Kids's room

Wednesday 04.19.17

Marissa's Baby Registry Must Haves

Our next NEAT girl to join the crew is expected to arrive in May! This one won't be running one of our cities (just yet ;)) but she will be Owner, Marissa Hagmeyer's, office assistant and first baby.

As Marissa anxiously awaits her arrival we have asked her to let us in on what she is doing to prepare and what the latest registry must haves are for this NEAT baby girl.

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Hi Everyone! I couldn't be more excited to be expecting a baby girl in just a few weeks. The last 9 months have honestly not been too bad in the grand scheme of things - I guess I've had it easy when it comes to pregnancy. Registering on the other hand was a bit more of a challenge for me. First of all I struggle with the whole idea of asking your friends and family for gifts and secondly I wanted to try and avoid having our house be overtaken by baby equipment. 

Overwhelmed by the whole process, I decided to just start by doing a ton of research. I sought a lot of advice from the other NEAT girls, my family and friends, and also read through nearly every page of Lucie's List and Babylist. With my findings in mind I came up with the following must haves ...

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1. It goes without saying that you need a baby carrier but there are so many options out there. The Nuna Pipa felt right for us because it is super lightweight, has a built in sun canopy (FL baby must-have) and can be used without a base when we are traveling.

2. The I Am Tidy book, because who doesn't want to teach their kids about being NEAT from a young age. LOL!

3. A pretty pair of gold Freshly Picked moccasins. Okay these maybe weren't a must have but they sure are cute, right? 

4. The Ergobaby 360 Carrier so that this little lady is able to hit the town with us. 

5. I can't wait to do my first load of baby girl's laundry with The Laundress Baby Detergent. Hopefully it makes the 100th load a little more exciting as well ;).

6. NEAT's favorite velvet slimline hangers in baby size so that I can maximize space in the closet.

7. A montly bow subscription to Little Poppy Co. Okay these too are another just fun to have. 

8. The BabyBjorn Travel Crib because we live far from family so being able to sleep comfortably on the go is going to be important for us.

9. A Sophie the Giraffe Teether seems to make it onto every Mom's registry these days. She apprently is an all in one development toy awakeing each of baby's 5 sense! 

10. It also goes without saying that you will need a stroller. However, there are about 10,000 out there so this was a tough decision. We ultimately picked the UppaBaby Vista because it is lightweight, the bassinet can also be used for an infant sleeper, it can be converted to a double down the road, and becuase it was super easy to maneuver and fold up. 

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With all that being said, I would love to hear from you if there are items I am missing. Leave a note in the comments below if you have any advice for me!

xx
Marissa

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Tuesday 05.03.16

A Look Into a New NEAT Baby's Room with a SPECIAL Announcement

Hi Everyone! It's Molly, NEAT's co-founder :) I am taking over the blog today to share with you the scoop on our new son, how we organized his room and an amazing partnership that I can't wait a minute more to share....

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Alba and her team at Honest and we will be working together to show you how their products can help you live the NEAT life. The timing was perfect because I was nearly due to have a baby and their diapers alone are about the cutest things I have ever seen! Speaking of cute (I may be biased...), let me introduce you to the newest love of my life... Curren Hart Graves. 

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My husband Ryan is an avid surfer so Curren came from an iconic pro, Tom Curren. It also didn't hurt that it's origins were Gaelic - Ryan's family has an Irish background. The name Hart is my Grandmother's maiden name and my Mom's middle name. As you can imagine, it was a simple decision to create a room with an ocean theme so I stuck with black and white as well as every shade of blue I could find. 

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My favorite spot in the room is this corner. Truthfully, the entire space really stemmed from this rocking chair. This felt like something that could be in his room or a playroom forever instead of a glider that I would want to get rid of ASAP. I also have been dying (pun totally not intended but SO GOOD) to find a place to use these curtains from a favorite Etsy Shop of mine. I figured blue dip dyed fabric would go nicely in the ocean room. With my first son, Hudson, a day hasn't gone by that I haven't used my tried and true "it's not a diaper bag, diaper bag." With two, I realized I need to use something that is exceptionally functional. The Honest Diaper Bag is even, "Dad approved" according to Ryan. I love that the front zipper is a mini cooler for milk! It also has pockets but not so many that you forget where everything is which is key when you are looking for a snack for an upset toddler.

