Closet

Tuesday 09.06.16

Fall Fashion Week Prep :: The Fastest Way to Make Room In Your Closet

This week we will be kicking off one of our favorite times of the year - Fashion Week! As you may remember, we used to love to relate fashion to organizing any way we could! This year, our friends over at The Real Real are making it that much easier for us. Let's start with the basics - have you heard of The Real Real? We have been working with them to consign our client's clothing and jewlery for years and you should know them too!  

If you are trying to make room in your wardrobe for the latest trends this season, consider consigning pieces that you no longer wear. You will add room to your closet and money in your wallet. The Real Real makes it quite simple (especially for friends of NEAT!) Collect the pieces you are interested in consigning and give our friend, Kiara a call (see contact information below).  

Once your items have been sold, you will receive a check in the mail. Feel free to use it towards this season's must have piece. OR, check out a timeless classic that someone else was ready to part ways with on The Real Real's site.

Still not sure? The Real Real is offering all NEAT readers a $100 gift card to MatchesFashion.com when you consign 10 pieces for the first time. Do you know how easy it is to consign 10 pieces?! Now stop procrastinating and get to it!

xx

the NEAT girls + TRR

Thursday 03.03.16

Curating Your Custom Closet

Our Scottsdale girl, Mika Perry has much to share on organizing your Master Closet! Not only is she one of the best organizers out there, but she's also known for her amazingly perfected closets. Join her here as she walks you through the process of how BEST to organize this space. 

Curating Your Custom Closet - by Mika Perry

A well-designed, functional and attractive closet is the perfect way to turn a bland, utilitarian space into a pleasant retreat ideal for "shopping" your own wardrobe. By drawing inspiration from today's trends in colors, textures, and furnishings, these NEAT-ly inspired ideas will re-frame the way you see your master closet and ensure that it remains your sanctuary.

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Decorative Design :: A classic design never goes out of style. From the cool, modern look of pure white and grey-toned wood (especially against a darkly painted colored wall) to the glamour of ebony and walnut, each finish offers its own unique beauty that compliments your individual style. 

Gold and Bold :: Accessorize with the latest in accents and coordinating accessories. Brass is back, and in a big way. From drawer pulls and knobs to lighting fixtures, this classic metal is sure to make a statement. 

Employ Smart Storage :: A functional closet system that’s designed specifically for your needs will make getting ready in the morning and ending your day much more enjoyable. The NEAT team has worked with numerous clients helping them as they initiate the design process. By identifying what you have and knowing the right questions to ask your closet designer, you can create an ideal closet design while truly maximizing the square footage.

Leverage Lighting ::  Adding a brilliant light fixture to your closet – a stunning ceiling chandelier or a smartly placed midcentury-modern task lamp – illuminates an inviting space.

Artful Accessories :: Closet accessories are an essential part in everything we organize, and carefully integrating them into your closet will allow the space function at its highest capacity. From pullout valet rods and full length mirrors, lucite drawer inserts to glass-tops for center islands with pullout drawers, these carefully curated accessories create easy access and proudly display your most prized possessions.

xx

Mika (and the NEAT girls)

 

 

Tuesday 02.23.16

Transformation Tuesday :: A Closet You Must See (and get the details) to Believe

Happy Tuesday NEAT friends! We are doing another segment of #transformationtuesday on the blog today with a closet that had a pretty impressive "space lift." Our NEAT girl, Julia in Columbus had her work cut out for her, but we certaintly felt like it paid off! We asked her a few questions to get the details on the space::

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NM:: Can you tell us how long it took you to complete this impressive space? 
JP:: 10 hours with 2 organizers
NM:: What was the situation at the client's home? Just moved? Wanted a change?
JP:: This client is a young female business owner and she is typically very organized in her business and personal life. However, she just couldn't get a handle on her closet. She is a bit of a “fashionista” (her wedding was featured in the New York Times!) and she was having trouble managing her vast wardrobe. She wanted to have everything organized and easily accessible without giving up a lot of her pieces. 
 
