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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. 

Celsie Sneden, NEAT Method Kansas City, Professional Organizer, Home Organizing

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!

Celsie Sneden, NEAT Method Kansas City, Professional Organizer

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!

Celsie Sneden, NEAT Method Kansas City, Professional Organizer, Minnie Mouse, Disney

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.

Celsie Sneden, NEAT Method Kansas City, Professional Organizer

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. 

Celsie Sneden, NEAT Method Kansas City, Professional Organizer

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!

Celsie Sneden, NEAT Method Kansas City, Professional Organizer

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!

Celsie Sneden, NEAT Method Kansas City, Professional Organizer

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

 

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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!!

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

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

Wednesday 08.16.17

Salt Lake City, NEAT Method is here!

The Beehive state and the Great Salt Lake are about to get a whole lot NEATer! We’re excited to officially launch our next city… Salt Lake City, Utah! Read our interview below to find out more about our newest gal, Chelsea Thomas, and learn how she plans to bring more organization (and boba tea!) to the SLC area.

Chelsea Thomas, Home Organizer, Professional Organizer, Salt Lake City, Utah, NEAT Method, Organizing, Organization, Moves, Unpacking

NM :: Alright, Chelsea, please introduce yourself and tell us how you found your way to launching NEAT SLC!

CT :: Hi everyone! I’m Chelsea Thomas and I recently moved from Los Angeles back Salt Lake City a few months ago. I wanted to run NEAT in Salt Lake City because I ran out of places in my own home to organize! No but seriously, I find a lot of satisfaction in organizing messy spaces and I jumped at the chance to do something I enjoy for a living.

Chelsea Thomas, Home Organizer, Professional Organizer, Salt Lake City, Utah, NEAT Method, Organizing, Organization, Moves, Unpacking

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

CT :: I think what makes Salt Lake unique is how available the outdoors are within close proximity to the city. We are so lucky to have the beautiful Wasatch Mountains right outside our back door for hiking, skiing and camping.

Chelsea Thomas, Home Organizer, Professional Organizer, Salt Lake City, Utah, NEAT Method, Organizing, Organization, Moves, Unpacking

NM :: Tell us more about SLC! What are some your favorite places to shop and eat?

CT :: One of my favorite places to shop in Salt Lake is the Fashion Place Mall. I am a sucker for one-stop shops and I can find all my very favorite stores there including The Container Store! When I have more time on my hands I like to stop by Tai Pan for cutesy holiday decor. They also have great baskets.

When I lived in LA, I ate at Spitz probably once a week! I have to drive a little farther to my local Spitz in Salt Lake but I am obsessed with their yummy greek food. You have to try the donor basket with sweet potato fries. I am also really into Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade. The orange raspberry limeade and the St Francis with avocado is so, so good. As a huge fan of boba milk tea I also drive 30 minutes to Gossip Tapioca when I can. Best boba in the city.

Chelsea Thomas, Home Organizer, Professional Organizer, Salt Lake City, Utah, NEAT Method, Organizing, Organization, Moves, Unpacking

NM :: Ok let’s chat organized and disorganized spaces! What is the most organized space in your home?

CT :: The most organized space in my house is probably the open shelving in my bathroom. I was a little annoyed to have open wire shelving in place of a proper linen closet so I came up with a solution that looks pretty enough to always be on display. One of my very favorite organization products is the hyacinth basket line from The Container Store. They are sturdy and pretty and not too expensive. They work in tons of spaces and are very popular with lots of different people.

Chelsea Thomas, Home Organizer, Professional Organizer, Salt Lake City, Utah, NEAT Method, Organizing, Organization, Moves, Unpacking, Linen Closet, Hyacinth

NM :: Ok… now what about the least organized space? Everyone has one!

CT :: My least organized space is my husband’s office. He doesn't let me organize in there! Sometimes I get anxiety thinking about the closet in there.

Chelsea Thomas, Home Organizer, Professional Organizer, Salt Lake City, Utah, NEAT Method, Organizing, Organization, Moves, Unpacking

NM :: Ha we know that feeling all too well! What do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT SLC?

