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Thursday 07.06.17

Our 3 Favorite Products this Summer!

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

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

 

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

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

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

:: Shop The Post :: 

xx

the NEAT girls

Wednesday 04.12.17

San Francisco's Favorite Multi-Use Products

As you know, one of our favorite aspects of organizing is implementing new product. The right product elevates the look and functionality of a space. The only thing better than finding the perfect product is finding the perfect product that’s flexible enough to be used in multiple spaces. 

Because our San Francisco organizers purchase the most product each year, we have asked them for the top 3 products that you can use again and again, and here is what they had to say ... 

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Clear Stackable Drawer

The unsung hero of The Container Store is their stackable shoe drawer. They are perfect for overflow bathroom toiletries, office supplies, kids’ art supplies -- the sky’s the limit. You can fully remove the drawers and take it to another room. If something leaks or spills, they just need a quick wipe.

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Letter Collator

Another recent favorite of the San Francisco team is this letter collator. We have been known to take it beyond it's intended office use and instead let it shine in a closet. It is sturdy enough to hold lots of clutches upright and make sure they get the front and center attention that they deserve! 

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Divided Lazy Susan

The divided lazy susan is a gem that is typically stocked in the kitchen section, but we’ve used it in just about every room. The roomy sections are what make it so versatile. It makes an excellent turntable for small hands reaching for art supplies and also shines when organized with medication, first aid or pantry items.

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We think you will agree that there is no lack of creativity in the minds of our San Francisco organizers! 

xx
the NEAT girls

Wednesday 04.05.17

Spring Cleaners We Love!

A freshly cleaned home brings us just about as big of a smile to our face as a newly NEAT home. Are you suprised?

That being said, we are by no means experts when it comes to cleaning. FACT! But we do happen to keep a few close friends who know a thing or two about the subject, and their names just might be ones you recognize!

Today we are sharing our interviews Clean MamaMrs. Meyer's, and Common Good. This is what they had to say about making your 2017 Spring Cleaning Season extra special this year .... 

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1. What do you recommend as the first step to getting one's Spring Cleaning started?

Clean Mama :: ​Spring cleaning is different for ​everyone and every home that is in need of a little spring cleaning. My best advice is to capitalize on the urge to do a little spring cleaning if/when it hits. Open those windows, let the fresh air in, and do a little cleaning where your home needs it most. Make a list of a handful of areas or spots in your home that need a little attention and work your way down the list. By starting with a list and a plan you’ll be able to do your spring cleaning in no time!

Mrs. Meyer's :: Before starting any seasonal cleaning project – it’s important to keep in mind the 3 P’s – prioritize, plan and products. Each of us has our own philosophy when it comes to cleaning. For example, our namesake Thelma Meyer’s (yes, there is a real Mrs. Meyer!) believes there’s a happy medium between perfectionism and a happy, "lived in" home. Think about what’s most important to get accomplished during your spring cleaning session and focus effort on those areas. Stick with a plan to avoid being sucked into the rabbit hole of cleaning, such as the simple sock drawer organization that transforms into a whole closet makeover. Lastly, make sure you have the right products on hand to make clean up easier and more enjoyable. For example, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products are made with plant-derived ingredients and essential oils that smell great and still work like the dickens.

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2. What are your hottest new product(s) this Spring and what should we know about them?

Common Goods :: This Spring, we're very excited to launch our first ever Kickstarter campaign! We've developed a brand-new refill line that delivers 2-4 refills of our hand soap, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner or laundry detergent direct to your door. We've listened to the needs of customers for over six years now and have developed a product that has the same safe and green formulations people love with the added convenience of home delivery. On top of that, our refill boxes use 83% less plastic than the equivalent bottles, and help further our mission to reduce the amount of plastics in the home and eco-system! The campaign starts today and we hope everyone will consider visiting the campaign page to learn more about the product and the fantastic rewards we're offering participants!

Mrs. Meyer's :: We have a little spring in our step with two new fresh seasonal scents Lilac and Peony. The subtle, rosy scent of Peony and rich and vibrant Lilac brings a spritz of spring and freshness to the indoors. Each scent is available in a dish soap, hand soap and multi-surface cleaner for a springier spring clean. We also have a Peony gift set that includes a hand soap and hand lotion as a perfect pick-me-up for the start of the season.

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3. In your opinion, what is the NEATest thing about Spring :)?

Clean Mama :: ​Spring cleaning of course! As a midwesterner, spring cleaning - throwing open the windows (and cleaning them) is almost a right of passage into the season of all things new. I absolutely love taking the time to spiff and tidy up in the spring to relax and enjoy the weather and being outside in the summer.

Mrs. Meyer's :: Spring is NEAT because it marks renewal all around us. New blooms and scents awaken our senses and lifts spirits. It’s signal the start of something inspirational and promising for the days ahead.

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4. Anything else you want to share regarding Spring Cleaning?

Mrs. Meyer's :: After you’ve finished giving your home a little TLC – don’t forget about yourself. Mrs. Meyer’s recently launched their latest body care installment, body wash to help you clean up real nice after a spring cleaning session with moisturizing formulas and garden-fresh scents.

Have you added these items to your shopping list yet? Something tells us Spring will be extra special this year if you do! 

xx
the NEAT girls

Tuesday 12.13.16

No Wish List is Complete without Something NEAT!!

Did you really think we were going to have this many wish lists without sharing the latest and greatest NEAT products we LOVE?!?! We rounded up favorite products from all of our cities and picked the Top 5 Organizing Products that you must get for the organized person in your life. Or...for the person that needs to be a little more organized! 

