Thursday 10.12.17

5 NEAT Halloween Crafts

We believe even holiday decorations can be stylish and NEAT. There are so many options for chic Halloween decor these days and we’ve found some of the best and simplest DIY Halloween crafts. These projects won’t break the bank and will keep your home looking beautiful and NEAT, just a bit spookier!

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1. Falling Leaf Garland: 6th Street Design Studio

These falling leaves are simple, seasonal, and add a touch of glamour. These would be such a fun background for a fall party photo booth setup! Use real leaves if you've got them lying around, or even faux leaves if you want to reuse the garland next year!

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2. Splatter Paint Pumpkins: HOMEYOHMY

These pumpkins would make a beautiful Halloween arangement on your porch, or a nice display on your mantle. They're simple and elegant, but add a spooky flair! Plus, they don't require TOO much skill.

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3. Polka Dot Sequin Pumpkins: Sugar and Cloth

Another pumpkin option for you that's a bit more glam and a little less scary. These are sure to spice up any halloween display, and you could change the color to suit your style. Try this one with the kids!

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4.Tulle-Covered Balloons: Poppy Talk

How elegant are these simple tulle-covered balloons? This craft is probably the easiest of them all and makes almost zero mess. These would look great behind a food spread or a bar at a Halloween party.

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5. Simple Bat Wreath: Caitlin Cawley

You can't forget your front door! We love this minimal spooky bat wreath, but you can also go for more of a fall leaf or a pumpkin theme, the possibilities are endless.

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c/o NEAT San Diego

And of course, when you're finished creating your masterpieces, make sure you put everything back in your beautifully organized craft room! We just love this one from our very own Katie of NEAT SD.

Happy Crafting!

xx
the NEAT girls

Monday 10.02.17

NEAT has BIG news...

Dear Friends, Family & Followers-

 

If you had asked us 8 years ago what we would be doing today, I don’t think either one of us would have told you we’d be running a company that's located in 28+ markets across the country (and growing). At that time, we had both just moved to San Francisco for our husband’s jobs and quite frankly, we weren’t necessarily focused on our own career paths! Individually, we were more focused on finding something that we could do everyday that entertained us and made us happy! During one of our first “dates”, we discovered our mutual passion for the organizing industry and realized that making homes NEAT could fulfill both of those things.

 

Although we initially approached it as a hobby, we quickly learned that success was very important to both of us! Once our clients continued to call and give rave reviews, we knew we were onto something. We realized our vision of success was far bigger than we could have imagined, when women with the same love of organizing started to contact us. This once small idea has grown into a multi-city business across the country that teaches women how they, too, can turn their passion into a career.

 

Despite our large presence in the industry, we knew there was far MORE that we could be doing. We weren’t exactly sure what that was until we were contacted by an amazing product development company called Whitmor. After almost a year of discussions (and many trips to Memphis), we are beyond thrilled to announce that we have been acquired! Working with a company that develops any and all of the products we use in our client’s homes was the piece of the puzzle we were missing.

 

Having a strategic partner like Whitmor, is far more than we could have hoped for 8 years ago. The best part is, we get to continue to live out our dreams of making this company even more NEAT. By joining forces, we will without a doubt have more of an impact on the organizing industry.

 

As we sit here today, we realize we would not be the company we are today without the love and support from all of you. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

 

To our friends and family, thank you for cheering us on along the way. To our fans and followers, thank you for finding us interesting and asking for more. To our clients, thank you for your love of the NEAT life. And lastly, to all of the amazing women who have believed in this brand as much as we have, thank you for your commitment and trusting that the risks would be worth it.

 

From our NEAT family to yours-

 

xx Ashley & Molly

 

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Thursday 09.28.17

Living With A NEAT Girl!

Hi everyone, it’s Meg from Orlando!
 
As a NEAT girl, it’s often hard to find someone to live with who shares the same passion for simplicity. My friend Courtney needed a place to stay for a month before moving back home, so I offered up my guest room! Imagine my relief when she showed up with all of her belongings in a large suitcase and a carry-on. She’s been such a dream roommate, so I wanted to make sure I stacked up. I interviewed her and let her know she could be COMPLETELY honest about her experience at Casa de Meg.
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M :: When and where did you and Meg meet?
C :: Meg and I met in an improv comedy class at SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, Florida. We did a scene about Oprah and have been best friends ever since.
 