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This circular shelf is a bit of a nod to the nautical theme and I also had it made from a shop I found on Etsy

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Curren's changing station is really quite simple. I used the same dresser that I used in Hudson's room because it fits my favorite drawer organizers inside perfectly! I also put a HUGE fun bean bag in the room in hopes that Hudson will be interested in playing in here for a bit while I change his brother... wishful thinking...I know...

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The art, once again is ocean themed but I just HAD to get this fun geometric mobile. Let's be honest - I totally got this for myself! Hopefully Curren likes it too!

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Here's a close up of those drawer organizers in action. I love how perfectly they hold diapers and pajamas. The sectioned one holds all of my favorite baby products. Thanks to Honest, I have tried them all now and am loving their rash cream and bottom wash currently.

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This little pocket organizer was 100% inspired by one that I saw at Land of Nod but it just so happens my Mom is amazing with a sewing machine so she made me one that was exactly what I wanted :) 

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Finally, did you think this NEAT girl was going to show you an entire room without showing you the closet?! I had California Closets come in a get this space set up how I wanted it and then, from there, I did a little organizing magic.

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When prepping for a baby, it is so important to make the organization as SIMPLE as possible because in the heat of the moment (i.e mid diaper change) you don't have time to think. I used these linen baskets to make my life easier. I have one for extra wipes, extra diapers, next size up diapers, keepsakes, and clothes that are too small. 

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Of course, no closet is complete without the non-slip hangers. It also doesn't hurt that they are SO STINKING CUTE when they are this mini!

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Back to diaper changing, and feeding for me! Hope you liked the tour of Curren's nursery. If you need me, I'll be answering emails at my 12 and 4 am feeds ;)

 

xx

Molly 

Thursday 02.04.16

Behind the Scenes:: One NEAT Girl Shows us How to Make an Adorable Children's Room... for Two!

City living can be tough. The best way to learn how to do it right is from a NEAT girl. Lisa, our Bay Area NEAT girl certainly has her fair share of hurdles when in comes to city living. San Francisco has some small spaces with extra small closets but she has proven that she can work miracles when she set up a room for her two daughters who are one and four years old. Today we are sharing the proof that this adorable space is shared daily by two DARLING little girls (lucky!) 

Here is an overall view of this adorable, modern space. Our eyes were immediately drawn to that pink closet in the corner so we had to ask and Lisa gave us the scoop! "Painting the inside of the closet was the very first thing I did to the apartment when we bought it. At that time, it was just Lulu in the room. It's such an odd little closet. I thoguht it would be fun for her to open the door and see a bright flash of pink." 

The other thing we couldn't help but notice is her daughter's lofted bed with the small play area underneath - we needed a closer look... 

Sure enough, Lisa had maximized the floor space by adding some great baskets to keep her girl's toys in one space. You can get similar baskets to the ones you see in this photo here, here and here

The best part of all, Lisa added this great fabric under the lofted bed to "hide" the toys if necessary. Of course, this doubles as the most fun kid's fort ever!

We also couldn't help but be curious about that dresser and how Lisa managed to have two girls share it so we asked her to send us a picture of the details. In this picture, you can see she used these great baskets from Babies R' Us (which they don't carry anymore - BOO!) If you are considering having a shared room for your children, Lisa highly recommends having baskets even in the shelves to that is clear whose belongings are whose. 

Inside the drawers, Lisa used adjustable drawer dividers so that the girl's clothes chould be perfectly compartmentalized. Since Bee (the baby) needs her clothes changed more often, her clothes can be found here. Whereas, Lulu (big sis) has most of her clothes hanging in the closet.

Speaking of the closet.... Lisa maximized this space by hanging necessary pint-sized clothing up top, but then purchasing this cubed storage for below. She anchored it to the wall in preparation for little climbers and added the cute baskets from Land of Nod.

Since we had an expert like Lisa available to us, we asked, "What was your favorite part about this project?"

"I had full reign.  Rather I should say I "took" full reign and didn't ask for any input.  I try to be as democratic as possible in the other areas of our home, but I went rogue with this room.  It was really fun to have that kind of control.
I also loved the subtle impact the paint made.  We painted the walls a really pale grey and it made a huge difference.  I read on Emily Henderson's blog that small rooms benefit from color.   I was sold when I read that."
 
