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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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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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Thursday 09.01.16

#BTS - love to the teams that make NEAT work

You know how they say to raise a child, "it takes a village"? Well at NEAT we say, to perfect a space, it takes amazing contractors. We are constantly posting images of spaces that make us want to cry color coded tears of joy. Today we wanted to share just a few people who are behind our perfectly appointed spaces. In South Florida, Kris and Jody make Marissa's world go 'round. She says she doesn't know what she would do without these two to make organizing each space just a bit more fun! 

In San Diego, it's more than just the organizing that happens, it's fun times in the In-N-Out drivethru! Katie says, " Allison (who is in the front seat with me) is a great addition to my team because of her amazing personality. She is the kind of person you want around you. It doesn't hurt that she thinks I am pretty funny and is always willing to laugh at my jokes and encourage my dancing/driving skills!"

Over in Naples, Joyce had some amazing things to say about her girls:: "This is Kelly and Brooke.... These girls have been so helpful with launching my business!  They are giving me the all the details on Naples....and spending lots of time promoting NEAT everywhere they go.  Brooke is a new mommy and a very talented artist, she even had her own furniture painting business - the best label writer out there!  Kelly is my right hand WO-man, her drive and passion motivates me everyday!  And she is the best TCS road trip companion!"

In Milwaukee, Liz says, "This is me and amazing Milwaukee contractor Elizabeth Bisswurm. Elizabeth always brings her type-A pragmatic sense to every job but sprinkles it with her dry sense of humor and extensive knowledge of natural eating for entertainment while we sort and color code."

In Scottsdale, Mika couldn't do it without her amazing team and when asked, she said, "Why are they great? They are all positive, super talented, hard workers, and our clients love them and so do I! We also have a mom and daughter duo (can you spot them?)" **Their names are (from top left across and going down) :: Kassie, Holly, Lisa, Me, Becky, Carle, Emmaley, Molly, and Connie!
 

Finally, these two women work side by side with Lisa to tackle NEAT's largest city - Meet Haley and Kathrin. Haley has been with NEAT since 2014 and Kathrin more recently joined but Lisa said, "SF's leads, Haley and Kathrin are the backbone of our team. Their dedication to the job and eye for stellar product have converted many people into lifelong NEAT clients this summer. We've had a hectic schedule the past few months and they've rolled with it like champs!" 

We are so lucky to be working with you all to help our client's live the NEAT life! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 08.25.16

NEAT Expands to a New Market!

We are officially in 19 NEAT cities and could not be more excited to share our latest one with you! Not only is it lucky number 19, but it's also the third city in the state of Illinois to start living the NEAT life. We are so happy to introduce you to Laura Defalco, our newest NEAT organizer in Naperville, Illinois! We sat down to chat with her about life and all things Naperville today on the blog! 

NM:: Hi Laura! We are so excited to have you! Let's start with all the basics, tell us your name, where you are from, where you went to school... etc etc.
 
LD:: Hi! I'm Laura DeFalco, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and raised in Naperville,IL. I went to school at Naperville North H.S. and college at University of Iowa (B.A. Elementary Education), Grad school at Concordia University (M.A. Curriculum and Instruction). I am so excited to be back in my hometown and helping people in the area start to live the NEAT life!
NM:: We're so happy, too! Now, we are assuming you moved back to Naperville to grow that adorable family of yours. Give us the good stuff...how did you meet your husband and when did Charlotte become a twinkle in your eye?
 
LD:: I met Tony in Lake Geneva while visiting his lake house with mutual friends. It was pretty immediately after that that we went on our first date and that was that!!  Charlotte was born June 13, 2015 and is THE BEST BABY EVER! Except for the fact that she is only 14 months and already starting to get sassy :)
NM:: Now... we know you were always an organized person but give us your LBN (life before NEAT) what were you up to? How did you make the transition over? What attracted you to NEAT in the first place?
 
LD:: Okay...LBN... I taught Kindergarten for 6 years in Chicago Public Schools. After that, I became an Instructional Coach for first year teachers for 3 years at AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership).  I have always admired NEAT and being that I have always been OCD when it comes to getting organized, I knew it would be a perfect fit!
NM:: Now that you are back in your hometown, what are some of your "old favorites" and what are some "new finds" that you are loving?  
 
LD:: Oh! I love this part - my old favs include:: Anderson Bookstore, Lou Malnati's Pizzera, and Naper Nuts and Sweets.
My favorite new finds include: Room 363 and Little Luxuries.
 
NM:: Okay, time to talk organizing! What's your most organized space?
 
LD:: Since moving back to Naperville, I would have to say the most organized space in my home is my daughter's closet.  She comes before everyone else....and she knows it!!!
 
NM:: Okay, so you knew it was coming...what's your least organized space?
 
LD:: Yikes! Probably our basement. We had our parents storing a lot of our stuff while we were moving and now we have it all in our basement....I have lots of work to do!
 
NM:: You will have to get us a before and after when you are finished - you know how much we love that!
 
NM:: Last question, why do you think Naperville is going to love living the NEAT life?
 