CT :: I can’t wait to help my client's homes run more smoothly and hear how their new organization is improving their busy lives. And of course, seeing the new space come together will be a lot of fun! My clients can expect a finished space that is completely organized in a way that is specific to their needs and tastes. And of course, it will look amazing! So the next time a guest walks into their pantry, garage, or playroom you can be proud rather than embarrassed.

NM :: And last but not least, our favorite question… any hidden talents or fun facts we should know about you?

CT :: While I am not usually a fan of cooking, I can make a pretty good sea salt cream jasmine tea with boba. I cook my own boba, which is something I started doing after moving from LA to Salt Lake. I am just a little too far from my favorite boba place here!

Chelsea Thomas, Home Organizer, Professional Organizer, Salt Lake City, Utah, NEAT Method, Organizing, Organization, Moves, Unpacking

NM :: Wow! When can we try some of this homemade boba?! We might have to plan a SLC trip soon just to do so! Anything else you want to share?

CT :: It just feels meant to be that I found NEAT Method and I’m so excited to get started organizing Salt Lake City!

NM :: Well the feeling is mutual Chelsea!!

If you are in Salt Lake and are eager to live the NEAT life, please reach out to Chelsea at Chelsea@neatmethod.com, she may just bring a boba tea if you are lucky.

xx,
the NEAT girls

Tuesday 08.15.17

The Lonestar State is about to get NEATer!

First Dallas, and now……. San Antonio! Please join us in welcoming our newest NEAT gal, April Chalk! Curious why San Antonio and why April?? You won't be after you read this interview with her!

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NM :: Alright April, how did you find your way to NEAT?

AC :: When my youngest son was starting school and I wanted to return to work, my husband asked me "If you could do anything and get paid for it, what would that thing be?" I quickly replied "declutter and organize closets" which started me on a journey into professional home organizing and to NEAT Method.

I hope that by doing something I love, I can create the peace and functionality in other's homes that will give them more time, space, and energy to focus on the people and things that they love. My goal is to help individuals and families to live their best lives by reviving their most important spaces.

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NM :: VERY well said! What makes San Antonio unique?

AC :: I am still getting to know San Antonio, but what I love so far is that even though it is the seventh-most populated U.S. city, it somehow still has more of a small-town feel. There is a beautiful natural landscape (lots of hills and trees), a rich cultural and historical heritage, and tons of fun things to do. It is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. I have only lived here for about 10 months, but we plan on making it a long-term thing. Maybe someday I will be able to call myself a true Texan!

NM :: Texas is lucky to have you! Where are your favorite places to shop in San Antonio?

AC :: The Shops at La Cantera is a great open-air mall that I have visited several times since moving here; there are tons of stores and the atmosphere is beautiful and fun. I've also discovered a darling gift and stationery shop called Moon Mippy.

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NM :: What about your favorite places to eat? Tell us about the Tex-Mex!

AC :: When we moved to San Antonio, everyone told me that I just had to try breakfast at the Magnolia Pancake Haus, and it did not disappoint! They have the best blueberry pancakes I have ever had! For dinner we love to pick up fajitas and horchata from El Jalisco, a small Mexican restaurant near my husband's office. They have homemade corn tortillas that are out of this world.

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NM :: Alright, San Antonio sounds pretty great! Let’s get down to business though … what is the most organized space in your home?

AC :: This was a hard choice! My most organized space is probably my living room. We are living in a small apartment while we decide where in San Antonio we want to settle down and buy a house, so my living area functions as the family room, library, office, and playroom. In order for multi-functional spaces to work well, they have to stay super organized!

april chalk, professional organizer, home organizing, san antonio, texas, neat method

NM :: Wow! Multi purpose spaces are TOUGH and you knocked it out of the park! Ok what about your least organized space?

AC :: My least organized space is probably the bench in my bedroom. I put the bench there because it is so cute, but unfortunately it has turned into a drop zone for everything from my purse to things I need to return to the load of laundry that I haven't quite gotten around to folding.

april chalk, professional organizer, home organizing, san antonio, texas, neat method

NM :: Ah the drop zone! We know that trouble area all too well. What are some of your favorite organizing products?

AC :: Drawer organizers and dividers of all shapes, sizes, and types. There is nothing better than opening up a drawer where everything is perfectly in place, and it takes no time at all to find exactly what you need.

