Wednesday 02.15.17

Inside Scoop on our 2017 NEAT Summit

As you probably saw on or social media channels, we spent last week as a team living it up in Austin, Texas at our Annual NEAT Summit. Many of you asked, "What do you all do at the Summit?" We wanted to share (and relive!) our week with you today!

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First, the AMAZING company, 1-800-GOT-JUNK came and hosted an amazing kick off/happy hour for us. We learned more about their services and how they help people get NEAT. Thank you so much to Danielle and Holt for helping start the week off right! If you haven't used them before, we think the best part is how the junk haulers are seriously ALWAYS the NICEST people (we think it's their Canadian roots). For sure check them out!

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Can we tell you how much we loved Austin?? Between the live music, excellent barbeque, and adorable accomodations with Wallerspace we might make Austin our permanent Summit location!

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We enlisted the help of two phenomenal local photographers to help us step up our photography game and had such a blast! If you ever need someone in Austin, for sure reach out to Ashleigh and Katie!

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We are sure you saw our lettering competion (cashews for the win!) but it wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for Jesilyn. She taught us the in's and out's of the perfect lettering for every situation. We are now obsessed with "faking" calligraphy! 

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Most importantly, we got to spend time as a team, get to know each other better, support each other, and share ideas of how to grow our businesses in 2017.  

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Cheers to the NEAT life!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 02.07.17

The NEATest Bathroom Reno You MUST SEE

Happy Tuesday! We are starting a new blog takeover series that starts today! The NEAT girls in each city are going to share some of their personal secrets to living the NEAT life. Today, Lisa from San Francisco is sharing the behind the scenes of not one, but TWO bathroom renovations that were just completed in her home. If you are thinking about starting a bathroom renovation, Lisa has compiled a list of everything you should think of as you begin the process. Without further adieu... take it away, Lisa!

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Hi there!  Not only do I run the SF market for NEAT, but I also just survived back-to-back bathroom renovations with two small children, one frantic search for a toilet and lots of wine.
 
After living in our apartment for four years, my husband and I knew it was time to start the dreaded “R” word—renovation.  Our goal was to create beautiful bathrooms that maximize every spare inch.  I think we succeeded (if I do say so myself) so I wanted to share a few of my favorite organizational tips from the renovation. 
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Readers – hear me now. The edge of the tub is NOT a proper storage solution.  #Truth.  How do you avoid this?  Shower niches! 
 
People (ie, my husband) thought I was being ridiculous when I insisted on two in each shower, but I knew it would be the right choice.  I choose the simplest configuration, placed horizontally and there’s zero regret.  
 
Pro tip: Once you decide on a niche, check to make sure your tallest bottle (probably shampoo) will fit.  Once the niche is tiled in, you’re out of luck and back to edge of the tub organizing. 
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The one organizing tip that might seem odd, but has been a game changer for our nighttime routine is moving my girls’ pajamas to the bathroom.  Rather than bathe them in the bathroom, then move the entire circus to their bedroom, it all happens in one place.  This simple change made our nights calmer and quicker.

Besides wanting beautiful, functional bathrooms, I knew we needed to maximize storage because we don’t have a proper linen closet (City living. Am I right?).  Here are two additional ways we accomplished this:

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We floated our vanities and placed baskets underneath for quick access to toilet paper and Kleenex.  Bonus: guests no longer rummage through our bathroom cabinets to find extra toilet paper because it’s in easy-to-reach, labeled bins.  Visually our bathrooms also seem a bit bigger and airier because of the open space. 

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For our master bath, we switched to Turkish towels.  Not only are they beautiful, but you can also fit three Turkish towels in the space you could fit one traditional towel.  This saved a lot of space. 

What organizational solutions have you “pinned” for your dream bathroom renovation?  Share below.  We would love to hear about them! 

xx

Lisa 

Thursday 01.26.17

10 Ways to Spice Things Up in Your Kitchen

What do you think? Are you ready to spice things up a bit in your kitchen?

As you know, we love sharing our favorite tips and tricks with you, but have found that everyone's style of living NEAT is slightly different. With that in mind, we thought we would share some of our OTHER favorite things we have found to make your spice area the best yet! First, you must choose your spice jar. Obviously, we love to use these from the Container store, but if you are looking for something less conventional, here are a few of our other favorites...

