July 2017

Thursday 07.27.17

Dear Lauren...

I'm sure you are all wondering who Lauren is! Well, little Lauren (as we like to call her) is our amazing Summer intern! Some of you may remember her from our Instastories over the past couple of months. She's seriously the cutest! What's even more special is that it's National Intern Day and it just so happens to be her last day with us.

When she contacted us for the position, we knew we had to work with her at some capacity. She sent in one of the most creative resumes and well spoken cover letters in the history of NEAT Method and she's only a Junior in college! We made the decision to officially launch our first Internship program and quite frankly, we had no idea what to expect. We decided to hold the program in Chicago for the Summer where Lauren could work hand in hand with our co-founder, Ashley Murphy! The two of them spent everyday for the past 9 weeks together and our company could not be more greatful for this experience from such a career driven 21 year old woman! 

Lauren's main focus for the Summer was to learn all of the in's and out's of NEAT Method. Our history, our story, our trials and tribulations and what makes us unique in this now competitive market! To say that she was eager to learn was an understatment! With every day full of questions she quickly embraced being a part of our NEAT family! We can't thank her enough for her candid feedback, love for our brand and desire to help us continue to grow in the industry! 

     

So, for all of you Interns out there. Take a page out of Lauren's book and be eager to learn, ask a million and ten questions and embrace the company as if you were going to run it one day! You never know what the future holds. As for Lauren's future, she is officially taking over NEAT's Social Media Marketing role and we could not be more excited. All though Senior year will keep her very busy, we are confident that this work/life balance will be the best experience as she navigates a future career path!

Thanks for being the BEST first Intern ever, LC! We can't thank you enough. 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 07.20.17

The 3 Biggest Organizing Challenges with Kids and How to Solve Them!

As most of you know, this week's Tip Tuesday (on Instagram stories) was about all things kids! Since many of you all asked many of the same questions, we wanted to make sure we thoroughly answered them for you. We thought it would be beneficial to share a little more about the best practices to keep kids organized. 

Up first, the dreaded lego situation. We get it! It's such a love/hate because on one hand you feel it's educational for your kids, but on the other...you freak out every time you step on one that was left on the floor. For starters, we try to encourage you to not buy as many as you do. That really is the #1 contributor to the problem! Hate to say it, but we see it all the time. Too many options for your kids that they play with for one day and then move on to the next. You have every ability to set the stage with stuff like this. Try to get them to rebuild the same set or find a friend to swap with. 

Then, in terms of the actual organizing we just recommend designating a spot in your home to actually keep them (ie. the kids room who has the lego obession). You can then use a shelving area to store the necessary bins. Clear plastic bins can be stacked on top of eachother to utilize the vertical height or you can get a set of drawers to put all of them in. Once the lego set is constructed, make a rule that he or she can only keep so many up in their room. If they run out of space, it's time to break and rebuild or donate to make room for new ones. 

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The second most asked question is how to keep kids clothes properly arranged in a drawer. If you watched our story, we walked you through how easy it is to file the small clothes into a row. You essentially just have to fold them twice and file them all in together. It's an absolute must to use a divider or drawer insert/box in an effort to keep the clothes separted and upright. We do love the idea of the divider that can be moved around a drawer as your kid grows and needs more room for their clothes. 

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And lastly, what to do with all of the art projects that your kids create! I know we all feel bad purging these works of art that are little Picassos have created, but let's face it...there isn't a house big enough to store every single project that they bring home. We have a rule that you are allowed to keep only ONE large storage bin per child, once it gets full, it's time to purge some. If you are one that really cares to cherish everything, we highly recommend using an app to digitally store all of these things. One of our favorites is called Artkive! We love the ability to have different folders for each child and if you want to take it a step further, you could even have a book made after each year to really cherish the memories!

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We hope this has helped even more to find the motivation for getting your kids organized. No more swearing every time you feel like you are walking on a bed of legos!

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xx

the NEAT girls

Wednesday 07.12.17

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale | Closet Refresh

After being in thousands of closets we have come to realize that most closets need to press the reset button on the same classic items. Lucky for you, one of the biggest sales of the year, The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here, and it is the perfect excuse to stock up on your favorite staples at a great price!