M :: Are you a naturally NEAT person?
C :: I would certainly not call myself naturally neat and organized. I am however, a minimalist and try to keep unnecessary items out of my possession. Practicing a minimalist lifestyle certainly helps when it comes to organizing and creating systems that work in any given space. The more I work at both minimizing and organizing the more naturally they come to me.
 
M :: Is Meg a clean freak?
C :: Meg's house is always clean and she stays on top of housework, but it is not a museum or a hospital. It's a clean, livable, space. She really has an inviting style and often hosts our friends for get-togethers where we can all hang-out and socialize.
 
 
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M :: What is the NEATest space in Meg's home?
C :: Personally, I am partial to the refrigerator. I think the organization is top notch, and she doesn't keep anything unnecessary in there. Even when it is fully stocked it never looks cluttered or over-filled. 
 
M :: What space in Meg's home could be NEATer?
C :: I plead the fifth! I think she would say it's her bedroom, and since she says it, I can agree with her. She stays busy with her clients, family, friends, community involvement, and hobbies so I will not fault her for not making her bed every single day. 
 
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M :: What is your favorite part of living in Orlando, FL?
C :: There is never a shortage of things to do in Orlando! We have such a wonderful arts community here, we have so many festivals and almost every neighborhood has a farmer's market. Since moving to Orlando I have not been bored for a single second.
 
M :: What is your favorite part of living with Meg?
C :: Hands down, her two dogs are the best part of everything. I'm kidding... kind of! Getting to see Meg more often is the best. We already talk to each other every day, so now it's just in person; having someone to watch Bachelor in Paradise with, our guilty pleasure, is also a huge perk.
 
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M :: Do you feel NEATer now?
C :: I think I am definitely NEATer than I was when I got to Meg's. Any time you add an accountability partner who has similar priorities and goals you are bound to get better. As I leave Meg's, I feel like I have even more tools to make the next place I live even NEATer than I originally could have. Besides, I can always get Meg to come and help me if I get stuck!
 
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M :: Overall, how would you rate your experience of living with a NEAT girl?
C :: Two very enthusiastic thumbs up! I highly recommend living with a NEAT girl, whether you are naturally tidy or a walking tornado you can benefit from having a NEAT girl in your life. Meg is the most fun, most clean, and overall best roommate I have ever had and she is a great friend too. NEAT Method is all about making your life easier so that you have more time for fun. So whether you befriend a NEAT girl, or hire one, your life will be sure to be better.
 
xx
the NEAT girls (c/o Meg Wittman)
Thursday 09.21.17

Another NEAT Nursery for another NEAT Baby

In honor of our girl, Katie Koentje we thought it would be fun to revisit this post from a few years ago since so many of you loved it. She just had her second baby boy last night (Grayson George) and we could not be more thrilled to welcome another NEAT baby into our world. Much love Katie B! Enjoy all of those sweet baby cuddles. xx your NEAT family

 

With our San Diego Hot Momma, Katie B due in just a few short weeks, we can't help but jump for joy knowing the NEAT Team is about to have another cute little man added to the line up!

In honor of our soon-to-be, NEAT new boyfriend, we are taking a peek inside the little nugget's adorable nursery!

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How perfect is this nautical themed nursery? The white washed surf plaques and wood plank nautical art are such a soft and subtle way of bringing the sea indoors!

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The crib and changing table are from Pottery Barn - the Fillmore Collection - and Katie B can't get enough of it! "It is exactly what I envisioned my baby sleeping in!" 

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Other small touches Katie B was sure to include in the perfect nursery for her son: a nautical boat light switch plate cover, a DIY burlap Toys bin, High Seas musical mobile, and a Dream Big Whale Pillow!

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Now that we've seen how amazing the nursery decor is, let's get to the best part...how did Mrs. Organized Mom organize the nursery??

She designated bigger baby items to live in the closet, including: blankets, swaddles, and adorable accessories like shoes and bowties! 

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And let's take a peek inside those drawers! 

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Katie B designated the top drawer for the most used baby items of all, diapers & wipes! The second drawer is filled with additional items also used on a daily basis regular - changing pads and nursing pads. Basically, any items that need to be grabbed quickly when baby is hungry or needs a diaper change asap!