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The stainless option is great for a more modern home. Keep in mind that this is only good if you are going to be looking at the spices "head on" since they will all look the same from the top. 

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This picture alone made us want these hexagon glass jars. If you love something that is streamlined but a little different, this could definitely be your look!

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Finally, if you like a more "found objects" look in your home, these jars with the cork top are perfect for you!

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Not ready to commit to refilling spice jars everytime you run out? We get it! There are very pretty spice jar options that you can just buy and use prefilled instead. We believe it is best to stick with one brand when purchasing spices. It creates the same, beautiful, uniform, look as purchasing jars. For example, if you are a big cook, you might love these from Dean & Deluca. 

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You can also find these from Spice Island at many grocery stores or online. 

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Finally, this happens to be a personal NEAT favorite when it comes to spices!

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If you have decided to take your spices to the next level, that means you are going to need to label them! We have found THE BEST labels to purchase, download and DIY! We have to start with our major etsy crush, IttyBittyPaperCo. We cannot begin to describe how much we love these. If you follow us on instagram, you may already know! 

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If you are looking for a simpler look, we found this site that helps you make a beautiful label like these shown above!

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Are you looking for something that has a rectangle shape? We get it - sometimes the circle isn't for every kitchen. Here you go!

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FINALLY.... are you wanting to write your labels on your own?? Finding the perfect pen is seriously 99.9% of the battle. UNTIL you find an epic site that shares what every pen looks like, what it writes on, and where to buy it. We are not even kidding, THANK YOU Elaine from JetPens Blog.

Ready to tackle your spices? When you are finished, tag us! We can't wait to see!

xx

the NEAT girls

Wednesday 01.25.17

Are You A NEAT Girl?

Do you have an OCD-like affinity for organization? Does your jaw drop when we post a newly NEAT space on Instagram? Have you always wanted to run your own business? 

If you answered yes to these questions then we are here to tell you that you might just be a NEAT girl - or at the very least...an ideal candidate to learn more about our Independent Organizing Professional program! 

This video tells you exactly why the IOP program was created and why NEAT continues to add cities across America.

Having NEAT girls in 22 cities is something we never could have imagined six years ago. We used to wake up everyday with a sole purpose to make our client's homes as NEAT as possible, but now we wake up hoping to teach others everything they would need to know to launch, build and run their own organizing business!

We are ready to hit the ground running in 2017 and see our city count grow even more, but first we need to know, are you a NEAT girl? If so, we would LOVE to hear from you. All you have to do to start is to write joinNEAT@neatmethod.com and tell us where you live and what makes you so NEAT! Can't wait to hear from you. 

xx
the NEAT girls

Tuesday 01.17.17

Our Top 5 Pantry Products for Every Home!

While we can humbly brag that we think our pantries are pretty great;), we can't do so without recognizing the things that actually make them really shine - the products! We're sure you've heard us say it before, but truly utilizing quality products is the only way to create a sustainable solution.

So let's take a closer look at our recent pantry reveal and what products we have to thank for this beautiful photo!

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First and foremost, it should be noted that all of the products you see can be found at The Container Store!

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In the image below you will see 3 of our all time favorite pantry products. 

First up is the Hyacynith basket which appears in nearly all of our pantries!  However, no basket is complete without a cute hang tag to remind you and everyone else in your home, where everything is supposed to live. 

Also noteworthy are the small glass spice jars which can also be used for sprinkles! How fun is that?

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Now lets talk about OXO canisters. You might be wondering why these are necessary, but really the reasons are endless.... they keep your dried foods fresh, are stackable allowing you to maximize space, and ensure that you can see everything you have. On the left of the image below you will find our favorite candy jars, which are also great for snacks or anything else you want to be able to quickly grab as you go. 
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For more of our favorite pantry organizing products be sure to check out our shop page, but not before you watch this quick 5 step video on how to organize pantry snacks!!

