on our 'must have list'. This one was made by a company called Docking Drawer.

If you are lucky enough to be rehabing a kitchen, take note of our advice here and let us know what other trends you are loving right now! 

xx
the NEAT girls

Wednesday 07.27.16

Top 5 Interior Hashtags

No one loves using Instagram for inspiration more than a NEAT girl. Here is a list of our 5 favorite hashtags to use when searching for home #inspiration ....

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#DESIGN - (link to image source) The minimalism of this photo is certainly very inspiring.

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#HOMEDECOR - (link to image source) Clean countertops always make our heart sing.

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#INSPIRATION - (link to image source) As an entrepreneur sometimes you need a good quote to remind you to keep pursuing your dreams!

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#LUXURY - (link to image source) We love looking at all of the clean lines in this image.

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#INTERIORDESIGN - (link to image source) This is one NEAT playroom.

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Oh and our personal favorites … #THENEATLIFE and #BENEAT! We love nothing more than using these to help inspire our followers or anyone interested in organization.

xx
the NEAT girls

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Wednesday 07.20.16

Our First NEAT Guy!!

For years you have heard us refer to ourselves as The NEAT Girls! Well times they are a changing and we could not be more excited to have our first male member of The NEAT Team.

Meet Terapan Lilittham! He is San Francisco's newest organizer and an amazing addition to the team. We knew you would need to know more, so here is an interview with this NEAT guy ...

 

Terapan Lilittham, San Francisco Organizer, NEAT Method

NM :: Where are you from originally? 
TL :: San Francisco. Born & raised in the Mission district. & things have really changed in the neighborhood. 

NM :: How did you find NEAT?
TL :: Through exhaustive internet searching as I began my journey to become the most amazing organizing professional. I reached out to Lisa for an apprenticeship via LinkedIn after thoroughly ogling NEAT's IG account.

NM :: Where did your love for organizing begin?
TL :: The moment I got my own room as a kid I became obsessed with arranging & rearranging my things, the beginning of my OCD for creating optimal and thoughtfully designed spaces.

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NM :: What is your favorite space to organize? 
TL :: The bedroom room! Consulting with clients on cool duvet covers and the contents of their nightstand is an added plus to these jobs.

NM :: What is your least favorite space?
TL :: Haven't found a space yet I don't love getting my hands on.

NM :: Do you have a favorite organizing hack or product?
TL :: Ikea Kallax Shelf Unit in 2x8 & 1x4. Super affordable & exceptionally versatile for any room. But ALSO acrylic trays are everything for me right now!

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NM :: What is the most organized space in your own home?
TL :: My closet. The simple pleasure of sliding it open and seeing all my clothes put away and perfectly displayed is one I could not live without.

NM :: What area in your home can you just not get it together?
TL :: My dining room table. It's doubling as an eat station & office desk. Currently researching better ways to create the distinction between the two to easily organize my paperwork for mealtimes.

NM :: What is it like working for NEAT?
TL :: The most amazing adventure each day with every project and client I meet. It has been a true treat :D

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NM :: How do you feel about being our first male organizer?!
TL :: I didn't realize until recently that I am kind-of a minority/unicorn at NEAT & in the organizing industry. Can't wait to show the world my unique sense for spacial planning & personal aesthetic as I grow into a stronger organizer.

Well Terapan we sure are glad you found us and were willing to take a leap of faith to transform this female focused industry. We are lucky to have you!

xx
the Neat TEAM!!!

Thursday 07.14.16

NEAT IT NOW :: Virtual Organizing

For over 5 years, we have been providing home organizing services across the Country. First, San Francisco got a taste of The NEAT Life and when they couldn't get enough of it we started launching in other cities (18 to be exact). During this time we have been perfecting our craft, or Method if you will, and are beyond excited to announce that we are ready to bring it to the masses.

What does that mean exactly? Well, for now we can only tell you a small part of what it means because we have something even bigger in the works. However, what we can tell you is that we are officially offering virtual organizing services. So, if you are (a) not in a city where we have a location, or (b) prefer a DIY project to tackle on your own, you can learn to live the NEAT life virtually!

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Excited?! So are we! Have questions? We figured ....

Here is an overview of how it works ... 