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She also implemented one of NEAT Method's favorite tricks -- folding and filing the clothes in drawers! Rather than the typical drawer situation of piling one item on top of another...this way, both Mom & Dad can dress baby quickly while also changing up the wardrobe! No more putting baby in the same NEAT onsie day after day (as much as we'd like that) ;)

An added bonus to keep baby clothes organized in the drawer is to implement linen drawer organizers! These can also be used as baby grows. Laslty, it's important to designated specfic drawers for specfic ages, making it easy to transition down the road.

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August 11th can't come soon enough for Mom, Dad, and all his soon-to-be NEAT girlfriends!

xx

the NEAT girls

Professional Photos taken by Heather of Vallentyne Photography

 

Thursday 09.14.17

One Amazing Product 3 Ways!

As many of you know at this point, we are kind of obsessed with finding the perfect product! We spend countless hours trying to discover the latest and greatest when it comes to styling our clients' homes with great product. It never fails that every time we post a pic of a fabulous find, our followers want to know just where we found such a gem. Well, it just so happens to be your lucky day to learn about one of our NEATest finds.

One of the fastest ways to make a space look a little more dressed up is to add a simple acyrlic tray. You may notice that we put them in many of our clients spaces for various uses. Not only are the beautiful, but they really do serve a purpose. We are here to show you today our new favorite acyrlic discovery and a few different purposes it serves.  

This medium size tray by JR William is really one of the loveliest ones we've seen. You can see here how it's the perfect addition for your bathroom countertop for all of those products that typically take over. By adding this simple tray, you can now corral all of your products in one spot and never have to search again. 

Who doesn't love the idea of being inspired to have a fun sunglass collection!?! Just think, it will give you the perfect excuse to display them so you can feel just as fancy picking them out as you will rocking them around town. 

And...our personal favorite is the ability to display all of your go to earrings or jewelry. We wanted to save the best for last to also prove that you don't have to break the bank to be organized. This is a perfect example of how one little item for $45 can make you feel just as fancy as having an entire jewelry drawer in your closet. 

We really can't say enough about finding a home for all little things in your life, too! They often times get overlooked and this simple idea just proves why they really don't need to. Thanks to JR William for coming up with such a simple, pretty and sustainable idea! We look forward to implementing into our NEAT world! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 09.07.17

Kansas City famous for BBQ, Jazz, the Royals and now… NEAT!

That’s right! NEAT Method is officially launching in Kansas City this week with our very own, Celsie Sneden. Celsie has been with the Chicago team the last couple of years and is now getting back to her roots by moving back to Kansas City where she will launch our newest NEAT market. 

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NM :: Hi Celsie!  How did you come to run NEAT Method Kansas City?

CS :: I have been very lucky this last year and a half because I have been able to work with the amazing NEAT Method Chicago ladies and have fallen in love with EVERYTHING NEAT!!! That being said, after having amazing adventures in Chicago for the past four years and working as a nanny to three families prior to NEAT, it started to feel like it was time to move closer to my family in Kansas. I was actually born and raised in Topeka Kansas (the state capital) and I lived in Lawrence while I went to KU but will be living in Kansas City for the first time this year!  

I couldn’t imagine my life without NEAT and I was really feeling like I needed to be closer to my family. Running NEAT in Kansas is like having my cake and eating it, too!

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NM :: We’re so excited for you! Tell us a bit more about Kansas City. 

CS :: Well, Kansas City is actually in two different states (Kansas and Missouri) so being in two different places at once is pretty awesome! In all seriousness, Kansas City is such an amazing place to explore, between the famous BBQ to going to baseball games (GO ROYALS!) it is a place that has a little something for everyone!

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NM :: Speaking of BBQ, what are your favorite places to eat in your city?

CS ::  I know mentioned BBQ earlier when talking about what makes KC unique and I was not kidding.  If you haven’t had Kansas City BBQ you haven’t been to Kansas City! There are many great places to eat BBQ but the last place I had great BBQ was Arthur Bryant's.