 
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NM::What do you think was the change you made that had the biggest overall improvement?
JP:: By giving everything a space, the client is now able to put items away easily so they don't collect on the bathtub or floor. The acrylic jewelry organizers are always a great addition to keep each item visible and untangled. 
NM:: How much you spent on product to transform the space?  
JP:: This was a bit pricey – all of the acrylic organizers certainly add up! The total price was $1000.
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NM:: So we have to know... did she have anything to say about the space?

JP:: Oh yes! Here is what she wanted the NEAT readers to know... 

“Neat Method literally changed the way I live. I’ve been trying to get organized for years and after so many quick tries, it was never a permanent fix. Neat Method creates a method that makes it nearly impossible not to stick with. Everything has it’s place. Julia was so easy to work with. She completely took over and was confident about her purchases and the method that would work for me. I never felt the need to be on top of her or give her direction. She completely transformed my closet in two days and I’ll never ever go back to the way it was. It saves my so much time and eases my mind. I’m so happy with Neat Method and plan to use them for as long as they’ll have me!” – Kristin DeJohn Co-Owner of The Blowout Bar.

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Nothing beats a happy client! Have a space we need to see for #transformationtuesday? Share it with us on Instagram!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 02.09.16

Transformation Tuesday :: Get the Details on this Amazing Before & After Home Office

Happy "Transformation Tuesday"! In honor of loving your home, we decided to share with you some of our recent favorite before and afters of spaces we have completed. This particular office was completed by Mika, our NEAT girl from Scottsdale. She came in and gave it her magic touch! Find out the details (from Mika herself!) about the transformation below::

NM:: Can you tell me how long it took you to complete the space?
MP:: One day w/ 3 organizers (there was also a pantry area, bookshelf, desk, and filing that we did) 
 
NM:: What was the situation at the client's home?
MP:: They had lived in there for a while and were starting to remodel and revaamp their spaces. Both husband and wife are successful and busy business owners with a little boy, so this home office ended up being a "catch all" for all their items they didn't have a system for putting away and didn't have the time to deal with. 
 
NM::What is the purpose of this closet? What do they use it for?
MP:: It's the reach in closet of a home office. They will be remodeling this room in the future, so we didn't want to make any long-term investments into to the space but rather work with what we had and sort through and eliminate the clutter and maximize the current space and functionality. 
 
NM:: What did the client have to say about the space?
MP:: She sent us a thank you card and it said the following:: "Mika, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful job you did. Your professionalism and great attention to detail is amazing! Thank you, Ericka."
 
NM::What do you think was the change you made that had the biggest overall improvement?
MP::Visualizing the space not only as a storage space for typical home office items like chargers and photo albums but also as a fun craft area. The client is a master at hosting showers and parties for her big family and large circle of friends, so we wanted to make it a more inspiring place for craft, party supplies, and gift wrapping. We also made it a dual-user space for the husband, who needed to store equipment in the space as well. We think we meshed all the the needs pretty well! 
 
NM:: Okay people are going to want to know...How much you spent on product to transform the space?
MP:: $448.48 (included in that price but not pictured are filing, a desk, bookshelf and pantry)
 
NM:: Is there anything else that our readers should know about this fun project?
MP:: The client did this as a surprise for her husband while they were out of town!!!  
 
It sounds like the client certainly fell in love with the space again! This month, we hope you find inspiration from this transformation and make a change in your home!
 
xx
the NEAT girls
Tuesday 01.19.16

3 Tips from Stylist Alyssa Doorhy

Since the NEAT girls spend a lot of time in beautiful closets we are constantly color-coding the latest and greatest fashion pieces. However, that certainly does NOT mean we are fashion experts. In fact, we would never offer fashion advice instead we refer anyone who asks to one of our Stylist friends. We love working with them, and learning from them too!

Today we are interviewing one of favorite Chicago stylists, Alyssa from Cochic Styling, to bring you tips to enhance your wardrobe in 2016!

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NM :: Tell us a little about yourself - where are you from? How long have you lived there?