Early Access for The Nordstrom Anniversary sale began today, and we could not be more excited. Early Access is resereved for Nordstrom debit and credit card holders, and runs through July 20th. On July 21st the sale opens up to the public, and anyone can shop the new Fall goodies that Nordstrom has marked down.

Check out our round-up of must-have pieces for your closet refresh. 

1. Nike Running Shoes 2. Rag & Bone Booties 3. Vince Slip-ons 4. Good Man Low Tops 5. Lush Tee 6. Cashmere Pullover 7. Poplin Blouse 8. Bow Blouse 9. Leather Pants 10. Faux Leather Pants 11. Hudson Black Jeans 12. Rag & Bone High Waisted Jeans 13. PJ Salvage Chemise 14. Hanky Panky Low-Rise Thong 15. Moonlight Pajamas 16. PJ Salvage Pajamas

:: Shoes ::

Say goodbye to your old sneakers, and update with this super cute, classic slip-on pair from Vince! Gents, We have you covered in the sneaker category too with this pair of low tops from Good Man

For all you girls on-the-go it might be time to replace your running shoes with Nike's Run Distance 2 model

Too often we see the heels of shoes that have done too much walking. The Rag & Bone Margot Bootie will be the perfect upgrade to replace your go-to bootie from last year!

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:: Tops ::

Everyone has a white blouse that has somehow now turned "off-white." This cute bow-kneck top is the perfect way to re-invest in a crisp, white top. You're T-shirt collection is probably also ready for a little purge and re-stock. You can't go wrong with this classic tee on sale

While a classic white blouse and a go-to tee are wardrobe necessities, it is also important to have something fun and trendy to liven up your outfit! Last year's biggest trend was the peplum, but let us introduce you to this year's update, the poplin

While, we know it is still reaching 100 degrees+ where many of you live right now, don't pass up the chance to invest in some great cashmere during the sale. This pullover is perfect to wear on it's own, or layered with a button down! 

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:: Pants :: 

A sleek pair of leather pants are the perfect multi-purpose piece for your closet. From the office to the a night out they can be paired with flats, heels, sweaters or a flirty top! 

Make sure to also take an inventory of your denim collection when updating your closet essentials. A pair of skinny, high waisted jeans are always a must-have. Also, don't forget to see if your black jeans have faded. If you need a new, true black try this pair from Hudson

 

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:: Delicates ::

We don't really want to go here, but we need to. Your underwear can always use a refresh...trust us. Hanky Panky makes the best undewear, and rarely ever are on sale. Snag these up while you can! 

Lastly, don't forget about your pajamas. All too often pjs can be pushed to the bottom dresser drawer forgotten about. Invest in a few great pieces like this chemise from PJ salvage-- you'll be wearing them for years! 

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Let us know what pieces you are always refreshing in your spaces, and happy shopping

xx

The Neat Girls

Thursday 07.06.17

Our 3 Favorite Products this Summer!

Over the long holiday weekend, we had much time to catch up on some of our own to do lists! Outside of purging expired spices and meds, we found time to just relax and get lost surfing the world wide web! Who knew there were so many amazing things to look at?!? As you know, we absolutely love the Container Store...but what you may not know, is that we equally love searching for things that you aren't seeing all over the place. We thought it would be fun to share our latest top 3 products that we think you all should know about. 

1. First up, from one of our all time favorite product companies, Serena & Lily, is this multi functional basket! Perfect for the shelves of your laundry room, playroom or closet. It's sturdy enough for you to put just about anything in it from books to towels...to even shoes! 

 

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2. If we've learned anything after doing this for over 8 years, it's that not every size bin or basket will fit where you want it to. So, it's definitley best to have options. Rejuvenation is upping their game in the storage & organization department and we could not be more obsessed. This box might be one of our all time favorties! The details with the exposed dovetail sides or the leather and brass handles make us want to put this in every client's home. Absolute perfection! 

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3. And last, but never least, we couldn't end our Summer favorites without something that bright and colorful. This flower tin is perfect for many more things than just recipes! Think pictures, buttons, matchbook or coin collections...yes, these are all the things we find in homes that never have the proper storage. Well, this little box would do just that. Provide a pretty home for all the random stuff! 

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Ok friends, now that we've shared some of the latest hidden gems, time to get back to tossing that Paprika we never did use in the past 5 years. 

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xx

the NEAT girls

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