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Thursday 05.25.17

Tiny House Living with a NEAT Girl

As you know, we love organizing houses of all shapes and sizes...but it wasn't until our San Diego team told us that one of their organizers actually lives in a real life TINY house did we realize what "true" organization actually looked like. Please meet Carissa Leach who lives in the most adorable tiny house you've ever seen with her photographer boyfriend, Noel! Carissa, please tell us everything...

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Our tiny house is 8'-6" wide x 13'-6" high x 24' long with the tongue. It weighs 10,540 lbs. (We drove it onto a truck scale when we were finished with the build!)  
 
Noel and I spent a great deal of time thinking about how we would be using the space and what sort of items we use most often. Noel has construction experience and I learned how to draft floor plans while studying Interior Design, so we are at an advantage when it comes to DIY!  
 
A bathtub, king-size bed, dishwasher and washer/dryer were key components of the design process. We began sketching and mapping out the house around them. Every inch counts when you only have 260sf to work with and the details are crucial! I started a bunch of boards on Pinterest, tore pages out of magazines and visited tile stores for design inspiration. After a few months, rough blueprints in hand, we began sourcing materials and bought the trailer bed.  
 
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We planned on having open vertical space in the kitchen and decided to install a metal rack to store pots and rails to hang pans and utensil caddies.  The kitchen cabinets are fairly high up so we store less used items in them.  The open shelving look appeals to us and we knew clear glass jars were the way to go!  A lazy suzan was built into the corner cabinet and holds most of our dry goods. 
 
We designed floating stairs with a built-in desk underneath for a modern look.  A small file cabinet holds all of our important documents and I walk immediately from my mailbox to the recycling bin and discard unimportant papers.  The stairs take you up to the loft where we built a walnut and polycarbonate closet for our hanging clothes and fabric baskets for folded garments.  We donated and scaled down to what we thought would fit and then donated some more.  The interesting thing about living in a tiny house is that it challenges us to really think about our purchases and if we truly need a product or not.  
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A pocket door was built to slide into the bathroom wall using polycarbonate to let light through and make the space feel open.  We lifted the mirrored cabinets a few inches above the floor to make the room seem spacious.  An outdoor shower extends off the back to rinse sandy feet from beach outings and wash out wetsuits.   
 
Everything from the reclaimed redwood to the cabinet hardware was handpicked and installed/built by us!  (Except for the spray-foam insulation.) 
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Carissa, this house could not be any cuter! You and Noel did an amazing job. Thanks for showing all of us the importance of minimalism and how any size place can be bright and cheery if you put some effort into it. Wish we could move in...if only it could fit all of us! 

:: SHOP THE POST HERE ::

 

 

xx

the NEAT girls

* all photos taken by Noel Gray

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Monday 05.15.17

One More Reason to LOVE Manhattan!

Believe it or not, there's definitely a reason they call it the BIG apple! It's just so big with so many people...and most of those people live in small spaces that need to be as organized as possible! We are super happy to announce that Manhattan is getting a second NEAT girl. The demand was so impressive that we figured it was time to bring on another NEAT team there. Please meet Louisa Roberts! Our new NEAT IOP of NYC!

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NM :: Hi Louisa! Welcome to our NEAT family! We are so excited to have you. Our readers love learning all about the new girl in town. Please tell us a little about yourself. What brought you to NEAT Method and what were you doing before this? 

LR :: I actually found NEAT Method from an article on Glitter Guide and was immediately intrigued. For the past four years, I have worked in recruiting, HR, and administration in both the staffing and finance industry. I knew it was time for a change though and was excited to learn about this opportunity! 

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NM :: How long have you lived there?

LR :: I have lived here for a little over three years. I moved to the financial district of New York City in 2014 and then I moved to Jersey City in 2015. I will always be a small-town Pennsylvania girl at heart though.

NM :: What do you feel makes your city so unique?

LR :: New York City offers so much! I love the variety of things to do here—one weekend can be filled with shopping, a nice dinner, and a show, while the next might be a relaxing picnic in my favorite park. Anything is possible at any time!

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NM :: NYC is definitley unique! What are some of your favorite places to shop and eat there? 

LR :: I like to shop at the new Westfield World Trade Center. The Oculus is a magnificent space surrounded by a lot of shops. I also love to browse at local boutiques near my apartment like Vivi Girl Shop, Kanibal Co., Feena, and Mint Market. As far as food, the options are endless. Most of the time, I am eating pasta at an Italian restaurant or enjoying a cheese plate at a wine bar. My favorite restaurants are Razza, Aria, Lelabar, and dell’anima

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NM :: Besides all of your favorite local spots...who are some of your favorite influencers/businesses? 

LR :: My go-to bloggers for home inspiration are Syd and Shea McGee (@studiomcgee) and Jacquelyn Clark (@larkandlinen). For fashion and lifestyle bloggers, you need to follow Arielle Charkas (@somethingnavy) and Stephanie Sterjovki (@stephsterjovski). As far as businesses, I have recently been admiring design services like Homepolish, Havenly, and Laurel & Wolf. They all have huge networks of talented designers across the country. I love finding inspiration through their photos and home tours!

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NM :: Speaking of home inspiration, what is your most and least organized space in your own home? 

LR :: My closet is probably my most organized space. Of all of the places in my apartment, I feel like this space is truly mine to organize (and rearrange as often as I want!). The coat closet/only spare closet in my apartment is the least organized space. It’s a catch-all for everything. I haven't found a good way to organize the shoes, coats, umbrellas, bags, vacuum, tennis rackets, holiday decorations—you name it. There’s really so much going on in this tiny closet. Eeeekkk!

