Monday 12.05.16

The #1 Reason We are Excited to be Back in this City....

We are beyond thrilled to announce we are re-launching our Dallas market and we could not have found a better gal to take the reigns on doing so! Not only is she one of the NEATest we've ever met, but she's also a born and raised Texas girl that holds her Dallas roots near and dear to her heart! Please join us in welcoming our newest NEAT girl, Margaret Brown! 

So let's dive right in and get to know her...

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N :: Ok, Margaret, what did you do before you decided to launch NEAT Method in your town?

M :: I managed a team of consultants at a fashion tech company in Dallas. It was an incredible experience to be a part of a company in their start-up phase and to see it grow into a International business with hundreds of employees worldwide.

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N :: How long have you lived in Dallas? 

M :: 26 years! I grew up in Dallas, stayed for undergraduate and was lucky to find incredible professional opportunities in my hometown. 

N :: What would you say makes Dallas a unique city?

M :: The thing I love so much about Dallas is that while it is a large, growing metropolitan area there are little pockets throughout the city that are so cozy and quaint. Even though I've lived in Dallas for my entire life, I still discover new areas that I never knew existed before and am amazed at how much I still have left to explore. 

 

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N :: What are your favorite places to shop in your city? 

M :: Great question! Dallas has INCREDIBLE shopping (one of the many reasons I see no need to ever leave). Neiman Marcus, is headquaretered in Dallas so the stores here have great selections. I also love walking around the shops in Highland Park Village. They recently opened an Alice + Olivia Boutique and a Draper James store in Highland Park Village, which are both like kryptonite for me. Also, I have become obessed this past year with a local brand, Mi Golondrina. Everything is hand-made in Mexico, and has the most exquisite embrodiery!

N :: That all sounds amazing! What about favorite places to eat? 

M :: One of the other main reasons I never see a need to move away from Dallas is the food. One of my all-time favorite lunch spots is the T-Room at Forthy Five Ten. For dinner, it is hard to go wrong with Tex-Mex and Mi Cocina or Mesero are my go-tos.

 

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N :: What do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT in your city?

M :: I am excited about so many things! Mostly, I cannot wait to bring the NEAT lifestyle to Texas, and to get started on some fun projects. They say everything's bigger in Texas, and I know this will ring true for the before and after transformations we have in store here!

N :: What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?'

M :: I am a big believer that your home should be your haven and disorganization doesn't lend to a serence space. My clients can expect me to bring this philosophy to each project in Dallas. I'll be focused on creating the best possible spaces based on each client's individual needs in order to make their homes somewhere they can relax and unwind!

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

M :: I wish! 

N :: What is your favorite product to use to organize things: 

M :: I LOVE baskets. I especially love the water hyacinth bins from The Container Store. I have them all over my house storing everything from cleaning supplies to dvds, books and beauty products.

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N :: What blog do you think we NEED to follow now and why? 

M :: Oh this is a great question for me! I used to work as a business consultant for digital influencers (primarily fashion bloggers), so I have a few I really admire.

- If you don't follow Jillian Harris, you must! She has incredible content (fashion, baby, interior, beauty, etc!) and her writing is so entertaining and authentic. 

- I also can get wrapped up in New York based, A Cup of Jo. Joanna's content is so evergreen for women of any age and walk of life, that I can spend hours pouring through old posts in one sitting. 

- I also love all of our local Dallas bloggers like Being Bridget, Lone Star Southern, Lo Murphy and The Style Scribe.

N :: What business do you admire and why? 

M :: I really admire female entrepreneurs who are changing entire industries based on innovative, exciting ideas. I have been lucky to work with and for many incredible female entrepreneurs like the NEAT founders, and am so inspired by how through hard work and dedicationg amazing ideas can become tangible realities. Two female-founded companies with ties to Texast that I really admire right now are Bumble and Outdoor Voices. I would love to pick both founders' brains and hear their stories on starting and building revolutionary companies at such a young age.

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N :: We love all of those 'must-follow' stories! Thanks for sharing! Anything else you'd love to share with our readers about yourself? 

M :: My dog, Gracie, is my very favorite thing in the entire world! She was a stray that I rescued as a puppy on a complete impulse. It was one of the best decisions I ever made!

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Come on...could you be any cuter?!?! We are so, so happy to welcome you into our NEAT family and can't wait to see what BIG things you do in Dallas. They sure are lucky to have you! 

Friends, Family and Followers, if you know of anyone that needs organizing in the area or that wants to be considered for Margaret's team, please do not hesitate to reach out! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Friday 12.02.16

What A Girl Wants...

