December 2016

Wednesday 12.14.16

Scottsdale Has Some NEAT News...

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

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

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

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

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

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N :: What makes your city unique?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

N :: What business do you admire and why?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 12.13.16

No Wish List is Complete without Something NEAT!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 12.08.16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 12.06.16

5 Gifts That Will Make Him Really Happy this Year!

Wouldn't you all agree that if your man is happy then you are, too! The way we see it is, if you buy him an extra special gift this holiday season then he will have no reason to not do the same in return, right?!?! Here are our top 5 gifts that are sure to make him want to buy you somehting equally as great! 

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1. Ashley H. in DC recommends these wireless speakers from Mr. Porter. 

2. Brooke in Chicago is looking to get her man a custom shirt from Knot Standard

3. Joyce in Naples thinks it's only fitting to up her husband's cooler game for their beach excursions. 

4. Allo in Denver wants to keep it simple with this amazing Shinola watch

5. Katie in San Diego is kind of loving this bag from Douglas Rose for all of her husband's travels. 

Happy Shopping NEAT Friends!

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

Friday 12.02.16

What A Girl Wants...

In the words of Christina Aguilera...."What a girls wants, what a girl needs, whatever makes me happy and sets you free!"...we are once again taking advantage of the start of December by sharing some of the NEAT girls' holiday wish lists! So...please let our husbands, friends and family members know if you see them.

Obvioulsy, first and foremost comes what a NEAT girl wants, but stay tuned in the upcoming weeks to find out what some of the men, children and organized NEAT freaks will be getting as well!

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1) Joyce, in Naples, would love to see a new Staub in her new kitchen.

2) Laura, from Naperville, is looking for a new planner to keep her organized in 2017. 

3) Our San Diego girl, Katie, wants this Natalie Borton piece to add to her jewelry collection. 

4) Our Denver newlywed, Allo, is hoping for some new furnishings like this fun chair this year. 

5) Lisa, wants to up her San Francisco street style with these cute new boots

6) Ashley, in DC, is hoping roses that last a year will appear under her tree. 

 

Cheers to the Holiday Season and to all of you! 

xx

the NEAT girls

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