We also asked Lisa what the hardest part was... you'll be surprised to see her answer!
"Stopping myself.  Let's get real.  It's a small room that requires a lot of functionality.  I had more ideas, but the room would have been insane.  I became obsessed with a few IG accounts of Swedish moms/interior designers/graphic designers.  The black and white cartoon rabbit is a print by Mini Willa.  The ABC print above Lulu's loft is by Tellkiddo.  I have carts full all over the internet that will never be purchased...sigh.
 
I did manage to get away with two rugs though!  I've always loved the look of layered rugs.  My husband told me I had to stop after that... I guess I didn't have TOTAL control afterall..." 
 
We love your space Lisa, and we are sure the girls will have many memories in that perfectly NEAT room!
xx
the NEAT girls

 

Tuesday 01.12.16

A Nursery fit for a queen!

While we talk about how to organize a nursery quite frequently, we realized that in previous posts we missed a very important step in the nursery planning process. We can talk all day long about where to place each little onesie and how to make sure the essentials are within arms reach, but when it comes to selecting the best nursery furniture we like to leave that up to the experts. Therefore, we were thrilled when AFK Furniture asked if they could share a few tips with us about selecting the most organizing friendly furniture. Here's what they had to say...

NM :: We are excited to hear your tips so lets dive right in. What are the top 3 things to consider when buying nursery furniture?

AFK :: We always recommend you look for mulitfunctional pieces that transition well as the child grows. We also say that no nursery is complete with out some open shelving for books and we love to recommend adding a beautiful crib skirt if you need to use under the crib for additional storage.

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NM :: That all makes perfect sense to us! Those pieces are each so pretty on their own we are dying to see pictures of a whole room set up with AFK Furniture. 

AFK :: Well we happen to have a few of those :). Here is Mariah Carey's nursery - we think it turned out pretty adorable! 

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NM :: You can say that again! Since we happen to love watching design trends, are there any nursery color palettes that are really popular right now? 

AFK :: We are seeing gender neutrality become a huge trend. Additionally, we are seeing opulent grandeur become a trend for 2016, a nod to historical references, think classic periods. This glamorous shift calls for metallic notes in contemporary interiors. Lastly, a major color trend more consistent with the past few years, is white on white. This is a simple pairing, but exudes serenity in the nursery.

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NM :: Oh yes we have noticed that a lot of our Interior Designer partners are choosing more neutral themes and we love it! Is there anything else you think we should know?

AFK :: Our lead designer Gail Reiter Sedigh said it best, “Our goal is simple: We strive to create a room that is beautiful, functional, safe and unique for your child.” From concept to completion, we’ll stand by your side to make sure all aspects of the project meet our extremely high standards.

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Well it sounds like we share many of the same goals :). Thank you for your insight - we look forward to working with you to make a nursery NEAT very soon!

xx
the NEAT girls

Monday 12.07.15

Nursery Organization at It's Finest ...

Treat #7 :: We like to call ourselves your "Interior Designers" behind the scenes. It's just as important to have your design aesthetic shine through even behind the closet and cabinet doors! This nursery does just that! Being organized with amazing products is truly the finishing touch to any space. 

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Monday 10.19.15

A Client Tells All :: The NEATest Kid's Room on the Block

Every time we look at this image, our jaws drop. Who wouldn't love this room as a child (or as an adult!?) Our NEAT organizer in Scottsdale, Mika had the pleasure of organizing this space but the icing on the cake was family who lives in the home is absolutely spectacular! Her client, Katie was kind enough to tell us a little bit about what it was like to work with the NEAT team. Have you been thinking of using NEAT but not sure what to expect? This client tells all!

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NM:: Hi Katie! Thank you so much for speaking to us about working with NEAT Method. Let's jump right in! After you hired Mika and her team to come, what surprised you the most about the experience?

Katie:: I think initally I was surprised that someone could be more organized than me! Not only was I surprised but BLOWN AWAY! It probably doesn't take much to impress a messy disorganized person...but for Mika to take my Type A, daily To-Do list making, everything has a spot, vacuum line loving life and truly PERFECT that has a gift. And to top it off, it is pretty and easily maintainable!!! Did I mention... SO PRETTY?! I am in organizational HEAVEN at home!

** In this photo, one of Mika's team members preps the closet. It's so important to get your hands on the whole space in order to ensure it is COMPLETELY organized!