In the words of Christina Aguilera...."What a girls wants, what a girl needs, whatever makes me happy and sets you free!"...we are once again taking advantage of the start of December by sharing some of the NEAT girls' holiday wish lists! So...please let our husbands, friends and family members know if you see them.

Obvioulsy, first and foremost comes what a NEAT girl wants, but stay tuned in the upcoming weeks to find out what some of the men, children and organized NEAT freaks will be getting as well!

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1) Joyce, in Naples, would love to see a new Staub in her new kitchen.

2) Laura, from Naperville, is looking for a new planner to keep her organized in 2017. 

3) Our San Diego girl, Katie, wants this Natalie Borton piece to add to her jewelry collection. 

4) Our Denver newlywed, Allo, is hoping for some new furnishings like this fun chair this year. 

5) Lisa, wants to up her San Francisco street style with these cute new boots

6) Ashley, in DC, is hoping roses that last a year will appear under her tree. 

 

Cheers to the Holiday Season and to all of you! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 11.17.16

NEAT Launches a New Market - Find out Where!

Happy Thursday NEAT friends! We are one week away from celebrating Thanksgiving, but the NEAT girls are already so thankful to be launching our 20th city! We are happy to announce that the most magical place on earth will now be the most organized as well. Please meet Meg Wittman from Orlando! We interviewed Meg so that you could get to know our newest NEAT girl as well. Take a peek at this interview to see why Meg is the perfect addition to the team!

NM:: Hi Meg! We are so happy you’ve joined the team - tell us why you wanted to run NEAT in your city.
 
MW:: I wanted to run NEAT in Orlando because I fell head over heels with the brand and wanted to bring it into my market. I love clean lines using efficient and beautiful organization systems and that's exactly what NEAT stands for. I believe everyone should be NEAT, and I want to use my passion and talents to help others.
 

 

NM:: So, tell us! What did you do before you ran NEAT?
 
MW:: Before NEAT I was an analyst at a large regional bank. In my role, I not only analyzed data, but I also had to create efficient systems and ways of doing business. Organization in the workplace proved to be one of my best assets and led me to realize I should pursue organizing professionally.
 
NM:: It sounds like we have a smarty pants on our hands! Do you have any hidden talents that we should know about?
 
MW:: Many, actually! I am a singer, actor and dancer so I absolutely love to perform. I was an extra in a Katherine Heigl movie and a lead in a made-for-tv movie where I played an amish mother. I'm also an avid baker. My chocolate chip cookies are delicious and I make a chocolate espresso cake that is to die for.
 
NM:: We all have a special place in our hearts for the city that is so famous for that lovable mouse, but what else makes Orlando unique? 
 
MW:: Orlando is a city of opportunities and many flock to the area from the north, all over the US and even Internationally. I especially love Orlando because, even though we are smack dab in the middle of the state, you are never more than 10 minutes away from the water with all of our beautiful lakes! I grew up in the area for 10 years, but I've only been back in the city for 4 months. I absolutely love being back and seeing all the progress the city has made in the 15 years I lived elsewhere.
 
NM:: So you are officially amidst a move!! Give us some of your best moving advice - any tips/tricks?
 
MW:: Moving can be very stressful, but the best advice I've come up with is not to delay your organization and tidying! You can begin sorting through your items before you pack them. There's no sense in unpacking a box just to realize you don't need anything in it. Also it is essential to keep like items together so you can unpack each box in its entirety rather than half of one box, 1/4 of another, etc. Make packing and unpacking as easy as possible for yourself. You won't regret it!
 
NM:: So now that you are back in Orlando, we would love an insiders take  – what are your favorite places to shop in your city? 
 
MW:: I love heading over to Park Avenue. If you are ever in town, the entire place is worth walking around. More specifically, I love The Partridge Tree for great gift finds, Arabella and Violet Clover for a new addition to my wardrobe and finally, See Eyewear for the worlds best specs! 
 
NM:: Besides the Orlando shopping, every NEAT girl wants to know…what is your favorite product to use to organize things?
 
MW:: I love acrylic for organizing for two reasons: You can see through the trays or bins to know what is inside, and also I love the way acrylic can almost sparkle in a well lit area. Acrylic trays are especially great for jewelry, accessories & makeup.
 
NM::Tell us, what do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT in your city?
 
MW:: My favorite part of running NEAT will be seeing the beautiful before & after pictures and my clients' reactions. I love helping people and making their life easier and I cannot wait to give my clients peace of mind when their spaces are tidy and NEAT.
 
