January 2017

Thursday 01.26.17

10 Ways to Spice Things Up in Your Kitchen

What do you think? Are you ready to spice things up a bit in your kitchen?

As you know, we love sharing our favorite tips and tricks with you, but have found that everyone's style of living NEAT is slightly different. With that in mind, we thought we would share some of our OTHER favorite things we have found to make your spice area the best yet! First, you must choose your spice jar. Obviously, we love to use these from the Container store, but if you are looking for something less conventional, here are a few of our other favorites...

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The stainless option is great for a more modern home. Keep in mind that this is only good if you are going to be looking at the spices "head on" since they will all look the same from the top. 

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This picture alone made us want these hexagon glass jars. If you love something that is streamlined but a little different, this could definitely be your look!

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Finally, if you like a more "found objects" look in your home, these jars with the cork top are perfect for you!

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Not ready to commit to refilling spice jars everytime you run out? We get it! There are very pretty spice jar options that you can just buy and use prefilled instead. We believe it is best to stick with one brand when purchasing spices. It creates the same, beautiful, uniform, look as purchasing jars. For example, if you are a big cook, you might love these from Dean & Deluca. 

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You can also find these from Spice Island at many grocery stores or online. 

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Finally, this happens to be a personal NEAT favorite when it comes to spices!

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If you have decided to take your spices to the next level, that means you are going to need to label them! We have found THE BEST labels to purchase, download and DIY! We have to start with our major etsy crush, IttyBittyPaperCo. We cannot begin to describe how much we love these. If you follow us on instagram, you may already know! 

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If you are looking for a simpler look, we found this site that helps you make a beautiful label like these shown above!

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Are you looking for something that has a rectangle shape? We get it - sometimes the circle isn't for every kitchen. Here you go!

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FINALLY.... are you wanting to write your labels on your own?? Finding the perfect pen is seriously 99.9% of the battle. UNTIL you find an epic site that shares what every pen looks like, what it writes on, and where to buy it. We are not even kidding, THANK YOU Elaine from JetPens Blog.

Ready to tackle your spices? When you are finished, tag us! We can't wait to see!

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

Tuesday 01.17.17

Our Top 5 Pantry Products for Every Home!

While we can humbly brag that we think our pantries are pretty great;), we can't do so without recognizing the things that actually make them really shine - the products! We're sure you've heard us say it before, but truly utilizing quality products is the only way to create a sustainable solution.

So let's take a closer look at our recent pantry reveal and what products we have to thank for this beautiful photo!

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First and foremost, it should be noted that all of the products you see can be found at The Container Store!

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In the image below you will see 3 of our all time favorite pantry products. 

First up is the Hyacynith basket which appears in nearly all of our pantries!  However, no basket is complete without a cute hang tag to remind you and everyone else in your home, where everything is supposed to live. 

Also noteworthy are the small glass spice jars which can also be used for sprinkles! How fun is that?

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Now lets talk about OXO canisters. You might be wondering why these are necessary, but really the reasons are endless.... they keep your dried foods fresh, are stackable allowing you to maximize space, and ensure that you can see everything you have. On the left of the image below you will find our favorite candy jars, which are also great for snacks or anything else you want to be able to quickly grab as you go. 
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For more of our favorite pantry organizing products be sure to check out our shop page, but not before you watch this quick 5 step video on how to organize pantry snacks!!

Now that you know which products to use to make your pantry picture perfect, its time to get started! Happy organizing!

xx
the NEAT girls

Monday 01.09.17

5 Steps to An Organized Pantry

After six years of organizing spaces and sharing photos of our work, we thought it was time to show you a bit more about what we do and how we do it. We are kicking of 2017 with a series of "How to Videos" that you will NOT want to miss! You've asked and we are excited to deliver the first of many NEAT Method videos! Since NEAT pantries are by far our most popular space, we decided to start by revealing our '5 Steps To An Organized Pantry' first. 

Drum roll please .... 

Don't worry, there is a lot more where that came from. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay updated on our video releases.

A special thanks to The Container Store for their amazing products and our favorite videographers at Filmtwist. Thanks for making our jobs even more fun!

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Oh and in case you missed our video teaser from last week, here is the blooper reel to get you even more excited about what's to come. Or at least give you a good laugh!

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 01.05.17

Inside the Home of House Beautiful's Editor in Chief

We were recently brought in to help transform a closet for House Beautiful's, Sophie Donnelson. Now, this wasn't just any closet, but one her 4 year old son was to share with his new baby brother. We were excited for the challenge and knew that with enough team effort the space would become as functional and beautiful as possible. Working hand in hand with California Closets on the design and us on the actual organizing, we created one of the cutest, most functional spaces we have ever seen. 

The first thing we did was review the closet design to make sure we understood all of the dimensions and placement. Then we went right to work on coming up with best products to fit that space. It was most important to Sophie for us stick with products that she loved, but still fit all of her needs. That's where our friends at Pottery Barn Kids came in! They had the perfect selection to fit the aesthetic of the room. You will see from the before photo below that the space was not at it's full potential! 

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We then arrived for organizing day to sort, categorize and color code everything and make way for the new closet to be installed. We learned that Sophie's oldest son had a love for toy cars, books and gadgets. Making it extremely important that he was still able to access all of those things even though his brother would be taking over a good portion of the closet. 

The second most important thing was for Sophie to be able to access everything she needed for baby with ease. Picture this...a kid at your feet with toys strewn about, a baby on your hip and trying to access the closest burp cloth or diaper. It was that exact image that we used for inspiration when we put the puzzle back together.

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What a difference, right?? By starting with a professional closet installation, then making sure the space was perfectly planned and laid out, we were able to make this transformation fit all the needs that Sophie requested. 

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This was definitely a fun one and we couldn't have done it without the help of California Closets, Pottery Barn Kids and our amazing New York NEAT girls.

Ps. Rumor has it, Sophie and her family have been able to maintain this perfectly NEAT closet. 

xx

the NEAT girls

photo cred :: Cory Dawson Photography (minus photo one from our iPad)

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