February 2017

Wednesday 02.22.17

9 Products to Transform ANY Junk Drawer

This week, we are sharing with you a fun video of the NEAT girls organizing a junk drawer to perfection - do you love it!?

Now we want to tell you a bit more about the products we used and other organizers that we love to complete this type of space. 

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There are so many choices when it comes to a junk drawer. We have come to realize that sometimes, the junk doesn't even have a drawer! If that is the case, here are THREE options to store your "junk" that doesn't involve putting in the drawer. If you are a minimalist and just need a place to put some pens and a small amount of paper, this option from Russell + Hazel is for you! Let's take a minute and talk about this awesome, more masculine find at...... POTTERY BARN TEEN!! This is such a grown up look that we think can be used for.... well... grown ups! Finally, if you have a kids space that tends to accumulate junk, we love this playful, color coded caddy from Land of Nod. 

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If you have a more traditional drawer, we have three options that are sure to suit you. The first is what we used in the video - the linus organizers from The Container Store. They are super clean and leave a junk drawer looking PRETTY (yes, you read that right!) Looking for an affordable and simple solution? It comes as no surprise that Ikea has you covered. Looking for something a bit more glamorous? We stumbled upon these at West Elm and love their look!

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The final three are a bit outside of the box. If you have a cabinet that you keep your junk drawer items in, this lazy susan version from The Container Store is awesome! Looking for something aesthetically pleasing because it needs to be left out? Consider splurging on this beautiful holder from Pottery Barn. Finally, if you just need more of a "pop" of color (sorry we are always sharing neutrals!) then check out Poppin's website for some awesome options.

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Remember, all it takes to live the NEAT life is to start with one drawer. We can't wait to hear about your space!

xx

the NEAT girls

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

Tuesday 02.07.17

The NEATest Bathroom Reno You MUST SEE

Happy Tuesday! We are starting a new blog takeover series that starts today! The NEAT girls in each city are going to share some of their personal secrets to living the NEAT life. Today, Lisa from San Francisco is sharing the behind the scenes of not one, but TWO bathroom renovations that were just completed in her home. If you are thinking about starting a bathroom renovation, Lisa has compiled a list of everything you should think of as you begin the process. Without further adieu... take it away, Lisa!

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Hi there!  Not only do I run the SF market for NEAT, but I also just survived back-to-back bathroom renovations with two small children, one frantic search for a toilet and lots of wine.
 
After living in our apartment for four years, my husband and I knew it was time to start the dreaded “R” word—renovation.  Our goal was to create beautiful bathrooms that maximize every spare inch.  I think we succeeded (if I do say so myself) so I wanted to share a few of my favorite organizational tips from the renovation. 
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Readers – hear me now. The edge of the tub is NOT a proper storage solution.  #Truth.  How do you avoid this?  Shower niches! 
 
People (ie, my husband) thought I was being ridiculous when I insisted on two in each shower, but I knew it would be the right choice.  I choose the simplest configuration, placed horizontally and there’s zero regret.  
 
Pro tip: Once you decide on a niche, check to make sure your tallest bottle (probably shampoo) will fit.  Once the niche is tiled in, you’re out of luck and back to edge of the tub organizing. 
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The one organizing tip that might seem odd, but has been a game changer for our nighttime routine is moving my girls’ pajamas to the bathroom.  Rather than bathe them in the bathroom, then move the entire circus to their bedroom, it all happens in one place.  This simple change made our nights calmer and quicker.

Besides wanting beautiful, functional bathrooms, I knew we needed to maximize storage because we don’t have a proper linen closet (City living. Am I right?).  Here are two additional ways we accomplished this:

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We floated our vanities and placed baskets underneath for quick access to toilet paper and Kleenex.  Bonus: guests no longer rummage through our bathroom cabinets to find extra toilet paper because it’s in easy-to-reach, labeled bins.  Visually our bathrooms also seem a bit bigger and airier because of the open space. 

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For our master bath, we switched to Turkish towels.  Not only are they beautiful, but you can also fit three Turkish towels in the space you could fit one traditional towel.  This saved a lot of space. 

What organizational solutions have you “pinned” for your dream bathroom renovation?  Share below.  We would love to hear about them! 

xx

Lisa 

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