June 2017

Tuesday 06.27.17

Rochester, NEAT has arrived!

We are clearly in a New York state of mind recently! We figured Manhattan couldn't be the only place in NY getting NEAT this year...the time has come for the upstate area to receive a little NEAT love as well! Welcome NEAT Method Rochester! We feel really lucky to not only have found one, but TWO incredible women, to join us in the Finger Lakes. These two ladies have some of the best energy and excitement we've ever seen. Please join us in welcoming, Lisa Erdle and Dina Madigan, our newest NEAT IOPs!

NM :: Hi ladies! Tell us a bit more about why you wanted to run NEAT in Rochester!

Lisa & Dina :: We each have three busy kids and spouses that work many hours so we fully understand the need for organizational systems. We both agree that family comes first, but it is not possible to enjoy and be present with your family when you are disorganized, can’t find things, running late and generally stressed. We are excited to take our experience in running well organized homes to implementing systems for others so they can spend more time doing what they love. 

NM :: What makes Rochester special?

Lisa & Dina :: Rochester, New York is unique for its natural beauty. We are surrounded by the finger lakes which provides a beautiful landscape all year long. The fall is an absolute must see if you have never been.


NM :What did you do before you ran NEAT?

Lisa & Dina :Both of us were stay-at-home moms!

NM :How long have you lived in Rochester? 

Lisa & Dina :Lisa was born and raised in Rochester and Dina has lived here for 5 years.

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

Lisa & Dina :One of our favorite places local shops is Arena’sThey have an amazing selection of European flowers as well as an impeccably curated collection of home goods.  Another favorite is Wegmans, a local grocery store.  For those who are not in the northeast if you ever are you must make a trip. There really is no other grocery store like it. The fresh produce, the seafood, dry aged meats and amazing cheeses make you want to cook – and eat!

We have fun at our local West Elm for all of the fun and easy to use accessories. They are a great resource for organizing items as well as seasonal accessories that you want to change. We also love our local Breathe Yoga and Juice. You can take a hot yoga glass, get a green juice and a pair of Paige Jeans all in one stop.


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

Lisa & Dina :One of our favorite spots to eat is Next Door Bar and Grill (owned by Wegmans). They have amazing sushi and great wine selection. The Erie Grill is another great spot on the canal featuring lots of locally sourced foods with a great aesthetic. Branca is a great go to place for wood-fired pizza and a glass of wine. And our friends own an iconic place called The Pittsford Pub & Grille. It is a perfect spot to take your family after a game or meet friends for one of their many great beers.

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NM :: Show us a picture of your most organized space and tell us what it is?

Lisa ::  My favorite organized spaces are in my kitchen. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen and opening up neatly organized drawers gives me infinite joy. I also really like the beverage refrigerator to look like a hotel bar. Everything lined up!

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Dina :My favorite organized space is easily the pantry!

NM :Wow! Those are NEAT! :)  What are some of your favorite products? 

Lisa & Dina :We have lots of favorite organizing products.  We love anything lucite.  Love love love trays! And can’t walk away from a nice turn table.

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NM :: What can clients expect from working with the Rochester NEAT team? 

Lisa & Dina :: When someone hires us they can expect efficiency, professionalism, and respect for their time and home spaces. We treat our clients'  homes as if they were our own!

NM :: Last question, any hidden talents or fun facts? 

Lisa ::  Dina can do the splits!

Dina :: Lisa is fluent in Spanish!

NM :: Wow! That's impressive you two! We're so excited to have you both on the team and look forward to Rochester becoming even more NEAT! Rochester, feel free to reach out to Lisa & Dina!

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 06.27.17

The NEATest Colorado Laundry & Mudroom

Mudrooms and Laundry Rooms tend to be a place where everyone just plops their school backpacks, shoes, gear, etc. and then go about their day. If you live in Colorado, like our girl Allo Perry, your mudroom most likely looks like a small REI showroom, but not if you've had Allo over to organize. Here is a sneak peak at one of her recent projects, as well as, her tips on keeping even one of the most cluttered spaces in your home tidy!

Outdoor Gear :: Denverites tend to have a lot more outdoor gear than most cities due to the 300 days of sunshine and beautiful mountains. Bins are a perfect solution for storing all your ‘in house’ gear. Keep those skis, fishing rods and bikes in the garage. A few of our go-to categories for labeling bins include 'Camp & Hike', 'Sun & Rain', 'Snow & Ski'!

Winter Accessories :: Accessories sound like they would be small and minimal right? Well, this is not the case for enduring Colorado Winters. Hats, gloves, scarfs, leg warmers, neck warmers, goggles - we name it - you probably have it. Be sure to break down your winter accessories into multiple storage bins to ease the process of finding those perfect mittens to compliment your favorite parka.