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

AC :: When the people of San Antonio hire me to organize their home, they can expect confidentiality and professionalism as well as kindness, energy, and excitement about each project. I also understand that real life can make it difficult to keep a home clean and organized so there will never be any judgement from me!

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NM :: And that's why we love you! April, we’re so excited for you to join the team and help make San Antonio more NEAT, one home at a time!

If you know of anyone that needs organizing in the area or that wants to be considered for April's team, please do not hesitate to reach out!

xx,
the NEAT girls

Monday 08.14.17

Connecticut, we have a new NEAT girl!

As if the East Coast can’t get any NEATer! It’s no secret that the East Coast loves NEAT and we sure do love them as well! So much so that we are happy to announce we are expanding to the Fairfield/Westchester county area. Please meet Britt Dignan. She’s a doll and we can’t wait to see what she does in this new market! Take a peek at this interview to see why Britt is the perfect addition to the team!

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NM :: Hi Britt!  We’re so excited to have you on the team!  Let’s dive in and chat about Westchester and Fairfield Connecticut.  Why NEAT in this location?

BD :: Westchester/Fairfield have more beautiful houses than you can imagine. It's the perfect place to match beautifully organized spaces with curb appeal with interior design. Plus, everybody here is so ambitious that accessible, tidy spaces help them focus on achieving their dreams.

NM :: It sounds like NEAT + Connecticut is going to be a great fit! What were you up to before you ran NEAT?

BD :: I've been a mommy to my four-year-old son, Huxley since he was born. Before that, I ran operations for a company that helped creatives organize both their digital and work lives.

 
britt dignan, professional organizer, home organizing, westchester, connecticut, new york

NM :: Sounds like a lot of those skills will come in handy with your NEAT clients.  Tell us more about Connecticut! What makes this area unique?

BD :: Westchester and Fairfield counties are both so wonderful because they offer sweet, small-town vibes, but are a hop, skip, and a jump from New York City. So, you can spend your weekends relaxing at the beach, hiking beautiful trails, or visiting wonderful farms, and then hop on the train and have dinner in the big city. It really offers the best of all worlds. We moved to Westchester in 2011, and spent a few years in the northern area. Two years ago, we moved to White Plains, and absolutely love the vibrancy and accessibility.

NM :: Sounds like a dream! What are your favorite places to shop in your city?

BD :: I obviously spend way more time at the Container Store than most normal human beings. I also love window shopping on Greenwich Ave. (that Restoration Hardware!). Plum Plums in Pound Ridge is a foodie's dream, and the home goods and plants at Terrain are beyond lovely. Old New House in Katonah has a kaleidoscope of beautiful vintage rugs that I literally dream about. I'm also a sucker for a good bookstore; Elm Street Books in New Canaan is a delight.

 

 
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NM :: We’re definitely going to have to plan a visit stat!  Tell us more! What are you favorite places to eat in your city?

BD:: Oh, boy, where to begin? Gyu-Kaku in White Plains and Q BBQ in Port Chester (their cakes from Kneaded Bread are my absolute downfall) are family favorites. My husband and I are frequent visitors to the Kee Oyster House in White Plains for happy hour. Locali in New Canaan has the best meatballs I've ever tasted (and the pizza is beyond amazing). The Inn at Pound Ridge and Moderne Barn are great for a nice dinner with friends. And of course, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is my happy place.

NM :: Ok let’s chat organizing…. What is the most organized space in your home?

BD :: I'm a sucker for canisters. I've been evolving my kitchen spaces for years, and finally arrived here. Decanting is one of my biggest tips for making a space look super NEAT.

 
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NM :: Those looks incredible! That spice drawer – swoon! Ok now it can’t all be that amazing.  What is your least organized space?

BD :: As of now, this is my son's bathroom. He locked himself in there for 20 minutes, and emerged so, so proud that he had "organized." It may not be how I'd have done it, but everything's subjective, right?

 

 
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NM :: That’s adorable!  Nice work Huxley!  What are you looking forward to as you bring NEAT to Connecticut?  

