Kitchen

Thursday 01.26.17

10 Ways to Spice Things Up in Your Kitchen

What do you think? Are you ready to spice things up a bit in your kitchen?

As you know, we love sharing our favorite tips and tricks with you, but have found that everyone's style of living NEAT is slightly different. With that in mind, we thought we would share some of our OTHER favorite things we have found to make your spice area the best yet! First, you must choose your spice jar. Obviously, we love to use these from the Container store, but if you are looking for something less conventional, here are a few of our other favorites...

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The stainless option is great for a more modern home. Keep in mind that this is only good if you are going to be looking at the spices "head on" since they will all look the same from the top. 

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This picture alone made us want these hexagon glass jars. If you love something that is streamlined but a little different, this could definitely be your look!

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Finally, if you like a more "found objects" look in your home, these jars with the cork top are perfect for you!

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Not ready to commit to refilling spice jars everytime you run out? We get it! There are very pretty spice jar options that you can just buy and use prefilled instead. We believe it is best to stick with one brand when purchasing spices. It creates the same, beautiful, uniform, look as purchasing jars. For example, if you are a big cook, you might love these from Dean & Deluca. 

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You can also find these from Spice Island at many grocery stores or online. 

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Finally, this happens to be a personal NEAT favorite when it comes to spices!

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If you have decided to take your spices to the next level, that means you are going to need to label them! We have found THE BEST labels to purchase, download and DIY! We have to start with our major etsy crush, IttyBittyPaperCo. We cannot begin to describe how much we love these. If you follow us on instagram, you may already know! 

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If you are looking for a simpler look, we found this site that helps you make a beautiful label like these shown above!

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Are you looking for something that has a rectangle shape? We get it - sometimes the circle isn't for every kitchen. Here you go!

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FINALLY.... are you wanting to write your labels on your own?? Finding the perfect pen is seriously 99.9% of the battle. UNTIL you find an epic site that shares what every pen looks like, what it writes on, and where to buy it. We are not even kidding, THANK YOU Elaine from JetPens Blog.

Ready to tackle your spices? When you are finished, tag us! We can't wait to see!

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 01.17.17

Our Top 5 Pantry Products for Every Home!

While we can humbly brag that we think our pantries are pretty great;), we can't do so without recognizing the things that actually make them really shine - the products! We're sure you've heard us say it before, but truly utilizing quality products is the only way to create a sustainable solution.

So let's take a closer look at our recent pantry reveal and what products we have to thank for this beautiful photo!

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First and foremost, it should be noted that all of the products you see can be found at The Container Store!

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In the image below you will see 3 of our all time favorite pantry products. 

First up is the Hyacynith basket which appears in nearly all of our pantries!  However, no basket is complete without a cute hang tag to remind you and everyone else in your home, where everything is supposed to live. 

Also noteworthy are the small glass spice jars which can also be used for sprinkles! How fun is that?

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Now lets talk about OXO canisters. You might be wondering why these are necessary, but really the reasons are endless.... they keep your dried foods fresh, are stackable allowing you to maximize space, and ensure that you can see everything you have. On the left of the image below you will find our favorite candy jars, which are also great for snacks or anything else you want to be able to quickly grab as you go. 
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For more of our favorite pantry organizing products be sure to check out our shop page, but not before you watch this quick 5 step video on how to organize pantry snacks!!

Now that you know which products to use to make your pantry picture perfect, its time to get started! Happy organizing!

xx
the NEAT girls

Monday 01.09.17

5 Steps to An Organized Pantry

After six years of organizing spaces and sharing photos of our work, we thought it was time to show you a bit more about what we do and how we do it. We are kicking of 2017 with a series of "How to Videos" that you will NOT want to miss! You've asked and we are excited to deliver the first of many NEAT Method videos! Since NEAT pantries are by far our most popular space, we decided to start by revealing our '5 Steps To An Organized Pantry' first. 

Drum roll please .... 

Don't worry, there is a lot more where that came from. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay updated on our video releases.

A special thanks to The Container Store for their amazing products and our favorite videographers at Filmtwist. Thanks for making our jobs even more fun!

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Oh and in case you missed our video teaser from last week, here is the blooper reel to get you even more excited about what's to come. Or at least give you a good laugh!

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 10.20.16

Apartment 34's Dream Pantry Design

Over the past few months we have been collaborating on a really fun project that we have been dying to tell you all about! We had the privilage of working with the adorable Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34 to create the pantry of her dreams.

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As always, our goal with Erin's pantry was to make it so that she could see everything that she has and to keep like type items together. These are the two key ingredients to a highly functional pantry!

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However, the organizing can't really even begin without a properly designed space. Therefore, we were so glad that California Closets was also involved in this make-over because they were able to give us a great framework to work within. 

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Once the installation was complete it was on to the to NEAT details. We took inventory of everything Erin had and got our favorite products from The Container Store to stock up on our favorite pantry storage items! Of course after implenting everything we went to town lableing! 

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How fun is this drawer feature that California Closets offers? We love using them for produce! 

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 And the final step to completing this, or any pantry for that matter, is to hire a good Photographer to capture the 'after'. Here is our favorite, Michelle Drewes, behind the scenes of these beautiful photos. 

For more photos and details on this design tranformation, head over to the Apartment 34 blog post! Enjoy! 

xx
the NEAT girls

Thursday 08.04.16

3 Must Haves For Your Kitchen Rehab

One of the best parts of our job is getting to see the latest in kitchen design trends! Of course, our tendency is to favor those spaces where you can tell that the designer has a knack for organization. Or better yet, we love to be invovled in the design process so we can ensure our client will have no problem keeping things NEAT. 

Here are 3 of our recommended must haves for your next kitchen rehab project ... 

If you are one who insists on having your toaster out on the counter, an appliance garage should be added to your 'must have' list. We love a clean countertop and these sure help make that possible!

If you are designing a space and know that you will have more than enough drawer space, we love incorporating a custom spice drawer insert. This one was designed by Studio Dearborn and is truly a chef's dream come true.

No matter who you are, you have experienced the dreadful cord war in your kitchen. Having a drawer with an outlet to hide pesky cords and keep your essentials charged, is definitely on our 'must have list'. This one was made by a company called Docking Drawer.

If you are lucky enough to be rehabing a kitchen, take note of our advice here and let us know what other trends you are loving right now! 

xx
the NEAT girls

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