Tips

Thursday 09.14.17

One Amazing Product 3 Ways!

As many of you know at this point, we are kind of obsessed with finding the perfect product! We spend countless hours trying to discover the latest and greatest when it comes to styling our clients' homes with great product. It never fails that every time we post a pic of a fabulous find, our followers want to know just where we found such a gem. Well, it just so happens to be your lucky day to learn about one of our NEATest finds.

One of the fastest ways to make a space look a little more dressed up is to add a simple acyrlic tray. You may notice that we put them in many of our clients spaces for various uses. Not only are the beautiful, but they really do serve a purpose. We are here to show you today our new favorite acyrlic discovery and a few different purposes it serves.  

This medium size tray by JR William is really one of the loveliest ones we've seen. You can see here how it's the perfect addition for your bathroom countertop for all of those products that typically take over. By adding this simple tray, you can now corral all of your products in one spot and never have to search again. 

Who doesn't love the idea of being inspired to have a fun sunglass collection!?! Just think, it will give you the perfect excuse to display them so you can feel just as fancy picking them out as you will rocking them around town. 

And...our personal favorite is the ability to display all of your go to earrings or jewelry. We wanted to save the best for last to also prove that you don't have to break the bank to be organized. This is a perfect example of how one little item for $45 can make you feel just as fancy as having an entire jewelry drawer in your closet. 

We really can't say enough about finding a home for all little things in your life, too! They often times get overlooked and this simple idea just proves why they really don't need to. Thanks to JR William for coming up with such a simple, pretty and sustainable idea! We look forward to implementing into our NEAT world! 

xx

the NEAT girls

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

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 ... 

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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 07.27.17

Dear Lauren...

I'm sure you are all wondering who Lauren is! Well, little Lauren (as we like to call her) is our amazing Summer intern! Some of you may remember her from our Instastories over the past couple of months. She's seriously the cutest! What's even more special is that it's National Intern Day and it just so happens to be her last day with us.

When she contacted us for the position, we knew we had to work with her at some capacity. She sent in one of the most creative resumes and well spoken cover letters in the history of NEAT Method and she's only a Junior in college! We made the decision to officially launch our first Internship program and quite frankly, we had no idea what to expect. We decided to hold the program in Chicago for the Summer where Lauren could work hand in hand with our co-founder, Ashley Murphy! The two of them spent everyday for the past 9 weeks together and our company could not be more greatful for this experience from such a career driven 21 year old woman! 

Lauren's main focus for the Summer was to learn all of the in's and out's of NEAT Method. Our history, our story, our trials and tribulations and what makes us unique in this now competitive market! To say that she was eager to learn was an understatment! With every day full of questions she quickly embraced being a part of our NEAT family! We can't thank her enough for her candid feedback, love for our brand and desire to help us continue to grow in the industry! 

     

So, for all of you Interns out there. Take a page out of Lauren's book and be eager to learn, ask a million and ten questions and embrace the company as if you were going to run it one day! You never know what the future holds. As for Lauren's future, she is officially taking over NEAT's Social Media Marketing role and we could not be more excited. All though Senior year will keep her very busy, we are confident that this work/life balance will be the best experience as she navigates a future career path!

Thanks for being the BEST first Intern ever, LC! We can't thank you enough. 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 07.20.17

The 3 Biggest Organizing Challenges with Kids and How to Solve Them!

As most of you know, this week's Tip Tuesday (on Instagram stories) was about all things kids! Since many of you all asked many of the same questions, we wanted to make sure we thoroughly answered them for you. We thought it would be beneficial to share a little more about the best practices to keep kids organized. 

Up first, the dreaded lego situation. We get it! It's such a love/hate because on one hand you feel it's educational for your kids, but on the other...you freak out every time you step on one that was left on the floor. For starters, we try to encourage you to not buy as many as you do. That really is the #1 contributor to the problem! Hate to say it, but we see it all the time. Too many options for your kids that they play with for one day and then move on to the next. You have every ability to set the stage with stuff like this. Try to get them to rebuild the same set or find a friend to swap with. 

Then, in terms of the actual organizing we just recommend designating a spot in your home to actually keep them (ie. the kids room who has the lego obession). You can then use a shelving area to store the necessary bins. Clear plastic bins can be stacked on top of eachother to utilize the vertical height or you can get a set of drawers to put all of them in. Once the lego set is constructed, make a rule that he or she can only keep so many up in their room. If they run out of space, it's time to break and rebuild or donate to make room for new ones. 