BD :: I am so excited to help Westchesterites and Fairfieldians bring the beautiful design of their homes to every nook and cranny of their houses. There's nothing more satisfying than opening a closet door or pantry and having the space look every bit as elegant (with functionality, to boot!) as a grand dining room.

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

BD :: I promise to bring an open mind and aesthetic eye to every project that I work on. Each space and each client is so different, and I approach each with a blank slate. Some clients love to minimize a ton before going through the organizing process, while others don't want to discard a thing. Some homes call for natural baskets, and others mesh. It's all unique! But, every finished product will be equally stunning.

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NM ::  What is one of your favorite organizing products?

BD:: The Anchor Hocking Glass Cracker Jars are my go-to for so many organizing needs. I keep everything from spirulina, laundry detergent, and Legos in these babies (obviously in different spaces, though!). That said, I think the Tosca Basket is ridiculously beautiful, and find excuses to use it frequently.

NM :: LOVE those!  Ok so what blog do you think we NEED to follow now and why?

BD :: When I'm feeling particularly inspired to cook (or my son's in a messy mood), we peruse for Smitten Kitchen a wealth of tasty recipes. I haven't found a bad one yet. Design*Sponge is visual inspiration for my home that won't quit. My husband always knows when I've gone on a D*S binge, because I start dreaming up ways to redesign our whole house. And A Cup of Jo is all-around wonderful. I love that it's a one-stop-shop for advice on everything from educational models for children to pretty jewelry to add to your summer wardrobe.

 
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NM :: Last question and it’s one of our favorites to ask. Do you have any hidden talents that we should know about?

BD :: Hm. Other than being able to whip up a batch of pancakes in under 3 minutes on 4 hours of sleep? That's about it. Haha.

NM :: Umm that IS definitely a talent!  Anything else you think we need to know?

BD :: I am insanely excited to be a part of the NEAT Method team. Organizing makes me so happy, and I can't wait to share that joy with others!

We’re thrilled to have YOU on the team, Britt!  Friends, and Followers, if you know of anyone that needs organizing in the area or that wants to be considered for Britt's team, please do not hesitate to reach out!

xx,
the NEAT girls
Tuesday 06.27.17

Rochester, NEAT has arrived!

We are clearly in a New York state of mind recently! We figured Manhattan couldn't be the only place in NY getting NEAT this year...the time has come for the upstate area to receive a little NEAT love as well! Welcome NEAT Method Rochester! We feel really lucky to not only have found one, but TWO incredible women, to join us in the Finger Lakes. These two ladies have some of the best energy and excitement we've ever seen. Please join us in welcoming, Lisa Erdle and Dina Madigan, our newest NEAT IOPs!

NM :: Hi ladies! Tell us a bit more about why you wanted to run NEAT in Rochester!

Lisa & Dina :: We each have three busy kids and spouses that work many hours so we fully understand the need for organizational systems. We both agree that family comes first, but it is not possible to enjoy and be present with your family when you are disorganized, can’t find things, running late and generally stressed. We are excited to take our experience in running well organized homes to implementing systems for others so they can spend more time doing what they love. 

NM :: What makes Rochester special?

Lisa & Dina :: Rochester, New York is unique for its natural beauty. We are surrounded by the finger lakes which provides a beautiful landscape all year long. The fall is an absolute must see if you have never been.

 

NM :What did you do before you ran NEAT?

Lisa & Dina :Both of us were stay-at-home moms!

NM :How long have you lived in Rochester? 

Lisa & Dina :Lisa was born and raised in Rochester and Dina has lived here for 5 years.

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

Lisa & Dina :One of our favorite places local shops is Arena’sThey have an amazing selection of European flowers as well as an impeccably curated collection of home goods.  Another favorite is Wegmans, a local grocery store.  For those who are not in the northeast if you ever are you must make a trip. There really is no other grocery store like it. The fresh produce, the seafood, dry aged meats and amazing cheeses make you want to cook – and eat!

We have fun at our local West Elm for all of the fun and easy to use accessories. They are a great resource for organizing items as well as seasonal accessories that you want to change. We also love our local Breathe Yoga and Juice. You can take a hot yoga glass, get a green juice and a pair of Paige Jeans all in one stop.