LD:: Naperville has always been a very charming, cute town. Every time I would come back to visit from the city, there was always something happening, new stores opening up, and people everywhere!! I know that Naperville is going to love living the NEAT life because it already radiates functional and beautiful all at the same time!
 
NM:: Welcome to the team, Laura. We are thrilled to have you!
xx
the NEAT Girls
Wednesday 07.20.16

Our First NEAT Guy!!

For years you have heard us refer to ourselves as The NEAT Girls! Well times they are a changing and we could not be more excited to have our first male member of The NEAT Team.

Meet Terapan Lilittham! He is San Francisco's newest organizer and an amazing addition to the team. We knew you would need to know more, so here is an interview with this NEAT guy ...

 

Terapan Lilittham, San Francisco Organizer, NEAT Method

NM :: Where are you from originally? 
TL :: San Francisco. Born & raised in the Mission district. & things have really changed in the neighborhood. 

NM :: How did you find NEAT?
TL :: Through exhaustive internet searching as I began my journey to become the most amazing organizing professional. I reached out to Lisa for an apprenticeship via LinkedIn after thoroughly ogling NEAT's IG account.

NM :: Where did your love for organizing begin?
TL :: The moment I got my own room as a kid I became obsessed with arranging & rearranging my things, the beginning of my OCD for creating optimal and thoughtfully designed spaces.

Terapan Lilittham, San Francisco Organizer, NEAT Method

NM :: What is your favorite space to organize? 
TL :: The bedroom room! Consulting with clients on cool duvet covers and the contents of their nightstand is an added plus to these jobs.

NM :: What is your least favorite space?
TL :: Haven't found a space yet I don't love getting my hands on.

NM :: Do you have a favorite organizing hack or product?
TL :: Ikea Kallax Shelf Unit in 2x8 & 1x4. Super affordable & exceptionally versatile for any room. But ALSO acrylic trays are everything for me right now!

Terapan Lilittham, San Francisco Organizer, NEAT Method, Closet, Ikea Kallax Shelf Unit

NM :: What is the most organized space in your own home?
TL :: My closet. The simple pleasure of sliding it open and seeing all my clothes put away and perfectly displayed is one I could not live without.

NM :: What area in your home can you just not get it together?
TL :: My dining room table. It's doubling as an eat station & office desk. Currently researching better ways to create the distinction between the two to easily organize my paperwork for mealtimes.

NM :: What is it like working for NEAT?
TL :: The most amazing adventure each day with every project and client I meet. It has been a true treat :D

Terapan Lilittham, San Francisco Organizer, NEAT Method, Closet

NM :: How do you feel about being our first male organizer?!
TL :: I didn't realize until recently that I am kind-of a minority/unicorn at NEAT & in the organizing industry. Can't wait to show the world my unique sense for spacial planning & personal aesthetic as I grow into a stronger organizer.

Well Terapan we sure are glad you found us and were willing to take a leap of faith to transform this female focused industry. We are lucky to have you!

xx
the Neat TEAM!!!

Thursday 07.07.16

How It All Began...A Story from our Founders!

We often times get asked how we started this crazy business. Believe it or not...our answer may surprise you! Most of you have read our little story about how we first met and our instant connection over Chicago, relocating to San Francisco and our love for being organized. What you may not know is that we really did not know eachother when we started this business. Literally, we met one afternoon and set up a little coffee date a few days later.

At that first date, we started talking about our hopes and dreams while living in SF and shared that we both had dabbled into the interesting world of organizing. From that date on, we decided to take a blind leap into what we thought would be a fun hobby. Not only did we realize that we really liked eachother, but we also realized we were really good at it.

ashley murphy, molly graves, neat method, home organizers, founders, female entrepreneur

The part that may surprise you is that it wasn't the organizing that we were good at. Sure...we could put together a good color coordinated space or too, but just because we grew up organizing our rooms every weekend didn't mean we could run a business. Our very first client actually came from a Tweet that Molly's husband had seen. The Tweet came from a successful tech guy sharing a New York Times article about an organizing business in NYC. He was asking if anyone knew of something like this in San Francisco. Without hesitation, we Tweeted back letting him know that we were organizers that had just launched our business in SF. Little did he know, we hadn't had a single client yet or barley a business setup for that matter.

Somehow we impressed them during the consultation and he and his wife hired us to complete their entire home (eeekkk!!). This was the first time that we learned that the two of us worked really well together...especially when it came to pretending that we both knew what we were doing. 

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From that day (and that client) on, we truly haven't looked back. Countless days and hours together have led us to what you see today. As many of you know, we have now turned this little hobby into a National company with organizers in 18 cities across the Country. It's amazing how many women (and some men) are out there that also want to turn their passion for organizing into a business.

Our advice to all of you would be to ask yourselves how motivated you are to actually run a business. Not just the "hobby" of organizing, but a true, 9-5 (and sometimes longer) business. If you are one of those people, then you can absolutely put the same heart and soul into this as well. In fact, that goes for any business that you want to attempt. We are just hear to tell you that it is possible. If two 20 something gals from the Midwest can do it, then so can all of you!

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We do want to thank all of you for all of your support! We couldn't be doing all of this without all of you. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are looking to start your own organizing business. We have several ways of helping you do so!

xx

Ashley & Molly 

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