1. Submit our NEAT IT NOW Intake Form – we will be in touch about your project within 48 hours

2. Schedule a 30 minute phone/video conversation about your particular space and what you want to accomplish

3. Receive your personal shopping list as well as instructions on how to complete your space

4. Complete the project with a 30 minute follow up call/video to ensure the space gets the NEAT stamp of approval

5. Admire and enjoy your NEAT space(s) every day and be sure to share it using the hashtag #NEATitNOW

Sound fun?! We can't wait to share the ins and outs of our well developed Method with you! For more information head over to our NEAT IT NOW page. 

xx
the NEAT girls

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Sunday 07.10.16

Splurge vs. Save - How to Create a NEAT Space for Every Budget

Organizing can make your house look like a million bucks BUT that doesn't mean you have to spend a million. We have become experts at working within our client's budgets so today, we are going to give you the details on how to splurge and save in particular places throughout your home. First up is the dirtiest NEAT job out there... the garage! We certainly know how to splurge in this space by saying two words, "Fusion Wall." This system is great because it can be adjusted and changed as the needs of your family changes.

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Alternatively, by purchasing bakers racks and bins, you can also make a large imact on how you store things in your garage for a fraction of the price. 

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Spending a lot in a child's closet is sometimes hard to justify. When you do decide to go with a custom closet, it certainly can look really, REALLY good!

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Our own NEAT girl, Mika opted to purchase this affordable ikea shelving unit instead and it looks fabulous in her daugther's room!

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When it comes to hangers, it's surprising how much you can spend on the perfect place to keep your pants wrinkle free. These are some of the pricier ones we have worked with.

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This next space looks equally as great but the hangers are three times less!

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Finally, one of our favorite places to organize in a kitchen pantry. The quickest way to spend money fast is on these oxo containers. They are AMAZING but also quite expensive. 

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If you want to get that NEAT look for less, consider using some bins to categorize like items instead of putting them in individual containers. Then only use the oxo for things that truly need their own space. 

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What are you splurging/saving on in your home?

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 07.07.16

How It All Began...A Story from our Founders!

We often times get asked how we started this crazy business. Believe it or not...our answer may surprise you! Most of you have read our little story about how we first met and our instant connection over Chicago, relocating to San Francisco and our love for being organized. What you may not know is that we really did not know eachother when we started this business. Literally, we met one afternoon and set up a little coffee date a few days later.

At that first date, we started talking about our hopes and dreams while living in SF and shared that we both had dabbled into the interesting world of organizing. From that date on, we decided to take a blind leap into what we thought would be a fun hobby. Not only did we realize that we really liked eachother, but we also realized we were really good at it.

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The part that may surprise you is that it wasn't the organizing that we were good at. Sure...we could put together a good color coordinated space or too, but just because we grew up organizing our rooms every weekend didn't mean we could run a business. Our very first client actually came from a Tweet that Molly's husband had seen. The Tweet came from a successful tech guy sharing a New York Times article about an organizing business in NYC. He was asking if anyone knew of something like this in San Francisco. Without hesitation, we Tweeted back letting him know that we were organizers that had just launched our business in SF. Little did he know, we hadn't had a single client yet or barley a business setup for that matter.

Somehow we impressed them during the consultation and he and his wife hired us to complete their entire home (eeekkk!!). This was the first time that we learned that the two of us worked really well together...especially when it came to pretending that we both knew what we were doing. 

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From that day (and that client) on, we truly haven't looked back. Countless days and hours together have led us to what you see today. As many of you know, we have now turned this little hobby into a National company with organizers in 18 cities across the Country. It's amazing how many women (and some men) are out there that also want to turn their passion for organizing into a business.

Our advice to all of you would be to ask yourselves how motivated you are to actually run a business. Not just the "hobby" of organizing, but a true, 9-5 (and sometimes longer) business. If you are one of those people, then you can absolutely put the same heart and soul into this as well. In fact, that goes for any business that you want to attempt. We are just hear to tell you that it is possible. If two 20 something gals from the Midwest can do it, then so can all of you!

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We do want to thank all of you for all of your support! We couldn't be doing all of this without all of you. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are looking to start your own organizing business. We have several ways of helping you do so!

xx

Ashley & Molly 

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Tuesday 06.21.16

A Sneak Peek at Co-Founder, Ashley Murphy's NEAT Home!