 
NM:: You will be wowing clients in no time, we are sure! What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?
 
MW:: My clients can expect me to be on site working with joy and determination. I love to get the job done efficiently, but also bring light and joy to the space. Also, because I majored in musical theatre, you may sometimes hear me hum or sing along as I'm working.
 
NM:: Okay, last question,:: Since you seem to surprise us with something fun about yourself time and time again, is there anything else you think we need to know?
MW:: I always have some interesting tidbits:
 
My guilty pleasure is infomercials. They are so cheesy and always overacted, but I find them fascinating and although I've never purchased anything from an infomercial, I've always been tempted.
 
If I had a last meal on earth it would be a big juicy burger with french fries and a milkshake.
 
I completed the Tough Mudder. It was one of the hardest physical things I've done, but so worth it!
 
I am a mom model for Fisher Price, and you can actually see me on several product packages!
 

NM:: You are seriously a woman of all trades, Meg. We are happy you decided you needed to add NEAT to your arsenal! Orlando, time to get organized!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 11.15.16

4 Quick Ways to Update Your Craft Space This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for holiday hostess gifts, family presents and greeting cards. No matter how big or small your space is, there is always a place in the home that holds crafting items such as gift wrap, cards, ribbon, scissors, and tape. During the holidays, that space is used more than any other time! We wanted to share 4 fast ways you can update your space to make it more functional this season.
 
Tip #1:: Categorize :: It seems like a simple suggestion but make sure you have like items together. Dedicating space for each category allows you to find what you are looking for with ease. 
 

Tip #2:: Eliminate :: We often hold onto every pen and paper pad we have ever received. Take just one minute to recycle/trash anything that doesn’t inspire you. Test your pens and markers out and keep only the best. Trust us, you will never pick a dried out pen to write your holiday cards!

Tip #3:: Contain :: When it comes to craft spaces we love anything and everything that is clear! Craft items are typically colorful which looks fun and inspiring in anything that you can see through. It also helps you recall what you already have in your space.

Tip #4:: Keep it Together :: No matter how large or small your space is, make sure your craft items don’t creep into other areas of your home. Trust us, if all the craft items are stored together, you are sure to create the most beautiful gift this holiday season.

Happy Crafting!
Xx
the NEAT girls
 
Tuesday 11.08.16

Find Out Who NEAT is Voting For This Election...

As we are sure most of you know, today is Election Day in the United States. At this point you would have had to have lived under a rock not to know who the candidates are and we are ready to share who we at NEAT are voting for…

Did you seriously think we were going to make NEAT political? We have completed our own votes for our recent favorite organized spaces.  No matter what party you favor, we are sure that these spaces would get your vote! The winner for best shoe solution goes to Melanie in Las Vegas. She used the Ikea Billy Bookshelves to complete this amazing shoe closet in a challenging space!

Our latest favorite pantry goes to Laura in Naperville. We love that she mixed and matched some of our favorite products from the Container Store to complete this perfectly appointed space.

Ashley in Washington, DC got top votes after working with wood hangers in this posh closet. 

Speaking of Closets, Liz in Milwaukee was voted best closet update. Check out the fun wallpaper used behind to add a pop! 

Finally, Alex in St. Louis got the vote for most motivating. We love the use of this smaller space dedicated to workout apparel. 

No matter what political side you fall on, get out and vote today! Then, after you are finished voting, get organized.

xx

the NEAT girls

Monday 11.07.16

5 Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas We Will be Copying This Year

If you are anything like a NEAT girl, you have already starting purchasing holiday gifts and are thinking ahead to how they will be wrapped this year. It will come as no surprise that we think the prettiest gifts are typically wrapped very simply. This year, we have found some serious inspiration online that we had to share with you! Here are the top 5 people we will be copying this year for our holiday gift wrap. 

#1 Feast your eyes on this beauty from Boxwood Avenue. We love their use of a fresh tree branch, simple black and white string and of course...the LABEL.

#2 When we found this image and blog post by Lauren Kelp we agreed it was time to "ditch the tra-dish"!

#3 If, of course, traditional is more your thing, we have never seen brown paper packages tied up with string more beautifully than here at One Beautiful Home. The addition of the names written in gold is SO PERFECT!

#4 We have offically done some light stalking of Gather & Feast and we are not afraid to admit it! These simple gift tags are EVERYTHING and did we mention the have FREE ones to download on their site? You're welcome. :)

Finally, even if you are just handing out some goodies to neighbors this year, we think you should be contacting A Fabulous Fete to create some tags for you. We were drooling over every. little. thing. in her etsy shop!