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NM::Why was it important to you to get your girl's space organized? 

Katie :: Having 2 girls (3rd on the way) we have LOTS of clothes! It is so nice to open a drawer and SEE everything! I love having everything labeled so my 6 year old can read and help put things away! We can find hair accessories and a favorite pink shirt in a cinch on a busy school morning! Having Mika come in the first day of school and get me situated was a lifesaver! My favorite part is my play room!!! As most parents would agree the playroom is my nemesis! Mika has now come through 3 times and helped set up a system that is easy to clean up, easy to see the toys and keeps my anxiety at ease! I LOVE IT! 
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NM:: I think we can tell from your already glowing review of your experience BUT would you recommend Mika to a friend? 

Katie:: Well...considering I have already told ALL my friends about it that would be a big YES! I even went as far as blasting an email out to all Major league Baseball wives! I only pass on things I am really a true believer of and after using Mika in AZ and the SF team to unpack and organize our bay area rental home I am a HUGE believer in the Neat Method truly making my life easier and more efficient! Mad love to Mika and the rockstars at NEAT METHOD! 
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Thanks for sharing your NEAT experience with us, Katie! Your home is certainly one we LOVE coming to! Want to know more about the INCREDIBLE interior designer behind this amazing space? Check out Christina Forrest at 21 Interiors today!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 06.09.15

A Room Fit for a Princess... or Two!

There isn't a more exciting time in life than when you find out you are expecting a baby. With all of the excitement and anticipation of a new life with a little bundle of joy, you can't help but plan. Your mind begins to race wondering what you need to buy, what you need to eliminate in your home to make room, and most importantly, what the baby's room will look like! All of this excitment doubles when you find out you are expecting... TWO! 

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A few weeks ago, Lauren in Michigan, had the pleasure of helping a beautiful family organize for two little girls who were on the way. From color coding books...

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to using the most adorable children's hangers...

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and prepping the drawers to perfection...

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This family couldn't have been more prepared to meet their little girls. Lauren even went out of her way to HAND PAINT this accent wall for the family because she couldn't bare to see them spend an absorbanent amount of money on a version of her work in wallpaper form. Unfortunately, Lauren's artistic talents haven't rubbed off on the NEAT girls in other cities - for now, we are all drooling over her impeccable job at her client's home! 

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And speaking of drooling, we know two PERFECT little girls who will love their new room for years to come thanks to their NEAT girl, Lauren! How precious are these two little ones?

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Have questions about the space? Leave them in the comments below and we will be sure to have Lauren help you out!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 04.21.15

Tip Tuesday :: 3 Creative Ways to Store Toys

Let's face it - kids come with toys and lots of them! It's easy to let them take over a home and even easier to just close the door to a play room and pretend they don't exist. Today we are sharing some fun finds on how to creatively clean up the kid clutter. 

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First up are the toy cars that can probably be found all over your home. This quick magnetic strip makes it easy for your kids to put the cars away when they are finished. Even better, it's easy to pick out their favorite car from the bunch when they are ready to play! This adorable blogger makes it easy with her step by step tutorial!

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Next, we are going to help tame the constant pile of artwork. Nothing makes you feel guiltier than throwing away your kid's work that they "gave" you. It seriously tugs at your heart strings to trash it - we know! Instead, consider making a gallery wall to display the pieces instead of keeping them piled up somewhere. Then, when it's time to say goodbye to them, you won't feel nearly as bad. This gallery space was created by Haeley of Design Improvised.

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Finally, LEGOS! Whether you have one child or ten, you likely have 1,000 mini lego pieces all over your home. As much as we like to think they can be stored together in the box they came in, they simply can't. Take this real life solution from Modern Parents Messy Kids and put it into place in your home. This will certainly help make having legos "liveable" instead of feeling like you live in Lego Land! 

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We hope you've been inspired to tackle a mess that's been around for far too long!

xx

the NEAT girls

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Thursday 03.05.15

Molly's NEAT Nursery :: Hudson's Room

It's a fun day for the NEAT girls because we are taking a peek into the home of NEAT's co-founder, Molly. After she had Hudson, we were dying to see what his little Nursery ended up looking like! Here's Molly's perspective on how this space came together::

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We rent an apartment so the space available for Hudson's nursery is quite small AND we couldn't paint so we had to get seriously CREATIVE! This bookshelf was actually a little cabinet. On the inside, had this beautiful wood so we ended up taking the doors off and using it to display all of his toys, books and frames. We also got this awesome Hess handplane that has Hudson's name custom painted on the board from our good friend and artist, Ian Ross. It was the perfect gift because it can be used when he is older but currently doubles as a bit of room decor!