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The second most asked question is how to keep kids clothes properly arranged in a drawer. If you watched our story, we walked you through how easy it is to file the small clothes into a row. You essentially just have to fold them twice and file them all in together. It's an absolute must to use a divider or drawer insert/box in an effort to keep the clothes separted and upright. We do love the idea of the divider that can be moved around a drawer as your kid grows and needs more room for their clothes. 

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And lastly, what to do with all of the art projects that your kids create! I know we all feel bad purging these works of art that are little Picassos have created, but let's face it...there isn't a house big enough to store every single project that they bring home. We have a rule that you are allowed to keep only ONE large storage bin per child, once it gets full, it's time to purge some. If you are one that really cares to cherish everything, we highly recommend using an app to digitally store all of these things. One of our favorites is called Artkive! We love the ability to have different folders for each child and if you want to take it a step further, you could even have a book made after each year to really cherish the memories!

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We hope this has helped even more to find the motivation for getting your kids organized. No more swearing every time you feel like you are walking on a bed of legos!

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xx

the NEAT girls

Wednesday 06.07.17

8 Unique Gifts For Dad!

We talk a lot about the NEAT girls around here, but the truth is we wouldn't be the business women we are without some very special men - our Husband and our Fathers. 

Therefore, as we get organized for Father's Day (Sunday, June 18th - in case you forgot) we have been looking for some extra special gifts. Here are our top unique picks for the Dad's in your life this year ... 

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1. This durable Herschel duffle bag will come in handy for whatever summer adventures he has on his agenda. 

2. What about a water buffalo horn tumbler set for his drink of choice? 

3. You have probably thought of giving a grill tool set before, but one that is shaped like his favorite past time is pretty unique! 

4. The Yeti Sidekick will keep the men in your life organized (win!win!) and also keep their belongings protected from the elements. 

5. Slippers are a staple gift but the Ugg Byron is sure to keep him smiling for weeks. 

6. How cool is this beer chilling coaster set? 

7. For the studious fellow, we think this glasses holder is a pretty great desktop accessory.  

8. Sometimes Dad's forget to replenish their wardrobe every season. What about a new Onia swim trunk to get him into relaxation mode?

If none of these gifts spark your interest, what about just planning a NEAT day with him? Let's be honest that is all they really want! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Tuesday 05.09.17

The Top 3 Things Your Mother Really Wants This Year!

The surest way to your mother’s heart is through home organization—trust us, we’re the experts. Below our NEAT SF girl, Lisa Ruff is giving you a few ideas for quick and easy organizing jobs that will make your mom’s heart swoon. Even if you were consistently voted kid with the messiest room, there’s a project below you can tackle for her Mother’s Day gift. 

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Jewelry or Makeup
 
For a luxurious gift, organize her jewelry or makeup. If she has an overwhelming collection, choose one item that she uses everyday like her bracelets or lipsticks. Or take the leap and organize it all.    
 
Acrylic not only elevates the look of makeup and jewelry, but it also makes it easier to find the right lipstick in a pinch. A big budget splurge is Glamboxes. They make beautiful sets or individual pieces for items like clutches, bracelets and makeup. The Container Store also offers many pieces that can give you the same feel at a lesser price point.    
 
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Lunch Prep Drawer
 
One of the unifying laments of parenthood is the tedium of packing school lunches day after day. Why not make the process less painful for the mom in your life? A few easy steps and you’ve made the daily task almost delightful….well, almost ;) 
 
The first step is to inspect all the containers. Are they in good condition? Do they have matching tops? Once you’ve tossed the tired containers with missing parts, sort them by type. Then purchase and implement drawer dividers like these
 
Drawer dividers are a snap to implement. Just make sure the drawer divider accommodates the width of the drawer.    
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Edit Her Closet & Change Out Her Hangers
 
Clear several hours off both your schedules, bring a bottle of wine (or two) and a few boxes of matching hangers. I’ve done this with my mom and I was surprised how happy it made her. Not only are you helping her out with a space she uses everyday, but also you’re giving her your undivided attention. 
 
Help her edit down items that are sad, out of date or ill fitting. Then make piles for “donate,” “consign” and “trash.”  For any items she decides to keep, change out the hanger. When you leave, make sure you take all the donations and trash with you. Besides seeing your smiling face, that’s the best part of the gift because she won’t have to deal with the donation run. 
 

