August 2017

Wednesday 08.30.17

A NEAT Vacation Home

Whether it is a home at the lake, in the mountains, or on the beach, we love helping clients organize the favorite home away from home! These are the places where lasting memories are made and where everyone can get some R&R. They are meant to be enjoyed, not a source of stress.

Since Wisconsin is the land of lake houses, our Milwaukee Organizer, Liz Girsch, has had a lot of experience helping create the perfect spaces for stress-free vacationing. Here are a few of her tips ...

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Vacation time often means party time. When you have a vacation home, you need to be ready to feed, entertain and house lots of guests. It’s important to set up your space to make hosting easy for you and make everything accessible to your visitors. Hense TIP #1 ... designate an easy to find closet or cabinet for the essentials that your guests are sure to be looking for..... sunscreen, bug spray, plastic tumblers, water toys, etc. When this space is organized, guests can feel free to help themselves and be part of the clean up process.

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We talk a lot about the importance of labels. TIP #2 .... At a vacation home, labels are extra important! It allows your guests to settle in and find things on their own. They won’t feel bad asking you a million questions about where things are. Labels also allow them to help out - which good guests want to do. So make sure your pantry, your linen closet, your laundry space and any other spaces your guests will be poking their noses in have clear labels!

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TIP #3 .... As you organize things in a vacation home, it’s helpful to think about zones or section to place things. The outer perimeter of your kitchen is great for snack areas and dishes. Place your entertaining paper goods in these pretty Tosca baskets, which move easily from a cabinet to a countertop. Designate a place of importance for all your supplies for the nightly fire - store the matches as well as graham crackers, marshmallow and roasting sticks for everyone’s favorite s’mores. Gear for heading out on the lake should be kept near the door together - gather up extra beach towels and roll them into wire baskets for easy grab on everyone’s way out.

TIP #4 ... All bedrooms and bathrooms should be well equipped with everything your guest will need. Make sure you have back up of everything too so that you don't have to worry about checking your stock every time you head to the lake. Upon arrival, place sets of towels on the end of each bed. Share the WiFi code on a beautifully handwritten card or create one on your computer and leave on the guest's nightstand. The more your guests feel like you went above and beyond the more they will too when pitching in (wink wink!). 

By taking just a little more time to get some guest friendly systems in place, you will see that entertaining becomes so much easier and you can then spend more time just relaxing with them.

Since lake house season is coming to a close, you have at least 6 months to start implementing some of these tips before next year! Happy Organizing! 

xx,
the NEAT girls

Wednesday 08.23.17

11 Back-To-School Organizing Tips

This is is a crazy time of year for all of the families out there. There are lunchboxes to pack, books to buy, new clothes to get washed, paperwork to fill out .... and the list goes on! We checked in with some of our NEAT Moms to see what their #1 tip is for making this school year less chaotic than the prior years and here what they had to say .... 

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Britt Dignan (Westchester, NY) :: Bento boxes are wonderful for organizing school lunches ahead of time. I make a list of meals for each day of the week (ie: turkey sandwich and apples on Mondays, hummus and pretzels on Tuesdays, etc), and then prep most of the containers the night before.

Jennifer Ferriso & Erika Downes (Morristown, NJ) :: Start prepping for back-to-school early and store what you buy far away from the kids :).

Katie Koentje (San Diego, CA) :: Purge and go through clothes so that you know everything fits and everything is school appropriate. This will make the mornings more efficient and hopefully drama free!

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Sarah Edelman (Atlanta, GA) :: On Sunday evenings, I have my daughters lay out all of their clothes for the week and place them in a hanging organizer in their closet. Then when the alarm goes off, there is no searching for a pair of shorts or socks-it is all there and ready to put on!

Emmaley Otis (Scottsdale, AZ) :: My tip to is to build a school wardrobe that is mix and match (we stick to mostly stripes, khaki and navy).  My son's school does not wear uniforms, so we have kind of created our own.  Any combination of tops and bottoms is an automatic (matching!) outfit.  I guess it's kind of like a capsule wardrobe for kids?  ;)  One less thing to have to think about each morning!