NM :: Yum! Well, we’ll definitely have to visit and try some!  Let’s chat organizing.  What is YOUR most organized space?  Show us a picture of your most organized space and tell us what it is

CS :: Under my bed! I had to work to make space, so putting my bed on risers created enough space to store my suitcases behind storage bins.

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NM :: Great use of space!  Now, what about your least organized?!

CS :: My least organized space is less a space and more a piece of furniture. I’d been looking for a chair for my bedroom for ages. I finally found “the one” but unfortunately it’s turned into my version of a “catch all”. So, I am proud to say I do not have a single “junk drawer” in my place but 85% of the time I have a beautiful cream colored cushioned oversized catch-all instead of the luxurious reading/make up/desk chair I intended. 

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NM :: What are you looking forward to most to running NEAT Kansas City?

CS :: I’m looking forward to working with an amazing team of people who are passionate about all things organizing. And I can’t wait to work with clients excited to make a change and live the NEAT life! My clients can expect an excited and passionate NEAT team working hard to give them beautiful, functional spaces in every space of their home!

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NM :: Do you have any hidden talents that we should know about? 

CS :: I am able to put together/build just about anything and given the opportunity, I jump at the chance to take apart something that is broken just to put it back together again!

NM :: That’s sure going to come in handy (see what we did there!) as you set up shelving and storage pieces in client homes. What about your favorite organizing product, do you have one?

CS ::  I am a sucker for the Linus drawer organizers from The Container Store. I love that there is an infinite amount of combinations you can use and finding the perfect arrangement is like placing the final piece to a puzzle, SUCCESS!

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NM :: What are some of your favorite blogs and why? 

CS :: Refined Rooms is a fun blog with a great mix of how-to’s and Pinterest style ideas. I love getting inspired by the different design ideas! Also, Do It On A Dime has some great videos and tips on organizing and decorating.

NM :: OK, as we wrap this up, anything else you think we need to know?

CS :: Only that I know a lot of odd ‘fun facts’ and that I am beyond excited to bring NEAT Method to Kansas!! 

NM :: Us too! While the Chicago team is going to miss you dearly, we’re all excited for you to launch your own market and look forward to all of your success in KC!

xx

the NEAT girls

 

Wednesday 08.30.17

A NEAT Vacation Home

Whether it is a home at the lake, in the mountains, or on the beach, we love helping clients organize the favorite home away from home! These are the places where lasting memories are made and where everyone can get some R&R. They are meant to be enjoyed, not a source of stress.

Since Wisconsin is the land of lake houses, our Milwaukee Organizer, Liz Girsch, has had a lot of experience helping create the perfect spaces for stress-free vacationing. Here are a few of her tips ...

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Vacation time often means party time. When you have a vacation home, you need to be ready to feed, entertain and house lots of guests. It’s important to set up your space to make hosting easy for you and make everything accessible to your visitors. Hense TIP #1 ... designate an easy to find closet or cabinet for the essentials that your guests are sure to be looking for..... sunscreen, bug spray, plastic tumblers, water toys, etc. When this space is organized, guests can feel free to help themselves and be part of the clean up process.

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We talk a lot about the importance of labels. TIP #2 .... At a vacation home, labels are extra important! It allows your guests to settle in and find things on their own. They won’t feel bad asking you a million questions about where things are. Labels also allow them to help out - which good guests want to do. So make sure your pantry, your linen closet, your laundry space and any other spaces your guests will be poking their noses in have clear labels!

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TIP #3 .... As you organize things in a vacation home, it’s helpful to think about zones or section to place things. The outer perimeter of your kitchen is great for snack areas and dishes. Place your entertaining paper goods in these pretty Tosca baskets, which move easily from a cabinet to a countertop. Designate a place of importance for all your supplies for the nightly fire - store the matches as well as graham crackers, marshmallow and roasting sticks for everyone’s favorite s’mores. Gear for heading out on the lake should be kept near the door together - gather up extra beach towels and roll them into wire baskets for easy grab on everyone’s way out.

TIP #4 ... All bedrooms and bathrooms should be well equipped with everything your guest will need. Make sure you have back up of everything too so that you don't have to worry about checking your stock every time you head to the lake. Upon arrival, place sets of towels on the end of each bed. Share the WiFi code on a beautifully handwritten card or create one on your computer and leave on the guest's nightstand. The more your guests feel like you went above and beyond the more they will too when pitching in (wink wink!). 