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Another good friend of ours got these little "army men" that are actually doing alternative sports like skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing. We loved them so much that we added them to the decor of the space as well. They are right up my husbands alley since those are the sports he loves to do! I'm also really lucky to have the worlds most crafty Mom - she seriously rivals Martha. She made the felt embroidered art at the top and it is extra special to have since my Mom made them. I also can't wait for him to be able to wear his Freshly Picked moccasins but for now, they are on display since they're SO CUTE!

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Above Hudson's crib, we did a little art gallery of a few of our favorite things. My husband found the vintage San Diego Zoo pennant on one of our many driving adventures through California. We also had one of our favorite artists, Jenna from Vichcraft do a custom quote from a song called, "Oceans" that we both love. The, "You are So Loved" was purchased here

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Oddly enough, I had a hard time figuring out what kind of curtains belonged in this room so once again my crafty Mom made them with little pom poms on the edge that match his changing table. Hudson's mobile is probably his favorite thing in the entire room and once again ,my Mom made it! (I know... I am lucky!) :)

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I ended up using a small dresser from CB2 for Hudson's changing table because I LOVED the color. Inside, I organized his diapers, pajamas, hats, shoes, and bandanas using our favorite drawer inserts from the Container Store.

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Hudson's crib sheets are another custom make from my Mom (WHAT?!) and we have filled the corner of his crib with gifts from his close family and friends.

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My sisters and Mom threw a shower for me complete with bedroom decor which was awesome! They found these FREE printable pieces here. The arrows were cut and sewed individually into "streamers" by.... MY MOM. Do you sense a theme here?? 

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Overall, I am so happy with the curated feel that his room has and enjoy pointing out all of the fun pieces that come with love from his family and friends. This room is filled with love and giving and that's exactly how we want to raise Hudson! 

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I hope you enjoyed the little tour of his space! Feel free to ask any questions for further details on pieces in the comments section below!

xx

Molly & the NEAT girls

Thursday 07.24.14

Another NEAT Nursery for another NEAT Baby

With our San Diego Hot Momma, Katie B due in just a few short weeks, we can't help but jump for joy knowing the NEAT Team is about to have another cute little man added to the line up!

In honor of our soon-to-be, NEAT new boyfriend, we are taking a peek inside the little nugget's adorable nursery!

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How perfect is this nautical themed nursery? The white washed surf plaques and wood plank nautical art are such a soft and subtle way of bringing the sea indoors!

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The crib and changing table are from Pottery Barn - the Fillmore Collection - and Katie B can't get enough of it! "It is exactly what I envisioned my baby sleeping in!" 

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Other small touches Katie B was sure to include in the perfect nursery for her son: a nautical boat light switch plate cover, a DIY burlap Toys bin, High Seas musical mobile, and a Dream Big Whale Pillow!

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Now that we've seen how amazing the nursery decor is, let's get to the best part...how did Mrs. Organized Mom organize the nursery??

She designated bigger baby items to live in the closet, including: blankets, swaddles, and adorable accessories like shoes and bowties! 

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And let's take a peek inside those drawers! 

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Katie B designated the top drawer for the most used baby items of all, diapers & wipes! The second drawer is filled with additional items also used on a daily basis regular - changing pads and nursing pads. Basically, any items that need to be grabbed quickly when baby is hungry or needs a diaper change asap!

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She also implemented one of NEAT Method's favorite tricks -- folding and filing the clothes in drawers! Rather than the typical drawer situation of piling one item on top of another...this way, both Mom & Dad can dress baby quickly while also changing up the wardrobe! No more putting baby in the same NEAT onsie day after day (as much as we'd like that) ;)

An added bonus to keep baby clothes organized in the drawer is to implement linen drawer organizers! These can also be used as baby grows. Laslty, it's important to designated specfic drawers for specfic ages, making it easy to transition down the road.

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August 11th can't come soon enough for Mom, Dad, and all his soon-to-be NEAT girlfriends!

xx

the NEAT girls

Professional Photos taken by Heather of Vallentyne Photography

 

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