Alyssa :: I am from Batavia, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. After graduating college in 2008, I moved to Chicago and have lived here ever since. I met my husband here, who is also from a Chicago suburb, so I don't think we'll ever leave. Good thing I love it! ;)

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NM :: We certainly share your love for Chicago. What is your background, how did you get into styling?

Alyssa :: I owned a women's boutique for four years and really enjoyed styling clients who came into the boutique. I love the fashion industry but decided retail wasn't for me. Personal styling was the best next step for me in my career.

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NM :: That’s awesome! Do you have any particular areas that you specialize in?

Alyssa :: There is a common misconception that only rich people and celebrities have stylists, but I work with any budget to help style the "everyday" woman who wants to be more comfortable and confident in what she's wearing. I also specialize in wedding styling, styling everyone's wardrobe from the bridal party, to the mother of the bride to the bride's favorite aunt.

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NM :: If someone is looking to do 3 things to step up their style in 2016 what advice would you give them? Do you have any ‘must have pieces’ that believe all closets should have?

Alyssa :: 1. Do yourself a favor and clean out your closet! I always recommend doing a closet clean out before a personal styling session because once you refine your closet, getting rid of items that you don't wear anymore, you will have a clearer view of what your personal style is, and then you can shop accordingly.

2. Hire a personal stylist! Even if you have good style, it's always helpful to get a professional opinion. You can learn new ways to put outfits together and try outfits you may not have thought to try.

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3. Don't give into new trends if they don't fit in with your lifestyle, personal style or age. If you are comfortable wearing trends, go for it! If not, go for classic pieces that will stand the test of time. Must-have pieces vary based on a woman's lifestyle but I'd say some important basics are: well-fitting dark wash jeans in whatever style flatters your body; a crisp white button down shirt; well-fitting undergarments; black ankle boots; and a little black dress. "Well-fitting" is the key term. The least expensive garment will look like a million bucks if it fits perfectly.

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NM :: Thanks for the advice, now let’s talk CoChic Styling + NEAT! We’ve heard you worked with Brooke. What have you done together?

Alyssa :: Yes! Brooke was so fun to work with. I styled her engagement photos! I brought her several items to choose from, and we chose what outfits she was most comfortable in, what was most flattering and what would look best in photos.

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Photo Credit :: Vrai, Kristina Carter

Well this has been great Alyssa. Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse into a Stylist's life! We sure think CoChic is pretty NEAT. 

xx,
the NEAT girls

Wednesday 09.09.15

NEAT's Work in the New York Post

It's not every day that one gets to work with James Bond's daughter. BUT our NEAT NYC girl, Maria was able to do just that. To top it off, she had the priviledge of collaborating with NATE BERKUS on this dream project this summer. It's not everyday that we are able to share our work from our client's exclusive spaces, but today we are excited that the New York Post requested an article, and Maria's client, Melanie so graciously opened her closet doors for all to see. Here are just a few pictures showcasing Nate Berkus' closet design and Maria's organization skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to see the full article? Check out Newstands today! Can't get your hands on a hard copy of the New York Post? Here is the online version for your drooling viewing pleasure.  Happy Wednesday!

xx

the NEAT girls

Monday 06.01.15

The 5 Fastest Ways to Sneak in Last Minute Spring Cleaning

It is officially June which means if you haven't gotten around to Spring cleaning yet, now is the time! Today we are giving you some ideas for your closet that take little to no time at all but have HIGH impact! First, let's get down to the dirty business... laundry. Make your life ten times easier by purchasing a divided hamper. This hamper from West Elm is a triple threat...literally. The three compartments can be used for lights, darks, and dry cleaning. If you don't have room for a hamper with three sections, at least consider two to separate dry cleaning from your wash and fold pieces. 

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If your problem seems to be larger than just sorting laundry (read:: you cannot currently see your floor due to the amount of laundry) consider using an on demand laundry service like Washio. They will come to your home, pick up your laundry and return it to you washed and folded. Are you particular about the way it's done? Feel free to leave some instructions for them too!