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1. Both Meg in Orlando and Allo in Denver thought this acrylic organizer is the perfect gift for a girl that likes to be a little fancy!

2. Katie in San Diego has a big obsession with these copper boxes right now. The uses are quite endless with these! 

3. Tatiana in Miami thinks that the New Year's celebration isn't complete without a brand new planner to go with it! 

4. Brooke in Chicago found this modern paper organizer to make for the perfect filing system on your desk!

5. And...Ashley H. in DC suggested the world's cutest spice jars for the person that likes to take it a step further in their organized kitchen!

Friday 12.02.16

What A Girl Wants...

In the words of Christina Aguilera...."What a girls wants, what a girl needs, whatever makes me happy and sets you free!"...we are once again taking advantage of the start of December by sharing some of the NEAT girls' holiday wish lists! So...please let our husbands, friends and family members know if you see them.

Obvioulsy, first and foremost comes what a NEAT girl wants, but stay tuned in the upcoming weeks to find out what some of the men, children and organized NEAT freaks will be getting as well!

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1) Joyce, in Naples, would love to see a new Staub in her new kitchen.

2) Laura, from Naperville, is looking for a new planner to keep her organized in 2017. 

3) Our San Diego girl, Katie, wants this Natalie Borton piece to add to her jewelry collection. 

4) Our Denver newlywed, Allo, is hoping for some new furnishings like this fun chair this year. 

5) Lisa, wants to up her San Francisco street style with these cute new boots

6) Ashley, in DC, is hoping roses that last a year will appear under her tree. 

 

Cheers to the Holiday Season and to all of you! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Sunday 07.10.16

Splurge vs. Save - How to Create a NEAT Space for Every Budget

Organizing can make your house look like a million bucks BUT that doesn't mean you have to spend a million. We have become experts at working within our client's budgets so today, we are going to give you the details on how to splurge and save in particular places throughout your home. First up is the dirtiest NEAT job out there... the garage! We certainly know how to splurge in this space by saying two words, "Fusion Wall." This system is great because it can be adjusted and changed as the needs of your family changes.

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Alternatively, by purchasing bakers racks and bins, you can also make a large imact on how you store things in your garage for a fraction of the price. 

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Spending a lot in a child's closet is sometimes hard to justify. When you do decide to go with a custom closet, it certainly can look really, REALLY good!

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Our own NEAT girl, Mika opted to purchase this affordable ikea shelving unit instead and it looks fabulous in her daugther's room!

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When it comes to hangers, it's surprising how much you can spend on the perfect place to keep your pants wrinkle free. These are some of the pricier ones we have worked with.

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This next space looks equally as great but the hangers are three times less!

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Finally, one of our favorite places to organize in a kitchen pantry. The quickest way to spend money fast is on these oxo containers. They are AMAZING but also quite expensive. 

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If you want to get that NEAT look for less, consider using some bins to categorize like items instead of putting them in individual containers. Then only use the oxo for things that truly need their own space. 

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What are you splurging/saving on in your home?

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 05.10.16

According to a NEAT Girl :: 9 Wedding Registry Items that MUST be on Your List

Lucky for us, our NEAT girl, Brooke is getting MARRIED this Summer and we cannot wait! Besides the fact that she will be a drop dead GORGEOUS bride, we have been loving the inside scoop on how to plan a wedding like a NEAT girl. There are so many things we need to tell you about when in comes to wedding planning but we figured we would share one of the most important parts:: the registry. It is a fine, fine line between registering for beautiful, timeless pieces, and getting a little "trigger happy" with the registry gun at the store. Brooke and her fiance, Andrew have officially mastered the art of registering. 

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Just recently, Brooke gave us a look inside a shower that was hosted in her honor and shared the details on the pieces she has specifically registered for to celebrate the big day.

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The shower was hosted at Jane's Restaurant in Bucktown and was a beautiful setting to celebrate the bride to be!

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What was inside those presents you ask? Brooke shared some of her favorite items on her registry - and we will be honest... we snooped and found her registry ourselves and added some of our favorite choices of her's as well! 

1. The Stainless Steel Bar Tools Set was a must because after all... who doesn't like a NEAT cocktail?

2. This Roman Antique Tray could be used for serving in the kitchen, a jewelry tray, or a "catch all" by the front door

3. You've likely seen this Brass Glass Display Box (or something similar) on our blog before - clearly a group favorite!

4. The Le Cruset Skinny Grill is the perfect solution for grilling on cold Chicago nights

5. This Nespresso Maker has been at a few of our client's homes and I think the entire NEAT family is officially in love

6. Speaking of love... who doesn't love a little Ice Cream with their coffee?!

7. No NEAT home is complete with out the perfect Champagne Flute to toast on special occasions

8. Nothing makes you look more prepared for guests than a Carafe Set to welcome them to your home

9. Finally, it's easy to dress up even the simplest of dinners when you have something like these Knoll Napkins at your table

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Besides the fantastic registry that was put together, there was a delicious sweets area for guests to snack on their favorite treats. 

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Also, Brooke put together an adorable gift for her guests complete with the perfect pun:: "From Brooke's shower to Yours."

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Speaking of adorable... have you seen a cuter couple?! We can't wait to see their space with all of their new gifts!

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Want to know more about Brooke's wedding plans? Follow us on instagram for details you won't find anywhere else!

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xx

the NEAT girls

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