By taking just a little more time to get some guest friendly systems in place, you will see that entertaining becomes so much easier and you can then spend more time just relaxing with them.

Since lake house season is coming to a close, you have at least 6 months to start implementing some of these tips before next year! Happy Organizing! 

xx,
the NEAT girls

Wednesday 08.23.17

11 Back-To-School Organizing Tips

This is is a crazy time of year for all of the families out there. There are lunchboxes to pack, books to buy, new clothes to get washed, paperwork to fill out .... and the list goes on! We checked in with some of our NEAT Moms to see what their #1 tip is for making this school year less chaotic than the prior years and here what they had to say .... 

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Britt Dignan (Westchester, NY) :: Bento boxes are wonderful for organizing school lunches ahead of time. I make a list of meals for each day of the week (ie: turkey sandwich and apples on Mondays, hummus and pretzels on Tuesdays, etc), and then prep most of the containers the night before.

Jennifer Ferriso & Erika Downes (Morristown, NJ) :: Start prepping for back-to-school early and store what you buy far away from the kids :).

Katie Koentje (San Diego, CA) :: Purge and go through clothes so that you know everything fits and everything is school appropriate. This will make the mornings more efficient and hopefully drama free!

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Sarah Edelman (Atlanta, GA) :: On Sunday evenings, I have my daughters lay out all of their clothes for the week and place them in a hanging organizer in their closet. Then when the alarm goes off, there is no searching for a pair of shorts or socks-it is all there and ready to put on!

Emmaley Otis (Scottsdale, AZ) :: My tip to is to build a school wardrobe that is mix and match (we stick to mostly stripes, khaki and navy).  My son's school does not wear uniforms, so we have kind of created our own.  Any combination of tops and bottoms is an automatic (matching!) outfit.  I guess it's kind of like a capsule wardrobe for kids?  ;)  One less thing to have to think about each morning!

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Liz Girsch (MIlkwaukee, WI) :: Own your calendar; don't let the calendar and activities own you. I love using Cozi.com as it is tailored to families and school/sports/club activities. This way everyone in the family can download the app and access the calendar.

Laura Fraser (Tampa, FL) :: Making lunches may be my most dreaded chore. I've got two shelves in my pantry that are dedicated to the kids. And they know it! If their missing something, they'll give me a heads up.

Melanie Walker (Las Vegas, NV) :: Set up a homework station. Something mobile that you can store away and pull out where your kids do their homework. It can have all the things they might need i.e. crayons, makers, glue sticks etc. and keep it stocked.

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Lisa Ruff (San Francisco, CA) :: It may seem a little odd, but it works for us.  If your refrigerator has the space, put the backpack in fully packed the night before.  I put the lunch, water bottle and any paperwork that needs to be returned in their backpack and then put the entire thing in our fridge.  In the morning, the last thing we grab is the backpacks from the fridge before we run out the door.  We've never forgotten a lunch this way!

April Chalk (San Antonio, TX) :: My #1 tip is to create a system to handle all of the crazy piles of papers that kiddos bring home every day (so they don't end up in piles on the kitchen counter). 

Dina Madigan (Rochester, NY) :: Make sure each child has a hook for their backpack and coat of the season that is where the backpack and coat lives for the entire school year.

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Well there you have it from the professionals! Happy 2017-2018 school year to you and all your kiddies! 

xx,
the NEAT girls

Friday 08.18.17

Atlanta Your NEAT Girls Have Arrived!

The 5th and final city we are launching this week is ... Atlanta!! A city that has truly been on our bucket list since the start! Since it is such a big and fabulous market, we though it was only fitting to have not just one girl in charge but two! Meet Devon Green and Sarah Edelman and see why they are so excited to bring NEAT to The Peach State.

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NM :: Okay ladies, please introduce yourself and tell us why you wanted to launch NEAT in Georgia!

SE :: I want to bring NEAT to the Atlanta suburbs because I believe organization in the home makes for a happy and more efficient family life. Also, infusing style into organizing is something “Atlantans” will love! I also love the idea of being a girl boss!