Shoes/Boots :: Ski boots, soccer cleats, hiking shoes, Chacos, fly fishing boots, snow boots - the list is never ending for keeping those Colorado feet satisfied. Rotating shoes by season are a must for those living in the Mile High City. Snow is always possible, but when June rolls around it’s time for those bulky Sorels to take a rest out of sight.

Cleaning Supplies :: Cleaning is never fun, so you might as well make the entire process go as quick as possible. This can only happen if each of your cleaning supplies are organized by type and you can find exactly what you are looking for when you need it. Be sure to utilize the dreadful and awkward under the sink area for all your no so favorite items! Floor, Bathroom & Kitchen are great ways to categorize all those cleaning supplies.

Dog/Pet :: The Denver Ear just ranked Denver as one of the most Dog Friendly Cities in America and we believe it! Although dog hair is not necessarily NEAT, we do love our furry friends. Everyone feels like their pet is a member of their family so why shouldn’t they have their own bin?! Dog bins can hold leashes, poop bags, Ruffwear, toys and brushes. Honey, Baxter, Bentley, Mo Mo, The Dude, Homer, Jack and Bell are just some of our Denver client’s furry friends who are also now living the NEAT life. Don’t forget to bring your pup next time you head out to one of these Dog Friendly Breweries!

I hope these quick tips help you keep NEAT whether you are a fellow Coloradoan or just in need of a NEAT fix in your Laundry or Mudroom.

Allo ‘Organizing a Mile High’ Piller
NEAT Method Denver

Tuesday 06.20.17

Girl Boss | Dallas Edition

Hi there! I'm Margaret, NEAT's resident Dallas Home Organizer :)

One of my favorite things about being a NEAT Girl is having the opportunity to work and collaborate with all our Girl Bosses across the country! Even though we don’t see each other everyday we are constantly chatting, sharing advice, support, and a lot of laughs along the way.

Living in Dallas, I also have made incredible friends with other female entrepreneurs located in my hometown! A few of the Dallas ladies I love connecting with are Lizzy Chesnut from CITY Boots, as well as Ali Barshop & Meg Jones from To & From Gifts. I am so inspired by how they have followed their passions and built their companies, that I couldn't help but share a few of their tips and advice for becoming a Girl Boss!

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Thank you all so much for taking the time to chat with me! First off, can you tell us a little about your companies and where to find you?

CITY Boots :: CITY Boots is a Dallas based lifestyle brand that specializes in high-end, handmade boots in bold colors and original silk scarves. We are online at www.cityboots.com and by appointment at our showroom in Dallas. Also, we love posting and interacting on Instagram! It is such a good way to connect with the customer directly. Our handle is @citybootsofficial.

To & From Gifts :: To & From is a custom gift design service, specializing in corporate and wedding gifting programs. We thoughtfully design and create personalized gift boxes for moments that matter. We work with businesses and event planners, because although they could do it on their own, we understand that their time is best spent catering to their clients. Our goal is to create unique and compelling ways to thank a loyal customer, congratulate a friend or welcome out-of-town guests. You can find us on Instagram, @toandfromgifts or online at www.toandfromgifts.com

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Fantastic-- I am such a fan of both of your Instagrams!

One of the things we love at Neat Method is hearing from one another the stories that prompted others to take the leap into starting their own business. It is so inspiring! How did you make the decision to launch a company?

CITY Boots :: CITY Boots was inspired because I could never find timeless, understated, high quality cowboy boots for a reasonable price. 

I was a huge collector of cowboy boots from an early age. I even named my dog "boots" at the age of four! So, when I graduated college and started a corporate job, I started to get boot envy. All the men at work were wearing cowboy boots with their suits, but as much as I love a good sundress and cowboy boots...a pencil skirt just doesn't have the same effect. I told myself, "one day I will have a job that I can wear cowboy boots to," which meant I would either work in the cowboy boot industry or own my own company. Now, much sooner than expected, I do both! 

To & From Gifts :: The decision to launch To & From Gifts did not happen overnight, but once we started narrowing down our ideas and understanding our strengths (yes, tying the perfect bow is a strength), we started to run with it. We were both recently engaged and searching for a unique and meaningful way to ask our bridesmaids (including each other!) to be part of our weddings. We’re not re-inventing the wheel, but we definitely saw an opportunity within the market and decided to take it!

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Doing something on your own can be intimidating, and a little scary! Do you have any advice for women considering starting their own business?