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Liz Girsch (MIlkwaukee, WI) :: Own your calendar; don't let the calendar and activities own you. I love using Cozi.com as it is tailored to families and school/sports/club activities. This way everyone in the family can download the app and access the calendar.

Laura Fraser (Tampa, FL) :: Making lunches may be my most dreaded chore. I've got two shelves in my pantry that are dedicated to the kids. And they know it! If their missing something, they'll give me a heads up.

Melanie Walker (Las Vegas, NV) :: Set up a homework station. Something mobile that you can store away and pull out where your kids do their homework. It can have all the things they might need i.e. crayons, makers, glue sticks etc. and keep it stocked.

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Lisa Ruff (San Francisco, CA) :: It may seem a little odd, but it works for us.  If your refrigerator has the space, put the backpack in fully packed the night before.  I put the lunch, water bottle and any paperwork that needs to be returned in their backpack and then put the entire thing in our fridge.  In the morning, the last thing we grab is the backpacks from the fridge before we run out the door.  We've never forgotten a lunch this way!

April Chalk (San Antonio, TX) :: My #1 tip is to create a system to handle all of the crazy piles of papers that kiddos bring home every day (so they don't end up in piles on the kitchen counter). 

Dina Madigan (Rochester, NY) :: Make sure each child has a hook for their backpack and coat of the season that is where the backpack and coat lives for the entire school year.

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Well there you have it from the professionals! Happy 2017-2018 school year to you and all your kiddies! 

xx,
the NEAT girls

Friday 08.18.17

Atlanta Your NEAT Girls Have Arrived!

The 5th and final city we are launching this week is ... Atlanta!! A city that has truly been on our bucket list since the start! Since it is such a big and fabulous market, we though it was only fitting to have not just one girl in charge but two! Meet Devon Green and Sarah Edelman and see why they are so excited to bring NEAT to The Peach State.

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NM :: Okay ladies, please introduce yourself and tell us why you wanted to launch NEAT in Georgia!

SE :: I want to bring NEAT to the Atlanta suburbs because I believe organization in the home makes for a happy and more efficient family life. Also, infusing style into organizing is something “Atlantans” will love! I also love the idea of being a girl boss!

DG :: I realized I wanted to organize as a profession while building my home. During the process I was able to incorporate all the organizational tools I’d been drooling over for years on Pinterest and Houzz. It was so fun getting to create super functional spaces that were also pretty! I was so excited about my pant pull out rack and shoe shelves I could hardly sleep the night before they were installed! Ha. I’ve always been organized but as an adult I’ve come to realized that’s not the case for everyone. I love the idea creating spaces that will help anyone (even the perpetually unorganized) keep order, organization and serenity. I love Atlanta and love the idea of being able to help make it NEATer.

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NM :: Well we sure are glad you share our love of an organized home and so is the rest of Atlanta! What did you do before joining NEAT?

DG :: I worked in Public Accounting for 3 years at KPMG then moved to Atlanta to work for Wendy’s Corporate, then Home Depot after that doing Corporate Tax Accounting. In 2015 I took some time off to plan my wedding and build my home, then decided to get my real estate license which is what I have been focused on until NEAT came along!

SE :: I was an elementary special education teacher. Being a special education teacher helped me to see my students as a giant complex puzzle waiting to be assembled to help achieve their fullest potential. My teaching career has equipped me with the skills to tackle complex organizational areas and figure out how the “organizational puzzle” can best come together.

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NM ::What’s one of your favorite things about living in the Atlanta area?

DG & SE :: We love Atlanta because it has a great big city vibe along with vibrant welcoming suburban areas. There is such a mixture of residents and that gives it such an interesting dynamic. It’s a very active city in the sense that there’s always something going on, whether it be a festival, concert, exhibition or gala, but it also offers so many “quiet escapes” like parks, trails and museums.

