August 2016

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 08.17.16

Have you Entered?

If you didn't get the memo, NEAT Method has teamed up with two of our favorite brands, State Bags and The Laundress to do a Fall Refresh Giveaway! Here are three reasons you should enter to win NOW!

Reason #1:: The Laundress was doing "Eco Friendly" before it was even cool. Who doesn't want to use a product that is good for the environment, beautifully packaged and most importantly, tough on stains?! This giveaway includes a $125 voucher for their products!

Reason #2:: State Bags are the "it bag" for back to school. The design alone puts other backpacks to shame but can we talk about the perfect pockets? The pack is made to keep you nice and NEAT at work or school. This giveaway includes $125 towards their backpacks as well!

Reason #3:: Have you always wanted to work with NEAT but can't because we are not in your area? We have launched, "NEAT it Now" our online organizing services and are excited to offer $200 toward our services in this giveaway as well!

Are you ready for a Fall Refresh? Remember, you only have until Friday to enter for your chance to win!

 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 08.04.16

3 Must Haves For Your Kitchen Rehab

One of the best parts of our job is getting to see the latest in kitchen design trends! Of course, our tendency is to favor those spaces where you can tell that the designer has a knack for organization. Or better yet, we love to be invovled in the design process so we can ensure our client will have no problem keeping things NEAT. 

Here are 3 of our recommended must haves for your next kitchen rehab project ... 

If you are one who insists on having your toaster out on the counter, an appliance garage should be added to your 'must have' list. We love a clean countertop and these sure help make that possible!

If you are designing a space and know that you will have more than enough drawer space, we love incorporating a custom spice drawer insert. This one was designed by Studio Dearborn and is truly a chef's dream come true.

No matter who you are, you have experienced the dreadful cord war in your kitchen. Having a drawer with an outlet to hide pesky cords and keep your essentials charged, is definitely on our 'must have list'. This one was made by a company called Docking Drawer.

If you are lucky enough to be rehabing a kitchen, take note of our advice here and let us know what other trends you are loving right now! 

xx
the NEAT girls

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