 

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

Lisa & Dina :One of our favorite spots to eat is Next Door Bar and Grill (owned by Wegmans). They have amazing sushi and great wine selection. The Erie Grill is another great spot on the canal featuring lots of locally sourced foods with a great aesthetic. Branca is a great go to place for wood-fired pizza and a glass of wine. And our friends own an iconic place called The Pittsford Pub & Grille. It is a perfect spot to take your family after a game or meet friends for one of their many great beers.

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Rochester, professional organizing, Home organizing, Dina Madigan, Lisa Erdle

NM :: Show us a picture of your most organized space and tell us what it is?

Lisa ::  My favorite organized spaces are in my kitchen. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and opening up neatly organized drawers gives me infinite joy. I also really like the beverage refrigerator to look like a hotel bar. Everything lined up!

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Rochester, professional organizing, Home organizing, Dina Madigan, Lisa Erdle

Dina :My favorite organized space is easily the pantry!

NM :Wow! Those are NEAT! :)  What are some of your favorite products? 

Lisa & Dina :We have lots of favorite organizing products.  We love anything lucite.  Love love love trays! And can’t walk away from a nice turn table.

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NM :: What can clients expect from working with the Rochester NEAT team? 

Lisa & Dina :: When someone hires us they can expect efficiency, professionalism, and respect for their time and home spaces. We treat our clients'  homes as if they were our own!

NM :: Last question, any hidden talents or fun facts? 

Lisa ::  Dina can do the splits!

Dina :: Lisa is fluent in Spanish!

NM :: Wow! That's impressive you two! We're so excited to have you both on the team and look forward to Rochester becoming even more NEAT! Rochester, feel free to reach out to Lisa & Dina!

xx,
the NEAT girls

Thursday 06.15.17

Florida is Getting Even More NEAT!

With the East coast of Florida getting a lot of the NEAT life, we decided it was about time to add another location to the West! After searching for just the right NEAT girl, we are beyond excited to introduce you to Laura Frasor who is launching this week in Tampa!! She is absolutely adorable and we are excited for you all to get to know her ...

Tampa, Home Organizing, Professional Organizing, Laura Frasor, Florida

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

Laura :: I wanted to run NEAT because I’ve always had an affinity for fashion, style, decor and obviously, organization. Now that I have kids, I know more than ever how important it is to be organized. I love organizing and re-organizing my house as the seasons change, as the school year progresses and as my kids get older. Being organized really does help keep the house clean and tidy while helping to make a hectic schedule a little less chaotic.

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

Laura :: I used to work in finance for TD Waterhouse before I had kids. Once my kids were born, I made the decision to stay home with them. Now that they are in school, it’s time for me to do something that I love.

Tampa, Home Organizing, Professional Organizing, Laura Frasor, Florida

NM :: What makes your city unique?

Laura :: Tampa is an amazing city! People often think of Florida as a touristy state, but you don’t get that feeling here. There are so many young families that have made this area home. We have incredible friends here and have no plans of living anywhere else.

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

Laura :: My husband and I moved here from Toronto 9 years ago.

Tampa, Home Organizing, Professional Organizing, Laura Frasor, Florida

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

Laura :: My favorite place to shop has got to be International Mall. But, if I could only shop at one store it would be Nordstrom (and maybe The Container Store)!

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

Laura :: There is a row of great restaurants right near International Mall (convenient, I know). Ocean Prime has got to be a favorite of ours. But, if we are with the kids, Doc B’s, is our go to (and I can always use a piece of cheesecake to go from The Cheesecake Factory).

Tampa, Home Organizing, Professional Organizing, Laura Frasor, Florida

NM :: Show us a picture of your most organized space and tell us what it is?

Laura :: My most organized space has got to be my pantry. My pantry needs to be in top shape because my kids are always in there, helping themselves. Now that they are old enough to know where everything is, it is so easy for them to find what they want without tearing it apart. It also helps me with my dreaded morning chore, school lunches. I have a shelf that is dedicated to the kids. This makes it easy for them to pick out a few of their lunch items and leave them out for me or for me to be able to put together a healthy lunch quickly. And I think we can all agree, every minute in the morning counts!

NM :: Well that sure looks like a NEAT pantry. No wonder we love you! What is your favorite product to use to organize things?