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NM :: Sounds like the perfect place to live! What are some your favorite places to shop and eat?

SE ::  My favorite place to shop is the Avalon in Alpharetta, GA. It has a great mix of brand name stores along with cute boutique shops!

DG :: There is no shortage of places to shop in Atlanta (especially Buckhead) between the 2 malls, boutiques and the new high end shopping district called “Buckhead Atlanta”. When it comes to shopping for clothing, Tootsies, Intermix and Cos are a few of my favorite. One of my closest friends owns a store called Bella Bag, so when I’m looking for a handbag or leather good, I always go there first. For home décor I love Bungalow Classic, Redefined Home and Boxwoods

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NM :: Okay kind of feeling like we need to plan a shopping trip to Atlanta! What about restuarants? What are your favorite places to refuel? 

SE :: My favorite restaurants to eat at are located in downtown Roswell! The area has a variety of spots with amazing ambiance and food. It is a great place to sit outside, enjoy a wonderful meal, and visit with friends.

DG :: Le Bilbloquet is the best for girl’s dinners or brunch, Hal’s is my favorite steakhouse in Atlanta, and Umi is hands down the best sushi.

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NM :: Seriously we may need to have our next Summit in Atlanta! Okay now lets get down to business. What is the most organized area of your home? What about the least - we've all got one :). 

SE ::  The most organized space in my home is my pantry. I love the convenience and ease of locating an item and knowing what is available when I am preparing meals. The least organized space in my home is my 7 year old daughter’s closet. Even though we have a system in place, clothes still end up on the floor.

DG :: My closet is definitely the most organized. I was able to customize it exactly how I wanted, I made sure my shoes were easy to see and get to. I also had pant pullouts installed so I can get to all my jeans and pants easily and not have to deal with towering stacks. My husband's ties are without a doubt the least organized. He has SO MANY (over 100 I think). He’s also not one to spend a lot of time putting things away so they just keep getting thrown over rods. It drives me nuts!!

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NM :: Thanks for sharing. What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?

SE :: Clients can expect a hard working professional who can turn ideas into realistic organized spaces that best suit the needs of their lifestyle, home, and family.

DG :: Zero judgment (I understand how life gets!), enthusiasm and a finished product that meets (and hopefully exceeds) all expectations!

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And that is why you two are so great! Atlanta is lucky to have you and so are we. 

xx,
the NEAT girls

Thursday 08.17.17

Introducing, Seattle’s NEATest duo!

Jumping back to the West Coast, we’re excited to introduce you to Rachel Smith and Carrie Miller, our newest NEAT Method Seattle partners! Read our interview with Rachel and Carrie below to learn why they are two of the coolest business partners around.

NM :: Alright ladies, let’s jump right in and get to know you (and Seattle)! Tell us what you were up to before you joined NEAT and what made you want to run an organizing business!

RS :: My background is in education and I taught elementary PE in Arizona for 7 years. Since becoming a Mom, I have been at home with my two adorable children. My youngest will be in school full time this fall and I’m excited to start a career of my own. I believe that living in a beautifully organized home isn’t just about the gorgeous appearance. It’s about creating a happier and more peaceful life. That’s the true “beauty” of being organized. Through NEAT Method, my passion for creating a stunning and functional space will help others achieve a more enjoyable and productive lifestyle. To me, that’s beyond rewarding.

CM :: My professional career was in in Digital Ad Tech, I was fortunate enough to work for both Microsoft and Amazon. I loved the field and the people I worked with however once my kids were born I struggled being able to continue that path and live the life I craved. It has always been a goal of mine to be a small business owner doing something I love. Once I left the corporate world people have consistently asked me what I was going to do once my kids were in school my answer has always been, “I want to create something of my own.” NEAT Method is the perfect balance of owning my own business with the support and mentorship of an established reputable brand.

NM :: What makes Seattle unique?