DG :: I realized I wanted to organize as a profession while building my home. During the process I was able to incorporate all the organizational tools I’d been drooling over for years on Pinterest and Houzz. It was so fun getting to create super functional spaces that were also pretty! I was so excited about my pant pull out rack and shoe shelves I could hardly sleep the night before they were installed! Ha. I’ve always been organized but as an adult I’ve come to realized that’s not the case for everyone. I love the idea creating spaces that will help anyone (even the perpetually unorganized) keep order, organization and serenity. I love Atlanta and love the idea of being able to help make it NEATer.

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NM :: Well we sure are glad you share our love of an organized home and so is the rest of Atlanta! What did you do before joining NEAT?

DG :: I worked in Public Accounting for 3 years at KPMG then moved to Atlanta to work for Wendy’s Corporate, then Home Depot after that doing Corporate Tax Accounting. In 2015 I took some time off to plan my wedding and build my home, then decided to get my real estate license which is what I have been focused on until NEAT came along!

SE :: I was an elementary special education teacher. Being a special education teacher helped me to see my students as a giant complex puzzle waiting to be assembled to help achieve their fullest potential. My teaching career has equipped me with the skills to tackle complex organizational areas and figure out how the “organizational puzzle” can best come together.

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NM ::What’s one of your favorite things about living in the Atlanta area?

DG & SE :: We love Atlanta because it has a great big city vibe along with vibrant welcoming suburban areas. There is such a mixture of residents and that gives it such an interesting dynamic. It’s a very active city in the sense that there’s always something going on, whether it be a festival, concert, exhibition or gala, but it also offers so many “quiet escapes” like parks, trails and museums.

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NM :: Sounds like the perfect place to live! What are some your favorite places to shop and eat?

SE ::  My favorite place to shop is the Avalon in Alpharetta, GA. It has a great mix of brand name stores along with cute boutique shops!

DG :: There is no shortage of places to shop in Atlanta (especially Buckhead) between the 2 malls, boutiques and the new high end shopping district called “Buckhead Atlanta”. When it comes to shopping for clothing, Tootsies, Intermix and Cos are a few of my favorite. One of my closest friends owns a store called Bella Bag, so when I’m looking for a handbag or leather good, I always go there first. For home décor I love Bungalow Classic, Redefined Home and Boxwoods

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NM :: Okay kind of feeling like we need to plan a shopping trip to Atlanta! What about restuarants? What are your favorite places to refuel? 

SE :: My favorite restaurants to eat at are located in downtown Roswell! The area has a variety of spots with amazing ambiance and food. It is a great place to sit outside, enjoy a wonderful meal, and visit with friends.

DG :: Le Bilbloquet is the best for girl’s dinners or brunch, Hal’s is my favorite steakhouse in Atlanta, and Umi is hands down the best sushi.

Atlanta, Devon Green, Sarah Edelman, Home Organizing, Professional Organizers, Unpacking, NEAT Method, Organizers

NM :: Seriously we may need to have our next Summit in Atlanta! Okay now lets get down to business. What is the most organized area of your home? What about the least - we've all got one :). 

SE ::  The most organized space in my home is my pantry. I love the convenience and ease of locating an item and knowing what is available when I am preparing meals. The least organized space in my home is my 7 year old daughter’s closet. Even though we have a system in place, clothes still end up on the floor.

DG :: My closet is definitely the most organized. I was able to customize it exactly how I wanted, I made sure my shoes were easy to see and get to. I also had pant pullouts installed so I can get to all my jeans and pants easily and not have to deal with towering stacks. My husband's ties are without a doubt the least organized. He has SO MANY (over 100 I think). He’s also not one to spend a lot of time putting things away so they just keep getting thrown over rods. It drives me nuts!!

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NM :: Thanks for sharing. What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?

SE :: Clients can expect a hard working professional who can turn ideas into realistic organized spaces that best suit the needs of their lifestyle, home, and family.

DG :: Zero judgment (I understand how life gets!), enthusiasm and a finished product that meets (and hopefully exceeds) all expectations!

Atlanta, Devon Green, Sarah Edelman, Home Organizing, Professional Organizers, Unpacking, NEAT Method, Organizers

And that is why you two are so great! Atlanta is lucky to have you and so are we. 

xx,
the NEAT girls

Thursday 08.17.17

Introducing, Seattle’s NEATest duo!