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NM :: Ok, now for the NEAT stuff? What do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT in your city? 

LR :: This is tough to answer! I know I am going to enjoy so much about running NEAT here! Most of all, I’m looking forward to transforming clients spaces so they can live happier, more organized lives.

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

LR :: I promise not to judge! I know how difficult creating a neat, organized space can be. I will be patient and work with you, despite how big the task at hand. I’m here to help make life a little bit easier!

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Yay! We are so excited for you Louisa and are thrilled that even more clients in Manhattan will get to experience the NEAT life! We can't wait to see what you do and are proud to have you as part of our NEAT team! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 04.27.17

A NEAT Girl’s Guide to Minimalism

Minimalism is often misunderstood, but at its core it is the intentional act of simplifying one’s life. Or in other word's it is music to a NEAT girl's ears! 

What is even better is that it has become super trendy to minimize. With documentary's like Nexflix's Minimalism we are feeling extra inspired these days to declutter our own homes. Our Orlando NEAT girl, Meg, has been particularly motivated and was nice enough to share some images and tips with us of what minimalism looks like in Florida these days.

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TIP #1 :: MINIMIZE your possessions.
Take an honest look at your possessions and part with items you don’t need:

- Clothing you never wear
- Duplicate kitchen items you don’t need
- Travel sized toiletries you never use

Then donate them for a tax break, giveaway to friends, or sell these items on eBay, Letgo or other resale apps for some extra cash.

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TIP #2 :: MAXIMIZE your purchases.
Each time you purchase a new item you should ask yourself: 

- Do I need it?
- Do I love it?
- Do I have anything like it?

TIP #3 :: MINIMIZE your activities.
Minimize the non-essential activities that you don’t enjoy:

- If you dread grocery shopping, perhaps try a service like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh so you only have the food items you need on hand.
- Ask yourself if all of the activities you participate in are still serving you well. If not, it might be time to cleanse the 'ole schedule a bit as well. 

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TIP #4 :: MAXIMIZE your opportunities.
Consider adding an activity, or two, that truly makes you happy:

- Taking a regular workout class
- Going for daily walks
- Joining a gym
- Spending more time with your loved ones

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Who's excited to re-evaluate some things in your life? Thanks Meg for sharing how Orlando is taking minimalism to a whole new level!! 

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 03.23.17

{Spring}-spiration for Every Room of Your House

Spring brings on the desire to feel refreshed and ready for warmer weather. Not only is it time for spring cleaning to take place, but it's also the perfect time to get yourself reorganized. As some of us await that crisp Sping air...we figured we'd share a little inspiration to get you dreaming of open windows and walks outside again. 

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We hope our pics inspired you as much as creating them inspired us! Just think by the time you get your home organized, Spring will be here! Don't forget, you can always call on a NEAT girl to come and complete the job for you! 

xx

the NEAT girls

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

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

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

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

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 09.27.16

Step Inside Co-Founder, Ashley Murphy's Renovated Home

Back in July we shared a glimpse into the behind the scenes "design" that filled many spaces of Ashley Murphy's home! Believe it or not, being organized isn't the only thing that she has a passion for. She's sharing with us today a fun tour of much more than just organized spaces of her home....

* all photos c/o Courtney Cimo

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Ashley :: It's no secret that I'm a Type A perfectionist! Hence starting a Professional Organizing company. The desire for everything to be perfect though, can definitely bite you in the you know what though when it comes to decorating your home. With a house that was built in 1873, I had to throw all desires to be perfect out the window and learn to embrace old character and imperfections. I quickly learned that I love the challenge of transforming something that's a bit out of date into something that tells a story. Our whole house definitely needs a little face lift, but my husband keeps telling me that it doesn't need to happen over night.  

My only rule was that we had to keep the original hardwood floors. After much trial with ideal stain/color and proper application to old creeky floors, we finally found someone willing to help us maintain the integrity of the old, but allow for the fresh update that I desired. My next challenge was coming up with  a design aesthic that I felt was exactly what I wanted in this old house. So, I enlisted the help of a local Chicago designer, Jeff Jones and one of Neat's girls, Lauren Combs and quickly discovered that I had a thing with Modern meeting Traditonal design. I knew I wanted it to be fun and playful, but also polished and simplistic. I just didn't know how to pull it off without being boring!

We will save the before pics for another post, but trust me when I say...it was bad! The walls were literally lime green and brown (no joke), so it definitley took much imagination to see that the house had much potential! There will be many more stories to tell down the road, but for now...here's a peek into some of the main rooms of our house!

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traditional homes, old farm house, fixer upper home, white farm house, ashley murphy, modern home decor, green design ideas, modern furniture, vintage ideas

     

traditional homes, old farm house, fixer upper home, white farm house, ashley murphy, modern home decor, green design ideas, modern furniture, vintage ideas

     

traditional homes, old farm house, fixer upper home, white farm house, ashley murphy, modern home decor, green design ideas, modern furniture, vintage ideas

     

traditional homes, old farm house, fixer upper home, white farm house, ashley murphy, modern home decor, green design ideas, modern furniture, vintage ideas

     

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I was more than happy with the first chapter of our renovation and couldn't have done it without Jeff and Lauren. Thanks to both of you for convincing me to let my hair down and trust that color and patterns are a good thing! Ha! As mentioned, there will be many more stories to tell in this home of ours, but for now...back to playing with these two boys who are busy destroying my polished and perfected plan!

xx

Ashley Murphy

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