CM :: I know I am biased but I think Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in the States. We have an endless amount of outdoor recreation, it’s a short drive up to the mountains to go skiing and the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges are great for hiking and biking. In the Northwest you will find lots of lakes for boating and more green landscape then you can even imagine. The city has a laid back style and a vibrant music and arts scene. Seattle is a great place to live a healthy lifestyle and raise children. The rain scares a lot of people but Seattle actually has less annual rainfall then Houston, Chicago and New York City.

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

RS & CM :: For wardrobe and beauty - always Nordstrom. There is something special about shopping in the flagship store downtown. Bellevue Square has everything when in the suburbs, this mall also does a great job of staying fresh and current. For vintage pieces I love Lucky Vintage in Ballard. For gifts though our go to store is glassybaby, there is something so fun about watching the glassblowers!

NM :: Ok so after all of that shopping, what are your favorite places grab a bite to eat?

RS :: I have to go with PaIisades for fresh Seattle seafood. The menu is incredible, the food is to die for and if you go for the Sunday brunch it’s like nothing else. I love Ristorante Paradiso (Kirkland) for delicious home cooked Italian food. I can be a bit of an Italian food snob and Ristorante Paradiso is amazing and never disappoints. Wild Ginger (Seattle location) is also at the top of my list for out of this world Thai food. I love the ambiance and the food is so flavorful and fresh.

NM :: On the topic of style, food and all things décor. Any favorite blogs we NEED to check out!?

RS & CM :: There are so many we love! A Bowl Full of Lemons is one of our favorites because it features trendy organizing tips! Other favorites include :: Amber Interiors, Emily Henderson, Coco Kelley, Zen Habits, and Decor8.

NM :: Sign us up! Ok last question, hidden talents! Do you have any that you’d like to share?

RS :: This is soooo random but I’ve learned through the years I’m kind of a talented arm wrestler (if there’s such a thing). For my size (5’2”) you’d never know it.

CM :: I never forget a face, I literally could have met you once 20+ years ago and I will remember when and where. Unfortunately, I will probably forget your name though.

NM :: Those are great ones! Anything else you think we need to know?

CM :: Rachel and I literally met in a sandbox, we were both wearing our daughters, who were infants at the time, and chasing our boys who were toddlers. We clicked immediately and have been laughing and supporting each ever since.

RS :: Carrie and I couldn’t be more excited to start NEAT Method Seattle. We are energized and ready to bring the luxurious, clean and modern look of NEAT to Seattle. Our work ethic, collaboration and individual talents will create a successful partnership with NEAT and our future clients.

You two are just the cutest and we’re so lucky to have you as part of the NEAT team! If you know of anyone that needs organizing in the Seattle area, please reach out to Carrie or Rachel!

xx,
the NEAT girls

Wednesday 08.16.17

Salt Lake City, NEAT Method is here!

The Beehive state and the Great Salt Lake are about to get a whole lot NEATer! We’re excited to officially launch our next city… Salt Lake City, Utah! Read our interview below to find out more about our newest gal, Chelsea Thomas, and learn how she plans to bring more organization (and boba tea!) to the SLC area.

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NM :: Alright, Chelsea, please introduce yourself and tell us how you found your way to launching NEAT SLC!

CT :: Hi everyone! I’m Chelsea Thomas and I recently moved from Los Angeles back Salt Lake City a few months ago. I wanted to run NEAT in Salt Lake City because I ran out of places in my own home to organize! No but seriously, I find a lot of satisfaction in organizing messy spaces and I jumped at the chance to do something I enjoy for a living.

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NM :: What’s one of your favorite things about living in the Salt Lake area?

CT :: I think what makes Salt Lake unique is how available the outdoors are within close proximity to the city. We are so lucky to have the beautiful Wasatch Mountains right outside our back door for hiking, skiing and camping.

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NM :: Tell us more about SLC! What are some your favorite places to shop and eat?

CT :: One of my favorite places to shop in Salt Lake is the Fashion Place Mall. I am a sucker for one-stop shops and I can find all my very favorite stores there including The Container Store! When I have more time on my hands I like to stop by Tai Pan for cutesy holiday decor. They also have great baskets.