Jumping back to the West Coast, we’re excited to introduce you to Rachel Smith and Carrie Miller, our newest NEAT Method Seattle partners! Read our interview with Rachel and Carrie below to learn why they are two of the coolest business partners around.

NM :: Alright ladies, let’s jump right in and get to know you (and Seattle)! Tell us what you were up to before you joined NEAT and what made you want to run an organizing business!

RS :: My background is in education and I taught elementary PE in Arizona for 7 years. Since becoming a Mom, I have been at home with my two adorable children. My youngest will be in school full time this fall and I’m excited to start a career of my own. I believe that living in a beautifully organized home isn’t just about the gorgeous appearance. It’s about creating a happier and more peaceful life. That’s the true “beauty” of being organized. Through NEAT Method, my passion for creating a stunning and functional space will help others achieve a more enjoyable and productive lifestyle. To me, that’s beyond rewarding.

CM :: My professional career was in in Digital Ad Tech, I was fortunate enough to work for both Microsoft and Amazon. I loved the field and the people I worked with however once my kids were born I struggled being able to continue that path and live the life I craved. It has always been a goal of mine to be a small business owner doing something I love. Once I left the corporate world people have consistently asked me what I was going to do once my kids were in school my answer has always been, “I want to create something of my own.” NEAT Method is the perfect balance of owning my own business with the support and mentorship of an established reputable brand.

NM :: What makes Seattle unique?

CM :: I know I am biased but I think Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in the States. We have an endless amount of outdoor recreation, it’s a short drive up to the mountains to go skiing and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges are great for hiking and biking. In the Northwest you will find lots of lakes for boating and more green landscape then you can even imagine. The city has a laid back style and a vibrant music and arts scene. Seattle is a great place to live a healthy lifestyle and raise children. The rain scares a lot of people but Seattle actually has less annual rainfall then Houston, Chicago and New York City.

NM :: What are some your favorite places to shop in your city?

RS & CM :: For wardrobe and beauty - always Nordstrom. There is something special about shopping in the flagship store downtown. Bellevue Square has everything when in the suburbs, this mall also does a great job of staying fresh and current. For vintage pieces I love Lucky Vintage in Ballard. For gifts though our go to store is glassybaby, there is something so fun about watching the glassblowers!

NM :: Ok so after all of that shopping, what are your favorite places grab a bite to eat?

RS :: I have to go with PaIisades for fresh Seattle seafood. The menu is incredible, the food is to die for and if you go for the Sunday brunch it’s like nothing else. I love Ristorante Paradiso (Kirkland) for delicious home cooked Italian food. I can be a bit of an Italian food snob and Ristorante Paradiso is amazing and never disappoints. Wild Ginger (Seattle location) is also at the top of my list for out of this world Thai food. I love the ambiance and the food is so flavorful and fresh.

NM :: On the topic of style, food and all things décor. Any favorite blogs we NEED to check out!?

RS & CM :: There are so many we love! A Bowl Full of Lemons is one of our favorites because it features trendy organizing tips! Other favorites include :: Amber Interiors, Emily Henderson, Coco Kelley, Zen Habits, and Decor8.

NM :: Sign us up! Ok last question, hidden talents! Do you have any that you’d like to share?

RS :: This is soooo random but I’ve learned through the years I’m kind of a talented arm wrestler (if there’s such a thing). For my size (5’2”) you’d never know it.

CM :: I never forget a face, I literally could have met you once 20+ years ago and I will remember when and where. Unfortunately, I will probably forget your name though.

NM :: Those are great ones! Anything else you think we need to know?

CM :: Rachel and I literally met in a sandbox, we were both wearing our daughters, who were infants at the time, and chasing our boys who were toddlers. We clicked immediately and have been laughing and supporting each ever since.

RS :: Carrie and I couldn’t be more excited to start NEAT Method Seattle. We are energized and ready to bring the luxurious, clean and modern look of NEAT to Seattle. Our work ethic, collaboration and individual talents will create a successful partnership with NEAT and our future clients.

You two are just the cutest and we’re so lucky to have you as part of the NEAT team! If you know of anyone that needs organizing in the Seattle area, please reach out to Carrie or Rachel!

xx,
the NEAT girls

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