CITY Boots :: A month after starting CITY Boots full-time I had the pleasure of meeting Stuart Weitzman at this store on 5th Ave. in New York City. It was very serendipitous as my mom and I were just shopping in the store. He came in to pick something up, and we struck up a conversation. My mom (in typical mom fashion) told him I was starting a footwear company, and he was extremely excited for me. 

He told me about his experience and gave me the advice: "If you build it, they will come." I think about this daily when I worry if people are going to like and more importantly BUY my stuff, and it (usually) holds true. So, even when things get hairy...I keep builiding, and I think there is someting to be said for that.

To & From Gifts :: Doing something on your own is definitely intimidating! We’re lucky to have each other. Our advice is to find a strong partner- someone that will motivate you, challenge you, hold you accountable and even spell check your emails and presentations.

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Starting your own business is a huge learning opportunity. Is there anything that really surprised you, or was one of your biggest learnings? 

CITY Boots :: The biggest lesson I've learned is you get out what you put in. I've heard that my whole life, but I don't think I fully understood it until owning my own business. It can be really rewarding!!

To & From Gifts :: For us, designing and developing a website was something we were familiar with, but actually creating a small business was a whole other story. It was definitely a learning curve, but something we’re now proud to be able to say that we’ve done. And looking back, it’s not as hard as you would think. Our biggest piece of advice is don’t be afraid to ask for advice! 

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Obviously, the NEAT Team loves a great organizational tip— what do you do to keep yourself organized while juggling running a company?

CITY Boots :: I am old school. Handwritten lists. There is something about writing it by hand that makes it real. 

To & From Gifts :: We are definitely list makers! Every day starts with a to-do list. We use tools like Evernote to access notes and lists that we create on our computers and phones while we're on the go. A lot of To & From lives within Google Drive. With a shared inbox, it's important to have a good system for organizing our communication with clients and vendors. 

Lists are definitley an organizational must for the on-the-go entrepreneur! Thank you all so much for sharing your stories and advice! We have loved hearing about your journeys, and cannot wait to see where you take CITY Boots and To & From Gifts!


the NEAT girls 

Thursday 06.15.17

Florida is Getting Even More NEAT!

With the East coast of Florida getting a lot of the NEAT life, we decided it was about time to add another location to the West! After searching for just the right NEAT girl, we are beyond excited to introduce you to Laura Frasor who is launching this week in Tampa!! She is absolutely adorable and we are excited for you all to get to know her ...

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

Laura :: I wanted to run NEAT because I’ve always had an affinity for fashion, style, decor and obviously, organization. Now that I have kids, I know more than ever how important it is to be organized. I love organizing and re-organizing my house as the seasons change, as the school year progresses and as my kids get older. Being organized really does help keep the house clean and tidy while helping to make a hectic schedule a little less chaotic.

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

Laura :: I used to work in finance for TD Waterhouse before I had kids. Once my kids were born, I made the decision to stay home with them. Now that they are in school, it’s time for me to do something that I love.

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NM :: What makes your city unique?

Laura :: Tampa is an amazing city! People often think of Florida as a touristy state, but you don’t get that feeling here. There are so many young families that have made this area home. We have incredible friends here and have no plans of living anywhere else.

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

Laura :: My husband and I moved here from Toronto 9 years ago.

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

Laura :: My favorite place to shop has got to be International Mall. But, if I could only shop at one store it would be Nordstrom (and maybe The Container Store)!

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

Laura :: There is a row of great restaurants right near International Mall (convenient, I know). Ocean Prime has got to be a favorite of ours. But, if we are with the kids, Doc B’s, is our go to (and I can always use a piece of cheesecake to go from The Cheesecake Factory).

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NM :: Show us a picture of your most organized space and tell us what it is?

Laura :: My most organized space has got to be my pantry. My pantry needs to be in top shape because my kids are always in there, helping themselves. Now that they are old enough to know where everything is, it is so easy for them to find what they want without tearing it apart. It also helps me with my dreaded morning chore, school lunches. I have a shelf that is dedicated to the kids. This makes it easy for them to pick out a few of their lunch items and leave them out for me or for me to be able to put together a healthy lunch quickly. And I think we can all agree, every minute in the morning counts!

NM :: Well that sure looks like a NEAT pantry. No wonder we love you! What is your favorite product to use to organize things?

Laura :: My favorite products are baskets. There are so many different shapes and styles to use in different spaces. They instantly make a space look organized and they remove visible clutter while allowing you to group similar items together making things easy to find and store.

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NM :: Okay now for a fun question :). Do you have any hidden talents that we should know about?

Laura :: Hidden talents…hmmmmm.  My children are always surprised when mom busts out her old gymnastics skills.

NM :: Haha. We may need to see some of those one day! Thanks so much for your answers. We can't wait to see the spaces NEAT Tampa starts transforming!