When I lived in LA, I ate at Spitz probably once a week! I have to drive a little farther to my local Spitz in Salt Lake but I am obsessed with their yummy greek food. You have to try the donor basket with sweet potato fries. I am also really into Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade. The orange raspberry limeade and the St Francis with avocado is so, so good. As a huge fan of boba milk tea I also drive 30 minutes to Gossip Tapioca when I can. Best boba in the city.

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NM :: Ok let’s chat organized and disorganized spaces! What is the most organized space in your home?

CT :: The most organized space in my house is probably the open shelving in my bathroom. I was a little annoyed to have open wire shelving in place of a proper linen closet so I came up with a solution that looks pretty enough to always be on display. One of my very favorite organization products is the hyacinth basket line from The Container Store. They are sturdy and pretty and not too expensive. They work in tons of spaces and are very popular with lots of different people.

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NM :: Ok… now what about the least organized space? Everyone has one!

CT :: My least organized space is my husband’s office. He doesn't let me organize in there! Sometimes I get anxiety thinking about the closet in there.

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NM :: Ha we know that feeling all too well! What do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT SLC?

CT :: I can’t wait to help my client's homes run more smoothly and hear how their new organization is improving their busy lives. And of course, seeing the new space come together will be a lot of fun! My clients can expect a finished space that is completely organized in a way that is specific to their needs and tastes. And of course, it will look amazing! So the next time a guest walks into their pantry, garage, or playroom you can be proud rather than embarrassed.

NM :: And last but not least, our favorite question… any hidden talents or fun facts we should know about you?

CT :: While I am not usually a fan of cooking, I can make a pretty good sea salt cream jasmine tea with boba. I cook my own boba, which is something I started doing after moving from LA to Salt Lake. I am just a little too far from my favorite boba place here!

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NM :: Wow! When can we try some of this homemade boba?! We might have to plan a SLC trip soon just to do so! Anything else you want to share?

CT :: It just feels meant to be that I found NEAT Method and I’m so excited to get started organizing Salt Lake City!

NM :: Well the feeling is mutual Chelsea!!

If you are in Salt Lake and are eager to live the NEAT life, please reach out to Chelsea at Chelsea@neatmethod.com, she may just bring a boba tea if you are lucky.

xx,
the NEAT girls

Tuesday 08.15.17

The Lonestar State is about to get NEATer!

First Dallas, and now……. San Antonio! Please join us in welcoming our newest NEAT gal, April Chalk! Curious why San Antonio and why April?? You won't be after you read this interview with her!

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NM :: Alright April, how did you find your way to NEAT?

AC :: When my youngest son was starting school and I wanted to return to work, my husband asked me "If you could do anything and get paid for it, what would that thing be?" I quickly replied "declutter and organize closets" which started me on a journey into professional home organizing and to NEAT Method.

I hope that by doing something I love, I can create the peace and functionality in other's homes that will give them more time, space, and energy to focus on the people and things that they love. My goal is to help individuals and families to live their best lives by reviving their most important spaces.

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NM :: VERY well said! What makes San Antonio unique?

AC :: I am still getting to know San Antonio, but what I love so far is that even though it is the seventh-most populated U.S. city, it somehow still has more of a small-town feel. There is a beautiful natural landscape (lots of hills and trees), a rich cultural and historical heritage, and tons of fun things to do. It is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. I have only lived here for about 10 months, but we plan on making it a long-term thing. Maybe someday I will be able to call myself a true Texan!

NM :: Texas is lucky to have you! Where are your favorite places to shop in San Antonio?

AC :: The Shops at La Cantera is a great open-air mall that I have visited several times since moving here; there are tons of stores and the atmosphere is beautiful and fun. I've also discovered a darling gift and stationery shop called Moon Mippy.

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NM :: What about your favorite places to eat? Tell us about the Tex-Mex!