Laura :: My favorite products are baskets. There are so many different shapes and styles to use in different spaces. They instantly make a space look organized and they remove visible clutter while allowing you to group similar items together making things easy to find and store.

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NM :: Okay now for a fun question :). Do you have any hidden talents that we should know about?

Laura :: Hidden talents…hmmmmm.  My children are always surprised when mom busts out her old gymnastics skills.

NM :: Haha. We may need to see some of those one day! Thanks so much for your answers. We can't wait to see the spaces NEAT Tampa starts transforming!

xx,
the NEAT girls

Tuesday 06.13.17

How To Make Organizing A Gift For Dad

Last week we shared gift ideas for the Father's in your life. But if 'Acts of Service' more accurately describes their love language you may want to consider tackling a small organizing project for them instead. Our SF girl, Lisa Ruff is here to offer a few ideas for spaces that would be quick and inexpensive to tackle and yet leave them beaming on June 18th. See what she has to say ...

Before getting started, choose a space that he uses every day like his ties or tee shirts. He will appreciate the gesture even more. I like to focus on my husband’s morning routine. With two small kids, our mornings are crazy.  So anything that makes it easier for him is a win for everyone.

Idea #1 Getting His Hair Did

Make his morning routine a breeze by implementing organizers in his bathroom drawer. Sort everything by type – dental, shaving, hair care, etc. Then purchase dividers like this to house everything. Now he can easily find what he needs.

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Idea #2 Getting Dressed

I think this is helpful for guys who wear ties/belts everyday and those who save them for the occasional wedding.  Sort them by color, roll them and then place them in a divided organizer like this one. 

For an extremely impressive, yet gratis gift, file-fold his tee shirt drawer. I did this for my husband last Father’s Day. I couldn’t believe how happy it made him. 

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San Francisco, homes, organized, organizer, organized drawers, fathers day, neat method, lisa ruff

Idea #3 For His Down Time

Here’s the wildcard idea …. do you have a sports enthusiast at home? Even if you don’t approve of the hours spent yelling at the television, why don’t you show your home team support by creating a snack station?

Clear out a space in the garage, laundry room or basement. Then stock it with game day favorites, drinks and his lucky cozy. OXO containers like these make for great pretzel storage.  When the season’s over, break down the snack station until next year.

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We don't know about you but with Lisa leading the charge, we think San Francisco could win as the land of the happiest Dad's this Father's Day! Don't you agree? 

xx 
the NEAT girls

Thursday 06.01.17

NEAT Picks | Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

Happy June, everyone! 

With the Summer season in full-swing we've found ourselves craving a few new pieces to update our closets and homes. Luckily, Nordstrom is holding their half-yearly sale and has some amazing Summer staples! NEAT's Owners, Ashley, Molly and Marissa, couldn't help but share with you a few of their favorite finds!

Click on the images in the collage to shop!
 

 

:: Ashley's Picks ::

These sandals are such a great price, color and style for only $50! I'm also obsessed with this bracelet -- who doesn't need a few more accessories in the jewelry department? I'm also loving the idea of a short PJ setPJ Salvage is always my go-to in this department. Lastly, I'll definitely be poolside ready in this cute crochet bikini

 

 

:: Marissa's Picks ::

I am loving these sandals, because who doesn't need the perfect slip on for Summer (p.s. they come in a few fun colors!). With a new little lady to shop for it is going to be hard to pass up on this Baby Burberry dress! Also, what is cuter than baby feet? Well baby feet in these adorable embroidered sandals, of course :)! Finally, this indoor outdoor rug will make sure that our backyard is BBQ ready. 

 

 

:: Molly's Picks ::

I love to bring Rose to get togethers in the Summer, and these gift tags will be the perfect finishing touch. I am a sucker for anything blue, and at almost $100 off this Le Creuset piece might just help me become an amazing cook ;). Lastly, this All Saints purse will be perfect for fun Summer nights out! 

 

 

Also, we are all loving this grey Madewell tee, and can't see a reason not to get this off-the shoulder top in at least one of the colors it comes in!

Oh and don't forget to purge that closet before restocking it ;). Happy Shopping!

xx, 
the NEAT girls 

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