Now that you know which products to use to make your pantry picture perfect, its time to get started! Happy organizing!

xx
the NEAT girls

Monday 01.09.17

5 Steps to An Organized Pantry

After six years of organizing spaces and sharing photos of our work, we thought it was time to show you a bit more about what we do and how we do it. We are kicking of 2017 with a series of "How to Videos" that you will NOT want to miss! You've asked and we are excited to deliver the first of many NEAT Method videos! Since NEAT pantries are by far our most popular space, we decided to start by revealing our '5 Steps To An Organized Pantry' first. 

Drum roll please .... 

Don't worry, there is a lot more where that came from. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay updated on our video releases.

A special thanks to The Container Store for their amazing products and our favorite videographers at Filmtwist. Thanks for making our jobs even more fun!

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Oh and in case you missed our video teaser from last week, here is the blooper reel to get you even more excited about what's to come. Or at least give you a good laugh!

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 01.05.17

Inside the Home of House Beautiful's Editor in Chief

We were recently brought in to help transform a closet for House Beautiful's, Sophie Donnelson. Now, this wasn't just any closet, but one her 4 year old son was to share with his new baby brother. We were excited for the challenge and knew that with enough team effort the space would become as functional and beautiful as possible. Working hand in hand with California Closets on the design and us on the actual organizing, we created one of the cutest, most functional spaces we have ever seen. 

The first thing we did was review the closet design to make sure we understood all of the dimensions and placement. Then we went right to work on coming up with best products to fit that space. It was most important to Sophie for us stick with products that she loved, but still fit all of her needs. That's where our friends at Pottery Barn Kids came in! They had the perfect selection to fit the aesthetic of the room. You will see from the before photo below that the space was not at it's full potential! 

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We then arrived for organizing day to sort, categorize and color code everything and make way for the new closet to be installed. We learned that Sophie's oldest son had a love for toy cars, books and gadgets. Making it extremely important that he was still able to access all of those things even though his brother would be taking over a good portion of the closet. 

The second most important thing was for Sophie to be able to access everything she needed for baby with ease. Picture this...a kid at your feet with toys strewn about, a baby on your hip and trying to access the closest burp cloth or diaper. It was that exact image that we used for inspiration when we put the puzzle back together.

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What a difference, right?? By starting with a professional closet installation, then making sure the space was perfectly planned and laid out, we were able to make this transformation fit all the needs that Sophie requested. 

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This was definitely a fun one and we couldn't have done it without the help of California Closets, Pottery Barn Kids and our amazing New York NEAT girls.

Ps. Rumor has it, Sophie and her family have been able to maintain this perfectly NEAT closet. 

xx

the NEAT girls

photo cred :: Cory Dawson Photography (minus photo one from our iPad)

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Wednesday 12.14.16

Scottsdale Has Some NEAT News...

As many of you know, Scottsdale has been one of our NEATest cities for a couple years now! Our girl, Mika Perry worked hard to teach the city why everyone there should live the NEAT life. After 2 years of hustle and bustle, she's excited to announce that she's handing over the reigns to her right hand girl, Emmaley Otis, in order to spend more time at home with her kids. We could not be more thrilled for Mika and beyond happy to officially welcome Emmaley as our new NEAT Method Licensed organizer. We think all of you will fall just as in love with her as we have! 

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N :: Tell us why you wanted to run NEAT in your city

E :: I love so many things about NEAT! I have been organizing on Mika’s Scottsdale team for a year and a half and have loved every minute.  I’ve learned from the best, and am so excited to take on the city myself and continue bringing the NEAT life to our clients!

N :: What did you do before you ran NEAT?

E :: I started out working on First Lady Laura Bush’s correspondence staff right out of college. Then, inspired by her focus on education, I decided to become a teacher and taught 4th grade in Sacramento, CA for nearly 10 years. When my husband’s job moved us to Phoenix, I was able to stay home with my son, JP.  He’s now in preschool, so it’s perfect timing for this new adventure!

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N :: What makes your city unique?

E :: At first glance, Phoenix/Scottsdale is such a sprawling metropolitan area, but I’ve really enjoyed exploring the variety of neighborhoods it has to offer. There’s definitely something for everyone – urban, suburban, desert, mountains and everything in between!

N :: How long have you lived in your city?

E :: A little over 2 years. It’s the only home our son remembers, so he is an Arizona kid to the core!