AC :: When we moved to San Antonio, everyone told me that I just had to try breakfast at the Magnolia Pancake Haus, and it did not disappoint! They have the best blueberry pancakes I have ever had! For dinner we love to pick up fajitas and horchata from El Jalisco, a small Mexican restaurant near my husband's office. They have homemade corn tortillas that are out of this world.

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NM :: Alright, San Antonio sounds pretty great! Let’s get down to business though … what is the most organized space in your home?

AC :: This was a hard choice! My most organized space is probably my living room. We are living in a small apartment while we decide where in San Antonio we want to settle down and buy a house, so my living area functions as the family room, library, office, and playroom. In order for multi-functional spaces to work well, they have to stay super organized!

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NM :: Wow! Multi purpose spaces are TOUGH and you knocked it out of the park! Ok what about your least organized space?

AC :: My least organized space is probably the bench in my bedroom. I put the bench there because it is so cute, but unfortunately it has turned into a drop zone for everything from my purse to things I need to return to the load of laundry that I haven't quite gotten around to folding.

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NM :: Ah the drop zone! We know that trouble area all too well. What are some of your favorite organizing products?

AC :: Drawer organizers and dividers of all shapes, sizes, and types. There is nothing better than opening up a drawer where everything is perfectly in place, and it takes no time at all to find exactly what you need.

NM :: So what can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?

AC :: When the people of San Antonio hire me to organize their home, they can expect confidentiality and professionalism as well as kindness, energy, and excitement about each project. I also understand that real life can make it difficult to keep a home clean and organized so there will never be any judgement from me!

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NM :: And that's why we love you! April, we’re so excited for you to join the team and help make San Antonio more NEAT, one home at a time!

If you know of anyone that needs organizing in the area or that wants to be considered for April's team, please do not hesitate to reach out!

xx,
the NEAT girls

Monday 08.14.17

Connecticut, we have a new NEAT girl!

As if the East Coast can’t get any NEATer! It’s no secret that the East Coast loves NEAT and we sure do love them as well! So much so that we are happy to announce we are expanding to the Fairfield/Westchester county area. Please meet Britt Dignan. She’s a doll and we can’t wait to see what she does in this new market! Take a peek at this interview to see why Britt is the perfect addition to the team!

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NM :: Hi Britt!  We’re so excited to have you on the team!  Let’s dive in and chat about Westchester and Fairfield Connecticut.  Why NEAT in this location?

BD :: Westchester/Fairfield have more beautiful houses than you can imagine. It's the perfect place to match beautifully organized spaces with curb appeal with interior design. Plus, everybody here is so ambitious that accessible, tidy spaces help them focus on achieving their dreams.

NM :: It sounds like NEAT + Connecticut is going to be a great fit! What were you up to before you ran NEAT?

BD :: I've been a mommy to my four-year-old son, Huxley since he was born. Before that, I ran operations for a company that helped creatives organize both their digital and work lives.

 
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NM :: Sounds like a lot of those skills will come in handy with your NEAT clients.  Tell us more about Connecticut! What makes this area unique?

BD :: Westchester and Fairfield counties are both so wonderful because they offer sweet, small-town vibes, but are a hop, skip, and a jump from New York City. So, you can spend your weekends relaxing at the beach, hiking beautiful trails, or visiting wonderful farms, and then hop on the train and have dinner in the big city. It really offers the best of all worlds. We moved to Westchester in 2011, and spent a few years in the northern area. Two years ago, we moved to White Plains, and absolutely love the vibrancy and accessibility.

NM :: Sounds like a dream! What are your favorite places to shop in your city?

BD :: I obviously spend way more time at the Container Store than most normal human beings. I also love window shopping on Greenwich Ave. (that Restoration Hardware!). Plum Plums in Pound Ridge is a foodie's dream, and the home goods and plants at Terrain are beyond lovely. Old New House in Katonah has a kaleidoscope of beautiful vintage rugs that I literally dream about. I'm also a sucker for a good bookstore; Elm Street Books in New Canaan is a delight.