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 06.13.17

How To Make Organizing A Gift For Dad

Last week we shared gift ideas for the Father's in your life. But if 'Acts of Service' more accurately describes their love language you may want to consider tackling a small organizing project for them instead. Our SF girl, Lisa Ruff is here to offer a few ideas for spaces that would be quick and inexpensive to tackle and yet leave them beaming on June 18th. See what she has to say ...

Before getting started, choose a space that he uses every day like his ties or tee shirts. He will appreciate the gesture even more. I like to focus on my husband’s morning routine. With two small kids, our mornings are crazy.  So anything that makes it easier for him is a win for everyone.

Idea #1 Getting His Hair Did

Make his morning routine a breeze by implementing organizers in his bathroom drawer. Sort everything by type – dental, shaving, hair care, etc. Then purchase dividers like this to house everything. Now he can easily find what he needs.

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Idea #2 Getting Dressed

I think this is helpful for guys who wear ties/belts everyday and those who save them for the occasional wedding.  Sort them by color, roll them and then place them in a divided organizer like this one. 

For an extremely impressive, yet gratis gift, file-fold his tee shirt drawer. I did this for my husband last Father’s Day. I couldn’t believe how happy it made him. 

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Idea #3 For His Down Time

Here’s the wildcard idea …. do you have a sports enthusiast at home? Even if you don’t approve of the hours spent yelling at the television, why don’t you show your home team support by creating a snack station?

Clear out a space in the garage, laundry room or basement. Then stock it with game day favorites, drinks and his lucky cozy. OXO containers like these make for great pretzel storage.  When the season’s over, break down the snack station until next year.

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We don't know about you but with Lisa leading the charge, we think San Francisco could win as the land of the happiest Dad's this Father's Day! Don't you agree? 

the NEAT girls

Wednesday 06.07.17

8 Unique Gifts For Dad!

We talk a lot about the NEAT girls around here, but the truth is we wouldn't be the business women we are without some very special men - our Husband and our Fathers. 

Therefore, as we get organized for Father's Day (Sunday, June 18th - in case you forgot) we have been looking for some extra special gifts. Here are our top unique picks for the Dad's in your life this year ... 

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1. This durable Herschel duffle bag will come in handy for whatever summer adventures he has on his agenda. 

2. What about a water buffalo horn tumbler set for his drink of choice? 

3. You have probably thought of giving a grill tool set before, but one that is shaped like his favorite past time is pretty unique! 

4. The Yeti Sidekick will keep the men in your life organized (win!win!) and also keep their belongings protected from the elements. 

5. Slippers are a staple gift but the Ugg Byron is sure to keep him smiling for weeks. 

6. How cool is this beer chilling coaster set? 

7. For the studious fellow, we think this glasses holder is a pretty great desktop accessory.  

8. Sometimes Dad's forget to replenish their wardrobe every season. What about a new Onia swim trunk to get him into relaxation mode?

If none of these gifts spark your interest, what about just planning a NEAT day with him? Let's be honest that is all they really want! 


the NEAT girls

Thursday 06.01.17

NEAT Picks | Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!

Happy June, everyone! 

With the Summer season in full-swing we've found ourselves craving a few new pieces to update our closets and homes. Luckily, Nordstrom is holding their half-yearly sale and has some amazing Summer staples! NEAT's Owners, Ashley, Molly and Marissa, couldn't help but share with you a few of their favorite finds!

Click on the images in the collage to shop!


:: Ashley's Picks ::

These sandals are such a great price, color and style for only $50! I'm also obsessed with this bracelet -- who doesn't need a few more accessories in the jewelry department? I'm also loving the idea of a short PJ setPJ Salvage is always my go-to in this department. Lastly, I'll definitely be poolside ready in this cute crochet bikini



:: Marissa's Picks ::

I am loving these sandals, because who doesn't need the perfect slip on for Summer (p.s. they come in a few fun colors!). With a new little lady to shop for it is going to be hard to pass up on this Baby Burberry dress! Also, what is cuter than baby feet? Well baby feet in these adorable embroidered sandals, of course :)! Finally, this indoor outdoor rug will make sure that our backyard is BBQ ready. 



:: Molly's Picks ::

I love to bring Rose to get togethers in the Summer, and these gift tags will be the perfect finishing touch. I am a sucker for anything blue, and at almost $100 off this Le Creuset piece might just help me become an amazing cook ;). Lastly, this All Saints purse will be perfect for fun Summer nights out! 



Also, we are all loving this grey Madewell tee, and can't see a reason not to get this off-the shoulder top in at least one of the colors it comes in!

Oh and don't forget to purge that closet before restocking it ;). Happy Shopping!

the NEAT girls 

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