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

E :: Shopping in Phoenix and Scottsdale is hard to beat, and there’s lots to choose from! I love spending a day at Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter – such a great atmosphere and truly everything you need in one place! I also love KidStop for fun kid’s gifts and La Grande Orange for small, unique finds (and the best iced coffee while you browse!).

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

E :: Again, so many great options – it’s so hard to narrow it down! North Italia is our date night go-to, Chelsea’s Kitchen is definitely a family favorite (they give complimentary salted chocolate chip cookies on your way out the door!) and Virtu and Lon’s both have the most charming patios for a special night out.

 

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

E :: Oooh, I have a few favorites! Camille Styles has the loveliest photography and amazing content. I read her blog every day and often find myself revisiting old posts for inspiration. Dinner:  A Love Story just feels like home to me. Jenny Rosenstrach writes about family meals so beautifully and I devoured her latest book, How to Celebrate Everything. And finally, Thoughts by Natalie is actually how I discovered NEAT Method in the first place! Natalie wrote a post about her experience with NEAT in San Diego (I think Katie organized her pantry!) and I was immediately intrigued. Natalie’s clean, modern aesthetic is similar to mine, so I always look forward to checking out her recommendations.

N :: What business do you admire and why?

E :: I’m slightly obsessed with local business, Bloguettes. They host workshops (I hope to attend one this year!) and webinars to give tips and tools to maximize your social media/online presence. Their Instagram feed is AMAZING, and I just love the idea of such a cool group of women working together so creatively.  

 

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N :: Show us a picture of your most organized space and tell us what it is. 

E :: Our playroom, hands down! Toys are one of my favorite thing to organize, and I always appreciate how amazing it looks when everything is in its place. Kid friendly bins, baskets and labels make it easy to maintain on a daily basis!

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

E :: An energetic and friendly approach, a clear understanding of how your space needs to work for you, and the ability to arrange everyday items in a thoughtful, beautiful way.

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

E :: I always look forward to meeting new clients and transforming their spaces. Everyone’s home is so unique, and I love bringing calm and beauty to often overlooked areas like closets and pantries.

N :: Ok Em, anything else we should know about you?

E :: Well, I haven’t always been an organized person! In fact, I may have even been the messiest in my family growing up (my sisters will love reading this!). I can’t pinpoint the exact time it all changed - it was more of a slow realization that an organized life = happiness, and I’ve never looked back!

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Ha! That's amazing! A perfect testimonial as to why your clients will appreciate you and how you are about to transform their lives! We can't wait to see all of the great things you are going to do and are beyond happy to have you in our NEAT family!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 12.13.16

No Wish List is Complete without Something NEAT!!

Did you really think we were going to have this many wish lists without sharing the latest and greatest NEAT products we LOVE?!?! We rounded up favorite products from all of our cities and picked the Top 5 Organizing Products that you must get for the organized person in your life. Or...for the person that needs to be a little more organized! 

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1. Both Meg in Orlando and Allo in Denver thought this acrylic organizer is the perfect gift for a girl that likes to be a little fancy!

2. Katie in San Diego has a big obsession with these copper boxes right now. The uses are quite endless with these! 

3. Tatiana in Miami thinks that the New Year's celebration isn't complete without a brand new planner to go with it! 

4. Brooke in Chicago found this modern paper organizer to make for the perfect filing system on your desk!

5. And...Ashley H. in DC suggested the world's cutest spice jars for the person that likes to take it a step further in their organized kitchen!

Thursday 12.08.16

The Cutest Gift Ideas for Kids Brought To You by the NEAT girls!

Although sharing what we want for X-mas brings us much JOY...sharing what we want to get the kids in our life brings us even more! Mostly for the smiles that presents bring to their little faces. Check out our NEAT kid gift guide. Could these be any cuter?!?!

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1. Molly has this on her list for her little bakers. Might as well start them young!

2. Lauren in Detroit is excited to get her kids this interactive book and plush friend to go with it! 

3. Alex in St. Louis recommends some great storage bins to hold all of the toys they are about to get!

4. Lisa in San Francisco has this adorable sweater on her list for her girls. 

5. And...Laura in Naperville found the perfect play kitchen for her daughter. 

Ok, that's a wrap! Let us know if you want more ideas. We have plenty! Happy Shopping everyone!

xx

the NEAT girls

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