 

 
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NM :: We’re definitely going to have to plan a visit stat!  Tell us more! What are you favorite places to eat in your city?

BD:: Oh, boy, where to begin? Gyu-Kaku in White Plains and Q BBQ in Port Chester (their cakes from Kneaded Bread are my absolute downfall) are family favorites. My husband and I are frequent visitors to the Kee Oyster House in White Plains for happy hour. Locali in New Canaan has the best meatballs I've ever tasted (and the pizza is beyond amazing). The Inn at Pound Ridge and Moderne Barn are great for a nice dinner with friends. And of course, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is my happy place.

NM :: Ok let’s chat organizing…. What is the most organized space in your home?

BD :: I'm a sucker for canisters. I've been evolving my kitchen spaces for years, and finally arrived here. Decanting is one of my biggest tips for making a space look super NEAT.

 
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NM :: Those looks incredible! That spice drawer – swoon! Ok now it can’t all be that amazing.  What is your least organized space?

BD :: As of now, this is my son's bathroom. He locked himself in there for 20 minutes, and emerged so, so proud that he had "organized." It may not be how I'd have done it, but everything's subjective, right?

 

 
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NM :: That’s adorable!  Nice work Huxley!  What are you looking forward to as you bring NEAT to Connecticut?  

BD :: I am so excited to help Westchesterites and Fairfieldians bring the beautiful design of their homes to every nook and cranny of their houses. There's nothing more satisfying than opening a closet door or pantry and having the space look every bit as elegant (with functionality, to boot!) as a grand dining room.

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

BD :: I promise to bring an open mind and aesthetic eye to every project that I work on. Each space and each client is so different, and I approach each with a blank slate. Some clients love to minimize a ton before going through the organizing process, while others don't want to discard a thing. Some homes call for natural baskets, and others mesh. It's all unique! But, every finished product will be equally stunning.

britt dignan, professional organizer, home organizing, westchester, connecticut, new york

NM ::  What is one of your favorite organizing products?

BD:: The Anchor Hocking Glass Cracker Jars are my go-to for so many organizing needs. I keep everything from spirulina, laundry detergent, and Legos in these babies (obviously in different spaces, though!). That said, I think the Tosca Basket is ridiculously beautiful, and find excuses to use it frequently.

NM :: LOVE those!  Ok so what blog do you think we NEED to follow now and why?

BD :: When I'm feeling particularly inspired to cook (or my son's in a messy mood), we peruse for Smitten Kitchen a wealth of tasty recipes. I haven't found a bad one yet. Design*Sponge is visual inspiration for my home that won't quit. My husband always knows when I've gone on a D*S binge, because I start dreaming up ways to redesign our whole house. And A Cup of Jo is all-around wonderful. I love that it's a one-stop-shop for advice on everything from educational models for children to pretty jewelry to add to your summer wardrobe.

 
britt dignan, professional organizer, home organizing, westchester, connecticut, new york

NM :: Last question and it’s one of our favorites to ask. Do you have any hidden talents that we should know about?

BD :: Hm. Other than being able to whip up a batch of pancakes in under 3 minutes on 4 hours of sleep? That's about it. Haha.

NM :: Umm that IS definitely a talent!  Anything else you think we need to know?

BD :: I am insanely excited to be a part of the NEAT Method team. Organizing makes me so happy, and I can't wait to share that joy with others!

We’re thrilled to have YOU on the team, Britt!  Friends, and Followers, if you know of anyone that needs organizing in the area or that wants to be considered for Britt's team, please do not hesitate to reach out!

xx,
the NEAT girls
Monday 08.07.17

Our Serena + Lily Summer Tent Sale Picks

One of our favorite brands to purchase organizing products from is Serena + Lily. It probably comes as no surprise when you know their motto is 'a fresh approach to bedding, furniture and home' - clearly we have a few things in common. 

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In addition to carrying beautiful organizing products, Serena + Lily's linens are second to none. Since one of the steps to organizing any space is to purge the old to make room for the new, we want to encourage you too take a look and see if there is anything hiding in that linen closet that is it time to say adios to. Stained and holey sheets we are looking at you! 