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Next up is that closet of yours! Take a peek at it now - does it have a lot of plastic dry cleaning bags scattered within there? We understand that some items need to be protected from dust since they aren't worn nearly as much. Consider using a breathable cotton bag from The Container Store instead. 

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Ready to make some room? Forgo those bulky, tubular platic or wooden hangers for the thin, velvet option. Trust us, you will change and never look back! More closet space = less wrinkles in your new, favorite LBD. 

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Finally, if you are still packed to the brim in your closet, let us be your therapist for a second and let you know that you might have a shopping addiction. You are not alone. Luckily, we know how you can continue to have that addiction without breaking the bank or the closet rod with too many clothes - Give Le Tote a try! For a monthly fee you can rent clothing and accessories an unlimited amount of times! 

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Now get after that Spring cleaning before it's too late!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Friday 12.12.14

Hottest Miami Closets!

This week we are checking in on the only city that can really claim they are still bringing the heat in December - MIAMI! With temperatures in the 70s, and views like this, we are feeling a little jealous of our South Florida organizers! 

Truly, the hottest thing happening in Miami are all of the closet organizing projects that have been taking place. 

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Oh to be able to wear strappy heels in December ... 

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One client returned from a trip to this NEATly unpacked closet after just moving in days before.

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How fun would it be to shop these accessory walls each morning?

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Despite their desire to be on the beach, the Florida girls have been hard at work! 

We all know that hard work deserves some play! When she's not organizing a closet, Marissa has been taking in plenty of long walks with her family who loves escaping Chicago for some Florida sunshine!

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Thanks for sharing the warmth, South Florida! We will be there to visit soon :).

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 09.19.13

Goodbye Summertime Sadness

Is anyone else getting sick of Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness song? Summer just wasn't that sad for the NEAT girls, in fact it was quite happy. However, we are also finding a lot of joy in welcoming Fall, especially when it comes to cleaning out our closets!

Below are 4 simple steps to make room for your new fall favorites ::

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1. Donate/consign unused pieces :: Take a good look through your summer clothing as you pull it out of your closet. Are there things you never even thought about wearing? If you didn't wear it all this season, you likely won't get any use out of it next year either!

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2. Wash before storing :: Now that you have separated out what is staying, make sure it is all washed and thoroughly dried. There is nothing worse than pulling out your favorite top from last season and realizing the small stain you missed has totally set in.

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3. Purchase storage containers :: Now that you can see all that you need to store, you can accurately determine what container(s) are needed for storage. The Container Store's Clear Storage Boxes provide a lot of size options depending on what storage space you are working with. Any cool space that doesn't have direct exposure to sunlight will do!

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4. Replenish closet with fall staples :: And now you have plenty of room for those new boots you have had your eye on! 

Oh and if don't live in an area where you are blessed with Fall weather, you have our Florida and San Diego girls' sympathy. Now...go light a pumpkin spiced candle and get to work cleaning out your closet!

xx
the NEAT girls

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Thursday 08.15.13

Baby BenNEAT's Closet Makeover!

We're sure all of you think it's second nature for us to be organized in our very own spaces. Well, it turns out...it can be quite the challenge for us as well. In fact, Ashley just recently moved into a new home and right away she was recruiting all of us for some helpful ideas on what she could do to improve her space.

First up was her son, Ben's closet! Of course we didn't hesitate to give our two cents, since it was for the cutest baby boy ever. Ashley, on the other hand, would have to pay!! (compliments acceptable)

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The first step of the process was to get a professional closet installation from Carson Closets. They recently opened their doors in Chicago and Ashley couldn't wait to work with them first hand! She was more than pleased with the outcome and can't wait to introduce them to some of our Chicago clients. Ash, the matchmaker!

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We enjoyed working closely with their team to come up with the best design possible for little Ben. Now he has a closet that will grow, as he grows - because all the shelves and rods are adjustable and can be reconfigured in a handful of ways! Get used to it Ben, your Mommy is going to be crazy about keeping your closet NEAT! 

 

Stay tuned for more of Ashley's home makeover. Warning: Be prepared to wait... she doesn't like to share things until they are perfect. Go figure!

xx

the NEAT girls

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