 

We are in LOVE with these ideas and are sure your Mother will be too! Happy Mom's Day to all you hardworking women out there! And thanks to Lisa for such great tips. 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 05.04.17

We've Got This One in the Bag!!

Even if a girl can't be NEAT inside your home, we think it's critical to at least be NEAT inside your bag! Think about it...it's the one thing that goes with you everywhere. Shopping, to the gym, to pick up the kids, etc. So, how great would it be if you had that one bag that could actually keep you organized?!?

This has actually been a point of contention for us as NEAT girls over the years! We've tried several bags both personally and professionally and it wasn't until we came across this one that we took a moment to notice all of the NEAT qualities it had to offer. 

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Please meet our new companion, the Coyn leather tote bag! We are sure you are wondering what exactly sets this bag apart from others?!? We are here to tell you...there's a lot. Not only is it beautifully made, but it also has the perfect amount of internal sections/compartments. Many bags we've tried often times have too many sections that all look the same. Hence, losing everything inside every section! This is one of the first that actually took into consideration making each section size a little different from the other. And...there aren't too many sections, which helps to know which one to designate for what. 

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So, not only does this bag look great and function perfectly, we are also happy to report that this bag has been put to mulitple uses amongst the NEAT girls! From a regular everyday personal tote, to making the perfectly stylish diaper bag...we are just in love with it! It's even joining us at our client's homes full of all the organizing supplies you could imagine (think; label makers, labels, taper measures and notebooks). 

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So, if any of you are in search of a new bag or if you tend to just hoard them for fun, then this one is a must for your wishlist! Just call us to come help make you as organized as possible to fit it in your space! 

xx

the NEAT girls

Thursday 03.30.17

A Spring Break Guide to Disney World!

Orlando, Florida is one of the top tourism destinations in the United States. With Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and many more attractions, it’s no wonder why so many families flock to the City Beautiful for vacation.
 
When you’re visiting the most magical place on earth, it’s important to be organized and prepared so you can fully enjoy your time! Here’s a travel guide organized especially for you from the local NEAT girl Meg Wittman ::
 
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"I highly suggest you do your research ahead of time, book hotel & restaurant reservations early and read plenty of “Disney blogs” to get the inside scoop. As an Orlando resident, here are my quick (sometimes overlooked) tips on how to stay NEAT while traveling to Orlando".

Tip #1: Pack these essential items!
 
- Snacks & Water Bottle – save yourself time and money by bringing in your own fruit, snack bars, and refillable water bottles.
- Rechargeable Battery for Phone – make sure your phone has enough charge to utilize the Disney app for park info, show times and fast passes
- Lightweight Rain Coat – you’ll be prepared if it rains or if you end up on Splash Mountain. Nobody wants to walk around soaking wet all day.
- Comfortable shoes – it goes without saying, but with a lot of walking you need to wear some supportive shoes.
- Sunglasses – you’re in the sunshine state after all, so make sure to pack a lightweight pair of inexpensive sunglasses in case they get misplaced
- Sunscreen – similar to sunglasses, if it’s winter where you live you may be shocked just how sunny it gets in Florida. Be prepared with enough SPF.
- Lightweight bag – a backpack or a large cross body bag works really well to hold all your essentials
 
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Tip #2: Plan out your days!
 
- Prioritize & Plan – there’s so much to see at the parks, make sure to prioritize which parks you want to visit and what you want to see while you’re there. You can even book fast passes ahead of time, so it’s important to know what you and your family really want to do, see and experience while at the parks.
- Use your phone calendar – keep track of all important times while you’re on your trip: restaurant reservations, fast pass times, important show times. If you’re in a group, invite the other members so everyone is on the same page. You can even set reminders to keep you on track.
 
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Tip #3: Go with the flow!
 
Being NEAT isn’t about stress, it’s about being as prepared as possible, so you can relax and enjoy your life. Once you’ve done all the research, planning, packing and scheduling… simply have fun, you’re on vacation after all! If you miss one of your fast pass times, no big deal. If you forget to pack something, there are so many places you can purchase necessary items. If your kids want to spend all of their time at the pool and not even go to the park (believe me, it happens) don’t freak out. Enjoy the amazing sunshine with your friends, family and loved ones!
 
xx
our Orlando NEAT girl, Meg
 

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