NEW Scottsdale Owner
As many of you know, Scottsdale has been one of our NEATest cities for a couple years now! Our girl, Mika Perry worked hard to teach the city why everyone there should live the NEAT life. After 2 years of hustle and bustle, she's excited to announce that she's handing over the reigns to her right hand girl, Emmaley Otis, in order to spend more time at home with her kids. We could not be more thrilled for Mika and beyond happy to officially welcome Emmaley as our new NEAT Method Licensed organizer. We think all of you will fall just as in love with her as we have!
N :: Tell us why you wanted to run NEAT in your city
E :: I love so many things about NEAT! I have been organizing on Mika’s Scottsdale team for a year and a half and have loved every minute. I’ve learned from the best, and am so excited to take on the city myself and continue bringing the NEAT life to our clients!
N :: What did you do before you ran NEAT?
E :: I started out working on First Lady Laura Bush’s correspondence staff right out of college. Then, inspired by her focus on education, I decided to become a teacher and taught 4th grade in Sacramento, CA for nearly 10 years. When my husband’s job moved us to Phoenix, I was able to stay home with my son, JP. He’s now in preschool, so it’s perfect timing for this new adventure!
N :: What makes your city unique?
E :: At first glance, Phoenix/Scottsdale is such a sprawling metropolitan area, but I’ve really enjoyed exploring the variety of neighborhoods it has to offer. There’s definitely something for everyone – urban, suburban, desert, mountains and everything in between!
N :: How long have you lived in your city?
E :: A little over 2 years. It’s the only home our son remembers, so he is an Arizona kid to the core!
N :: What are your favorite places to shop in your city?
E :: Shopping in Phoenix and Scottsdale is hard to beat, and there’s lots to choose from! I love spending a day at Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter – such a great atmosphere and truly everything you need in one place! I also love KidStop for fun kid’s gifts and La Grande Orange for small, unique finds (and the best iced coffee while you browse!).
N :: What are your favorite places to eat in your city?
E :: Again, so many great options – it’s so hard to narrow it down! North Italia is our date night go-to, Chelsea’s Kitchen is definitely a family favorite (they give complimentary salted chocolate chip cookies on your way out the door!) and Virtu and Lon’s both have the most charming patios for a special night out.
N :: What blog do you think we NEED to follow now and why?
E :: Oooh, I have a few favorites! Camille Styles has the loveliest photography and amazing content. I read her blog every day and often find myself revisiting old posts for inspiration. Dinner: A Love Story just feels like home to me. Jenny Rosenstrach writes about family meals so beautifully and I devoured her latest book, How to Celebrate Everything. And finally, Thoughts by Natalie is actually how I discovered NEAT Method in the first place! Natalie wrote a post about her experience with NEAT in San Diego (I think Katie organized her pantry!) and I was immediately intrigued. Natalie’s clean, modern aesthetic is similar to mine, so I always look forward to checking out her recommendations.
N :: What business do you admire and why?
E :: I’m slightly obsessed with local business, Bloguettes. They host workshops (I hope to attend one this year!) and webinars to give tips and tools to maximize your social media/online presence. Their Instagram feed is AMAZING, and I just love the idea of such a cool group of women working together so creatively.
N :: Show us a picture of your most organized space and tell us what it is.
E :: Our playroom, hands down! Toys are one of my favorite thing to organize, and I always appreciate how amazing it looks when everything is in its place. Kid friendly bins, baskets and labels make it easy to maintain on a daily basis!
N :: What can people expect when they hire you to organize their home?
E :: An energetic and friendly approach, a clear understanding of how your space needs to work for you, and the ability to arrange everyday items in a thoughtful, beautiful way.
N :: What do you think is going to be your favorite part of running NEAT in your city?
E :: I always look forward to meeting new clients and transforming their spaces. Everyone’s home is so unique, and I love bringing calm and beauty to often overlooked areas like closets and pantries.
N :: Ok Em, anything else we should know about you?
E :: Well, I haven’t always been an organized person! In fact, I may have even been the messiest in my family growing up (my sisters will love reading this!). I can’t pinpoint the exact time it all changed – it was more of a slow realization that an organized life = happiness, and I’ve never looked back!
Ha! That's amazing! A perfect testimonial as to why your clients will appreciate you and how you are about to transform their lives! We can't wait to see all of the great things you are going to do and are beyond happy to have you in our NEAT family!
the NEAT girls