Officially inspired? Happy gifting!

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 10.27.16

Top 3 Pinterest Boards You Must Follow Today

The NEAT Girls have been talking a lot about Pinterest this week. Why you might ask? Well mostly because it is our number one driver of social traffic to our website. Therefore, for obvious reasons, pinning holds a special place in our hearts! 

Becasuse we love Pinterest and spend a bit (read:: A TON) of time on the site, we thought we would share the top 3 boards we find inspiration from. Here are some secrets to get to PInterest's best organizing ideas in seconds. 

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Okay... we lied... we aren't going to share the three boards QUITE yet...First and foremost make sure you are following ALL of NEAT's boards, we are constantly sharing our latest and greatest tips and spaces. #Humblebrag

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Okay, on to the top 3!  Absolutely make sure you are following the House Beautfiul organizing board! They are always pinning inspirational images that are sure to push you to take the next step towards organizational bliss.

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We also cannot get enough of the Good Housekeeping's organizing board. They tend to offer a lot of DIY options so if that's your thing, this is your board! Did you also happen to see that we worked with their Editor in Chief, Sophie Donaldson? We can't wait to share how things turned out soon!

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And finally follow Today Show's organizing board! This board is full of simple guides and quick tips for each area of your home.

Don't forget to always repin the ones you like best so that other NEAT freaks can find what they need in a time effecient manner! Happy Pinning! 

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 10.20.16

Apartment 34's Dream Pantry Design

Over the past few months we have been collaborating on a really fun project that we have been dying to tell you all about! We had the privilage of working with the adorable Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34 to create the pantry of her dreams.

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As always, our goal with Erin's pantry was to make it so that she could see everything that she has and to keep like type items together. These are the two key ingredients to a highly functional pantry!

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However, the organizing can't really even begin without a properly designed space. Therefore, we were so glad that California Closets was also involved in this make-over because they were able to give us a great framework to work within. 

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Once the installation was complete it was on to the to NEAT details. We took inventory of everything Erin had and got our favorite products from The Container Store to stock up on our favorite pantry storage items! Of course after implenting everything we went to town lableing! 

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How fun is this drawer feature that California Closets offers? We love using them for produce! 

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 And the final step to completing this, or any pantry for that matter, is to hire a good Photographer to capture the 'after'. Here is our favorite, Michelle Drewes, behind the scenes of these beautiful photos. 

For more photos and details on this design tranformation, head over to the Apartment 34 blog post! Enjoy! 

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 10.13.16

ROY G BIV Themed Party

You may have thought our love for using ROY G BIV stopped at home organizing but that isn't entirely true. Have you ever thought about using this color-coding system to style your parties?? Well if not, you might after seeing these inspirational images. 

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First up, a fruit snack from a party hosted by our talented San Francisco girl, Lisa Ruff! Proof that we just can't quit with color-coding our closets. 

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This image really takes it to the next level and we LOVE it! For more images from this cute backyard bash see Pink Peppermint Design

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Since a gathering isn't a party without lots of sweet treats, don't forget to add this rainbow macaron tower to your next soiree!

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And finally the next time you purchase fun straws, don't just stop at one color. There is just something extra exciting about sprinking in a few more colors from the rainbow. 

Whether inspiration for your theme or just the way to set up one party station, don't forget to invite ROY G BIV to your next function! He will make the event a lot brighter!

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 10.06.16

NEAT Pumpkin Carving Alternatives

There is nothing a NEAT girl loves more than preparing a home for the holidays! However, we tend to be a bit Type-A about the types of decorations that we allow. Are you surprised?! 

While pumpkin carving can be quite fun you also have to admit it can be the opposite of NEAT, and the outcome doesn't always match the asthetic of your home. This year we might be able to inspire you to put down the knife and bust out the paint with a few of our favorite carving alternatives. 

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How scrupmtious are these donut pumkins? We have our friends at Studio DIY to thank for this idea! 

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If you are feeling super artsy, it just doesn't get much better than these hand painted floral pumpkins from Craft Berry Bush!

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For those of us with slightly less Picasso in you, keep in mind that a solid color can also go a long way! Lovely Indeed is a perfect way to describe these pumpkins and also happens to be the name of blog where we found them. 

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Speaking of solid colors, how about using our favorite, ROY G BIV? So simple, yet so cute! Thanks Jaderbomb for the inspo!

Who is feeling excited about Halloween now? We know we are feeling PUMPed! 

Happy Decorating! 

xx,
the NEAT girls

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