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Why are we encouraging this purge right now you ask? Well because it is the last day of S + L's Summer Tent Sale and there are a few pretty neutrals that we think you might want to have a look at. Here are a few of our favs ... 

:: SHOP THE POST ::

1. Savoy Embroidered Sheet Set, 2. Herringbone Bed Blanket, 3. Blue Bordered Shams, 4. Gobi Embroidered Sheet Set, 5. Pickstitch Coverlet, 6. Embroidered Shams, 7. Swirl Bedskirt, 8. Colorblock Towel Set, 9. Standard & King Pillow Inserts

 
 

 

 

Don't forget the sale ends today :).

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 08.03.17

Another NEAT Nursery

We have a new NEAT girl that we'd love to introduce you to! She isn't on the jobs just yet but she makes a pretty great office assistant and has one NEAT nursery that she'd like to share with you all. Meet Marissa's little lady, Hazel Rae Hagmeyer!

Hazel Hagmeyer, Marissa Hagmeyer, NEAT Nursery, Nursery Organizing, Professional Organizer, Home Organizing, Nursery Design, Restoration Hardware, Heather Holt Photography, Ft Lauderdale

Hi Everyone, 

I may only be a few months old but my Mom is already teaching me how to keep my room NEAT! She even reads me the book I Am Tidy, so I guess you could say being organized is in my blood. Here are her top tips for how to keep my nursery in shape ... 

Tip #1 :: Use bamboo drawer organizers to keep the clothing categories seperated! These ones from Storables fit perfectly in my dresser

Hazel Hagmeyer, Marissa Hagmeyer, NEAT Nursery, Nursery Organizing, Professional Organizer, Home Organizing, Nursery Design, Restoration Hardware, Heather Holt Photography, Ft Lauderdale

Tip #2 :: I have a lot of bows and beauty supplies and it is important to keep these seperated as well! These clear containers are the perfect size for shallow top drawers.

Hazel Hagmeyer, Marissa Hagmeyer, NEAT Nursery, Nursery Organizing, Professional Organizer, Home Organizing, Nursery Design, Restoration Hardware, Heather Holt Photography, Ft Lauderdale

Tip #3 :: Baskets are your best friend for containing things within the closet. Don't forget to label! Another must - slimline baby hangers

Hazel Hagmeyer, Marissa Hagmeyer, NEAT Nursery, Nursery Organizing, Professional Organizer, Home Organizing, Nursery Design, Restoration Hardware, Heather Holt Photography, Ft Lauderdale

Tip #4 :: Color-code your book collection!

Hazel Hagmeyer, Marissa Hagmeyer, NEAT Nursery, Nursery Organizing, Professional Organizer, Home Organizing, Nursery Design, Restoration Hardware, Heather Holt Photography, Ft Lauderdale. ROY G BIV, Color Code, Baby Books

Tip #5 :: Get in front of the toys with some small baskets to keep them organized. Mine are from Pottery Barn Kids and Pehr Designs but anything that matches the asthetic of your nursery will do! 

Hazel Hagmeyer, Marissa Hagmeyer, NEAT Nursery, Nursery Organizing, Professional Organizer, Home Organizing, Nursery Design, Restoration Hardware, Heather Holt Photography, Ft Lauderdale, Pottery Barn, Pehr Designs

Tip #6 :: And finally, don't forget a diaper caddy to keep your diapers, wipes and lotions within arms reach! 

Hazel Hagmeyer, Marissa Hagmeyer, NEAT Nursery, Nursery Organizing, Professional Organizer, Home Organizing, Nursery Design, Restoration Hardware, Heather Holt Photography, Ft Lauderdale, Pottery Barn, Quinn Diaper Caddy

That is all she has taught me so far! I'll keep you posted on what else I learn ;). 

xx, 
Hazel & the NEAT girls

Photography Credit :: Heather Holt Photography

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