Time and time again, we get asked if our homes are as organized as we lead on. Believe it or not, they aren't always as NEAT as you would think OR ... as we would hope, but we do always have a home and system for everything. It just takes some effort to keep it in working order. We thought it would be fun to pop in on one of our Queen Neat Girls to see just how organized she keeps things. Ashley Murphy is probably the type-Aist of us all, so let's see if she really holds up to the NEAT girl standards...

Here is a sneak peek of some of the most organized spaces in her home. She recently had the priviledge of working with an amazing photographer, Courtney Cimo and is over the moon with how the images turned out. There are several more photos to come, but we thought it was only fair to share the up close and personal ones first ...

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We must say, we are pretty impressed ourselves. Who knew you could be so NEAT, Ash!?!?! We can't wait to see the rest of the images of Ashley's amazing home soon. Stay tuned with us as we anxiously await the BIG reveal! 

xx

the NEAT girls (and Ben & Will)

Thursday 06.16.16

Which NEAT Dad is the Most OCD???

Would you believe us if we told you that our male clients are actually far more OCD than our female??? It's true. Now, don't get us wrong ... the man of the house is usually the most hesitant to hire us. Then, once we've worked our magic, they are the one's singing our praises over their newly perfected space. 

We thought what better way to honor our male clients than a post for Father's Day! We did some digging and actually found out that it's not just the NEAT girls that are a little OCD around the house. We are sure you were curious as to which NEAT Dad has the most OCD habits...so, we asked some of them to share just what they are so obsessed with. Think you can figure out which statement matches which Dad???

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1. This NEAT Dad is more than obsessed with his car or any car for that matter. In fact, he is so obsessed that he washes it up to two times per week. 

2. This NEAT Dad insists on using only wooden hangers for his clothes, even though his wife preaches to him all about the slimline hangers saving space. 

3. This NEAT Dad can't get out of the shower without straightening all of the bottles and separating into their categories. Likes with likes of course!

4. This NEAT Dad gets his hair cut every three weeks to the day and panics when he goes a day or two over!

5. This NEAT Dad re-organizes the dishwasher after it's already been loaded...every time. No matter who packed it!

6. This NEAT Dad has a strange meticulous way of rolling his toothpaste. He can't even share his tube with his wife because it has to be so perfectly rolled!

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1. C (Andy Combs, Michigan)   2. F (Corey Johnson, San Francisco)  3. A (Ryan Graves, San Francisco)  4. E (Erik Koentje, San Diego)  5. D (Mike Murphy, Chicago)  6. B (Russ Perry, Scottsdale)

Wow! Now those are some fun OCD habits. And you say we are the crazy, type A ones!?!? OCD officially stands for Obsessive Compulsive DAD! Happy Father's Day everyone! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 06.09.16

Two Simple Ways to Achieve Your Dream Closet

We're sure it will come as no surprise that we go above and beyond for our clients to ensure they are living a life of luxury. By having a beautifully organized home, not only will you feel more at ease and efficient, but you will also feel more inspired to love your things. You don't have to have the most amazing walk in closet to achieve the feeling we are referring to. You just have to have two companies by your side for this said inspiration! 

One :: Your favorite organized NEAT girls of course and ...

Two :: One of our nearest and dearest partners, Luxury Garage Sale. If you don't already know this amazing company, well now is your chance.

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We recently had the honor of hosting a fabulous event with these lovely ladies and we can't tell you enough about why we all should be shopping there. The event was co-hosted by our Chicago team and one of LGS's most recent Pop-up shops in a suburb called, Hinsdale! The NEAT girls spent a day completely re-merchandising the store to make it feel as if you were walking into your very own closet. Their unique and individual pieces allowed for the guests to envision what their closet had the potential of looking like as well. From the organizing, to the actual merchandise, everyone was oooohhhing and aaaahhhhing!

 

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Everything that Luxury Garage Sale has in their store is just that....LUXURY! However, they sell their items for a much more reasonable price then what you could buy them for otherwise. Hence, why you don't have to sacrifice luxury to have all the fancy clothes and accessories that your little heart desires. It should be noted that many of the items they sell are consignment items, but being the perfectionist that we are...we have to tell you that you would never know that many of these clothes have ever been worn. 

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If your one that already has the luxury wardrobe, but needs to make space for more amazingness...then they would be more than happy to help to consign your items as well. So, next time you feel you aren't able to have that luxury closet you've been dreaming of...take a moment to check out our work for inspiration or consign/shop all things LGS. We promise you, you will soon have a closet fit for a queen. 

xx
the NEAT girls

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